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.”