You know the drill — some links to interesting stories of the day. If readers have comments or other stories worth looking at, please share in the comments.
- Stephen Colbert polled ahead of Jon Huntsman in a recent South Carolina poll, prompting the comedian to consider an “official” bid for the White House. My first reaction to this news was how he could possibly do this when he runs his own SuperPAC, an organization that began as something of a swipe at Citizens United, but ultimately required him to go before the FEC for approval. But, apparently Colbert was way ahead of me. After consulting with his attorney during last night’s Colbert Report, Colbert transferred control of the SuperPAC to Jon Stewart, alleviating any legal obstacle to making a bid for President.
- Matt Bai of the New York Times Magazine has a fascinating piece on the crisis facing Tea Party activists who hate Mitt Romney but can’t decide where else to turn. Apparently, when their billionaire astroturf organizers abandon them the Tea Party is like the Occupy movement…except less effective.
- If you haven’t been paying attention, the drive to recall Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin is wrapping up its signature collection this weekend. As of two months ago 58% of Wisconsin voters wanted him out, so the GOP is going to have to launch a lot of obstructionist legal challenges to hold on to power.
- Occasionally Nobel Prize winners are called upon to help us understand the world in a way we never could have comprehended — to reveal the truth that only their fantastic minds can see. Unfortunately for us, Paul Krugman rarely gets the chance to show off his smarts because he has to explain what should be, but apparently isn’t, obvious to everyone — the United States is not a business and cannot be run like one.