Funny how quickly the past recedes. I checked out my entry on the TNR archives earlier today before briefly describing my relationship with the magazine, and was shocked to discover it included 27 pages of links. That’s a lot of rides on the old TNR ship, and in just a little over three years. Though I never worked in their office, and my parting of ways with them was not very friendly, it’s no wonder I still feel a bit embarrassed by their past lack of diversity.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Romney’s announcement stepped all over Scott Walker’s big DC speech, in which he refined his electability-without-compromise pitch. Don’t know if he had ’em rockin’ in the aisles, though.

* Democrat Ted Strickland reportedly set to run against Rob Portman next year.

* Interesting David Graham column on Mitt as the guy who could never get the timing right for his presidential bids.

* At Ten Miles Square, Julia Azari discusses Scott Walker’s choice of fundraising instruments for his pre-announcement campaign.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer explains why poor people are the only ones who are likely to be exposed to the “unbundling” of higher ed services from individual colleges.

And in non-political news:

* Everything you want to know about the financial side of Super Bowl XLIX.

That’s it for Friday. Nancy Le Tourneau will be in for weekend blogging. For those of you wanting to celebrate the non-candidacy of Mitt Romney, and in response to a commenter request yesterday, here’s The Call performing “The Walls Came Down,” with The Band’s Garth Hudson on keyboards.


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.