Well, hope you’re enjoying the absence of Captcha in these here parts as much as I am. Our tech team is working on a FAQ for DISQUS issues that we can put up shortly.

In the meantime, here are some mid-day snacks that I collected from various journalistic food trucks:

* National Review editors warn Republicans not to count on scandals to deliver electoral wins, citing, as they should, 1998 as an object lesson.

* And even as scandal-obsessed GOPers try to remember they were all excited about Latino voters a couple of weeks ago, nativist ultra Tom Tancredo explores a gubernatorial run in Colorado (this time as a Republican; in 2010 he won 35% of the vote as an indie).

* Senate HELP committee clears Perez nomination as Secretary of Labor on party-line vote. Now we’ll see if Republicans filibuster him, and if they do, what Harry Reid proposes to do about it.

* PPP survey shows Markey expanding his lead over Gomez in MA special Senate election.

* Speaking of MA, rumors beginning to circulate that MA Gov. Deval Patrick (a former Assistant Attorney General) is being eyed by Obama as possible replacement for Eric Holder as AG.

And in non-political news:

* David Beckham announces retirement from professional soccer at end of current season.

Back within an hour.

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.