Day’s End and Night Watch

Now that I’ve recovered from one red-eye flight, I have another one coming up tomorrow night. This time, I’ll avoid the bulkhead seat underneath the bright TV monitor light and next to the incredibly noisy galley, and maybe avoid Pol Pot as a reading subject.

Here are some remainders of the day:

* Jonathan Chait speculates that conservatives have lost the ability to deal with basic facts about Obamacare.

* Yglesias notes that Republicans are actually very afraid Americans will try “green eggs and ham,” a.k.a. Obamacare. Otherwise, why are they trying to halt its implementation instead of waiting for it to implode?

* The Atlantic’s Molly Ball chronicles the decline and fall of the Heritage Foundation as an actual idea-generator.

* At Ten Miles Square, Peter Orzsag critiques explanations of slowed health care inflation that attribute it all to poor economy and increased cost-sharing.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports on a “whistleblower” defense being deployed by a Massachusetts college president who informed authorities of his own extravagant spending.

And in non-political news:

* New study suggests Earth will be swallowed up by an expanding Sun as early as $1.5 billion years from now.

While you mull that news, here’s a final musical tribute to drugs that make it easier to sustain 21-hour non-filibusters: The Byrds with “Artificial Energy,” from the largely forgotten but outstanding Notorious Byrd Brothers album of 1968.


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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.