A slow news days with lots of brain food out there. I didn’t even get to Michael Gerson’s obnoxious op-ed celebrating private school vouchers and ignoring every other avenue for education reform. But I will tomorrow.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Some fine analysis from Dave Weigel on the Cult of the Black Conservative, as reflected most recently by the frenzy surrounding Dr. Ben Carson.

* Bobby Jindal’s approval ratings are dropping steadily, and his signature tax and education initiatives aren’t getting anywhere with people in the Gret Stet of Loosiana. The smartest guy in every room isn’t looking that smart politically at the moment.

* NPR story features the unfilled openings on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein discusses the Senate dynamics of a possible retirement by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

* Also at Ten Miles Square, Mark Kleiman notes the possibility of an assassination campaign plotted by the Texas chapter of the prison-based Aryan Brotherhood should draw attention to the dependence of brutalized inmates on racist gangs.

And in non-political news:

* Yankees star readying self for free agent market fires legendary agent Scott Boros, becomes first client of Jay-Z’s new sports agency.

To close the day, here again are Carla Thomas and Otis Redding, this time performing the hard-rockin’ “Lovey Dovey.”


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.