Day’s End and Night Watch

Since we are talking about football today anyway, I should note that this Wednesday is an annual event nearly as beloved to hard-core college football fans as the national championship: National Signing Day, where 17-19 year olds make a lot of old codgers happy and break a lot of old codger hearts. Alabama’s due for what seems to be their 200th consecutive number one recruiting class.

Here are the remains of the day:

* Mike Tomasky looks at the famous Walker speech in Des Moines from a substantive point of view, and finds it stupid.

* Christie’s got a bit of a history with anti-vaxxers.

* Rand Paul lets Christie off the hook with his own, even more objectionable, comments about vaccines leading to “profound mental disorders.”

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman calls the whole effort to hold DHS funding hostage to a rollback of the president’s executive actions on immigration a “racist temper tantrum.”

* At College Guide, Jill Barshay reports per capital spending on K-12 education dropped in 2011-12 (the last year for which data is available) for the second year in a row, reversing a long pattern of regular increases.

And in non-political news:

* Debt deal being offered by new Greek government helps boost stock markets today.

That’s it for Monday. We’ll close with the Hollies performing the last hit Graham Nash wrote for them: “Carrie Anne,” said to be about Marianne Faithful, in Croatia.


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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.