Day’s End and Night Watch

So in case you were wondering, there was no December jobs report on the first Friday of the month because it was immediately preceded by a holiday, but it will come out this Friday, January 9. We’ll see if Mitch McConnell immediately takes credit if it is, as expected, quite good.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Interesting observation from Art Goldhammer: “To transform the shock of Charlie’s obscenities into veneration of its martyrdom is to turn the magazine into the kind of icon against which its irrepressible iconoclasm was directed.”

* Laura Ingraham as classy as ever, with headline: “France’s Elites Reap What They Sow.”

* Iowa State GOP to decide on fate of Ames Straw Poll this weekend.

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman argues that even if the trend lines are positive, the sheer number of sexual assaults in the U.S. military is horrifying.

* At College Guide, Clare McCann says Murray/Ryan bill demanding more transparent federal data collection and distribution could be a special boon for higher ed.

And in non-political news:

* U.S. markets turn around on anticipated good jobs report plus Fed minutes showing no rush to raise interest rates. Yeah, sometimes good news is good.

That’s it for Wednesday. We’ll close with Paul Revere & the Raiders’ only number one hit, a song that’s familiar to me but that I did not associate with the band at all: “Indian Reservation,” also known as “The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian”.

Selah.

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.