Sorry for the slight delay in blogging; had some automotive errands to run. The Central Coast “heat wave” of 80-degree weather seems to have broken.

Here are some midday snacks:

* Princeton’s Sam Wang examines the possibility of a Democratic “wave” in House elections next year given the possibility of a shutdown backlash.

* Yglesias succinctly presents the case against debt payment “prioritization.”

* ABC estimates that absolute minimum number of votes currently available to pass “clean CR” in House–in the unlikely event Boehner allows a vote.

* Greg Sargent reports GOP behavior on fiscal issues boosting Dem recruiting for 2014 House candidates.

* Ominous noises from conservative Justices during SCOTUS oral arguments on challenge to individual campaign contribution limits.

And in non-political news:

* Budweiser banned in Italy.

As we take a brief lunch break, here’s some more seasonal music: the Kinks perform “Autumn Almanac,” one of their poignant tributes to the drab pageantry of middle-class English life, on Top of the Pops in 1967.

I like my football on a Saturday
Roast beef on Sunday, all right!
I go to Blackpool for my holiday
Sit in the autumn sunlight.

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.