Day’s End and Night Watch

Amazing how little play David Corn’s piece on Ben Carson, which ought to be a mortal blow to the man’s presidential candidacy, is getting today. Have a feeling MSM will keep describing Carson as this mild-mannered common-sense conservative….

Here are some remains of the day:

* Probably not the best sign that Jeb Bush is comparing himself to left-for-dead longshot 2008 GOP candidate John McCain, who required an improbable demolition derby to win the nomination.

* Sarah Posner schools Politico‘s Ben Schreckinger on the significance of Donald Trump’s courtship of televangelists.

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman thinks Kevin McCarthy showing early signs of the mendacity necessary to be a contemporary Republican leader.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer warming to King Alexander’s objection to federal aid going to private colleges without some accountability.

* Also at College Guide, Kevin Carey reviews the surprisingly rich history of Hollywood films about social climbers crashing Harvard.

And in non-political news:

* A must-read: Charlie Pierce on deaths in high school football and why all sports fans need to take responsibility.

That’s it for Wednesday. We’ll close with an especially hard-rocking T. Rex song, “Buick MacKane,” as performed in Germany in 1973.


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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.