I had a brief feeling this morning that I missed winter snow out here where it’s as rare as a penguin. Then I looked at my coatless, bootless closet and thought otherwise. But I hope those of you dealing with it today find ways to enjoy it from a warm and dry perch.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Bob and Maureen McDonnell charged with 14 felony counts in conjunction with influence-peddling scandal. Remember when he was the symbol of the national GOP’s bright future?

* TNR’s Julia Ioffe argues that via Ezra Klein, bloggers have turned the tables on the old-school journalists who once mocked them.

* Republicans haven’t announced who will deliver their response to the State of the Union Address on January 28. But the Tea Folk have already tapped Sen. Mike Lee for their turgid response.

* At Ten Miles Square, Keith Humphreys reports that law enforcement focus on marijuana was declining steadily even before the drug’s legalization in Colorado and Washington.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer speculates on the retirement of George Miller, and its impact on the debate over for-profit colleges.

And in non-political news:

* WaPo’s Brian Fung reports on Verizon’s strategy for beating the cable companies in the fight for vast streaming video market.

That’s it for the day. Here’s Old Man Winter (Johnny) back when he was a young man, in 1970, performing “Mean Town Blues.” Get up and boogie, people.


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.