So to those of you who watched it, what did you think of Breaking Bad last night? I think the words “tread lightly” have never been dropped more heavily.

Here are some final items of another August day:

* Rick Santorum, struggling to get out of Ted Cruz’ shadow, tells Iowa audience the term “middle class” is “Marxism talk.”

* Good backgrounder from Wonkblog’s Dylan Matthews on the limited universe of current and potential prisoners who would actually be affected by Eric Holder’s proposed sentencing reforms. Still an awful lot of people.

* TAP’s Paul Waldman groans almost audibly at the persistence of conservative arguments for a balanced budget amendment.

* At Ten Miles Square, Keith Humprheys defends policy-oriented blogging via its impact on decision-makers, even if it doesn’t move public opinion.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer notes research showing influential professors have bigger impact on college major choices than perceived career prospects.

And in non-political news:

* Eydie Gorme dies at 84, with Steve Lawrence, her husband of 55 years and frequent musical collaborator, at her side.

Even when it’s extended and fortunate, life is still short. So to end the day, here’s Warren Zevon with “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead.” RIP, Warren:

Oh, well, guess we need the song that made Zevon famous, don’t we? Ah-wooooo!


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.