Day’s End and Night Watch

It will be interesting to see overnight if the Beltway CW settles on “John Boehner triumphs over the Tea Party again” or “John Boehner is so weak he can barely hold the gavel.”

Here are some remains of the day:

* Former VA Gov. Bob McDonnell sentenced to two years in prison for corruption, which is considered a victory for defense attorneys. His wife will face sentencing on February 20.

* At the Prospect, Paul Waldman predicts all 2016 GOP presidential candidates other than Rand Paul will pretty much promise to revive George W. Bush’s foreign policies.

* Ron Fournier admits his Cassandra-talk about government’s competence to handle Ebola outbreak was wrong.

* Pursuing a perennial GOP meme, Mike Gerson uses Cuomo death to grind the Dems-have-regressed-to-pre-Clinton-liberalism ax.

* At College Guide, Liz Willen reports on migration of anger over police treatment of black men to how they are treated by schools.

And in non-political news:

* Charlie Pierce on Pedro Martinez’ election to the Hall of Fame.

That’s it for Tuesday. We’ll close with Sandy Denny’s autumnal masterpiece, as performed with Fairport Convention: “Who Knows Where the Time Goes?”

Selah.

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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.