No, I’m not dressing up for Halloween. In the distant past I have dressed up as Rene Descartes, Uncle Duke, The Critique of Pure Reason, and a “staggering deficit,” but kinda lost the habit, particularly now that I live in a place where the median age is about 70 and trick-or-treaters tend to confine themselves to target-rich environments like the Mall.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Nate Silver ups FiveThirtyEight odds of Republican Senate takeover to 68.5%, highest level of the year, but mainly just because of polling in KY and AR.

* Charlie Pierce aptly compares GOP Ebola-goguery to hysteria over Terri Schiavo.

* Alec MacGillis thinks Scott Brown fatally screwed up in final Senate debate when he got confused about the location of one of NH’s 10 counties.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein seeks to bury idea that who wins governorships on Tuesday will have big impact on who wins White House in 2016.

* At College Guide, Ben Miller offers a thorough initial analysis of new federal “gainful employment” rules for colleges benefiting from federally-sponsored student aid, expected to affect for-profit institutions in particular.

And in non-political news:

* The best and worst celebrity Halloween costumes.

That’s it for Friday. David Atkins is doing some issue-related work that I hope he tells us about eventually, so D.R. Tucker is at the controls for Weekend Blogging. Dawn and I will be riveted by what used to be known as the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, a.k.a. the Georgia-Florida game.

We’ll close with Bow Wow Wow’s biggest hit, a cover of the old Strangeloves song which deployed the “Bo Diddley Beat:” “I Want Candy.”

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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.