Lunch Buffet

Afraid with my schedule I didn’t stay up to watch the Senate Dem “talkathon” on climate change last night, but I’ll try to get in a post about it this afternoon.

Here are some midday news/views snacks:

* Georgia GOP Senate candidate David Perdue the latest to get snarled up on past statements about health care reform.

* Senate unanimously passes McCaskill “compromise” bill on military sexual assaults.

* David Brooks says we’re in an era that doesn’t acknowledge the importance of leadership; as usual, not clear whether he approves or disapproves.

* New poll shows left-for-dead Mark Pryor continuing to run even with Tom Cotton. Damn voters….

* Stu Rothenberg attributes (accurately, I believe) gap b/t Democratic and Republican approval ratings as mainly attributable to Republicans who think their party is screwed up but will vote for their candidates anyway.

* Selling of the President 1968 author Joe McGinnis dies at 71. Wingnuts will mainly remember him as Sarah Palin’s “stalker.”

And in non-political news:

* Something’s off when another big snowstorm coincides with the beginning of Daylight Savings Time.

As we break for lunch, here’s another less-renowned McCartney tune, and one of my favorites: “Paperback Writer,” performed following a pretty interesting couple of anecdotes about Jimi Hendrix.”

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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.