AFP photo/Karen Bleier
AFP photo/Karen Bleier

* Michael Gerson wrests the country’s founding back from the Tea Party: “The Federalist Founders did not view government as a necessary evil.”

* It’s here to stay: Joshua Green on why Republicans won’t repeal Obamacare, even if they win the White House and both houses of Congress in 2016.

* Brian Beutler captures the right’s Obamacare misinformation bubble in a single image.

* Good stuff from Ryan Cooper on the state of the conservative reform movement, such as it is.

* Adam Serwer on that much-discussed David Brooks pot-smoking column, and what that says about two-tiered justice.

* Also see Jamelle Bouie on Brooks’ apparent cluelessness about how drug laws play out in the real world.

* Steve Benen, on the Tea Party primary challenge that Ohio governor John Kasich is facing for bringing in federal money to expand coverage to his own constituents:

In contemporary GOP politics, this is the sort of move that creates primary fights. Why? Because Medicaid expansion is part of the Affordable Care Act. No one should hate a moderate health care law quite this much.

* Meanwhile, Kentucky Dem governor Steve Beshear, who is guilty of the same apostasy, is now the target of efforts by state Republicans to rein in his powers.

* Harry Reid’s suggestion that we expand eligibility for unemployment benefits earned a bit of mockery on Twitter. Here’s Atrios on the selection process that leads reporters to declare which policy ideas are treated respectfully and which aren’t.

* Daniel Gross with a deep politics and policy dive into the minimum wage, and a prediction for 2014: “lots of Americans will finally get wage increases.”

* And Digby has the sordid history behind a very simple question from Senator Bernie Sanders: “Has the NSA spied, or is the NSA currently spying, on members of Congress or other American elected officials?”

What else?

Greg Sargent writes The Plum Line blog, a reported opinion blog with a liberal slant -- what you might call “opinionated reporting” from the left.