Lunch Buffet

Blogging has been delayed by several Safari crashes, which I have decided to attribute to an overload of disco music. Speaking of which, the latest crash erased a long meditation on my first exposure to disco, which in retrospect, is probably a good thing.

Here are some mid-day news/views snacks:

* New Q-Poll gives post-Benghazi! Benghazi! take on HRC’s standing in hypothetical ’16 race. She leads Christie 46/40 and the Latest Thing, Rand Paul, 50/38. Same poll, however, shows Christie leading Biden 46/35, and Paul tied with the Veep at 42.

* Brownstein warns Dems that demographic advantage won’t help in ’14 if “passion gap” remains.

* Charlie Cook warns against excessive demographic stereotyping of voting behavior.

* TNR’s Nate Cohn points to Florida as state where GOP may have maxed out white vote and need Latino improvement.

* In speech at Moscow airport, Snowden claims formal asylum status in Venezuela, but requests continued stay in Russia until he can get there.

And in non-political news: Fire on empty Ethiopian Airlines plane shuts down Heathrow. No injuries, fortunately.

Back in a bit with more talk ‘n’ tunes.

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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.