At nearly 3:00 PM local time, fog just now burning off. October’s a weird weather month here.

Here are some remains of the day:

* David Ignatius argues Obama is in the process of upgrading the talent level in his administration.

* Halperin reports DSCC going very big into South Dakota with ads for Senate candidate Rick Weiland.

* At the Atlantic, Nora Caplan-Bricker suggests Colorado’s John Hicklenlooper being undermined by his self-deprecating style.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein thinks whatever trouble Republicans have in settling on a nominee in 2016, it won’t much matter in the general election.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports on a proposal from a New Jersey legislator to shut down for-profit colleges in the state if they don’t meet ambitious graduation standards.

And in non-political news:

* Hero: air tanker pilot fighting wildfire at Yosemite killed in crash.

That’s it for Wednesday. We’ll close with The Nighthawks performing “Moving Up In Class” in 1983.

Selah.

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.