Day’s End and Night Watch

After struggling with the Baumann review of the Marsden book, I don’t have much left in the tank. So I’ll hold over any reaction to the Politico Magazine essay by the Third Way boys about Markos Moulitsas’ hostility to a Big Tent Democratic Party until tomorrow.

Here are some remains of the day:

* TNR’s Jonathan Cohn writes (as I have) about the same-old same-old features likely to appear in the consensus Republican health care plan, if GOPers bother to formalize it.

* In Georgia’s more-conservative-than-thou Republican Senate primary, Jack Kingston uses the big sack of money he’s raised as a powerful appropriator to run ads describing himself as a tightfisted grinch. Hilarious.

* New Pew survey shows what we’ve seen for a long time now: Obamacare unpopular, but so is its repeal.

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman praises Cory Booker for seeking common ground with Ted Cruz, even if it proves illusory.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports concern about debt has now outstripped fear of not getting into first-choice college among prospective students and their parents.

And in non-political news:

* Starbucks to sell beer and wine in evening hours at thousands of outlets. At their prices, a buzz of a different order isn’t an unreasonable request.

That’s it for Thursday. Let’s close with one more Hubert Sumlin performance: “Alone.”


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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.