Day’s End and Night Watch

Feel like I’ve been tilting at windmills today, to borrow Charlie Peters’ signature term. Purveyors of Big Media Narratives like “Democrats in Disarray” are going to do what they do, just as they always have.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Derailed Amtrak train was going at least 100 MPH, double speed limit for that location, when it left the tracks. Astonishing.

* Martin O’Malley meeting with select progressive activists and offering simple message: Elizabeth Warren’s not running, but he is.

* At The Grade, Alexander Russo defends use of term “reformers” for standards-and-accountability advocates because all that buzz and corporate money still drop in the bucket against K-12 education establishment.

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman notes Amtrak disaster didn’t keep GOP-controlled House Appropriations Committee from slashing rail funding by 20% the very next day, reflecting a Republican habit of lacking a sense of solidarity.

* At College Guide, Kirk Carapezza looks at Pine Manor College as an example of a small undercapitalized liberal arts college that could follow Sweet Briar into oblivion.

And in non-political news:

* Marianne Faithful and Keith Richards offer different explanations of inspiration for Rolling Stones classic “Wild Horses.” And I always thought it was written for Gram Parsons!

That’s it for Wednesday. We’ll close with perhaps the best song on Stevie Wonder’s best album, Innervisions. The cut is “Living for the City.”

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.