I nearly fell asleep at the keyboard this afternoon, but the ever-reliable Erick Erickson woke me up with a post that burned the cholesterol out of my cerebral arteries. Thanks, Erick.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Rand Paul, challenged by Glenn Beck to justify his endorsement of Mitch McConnell, has amazingly little to say.

* At the Prospect, Barry Yeoman reports from Moral Monday’s big second-year kickoff in North Carolina.

* At Plum Line, our own Ryan Cooper reviews the debate he helped start over a tax-cuts-plus-more spending budget deal (which I dubbed “Mutually Assured Dessert”).

* At Ten Miles Square, Mark Kleiman suggests a fresh face for Republicans in 2016. Hint: he’s everywhere at the Sochi Olympics!

* At College Guide, Conor Williams delves into early childhood development research to explain why infants and toddlers are so exhausting to adults.

And in non-political news:

* Yuengling ice cream back in stores after 30 years’ absence. No, it’s not made from beer.

That’s it for the day. Let’s close our Ziggy Stardust tribute with a less-famed tune that’s one of my favorites: “Soul Love.”

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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.