Perhaps I’ve overreached in trying to correlate every sparrow that falls to the ground with an item from the slim playlist of the 70s English rock band Babe Ruth, but it’s been fun.

Here are some final items of the day:

* Dana Milbank deploys useful Annie Hall reference to illustrate absurdity of GOP complaints about Obamacare implementation.

* In case any Democrats are suffering from irrational exuberance, Guardian‘s Harry Enten summarizes case against Democratic House takeover prospects in 2014.

* TAP’s Jamelle Bouie makes a rather pointed case that Rand Paul’s private views on race are irrelevant to the damage to “outreach” caused by his tolerance for neo-Confederates.

* At Ten Miles Square, Aaron Carroll musters the depressing facts about the declining state of U.S. health care in preventing deaths caused by the most lethal diseases.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports more bad news: student loan debt will soon match median income earned by college graduates.

And in non-political news:

* John Rocker argues that baseball was more entertaining in the Steroid Era.

Ah, back to baseball, and the 99th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s major league debut. Too bad the Bambino did not record any music videos.

One more time, here’s his namesake, performing their rockin’ version of the theme from “A Fistful of Dollars.”

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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.