This is probably the first Stax record I ever owned: Otis Redding and Carla Thomas performing “Tramp” in 1967. “I’ll buy you mink, rat, frog, squirrel, whatever you want.”

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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.