Lunch Buffet

I know readers are tired of hearing about my dental issues (though not half as tired as I am of experiencing them), but I need to mention yet another appointment this afternoon to seek the long-awaited permanent bridge, because it may produce a delay in the last post or two. I profoundly hope this is the last time I have to mention this.

Here are some midday dentist-approved snacks:

* Very weird Economist/YouGov interactive poll shows 71% of 2012 Obama voters “regret” their vote, though 79% said they’d do it again. See if you can make sense of it.

* Hulse/Martin piece in New York Times suggests big factor in GOP debt limit strategy was belief that absent an opinion-changing crisis, Republicans will be able to overwhelm Dems in November (and earlier) with vast sea of money.

* Speaking of money, retired investor Tom Steyer planning $100 million 2014 campaign to go after opponents of climate change regulations. Steyer reportedly spent $11 million helping T-Mac in 2013.

* Gallup reports jobs-and-unemployment back on top of list of Americans’ biggest concerns as government-and-politicians lead fades. Only 8% cite deficits-and-debt. Sorry, Pete Peterson.

* At TNR, Rebecca Traister contends that recent flurry of negative press on Wendy Davis and HRC shows it’s still only women who are held accountable for their private lives.

And in non-political news:

* Winter storms may not be over, but baseball’s spring training now underway in FL and AZ.

As we break for lunch, here’s another song about the creative struggle (and procrastination!): Procol Harum’s “Without a Doubt.” Just the first part, all I need/The rest will come with lightning speed. Yeah, right.

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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.