It hasn’t been an extremely abundant political news week unless you think the mini-budget deal was epochal or that John Boehner’s denunciation of Heritage Action has banished conservative extremism forever. But it’s been good to be back with you for a full week, friends, and I appreciate your tolerance of my constant pleas for a tax-deductible donation to the Washington Monthly, which could be an existential issue for this here small but venerable blog.

* Senate Republicans apparently drying eyes and bandaging wounds from nuclear option “outrage” and will help pass the budget deal next week. What noble solons they are.

* Fascinating Alternet piece by Lynn Parramore about how Eddie Lampert used Ayn Rand theories as model for his management strategy for Sears, and failed miserably.

* At Wonkblog Howard Schneider looks at global trends on inequality, which are better than America’s.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein notes three big “dogs that aren’t barking:” there’s no large-scale dumping of people from employer-based health plans to the Obamacare exchanges; no psychotic Senate-closing GOP reaction to the nuclear option; and no upsurge in U.S. casualties in Afghanistan that would put that conflict back in the headlines.

* Also at Ten Miles Square, Raymond Smith suggests Mandela was the last of the “lions” who helped remake the world after Cold War ended.

And in non-political news:

* Pope Paul VI–remember him?–gets a step closer to possible sainthood as miracle attributed to his intercession is certified by Vatican.

That’s it for the week. Kathleen Geier will be back for Weekend Blogging tomorrow.

Let’s close with a cooler and non-repudiated campaign theme song: Herbie Mann’s “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” the anthem for Hunter Thompson’s famous if narrowly unsuccessful bid to become Sheriff of Aspen County, Colorado, in 1970.

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.