It’s the ninth anniversary of Tammy Booth’s (a.k.a. Blue Girl) service in monitoring the comment threads here at WaMo, among other duties. She outlasted both Kevin and Steve, and isn’t slowing down. A collective tip of the hat to Tammy!

Here are some remains of the day:

* Last night’s Democratic presidential debate wound up with boffo ratings: over 15 million viewers, representing the sixth largest nonsports cable telecast in history. And all without Donald Trump!

* Boehner said to want to move on “clean” debt limit bill before he leaves Washington. Bet he won’t miss a tee time over it, though.

* In a pre-debate post at Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman argues Bernie Sanders has a big stake in executing a redefinition of what it means to be a “socialist.” Do you think he accomplished that in part or full last night?

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer pours cold water on the idea that the Obamas ought to be real focused on the support for tenure-track faculty at the colleges their daughter is visiting.

* At The Grade, Alexander Russo looks at what the Gates Foundation has found in subsidizing different types of education journalism.

And in non-political news:

* Apple’s loss in a patent lawsuit involving iPhone 6s technology could cost it up to $862 million.

That’s it for Wednesday. We’ll close with “Son” Thomas covering “Dust My Broom” from a Brazilian documentary in 1970.

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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.