Another song emerging unbidden from my unconscious upon arising: Desmond Dekker performing his ska classic, “Israelites,” reportedly the first international chartbuster out of Jamaica.

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.