–Tom Vilsack will review the Shirley Sherrod firing.
–The irony of her unseemly ouster is that what she actually said is reminiscent of the Obama ethos; using a deeply personal narrative to highlight the tension — and eventual transcendence — of cultural disparity. Ben Smith rightly points out how far the dialogue has fallen.
–Harry Reid unveiled a scaled-back energy bill to his caucus yesterday. Afterward he sounded unsure whether Democrats would move forward.
–Blanche Lincoln’s re-election effort is in very bad shape. Nate Silver crunches the latest poll numbers and writes she is somewhere between a 20:1 and 500:1 longshot.
–Speaking of sober numbers for Dems: A new SurveyUSA poll out of marquee VA-05 suggests Rep. Tom Perriello is trailing Republican Robert Hurt by roughly 20 points. If there’s a way out of that hole, it’s money, effective advertising and hoping that third-party Tea Partier Jeff Clark makes some gains.
–Joe Manchin’s path to a West Virginia Senate seat looks pretty clear.
–Karen Handel and Nathan Deal head to a run-off in Georgia.
–As a young denizen of this particular glass house, I try to avoid casting amateur media observations willy-nilly. But I will say this post by Marc Ambinder, which is actually one piece of a larger dialogue with journalism professor Jay Rosen, is a thoughtful and worthwhile read for both producers and consumers of journalism.
What did I miss?