Blogging here could still get a bit funky the next couple of days as I deal with high-speed book edits, but I’ll try to keep up.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Ben Carson seems to blame Ferguson on the “women’s lib movement.” Am beginning to think he prepared for presidential run by watching every episode of All in the Family.

* Still not a lot of GOP congressmen from districts carried by Obama, but those just elected have a very uncomfortable term to negotiate.

* A stroll down memory lane to recall some other conservative nastiness towards the president’s daughters.

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman wrestles with question of Hillary Clinton’s familiarity.

* At College Guide, Martin Krupnick predicts that better compensation for student-athletes will come at a tangible cost to other students.

And in non-political news:

* Total retail sales on Black Friday may have dipped, but gun sales boomed.

That’s it for Monday. I wanted to close with $trick9’s “December in Des Moines,” but it wasn’t available on YouTube, believe it or not. So inevitably, here’s the cheesiest December song of them all–one of the cheesier songs on any topic: “December 1963 (Oh, What a Night!).”

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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.