If you are excited about the end-game of the Debt Deal, you can follow it on Politico, which is chronicling developments breathlessly, bless their little hearts.
Here are some final items of the day:
* TNR’s Michael Schaffer has an amusing pictorial summary of extremist figures–ranging from Colonel Kurtz and Sonny Corleone to Trotsky, Mao and even the French right-wing “populist” Poujade–to which pundits have compared GOPers during the fiscal crisis. I call dibs on Stalin.
* Meanwhile, Pew shows Ted Cruz’ favorable/unfavorable ration among Tea Folk rising to 74/8, but going underwater among non-Tea GOPers.
* And speaking of the Texan, GOP consultant Alex Castellanos compares Cruz to a sex-crazed snowshoe hare, which discomfits Anderson Cooper.
* Dow predictably soars on Deal news.
* At Ten Miles Square, Colin Woodward shows that “shutdown caucus” of conservative extremists in Congress are from increasingly isolated parts of the country.
* Also at Ten Miles Square, Keith Humphreys ponders renewed evidence that government-haters don’t like government shutdowns.
And in non-political news:
* Here’s a new one: Michigan newspaper editor sues complaining readers for defaming her. But the judge threw out the suit.
That’s it for Deal Day. In a final tribute to October 16’s many anniversary events, here’s Curved Air performing “Marie Antoinette” on Belgian TV in 1972 to commemorate her beheading 220 years ago today.