We’ll be ending blogging a bit early today in recognition of New Year’s Eve and its revels (or a last relaxed winter holiday eve for others), and hope you have nice plans for the evening. But we’re not at quitting time yet, so here are some midday news and views treats:

* Jonathan Chait not impressed by Politico‘s defense of Mike Allen’s echoing of editorial views of sponsors.

* Rolling Stone‘s Matt Taibbi mocks Karl Rove and other “Establishment” Republicans for panic over power of their Tea Party creatures.

* TNR’s Jonathan Cohn summarizes what we know and don’t know about Obamacare launch.

* From the January/February issue of the Monthly, Pearl Sydenstricker (a reporter’s pseudonym) writes about China’s exploitation of Tibetan tourism.

* AZ GOP gubernatorial candidate uses some made-up Lincoln quotes on “class hatred.”

And in non-political news:

* Wii U heads up listicle of the worst new product flops of 2013.

If you wisely avoided buying one of those can’t-miss-but-did-miss products last year, you should be a bit ahead financially, and might really benefit from a tax-deductible donation to a product line that never lets you down, the Washington Monthly.

As we break for lunch, here’s some old hippie ear candy for New Year’s Eve: Jimi Hendrix performing Auld Lang Syne at the Fillmore East to usher in 1970, his last year on this particular planet.

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.