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