If Russia’s annexation of Crimea is a world-historical disaster exposing the West to unparalleled danger from a revived Russian Empire laughing at Obama as a weakling, why is the stock market up today? Just wondering.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Subbing for Greg Sargent, Paul Waldman rides his “hobbyhorse:” Iowa’s disproportionate power in American politics. Look out, Paul: you may never be able to lunch at Maid-Rite again!

* At The Atlantic, Garrett Epps defends Justice Ginsburg’s right to retire when she’s ready, not when a Democratic successor can safely be appointed and confirmed.

* Jay Cost warns Republicans they’re not quite “ready for Hillary” just yet.

* At TNR, Jonathan Cohn notes another example of a rich guy comparing lefty populists to Nazis.

* At College Guide, Anne Hyslop discusses Washington State’s confusion over waivers from the requirements of No Child Left Behind.

And in non-political news:

* Georgia’s Lady Bulldogs play in first round of NCAA tournament next Sunday in Storrs, CT (their 20th straight NCAA appearance). That means if they win they draw mighty UConn on its home court.

That’s it for the day. I really dread tomorrow morning’s aggregators, with 2,000 shrieking op-eds about how Obama “lost” Crimea.

Let’s close, by request, with a tune about a different “West” than NATO: here’s “Riders in the Sky,” which believe it or not, first got major airplay with this recording by Burl Ives.

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.