Day’s End and Night Watch

It’s been a strange day dominated by a complex and not terribly conclusive election held far away. That’s what happens when one of your two major political parties decides it likes another country better than this one.

Here are some remains of the day:

* That was quick: scandal-plagued Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) resigns from House; doesn’t even look like he did it as part of plea agreement.

* Congressional Republicans really resorting to trickery in effort to boost defense spending without killing budget caps or revealing draconian plans for domestic spending. Nothing new, but still offensively egregious.

* While ignoring Dems on budget, Boehner cutting deal with Pelosi on “doc fix” before even bringing it up with his rebellious right wing.

* At Ten Miles Square, Anne Kim interviews yours truly about the 2014 elections, for those of you who haven’t already bought Election 2014.

* At College Guide, Liz Willin interviews president of Hamilton College on how that small, elite liberal arts college intends to avoid the fate of Sweet Briar.

And in non-political news:

* Unsurprisingly, Key West tops list of U.S. cities with most bartenders per capita.

That’s it for Tuesday. We’ll close with one more tune in honor of St. Patrick’s Day: Horslips with “Dearg Doom:”


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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.