A pretty lively Friday, as it turned out. I’m even getting trolled on Twitter, which doesn’t happen that often, gentle and nonpartisan soul that I am. Now I’m waiting for America’s vast but hidden tribe of neo-Whigs to rise up and smite me.

Here are some remains of the day:

* I’m just going to pass along this Eleanor Clift headline without comment: “The Anguish of Alan Simpson, Tragic Hero of Immigration Reform.”

* Peggy Noonan, of course, has an even funnier headline: “Meanwhile, Back in America….” Yes, she’s well-known for having her finger on the pulse of The People of the Great American Heartland; doesn’t she live in Tulsa or something?

* Ted Cruz comes right out an affixes the scarlet “A” to the House “immigration principles:” Amnesty!

* At Ten Miles Square, Seth Masket reminds us that Henry Waxman was more than a legislative wizard: he helped build the famed Waxman-Berman “machine” that was a huge force in California politics.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer provides the essentials on the next big college football story: the unionization of players, which has already happened at Northwestern (I gather there’s strong interest at my own University of Georgia, too).

And in non-political news:

* A Princess Lines cruise ship the second in a week to experience mass onboard illnesses. Public relations and sales departments for Royal Carribean privately relieved, no doubt.

That’s all, folks. Kathleen Geier is back at the controls tomorrow. Here’s one more remarkable Son House track, which goes down like a shot of raw bourbon: “Forever On My Mind.”


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.