Day’s End and Night Watch

Don’t know if it was in psychic anticipation of the Huckabee book arriving, but today for lunch I fixed myself a fried bologna sandwich, a true southern delicacy, and down there with ramen noodles on the affordability index.

Here are some remains of the day:

* In least surprising political development of the young year, John Podesta making plans to leave White House to help set up HRC’s campaign.

* Charlie Cook reports on focus group in which half of participants said they’d back law to ban any presidential run by anyone named Bush or Clinton.

* New right-wing House group created out of concern that Republican Study Committee has gone all squishy.

* At Ten Miles Square, John Stoehr makes the “next-in-line”
case
for Rick Santorum.

* At College Guide, Andre Perry calls for pairing Obama’s “tuition-free community college” initiative with a new drive for universal pre-K.

And in non-political news:

* Derek Hough leaving Dancing With the Stars. But it’s a temporary leave of absence, because otherwise, nothing would be sacred.

So in addition to the Bob Dylan recordings I’ve mentioned early, the other big thing that happened on this day in music history was Johnny Cash’s show at Folsom Prison in 1968. We’ll close with one of the less famous tunes from that famous live album: “Cocaine Blues.”

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.