Day’s End and Night Watch

Don’t know about you, but thinking about GruberGate gives me that special world-weariness the Germans call Weltschmerz.

Here are some remains of the day:

* A new survey suggests that 35% of 2014 non-voters had conflicts with work or school schedules. Another reason for Saturday voting.

* Harry Reid re-elected Democratic Senate Leader, but had to listen to a lot of complaints in a four-hour closed meeting.

* Five million seems to be the number bouncing around of immigrants who will be protected by pending presidential expansion of deferred prosecution, which could be announced next week.

* At Ten Miles Square, Henry Farrell writes about Brian Farrell (no relation), a highly respected Irish television personality who died two days ago and who quietly welcomed the cultural evolution of his country.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer looks at the likely impact of the 2014 elections on education policy, and figures not much will change, other than perhaps fresh fiscal pressure on schools and colleges in states where Republicans have made gains.

And in non-political news:

* Ford risks future with new aluminum F-150 truck. Not sure how Bubba will respond.

That’s it for Thursday. We’ll close with a touching (to me, at least) Steeleye Span revival performance of “Hard Times of Old England” in 2009, a near-rockabilly version of the old post-Napoleonic War song.

Selah.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.