Ah, just can’t get enough of that “Dare to Be Stupid” video send-up, and I actually like Devo!

Anyway, here are some final items for the day:

* An important precedent: Kansas Supreme Court disbars former AG Philip Kline for his misconduct in harassing abortion providers.

* Gaze in awe: Peggy Noonan interviews the ghost of Robert Taft to find answers for GOP’s problems.

* Good news from Syria, of all places: chemical weapons demolition proceeding on schedule according to UN inspectors.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein thinks Ted Cruz’s “early frontrunner” status in Iowa no more durable than Michele Bachmann’s.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer observes you just can’t get around inequality and poverty in assessing comparative U.S. educational performance.

And in non-political news:

* Giant fireball sighted across mid-Atlantic states.

That’s it for today. Max Ehrenfreund will be at the PA controls this weekend.

I’m fresh out of Johnny Horton Alaska songs, so let’s close the day with another of Johnny’s classics: “The Battle of New Orleans,” performed on the Ed Sullivan Show. The set, costumes and choreography for this performance are what I’d call Hillbilly Surreal.

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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.