Probably like a lot of you, I’m ambivalent about watching the Sochi Olympics, particular if it’s served up by NBC with a lot of sycophantic media hype and those excessively long and saccharin “profiles.” But it’s still hard to resist.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Plurality of Americans still blame W. for nation’s economic problems, per new CNN/ORC poll. But hey, it’s no longer a majority!

* Begich still holds narrow lead over all of his GOP challengers in Alaska, per PPP survey. Palin still trailing HRC in Alaska in highly theoretical 2016 match-up.

* UN general-secretary Ban Ki-Moon blasts Russia’s anti-gay policies in speech to IOC.

* At Ten Miles Square, Keith Humphreys pours cold water on idea that cannabis legalization in the U.S. would diminish power of Mexican drug cartels.

* At College Guide, Conor Williams reports on de Blasio’s effort to divert money from charter public schools to pre-K programs, and the politics behind it.

And in non-political news:

* National Signing Day’s winners, losers and surprises.

As we end the day, here’s one more Falco video, before we let him rest in peace: “Sound of Musik.” German language skills not essential.


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.