Day’s End and Night Watch

So this is the day we will remember when Ted Cruz takes the oath of office as president, and we all head for the hills.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Right-wing direct mail wizard and legendary crank Richard Viguerie hails Ted Cruz as the “first top-tier movement conservative presidential candidate” since St. Ronnie.

* Cruz does not, however, have the support of his Texas colleague in the Senate, as John Cornyn pays him back for neutrality in the 2014 Senate primary by pledging neutrality in the 2016 Texas presidential primary.

* Greg Sargent explores Mitch McConnell’s potentially dangerous plan to thwart Obama’s entire climate agenda by encouraging states to refuse to implement utility regulations.

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman notes that despite his shortcomings, Cruz is a much better candidate than some of the bozos who did well for a while in 2012.

* At College Guide, Anne Kim and Jill Barshay offer parallel takes on what we know about online instruction.

And in non-political news:

* Ryanair backs away from earlier announcement it was exploring dirt cheap transatlantic flights.

That’s it for Monday. Let’s close with something I should have posted before lunch: Mississippi John Hurt with “Monday Morning Blues.”


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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.