Closing down a bit early today as I make a last few rounds of family visits and calls. But next week I’ll have the opportunity for, and may need the distraction of, the full quota of 12 posts.

Here are some final items of the day:

* Ted Cruz tells ALEC members to “stand your ground.” They ate up his allusion to their long-time support for legislation making a resort to deadly force easier in altercations.

* Greg Sargent explains the strategic significance of House Democratic position of refusing to support any budget deal that doesn’t include extended unemployment insurance.

* At TAP Paul Waldman dissects over-interpretation of drop in approval ratings for Obama among millennials–which is pretty much the same as his general drop in approval ratings.

* At Ten Miles Square, Brendan Nyhan suspects David Gergen is recommending himself–or someone much like himself–to run the Obama White House.

* Also at Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein suggests that improvements in the insurance exchange enrollment process could soon make Obamacare a regular old political issue like any other.

And in non-political news:

* Rejoicing among FSU fans as prosecutor announces Jameis Winston will not be charged with rape.

That’s it for today. Let’s close with “How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place,” from Brahms’ German Requiem.


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.