Day’s End and Night Watch

Okay, I’ll try to get with the zeitgeist, and look forward to yet another day tomorrow of wild spin, real and fake threats from insurance companies, and general hysteria over Obamacare.

Here are some remains from this day of general hysteria:

* Negative reaction to Obama’s existing-policy “fix” proposal comes from liberal insurance commissioner in Washington State, which is a bad sign for White House since state regulators can essentially veto it.

* Fine reminder at TAP that Dallas 50 years ago very Tea Partyish.

* Anti-union agitator in Chattanooga compares UAW organizers to godless yankee invaders during Civil War. He might want to look at geography of Union/Confederate support, where the line wasn’t far from Chattanooga.

* Stan Greenberg reminds Karl Rove he started dynamic that led to rise of Tea Party with his own 2004 strategy.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein suspects Republican Senators aren’t united on goals in provoking filibuster fight over judges.

And in non-political news:

* A listicle this Cracker can embrace: 8 Desserts You Can Make In Mason Jars.

We’ll close with another Moby Dick-inspired song, though it’s not exactly traditional sea-faring music: Man Man performing “Harpoon Fever (Queequeg’s Playhouse)” in Norman, OK:


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.