Glad I’ll be on a plane without internet access when National Signing Day winds down. Too much ultimately idiotic tension.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Andrew Sullivan explains why no, The Dish will not go on without him. Those of us still in the news-cycle blogging biz are starting to feel pretty lonely.

* More Kabuki: House to vote on Senate version of Keystone XL Pipeline bill before sending it to Obama’s desk to be vetoed.

* Republican problems with defining rape continue, as Utah state rep. questions whether sex with unconscious person should be called rape.

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman explains how decisions made by the U.S. in 1979 still have huge effect on our Middle Eastern policies.

* At College Guide, Andre Perry shows that the consumer choice model of college selection doesn’t really work for young men of color.

And in non-political news:

* TransAsia airliner crashes into river in Taiwan; at least 23 dead.

That’s it for Wednesday. We’ll close with another fine early Alice Cooper tune: “I’m Eighteen,” performed live sometime well after the singer was within shouting distance of that age.


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.