Day’s End and Night Watch

I’ve been thinking about Ray Manzarek off and on today, amidst continuing news from the Oklahoma disaster. I guess this is as good a time as any to sneak in a video of The Doors’ song probably most associated with Manzarek, which also happens to be the last song the band recorded, and often used as a valedictory to Jim Morrison:

And now for some final items of the news day:

* Opinion-leader watch: Bill Kristol urges Marco Rubio to “walk away” from comprehensive immigration reform bill. Very interesting timing.

* Virginia Republicans rapidly developing buyer’s remorse over Lt. Gov. nominee E.W. Jackson. But are they really going to dump an African-American Bishop from their ticket?

* With a tiny fraction of the attention being given to the Benghazi! investigation, House Armed Services Committee and State Department working on measures to improve embassy security.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein disagrees with Paul Waldman (and with me) on the certainty of filibuster reform once Republicans regain the Senate some fine day.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer explains why declining college enrollment is probably on balance a good thing.

And in non-political news:

* Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant pledges $1 million to Red Cross for tornado relief efforts benefitting his neighbors in Moore.

Having begun the day with The Call’s haunting evocation of an Oklahoma tornado, let’s end it with The Call’s anthem of endurance: “I Still Believe,” performed in 1986. That would have been shortly before I saw them in Atlanta, at a poorly-attended small-venue performance that felt like a private concert. RIP, Michael Been.


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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.