5. One good thing Congress did this year: It cut down on the number of votes lawmakers take on post office names.
6. Lee Drutman wonders if it is possible to spend too much money on politics -- especially when your money doesn't seem to be making too big a dent -- over at Slate.
Whatever happens, the larger point is that politics is neither a vending machine nor an auction. Strategy matters, and changing the status quo is always hard, especially when its defenders have their livelihood at stake. In Washington, money helps a great deal, but it isn’t a simple transaction.