Lunch Buffet

Sorry again for the power outage and early slow posting, but we’re now ahead of schedule (and thanks to Ryan for an intervention!). Here are some mid-day snacks from the chafing dishes:

* Palmetto State native Stephen Colbert volunteers for Senate duty!

* ThinkProgress’ Scott Keyes offers eleven reasons we should all be happy Jim DeMint is leaving the Senate.

* Dinesh D’Souza claims “liberal bias” denied him an “Best Documentary” Oscar nomination for 2016, but at Alternet Laura Gottesdiener suggests the film just sucked.

* Rothenberg notes that if they have a performance in Senate races in 2014 anything like this year’s, Dems will be in fine position to win super-majority in 2016.

* Cantor and Cuccinelli squabble over nominating process for Virginia Republican candidates.

And in non-political news:

* Baseball great Robin Yount Cheneys Cubs manager Dale Sveum during quail hunt; injuries not serious.

Back after a short break, but in honor of all the talk of my native state of South Carolina this morning, here’s the Byrds (with Gram Parsons) performing “Hickory Wind” in 1968.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.