Day’s End and Night Watch

I’ll probably be back with another post tonight when the government shutdown goes from being a practical certainty to an accomplished fact. For now, here are some remainders of the day:

* Here’s how fractious House GOPers have become: the groups originally pushing linkage of fiscal bills to Obamacare have split on House GOP’s latest CR, with Heritage Action urging “no” vote because it doesn’t go far enough in “defunding Obamacare” and Club for Growth supporting and scoring it.

* Meanwhile, small group of House GOP “moderates” threatening to derail latest CR, too.

* Moving along to the next, and most ominous, fiscal crisis, Brookings’ Henry Aaron argues Obama must choose between constitutional violations if debt limit breached, and should choose to defy debt limit.

* TNR”s Nate Cohn argues shutdown disaster could imperil GOP’s chances of retaking Senate, but probably won’t endanger their control of House.

* At Ten Miles Square, Seth Masket discusses “sore loser” laws that prevent primary losers from contesting general elections.

* At College Guide, Robert Kelchen argues that the 21 million Americans with associate degrees should be regarded as “college graduates.”

And in sorta non-political news:

* National Aquarium closing not because of shutdown but due to renovations in the Commerce Department building; 1500 animals need new home.

To close the day (temporarily), here’s the Clash with a fine tribute to hammer-headed reactionary politics: “Clampdown.”


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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.