Day’s End and Night Watch

Like a lot of white kids in that day, I first became aware of Bo Diddley via the Animals’ 1964 tune “The Story of Bo Diddley.” It was good to see one of those British Invasion bands actually make tribute to the blues musicians they were all ripping off.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Greg Sargent notes 2016 GOP presidential proto-candidates all over the place on the DHS/immigration issue.

* Obama job approval ratio suddenly bounces back to near-even.

* Likud MK Danny Danon offers preview of Netanyahu speech focusing on past examples where Israel disagreed with US–and was proved right. Trouble: one example involves Reagan being wrong!

* At Ten Miles Square, Seth Market argues that it’s the parties, not the media, who have set up Iowa and New Hampshire as crucial states in the presidential nominating process.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer suggests a revolt by students against loan obligations might actually succeed in the near future.

And in non-political news:

* Tomorrow’s National Pancake Day!

That’s it for Monday. We’ll close with a short but wonderful video of Bo Diddley–with, as in the Daylight Video post, “The Duchess”–Norma-Jean Wofford–on rhythm guitar, a rather unusual phenomenon in those days.


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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.