Lunch Buffet

I didn’t watch most of the Super Bowl, but did catch the very end, and as a Georgia Bulldogs fan, found it extremely familiar to what happened in two of my team’s three losses this last season. Against South Carolina with a first down inside the five, Georgia threw passes instead of “just running the damn ball” with Todd Gurley, and narrowly lost. And in the final regular season overtime loss to the Dirt Daubers of Georgia Tech, the game ended with an INT near the goal line that was almost identical to the one the Pats made last night. So no, I didn’t really share the sense that Pete Carroll made a uniquely, historically bad decision, or that the Devil gave the Patriots one more Lombardi Trophy for selling their souls.

Here are some post-Super Bowl midday news/views treats:

* Former WaMo intern Rachel Cohen has a long-form piece at the Prospect on Chris Christie’s veto of the ARC rail project and how it reflects GOP indifference to public investments. More on that later, I suspect.

* At TNR, Danny Vinik outlines the UI reform proposal embedded in Obama’s budget.

* At the Atlantic, Conor Friedersdorf says the universal subscription of Republicans to the term “conservative” has greatly reduced its usefulness. Well, only if you think they really disagree with each other.

* Al Hunt reminds us that Scott Walker would be the first U.S. president without a post-graduate degree since Harry Truman. But God’s advising him, and God has all the degrees.

* John McCain offers the best available excuse for refusing to criticize his former running-mate’s word salad speech in Des Moines: he didn’t see it.

And in non-political news:

* Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, predicts six more weeks of winter, as another big storm approaches northeast.

As we break for lunch, here’s one of Graham Nash’s political songs that’s remained highly relevant: “Immigration Man,” with David Crosby.

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.