Day’s End and Night Watch

Clearly, the American political world (other than the president) decided not to make actual news today. So us gabbers are pretty much bickering among ourselves. It happens.

Here are some final items of the day:

* Fournier thumb-sucker on Obama’s “juice” does raise a valid point: When Bill Clinton was protesting his “relevance” in 1995, his goal was to stop GOP initiatives, not enact his own.

* Nate Silver does his own analysis of potential impact on electorate of immigration reform, and concludes population growth and party share of immigrant vote more important than “legalization.”

* Turnout abysmal in Massachusetts special Senate primary.

* At Ten Miles Square, Aaron Carroll argues for paying more attention to the underinsured, and notes Medicaid offers particularly strong protections against that ailment.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports that Students First, the group founded by Michelle Rhee, named “Don’t Say Gay” legislator from Tennessee its “reformer of the year.”

And in non-political news:

* The Atlantic‘s Jessica Luther suggests the NBA doesn’t have to look too far for an example of how to deal with gay athletes coming out: the WNBA handles it just fine.

We’ll end the day with another classic by Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, “Circumstances,” though this particular performance, on Swedish TV, took place long after the Captain’s retirement and just a few years before his death. Beefheart’s vocals are performed, however, by John French, an early Magic Band member. The original album this song was on, Clear Spot, was recorded back in ’72, and is one of my favorite albums by anybody, ever. It got me through many a law school bout of depression.

Selah.

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.