Day’s End and Night Watch

Having written all day about the latest twists and turns in the fiscal battle, I close having very little idea of how it’s all going to turn out. So it goes.

I’d also note at the top the unsurprising news that former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been sentenced to 28 years in prison on public corruption conviction. I remember that brief early moment when he looked like the next big thing in American politics–but also that he showed early signs of not taking his job very seriously. Sad.

Here are some final items of the day:

* With exquisitely poor timing, Michael Kinsley calls on Obama to cave on the government shutdown battle and agree to a year’s delay in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

* Terry McAuliffe picks up Doug Wilder endorsement, which 2009 Democratic nominee Creigh Deeds couldn’t do.

* Harry Enten says Virginia might be a bellwether for 2014, which should make Republicans a bit nervous.

* At Ten Miles Square, Gregory Koger finds that National Review‘s interest in budget deficits is entirely dependent on which party controls the federal government.

* Also at Ten Miles Square, Rachel Cohen takes a look at CAP’s new study on the well-being of American women.

And in non-political news:

* Astronaut Scott Carpenter, the second American to orbit the Earth, dies at 88.

That’s it for this crazy day. Here’s one more song about corruption–and the temptation to look for an authoritarian leader to cure it–from The Kinks, with “Money and Corruption/I’m Your Man,” part of their Preservation saga which basically re-interprets twentieth-century capitalists and socialists as the Cavaliers and the Puritans.

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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.