Man, the twitterverse really exploded–initially pro, then angrily anti–at my tweets on Joni Ernst and the right to revolution, though in part that’s because my arguments became associated with those of Paul Begala, who suggested Ernst was being traitorous. As is generally the case, I avoided getting drawn into a twitter-war. Don’t have the time.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Conservative columnist calls for a secession of southern states who will form the new country of “Reagan.” Seriously.

* At the Prospect, Paul Waldman reminds us Barack Obama has issued fewest presidential vetoes since Millard Fillmore. That will change, a lot, if Republicans take over Senate.

* Charlie Pierce notes Stephen Harper quickly took advantage of yesterday’s shocking events on Parliament Hill to get in touch with his inner George W. Bush.

* At Ten Miles Square Rob Atkinson calls for new and less reflexive debate on trade policy.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer discusses the regressive effect of many lotteries-for-education programs.

And in non-political news:

* Well, one thing is sure to boost stock market: higher corporate profits.

That’s it for Thursday. Here’s one more fine Captain Beefheart performance, with his own personal twist on the whole Baby’s-Left-Me-On-A-Train tradition, “Click Clack.”

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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.