Day’s End and Night Watch

Hope you’ve enjoyed Eric Cantor Day here at PA. It was pretty hard to write about it less.

Here are some remains of the day:

* The Nation‘s Ari Berman notes yet another bit of falloff from the Cantor loss: he was the closest thing to an influential congressional Republican promising to take action on a Voting Rights Act rewrite.

* Better take that new internal poll from Jack Kingston’s campaign showing him up 14 points over David Perdue in GA GOP SEN runoff: it was conducted by John McLaughlin, Eric Cantor’s pollster.

* Fascinating column by Elizabeth Drescher at Religion Dispatches suggesting return to Reformation notions of marriage as non-sacramental will ease transition to marriage equality.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein offers an important fundamental reason that phenomena like the VA-07 primary happen: “Republican leaders, including whomever counts as the ‘establishment,’ have spent more than 40 years educating rank-and-file voters that ‘more conservative’ is always better.”

* At College Guide, Jill Barshay examines the “controversial research” that underlay the court decision overturning California’s teacher tenure system.

And in non-political news:

* U.S. World Cup coach Jurgen Klinsmann getting flack for admitting he doesn’t expect his team to win the tourney. Doesn’t he understand American Exceptionalism?

Let close with my favorite piece from Rick Wakeman’s Six Wives of Henry VIII: “Anne of Cleves.”


Support Nonprofit Journalism

If you enjoyed this article, consider making a donation to help us produce more like it. The Washington Monthly was founded in 1969 to tell the stories of how government really works—and how to make it work better. Fifty years later, the need for incisive analysis and new, progressive policy ideas is clearer than ever. As a nonprofit, we rely on support from readers like you.

Yes, I’ll make a donation

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.