Day’s End and Night Watch

Got a little sniffly after writing that post about Jimmy Carter. I have an intense association of the man with a baby-sitting gig I had on Primary Night in 1966, when I feasted on Junior Mints and watched Jimmy supposedly win a runoff spot on Atlanta TV, only to hear it slip away on the radio the next morning when I was on the school bus. Still think of Jimmy Carter on the rare occasion I indulge in Junior Mints.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Newly elected Texas state senator goes all Fake Bonhoeffer on abortion “Holocaust” and “spiritual battle” for “soul of America.” Including him here because of the classic nature of his presentation, not pretense he’s widely representative–just yet.

* SUSA poll in Kansas shows Greg Orman (five points) and Paul Davis (four points) still ahead of GOP incumbent opponents. Gotta figure Kochs about to go medieval. This is their house.

* At TNR Christopher Beam examines six different scenarios for what the Hong Kong protests will produce.

* At the Prospect, Wendy Weiser takes the long historical look at voter suppression, and finds current efforts alarming.

* Strange but fascinating Robert Draper profile of Scott Walker for GQ finds him as the divisive but bland pol most likely to unite GOP in 2016–if he wins in 2014.

And in sorta non-political news:

* We Are the Walrus: 35,000 walrus crowd Alaska island after climate-change influenced sea ice loss.

That’s it for Wednesday. We’ll close with Lonnie Brooks charming a Chicago club crowd, finding a good use for a bottle of Bud as a slide guitar implement, shooting pool, and performing “Using Me.”


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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.