Thanks to a long conference call with Monthly folk I was on, the schedule’s a little hinky today, so apologies for a Late Lunch. I’ll try to make it tasty, though:

* Haven’t been watching CPAC, but Twitter reports Marco Rubio made it through an entire speech without mentioning the word “immigration.” Ah, what a brave truth-teller is our Marco.

* Meanwhile, the fanfare for Rand Paul’s CPAC speech was Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.” I didn’t know Rand went to Virginia Tech.

* John Allen, the closest thing we have to a Nate Silver of papal elections, analyzes Bergoglio’s path to victory in the College of Cardinals, suggesting alliance of Latin Americans, European/American “moderates,” and former Vatican diplomats did the trick.

* Chris Hayes to replace Ed Schultz in MSNBC’s weekday prime-time lineup. I don’t watch much political TV, but if I did, I’d watch Chris.

* Congressional Progressive Caucus collectively freaks at rumors House/Senate Dem leadership are moving towards supporting an Obama move to include Chained CPI in a “grand bargain.”

And in non-political news:

* At Wonkblog, Brad Plumer and Dylan Matthews discuss implications of the death of Google Reader.

Back within 30 or 40 minutes.

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.