Want to know why I don’t watch political TV much? Things like discovering that listening to Michelle Malkin is even more unpleasant than reading her.

Here are some remains of the political day:

* Ted Cruz opens up the oppo research bag on Chuck Hagel and pulls out a video of the Defense Secretary nominee appearing on–gasp!–Al Jazeera.

* Salon’s Steve Koracki thinks it’s time Democrats take seriously the possibility that Sen. Bob Menendez could be in real trouble.

* TAP’s Abby Rapoport notes state-level Republicans did pretty well in 2012–even as they continued to move hard right.

* At Ten Miles Square, Seth Masket reports Obama field effort effective in 2012, but didn’t add as much value as it did in ’08.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports on Western Oklahoma State College’s decision to shut down online courses that had become magnet for college athletes looking for easy credits.

And in non-political news:

* Puppy Bowl preview! Might want to bookmark in case that football game is a blowout.

In closing today, here’s another cut from Living Colour, covering “Final Solution” in 1990. Some serious rocking.


Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.