Day’s End and Night Watch

Nothing like a boffo poll for Paul Broun to end the day in hope and fear for this Georgia Cracker. If I had the time and money, I’d go home to follow the man, not as a “tracker” (Broun’s outspokenness makes that role unnecessary), but simply to marvel at the counterrevolutionary fervor he represents, so near in spirit to the demagogues of my Georgia youth.

Here are some final items of the day:

* Pew shows huge generational gap among Republicans on marriage equality; all Democratic age cohorts support marriage equality by over 60%.

* Sharyl Attkisson quits CBS even as she works on book about “liberal media bias.” Does she sign with Fox this week or next week?

* Prospect‘s Paul Waldman wonders why wealthy people aren’t treated as morally corrupted by government subsidies.

* At Ten Miles Square, Rachel Cohen explains why nobody is telling the truth about post-farm-bill SNAP benefits.

* At College Square, Jon Marcus argues that if you look at the full range of federal student aid programs, wealthy are doing better than ever.

And in non-political news:

* One more–maybe the last of the year?–snowstorm to hit midwest and northeast this week.

That’s it for the day. Let’s close with Charley Patton’s “Spoonful Blues,” which may be about cocaine, but is definitely about addictions and cravings.


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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.