Housekeeping: I'm going to try to get a Friday Baseball Post up before sunset...we'll see. I still should have one over at Greg's place this afternoon, and my Salon column will run over the weekend (again assuming I can get it done before sundown). What Matters? won't run until Sunday morning, I guess. For those observing the holiday, G'mar Chatima Tovah, and Shana Tovah.
My column at TAP this week was an argument that Barack Obama's failure to deal with the fallout from ush-era torture was part of why the GOP was so dysfunctional during the Syria episode. It is admittedly speculative, but I think I'm right about it.
While I'm at it, I don't think I ever linked to last week's column, which was about the advantages for the president in getting Congress involved in policy -- and the advantages of politician-centered democracy over the rule of experts. Worth it despite the awful title they gave it!
And yesterday at PP, I noted the strange Democratic budget priorities.
A quick primer on deadlines.
A judicial nominations update.
And one on why presidential speeches are worthwhile, even if they won't change public opinion.