Lunch Buffet

In his delightful book on Louisiana politics and culture, The Earl of Louisiana, A.J. Liebling suggested a po’ boy sandwich outside of New Orleans was nothing like the original. He probably didn’t go to Baton Rouge. I’m still recovering from the joy of the roast beef at Poor Boy Lloyd’s yesterday, and may go back today.

Can’t share that virtually, but here are some midday news/views treats:

* Bob Laszewski offers clear explanation of why Obamacare “death spiral” won’t happen in 2015, but could happen later if administration not nimble.

* TNR’s John Judis explores dynamics of Jewish student groups and their positions on Israeli policies.

* National Journal columnist Josh Kraushaar argues Liz Cheney’s collapsed Senate bid signals demise of Bush-Cheney foreign policy “brand.”

* In the January-February issue of the Washington Monthly, Ryan Cooper examines the changing economy of the rural West away from total dependence on extractive industries.

* In his maiden voyage as a regular at Politico Magazine, Larry Sabato tells us GOPers could have a big year, but doesn’t dive very deep. Gotta save something for future columns, I guess.

And in non-political news:

* As you probably know, FSU edged Auburn to win the last BCS championship. Spencer Hall provides the best exposition of the Total Experience of the game.

As we break for lunch, here’s Jay Chevalier with “Lost in Louisiana.”

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.