Sorry, country-music haterz, but I’ve decided on a second day of featuring the Bakersfield Sound. Here’s Dwight Yoakum and Buck Owens performing “Streets of Bakersfield,” a good catchy wake-up song.

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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.