Day’s End and Night Watch

I didn’t get to say a lot of what I wanted to say on To the Point today, but here’s the audio if you are interested. Clearly, the Des Moines Register‘s Kathie Obradovich thinks I’m disrespecting Iowa Democrats by suggesting they aren’t necessarily sincere in disrespecting Hillary, and Roger Hickey is horrified by my argument that Bill Clinton should focus on Super PAC fundraising for his wife. So it goes.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Peter Beinart compares HRC’s launch videos to past messaging and argues she’s now “unabashedly liberal.”

* TNR’s Danny Vinik amazed that Arthur Laffer still being listened to by Republican pols.

* Sean Trende looks for significant flaws in HRC’s rollout, but it’s slim pickin’s.

* At Ten Miles Square, Julia Azari mulls the significance of presidential candidate announcements, especially for a unique candidate like HRC.

* At College Guide, Jill Barshay notes it’s not just tuition, but room and board charges, that are rising faster than inflation.

And in sorta non-political news:

* German novelist and Nobel Prize laureate Gunter Grass, author of The Tin Drum, dies at 89.

That’s it for Monday. We could close with any number of Lowell George/Little Feat performances. But George was also a great session musician. So let’s feature the “trilogy” of songs that kicked off Robert Palmer’s first big album: “Sailin’ Shoes,” “Hey Julia” and “Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley.” George wrote the first song, and performs guitar on the first and third songs. I spent years thinking the first and second were a Little Feat recording I just couldn’t find.

Selah.

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.