Day’s End and Night Watch

I came very close to becoming a future veteran back in 1979, when I did everything but put on the uniform as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force JAG Corps, but then my first political job beckoned, and I never looked back. I wouldn’t have suffered or sacrificed remotely as much as most veterans, of course. But part of me wishes I had served. Someday, maybe we’ll have a real civilian and military national service system, and we won’t expect a small minority of our people to take care of our obligations.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Gallup reports a majority of Republicans join Democrats & indies in supporting minimum wage hike, but differ in opposing minimum wage indexing.

* Julian Selizer joins the ranks of those adopting the “kledgeocracy” theory of why Obamacare isn’t working well.

* In defending Obama’s “lie” on keeping one’s insurance, Michael Cohen argues Americans “can’t handle the truth.”

* New York Times‘ Jonathan Weisman examines the current 17 GOP House primary challenges, and notes there’s no clear ideological pattern.

* At Ten Miles Square, Don Taylor lays out two Obamacare “fixes” Republicans might actually buy.

And in non-political news:

* Vatican to make first public display of alleged remains of St. Peter.

A final Veterans Day song is an old bluegrass standard about the fate of too many returning veterans: “No One To Welcome Me Home,” by the Blue Sky Boys.

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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.