Tis indeed the day of the Baptist Bears! Hard to believe mighty Duke fell to a mostly unknown school from Macon, Georgia. I’ll be watching the better-known canine entry from the Peach State in the NIT at 8:00 AM PDT tomorrow.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Had to happen: Fox News host compares families of Flight 370 passengers to survivors of Benghazi! victims. They kinda remind me of poor people in nonprofit political groups scrutinized by the IRS.

* Politico‘s Maggie Haberman conducts a long “less filling/tastes great” discussion of whether HRC’s delay in announcing a presidential candidate helps or hurts other Democrats. Repeat after me: No-bah-dee-noze!

* Speaking ill of the dead: TNR republishes classic Kinsley smackdown of the late Bob Strauss from 1988.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jim Sleeper reminds us the U.S. has always insisted on a special “sphere of influence” over near neighbors–you know, Cuba?

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer notes that aside from too much hot air about higher-ed “innovation,” there’s now actually a program educators can undertake to get credentialed in it!

And in non-political news:

* Hawaii law allows police officers to have sex with prostitutes–you know, anything to get a collar.

That’s it for the day. Kathleen Geier is back in for Weekend Blogging tomorrow. Let’s close with another civil-rights-themed classic from Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions: “Choice of Colors.”


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.