Some intense wakeup music: Ian Hunter (with Mick Ronson) performing “The Truth, the Whole Truth, Nothing But the Truth” in 1975. Funny: Hunter and Ronson forming a (short-lived) band together was, in my world at the time, as big a deal as any election.

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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.