There I go again, doing my meatiest post late in the (EDT) afternoon. Thanks to those of you who hung in there and read it.

Here some final items of another weird day of failed but perilous hostage-taking:

* Per Costa, House GOPers conceding they don’t have the votes for any variation on the Boehner fiscal proposal, so it appears no vote tonight, or maybe at all.

* Mike Huckabee, with an enviable perch far from Washington or any other governing position, again mulling presidential run.

* Jerry Brown vetoes bill allowing judges and prosecutors to treat minor drug offenses as misdemeanors, claiming it preempted upcoming comprehensive review of sentencing structure.

* That was quick: Glenn Greenwald leaving Guardian to join “momentous” new media outlet.

* At Ten Miles Square, Thad Hall documents major rightward shift among House Republicans just since 2011.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports that Education Secretary Arne Duncan has pretty much already spent the money Congress is likely to give him for the immediate future.

And in non-political news:

* Steinem describes Miley Cyrus as a product of sexist U.S. culture, rather than a contributor.

Let’s close this savage day on a milder note, with Ellington and Coltrane performing “In a Sentimental Mood” in 1962.


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.