Day’s End and Night Watch

Okay, I’m going to stop being coy about this: the book I recently wrote for the University of Pennsylvania Press, Election 2014: Why the Republicans Swept the Midterms, will officially be published tomorrow. It’s a short book that sticks pretty much to the immediate story and keeps the interpretive themes clear and simple. But it’s also, so far as I know, the first real book to appear on the midterms, and was written in the strong belief that we tend to forget recent history if it’s not written down.

Here are some remains of the day:

* House sends Senate version of bill forcing approval of Keystone XL pipeline to Obama for certain veto.

* Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber fighting rumors he’s going to resign. m

* Scott Walker avoids controversy in London by refusing to talk about anything controversial.

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman examines Maureen Dowd’s implicit claim Obama’s hostility to her is sexist.

* At College Guide, Sara Nuefeld announces two-year Hechinger Report project to assess various reform ideas for high schools.

And in non-political news:

* Tark the Shark–long-time college basketball coach (Long Beach State, UNLV, Fresno State) Jerry Tarkanian–dies at 84. Not remotely as revered as Dean Smith, but more entertaining.

That’s it for Wednesday. Here’s one more Catfish Keith number: “You Got To Move.”


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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.