My readers know that I seldom disappear for entire days, but other writing obligations made me take the extraordinary step of unplugging my Internet connection all day. I’d never tried that method, and I’m happy to report it allowed me to be productive, but it also means I won’t get back to blogging until tomorrow. All my apologies. To compensate, here’s a quick round-up of the day’s news, some of which I’ll obviously come back to tomorrow:
Rep. John Shadegg is the 14th House Republican to announce his retirement. A new poll has Martha Coakley leading by 8%; she also got The Boston Globe’s endorsement, Bill Clinton will campaign for her and Vicky Kennedy is cutting an ad on her behalf; yet, both Stuart Rothenberg and Charlie Cook moved the race to the toss-up category so conventional wisdom is preparing for the possibility of an unfathomable upset. Elsewhere, surveys show the GOP in very solid positions in Nevada and North Dakota’s Senate races while Democrats look all but certain to save Connecticut’s Senate seat.
Finally, the Supreme Court has postponed issuing a decision on Citizens United again, which is puzzling all Court observers; Rick Hasen writes that recent hint suggests the ruling could “turn out much worse than [campaign finance proponents] have dreaded.”