Though I’ve done about as much blogging as I planned for this holiday, sorry for an earlier hiatus. Who knew there was no cell phone (and hence personal hotspot) coverage in much of the Northern California coast?

Right now I’m blogging from a Russian joint called the Hole in the Wall in Sebastopol, California. And yes, there’s borscht on the menu.

Here are some remains of the day:

* The Iowa Republican‘s Craig Robinson admits Joni Ernst didn’t do well in latest Senate debate.

* The hits keep on coming for David Perdue: turns out Mr. Outsourcing deleted extensive recent work for Indian Company from his campaign resume.

* Vatican Synod produces document on tolerance and dialogue that one church-watcher calls “a pastoral earthquake.”

* At Ten Miles Square, Keith Humphreys distinguishes UKIP from the U.S. Tea Party.

* At College Guide, Jill Barshay reports on new research about the damaging effect of repeating grades by K-6 students.

And in non-political news:

* SEC occupies five of top ten positions in AP college football poll, including (mirabile dictu) Georgia at #10.

That’s it for this abbreviated day. Let’s close with one more Paul Simon classic: “The Boxer.”


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.