Well, there I go again with a long and reasonably deep (not to mention pessimistic) post late on a Friday afternoon. Never know when the spirit or the news feed will hit you.

Here are some remains of the day:

* At Vox Ezra Klein wonders why Democrats are getting the blame for killing or at least messing up TPP when the Republicans who supposedly want it so badly control Congress.

* Much of conservative noise machine a-whir, for reasons I really don’t understand, about report a local NAACP leader in Spokane, Washington is actually white but has been “passing” as African-American for 20 years.

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman meditates on the self-destructive character of the so-called Republican Establishment.

* At The Grade, Alexander Russo notes how the vagaries of the intergovernmental system constrain the education debate into what he calls a “small stone box” where things like local control of education are taken for granted.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer discusses Lee Siegel’s cheerful advocacy of defaulting on student loans.

And in non-political news:

* Once-big-time country music singer Randy Howard shot to death by bounty hunter trying to apprehend him for missing a court date.

That’s it for Friday. David Atkins and D.R. Tucker will be in tomorrow for Weekend Blogging. Let’s close the day with Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke revisiting Return to Forever’s “Light as a Feather.”


Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.