Day’s End and Night Watch

Thank God we’ve got another big set of oral arguments before the Supreme Court tomorrow on the same general subject so that speculation over today’s doesn’t get ridiculously out of hand. Parsing oral arguments is fine (and fun!), but we’ll know soon enough what it all means.

Here are some final items for the day:

* Mike Huckabee, touted just last week by Reince Priebus as a sensible model for talking about cultural issues, warns conservative evangelicals will leave GOP en masse if party flinches in opposition to marriage equality.

* North Dakota’s Republican governor, Jack Dalrymple, signs bill banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, all but demanding Court test.

* Nate Silver provides everything you’d ever want to know about recent polling on same-sex marriage.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jennifer Nicoll Victor uses findings of political science research to show how political scientists can get research dollars restored.

* At College Guide, Norman Matloff explores academic weaknesses of online colleges.

And in non-political news:

* Lou Reed cancels California tour dates for April, with no explanation. Guess I can stop wondering if I should spend money I don’t have on less-than-ideal seats.

Enough of this busy day. Since it’s still Lent, here again are the Electric Prunes performing “Kyrie Eleison” from their Mass in F Minor. Yep, that’s right.


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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.