Hope you are enjoying the guitar extravaganza along with the posts today. I would draw particular attention, because it’s not all that famous, to the 1971 Larry Coryell performance that accompanied the post on Rand Paul. I saw Coryell live many years later when he had gone acoustic, and reflected again that he could have made himself very rich if he had become the lead guitarist for a rock band.

Anyway, here are some mid-day bites from a pretty meager news pantry:

* Most interesting thing about the new Siena poll from New York is that 10% of Democratic primary voters still back Anthony Weiner for mayor.

* Josh Marshall meditates on the weird photo of Mitch McConnell yucking it up with his campaign manager, who is holding his nose quite literally.

* TAP’s Abby Rapoport looks at the details of Rick Scott’s new voter purge.

* At TNR, Peter Jukes notes Jim Messina’s hiring by Tories occurred long after Cameron’s “Obamania” had faded.

* Ezra Klein discusses study showing cable networks are reflecting, not creating, polarization.

And in non-political news:

* The Atlantic‘s Derek Thompson explores the “Aporkalypse,” and finds bacon prices not as bad as some fear.

Back to blogging after a short break. To entertain you, here’s some great guitar work and singing from Terry Reid, from his under-appreciated “Rogue Wave” album.

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.