Day’s End and Night Watch

Tonight’s my final presentation for our History of Christianity class at church, and it’s on Church & State, which ought to be a barn-burner. So I’m trying to finish blogging promptly on time, with these final thoughts of the day:

* HuffPost’s Jason Linkens has nicely succinct summary of Michele Bachmann’s legislative accomplishments in her four terms in Congress: zilch.

* Charles Pierce announces a contest for Bachmann’s replacement in the conservative firmament, and offers Missouri Rep. Vicky Hartzler for a starter.

* TNR’s Jonathan Cohn explains why Republicans should be celebrating rather than attacking the Obamacare “Cadillac Tax.”

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein asks a question we should all keep asking for the next few weeks: are Harry Reid’s “nuclear” threats actually working?

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer sees through the “magic” of Thomas Friedman’s over-the-top praise for job filtering computer programs.

And in non-political news:

* 800-year-old Torah scroll, world’s oldest to date, found gathering dust in Bologna library.

Since the Daylight Video was about a 100th anniversary, I’ll change gears here and post a musical tribute to paranoid politics, in honor of Michele Bachmann’s retirement: Phil Ochs’ “Pretty Smart On My Part.” Given how the song ends, I should be clear that no, I’m not accusing Bachmann fans of plotting an assassination. The part about believing there are scary people training in the mountains and speaking Chinese? Not so sure that’s beyond the pale.

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.