Here at the most distant gate available at ATL, preparing for a five-hour flight, I’m rarin’ to go home. But here are some final items of this maddening day:

* Like Dylan Matthews, Matt Yglesias sees potential doom in our constitutional system.

* An equally sunny Jonathan Chait predicts a debt default.

* Josh Marshall says don’t count on “moderate” Republicans to save the day: they never show up.

* Sarah Kliff looks at the enrollment “glitches” and adjuges them as primarily due to high demand for information–and insurance.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein sees no evidence Boehner is dragging House GOP into a fight they don’t want.

And in non-political news:

* Vermont man pleads guilty to stealing cards and letters written by Robert Frost, and gets by with $100 fine.

That’s it for today. Let’s close on a more hopeful note, with (once again) Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush performing “Don’t Give Up.”


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.