Day’s End and Night Watch

Things did not get better for the Georgia Bulldogs on National Signing Day, but ESPN still rated its class tenth nationally. SEC dominated as usual; SEC teams had six of the top ten classes, 9 of the top 20, 11 of the top 30.

So enough of football for a good while; here are today’s political news remainders:

* Rubio set to give bilingual GOP response to SOTU Address. How much you think Bobby Jindal would pay for a second chance?

* In other 2016 news, Rand Paul lays out national security “vision” at Heritage, endorses aggressive non-interventionism, or belligerent neutrality, or something.

* Latest excuse for delay in committee confirmation vote on Hagel: Republican senators demanding details on paid foreign speeches, hinting at “undue influence.” Fishing trip?

* At Ten Miles Square, New Yorker Jamie Malanowski assesses the mixed legacy of Ed Koch.

* At College Guide, John Sides notes that one policy particular Eric Cantor did endorse in his barren AEI speech yesterday was an end to federally-funded social science research.

And in non-political news:

* Essay on Spuds Mackenzie and the decline of brand mascots.

So to end this long day, here’s more of the Honeycombs, with a mid-60s tune that could have easily been on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack: “Can’t Get Through To You.”


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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.