Tomorrow night, God help me, I’ll be live-blogging the SOTU, when I could have been at my church participating in the Protestant version of Mardi Gras: Pancakes and Karaoke!

While you envision that scenario, here are some day-end items to feast upon:

* National Journal‘s Ben Terris reflects on the congressional obsession of securing a SOTU aisle seat.

* New York Times editorial warns against quiet GOP strangling of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, whose crucial mission was explained by John Gravois here.

* Oh brother: Wingnut Rep. Steve Stockman gives SOTU gallery ticket to Ted Nugent.

* At Ten Miles Square, Keith Humphreys calls for honest discussion about capacities of superannuated pols.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer defends the educational value of higher math.

And in non-political news:

* New Orleans braves crazy weather for Mardi Gras.

To end this day, here’s more Tom Lehrer, this time mocking not-so-brave folksingers.

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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.