The temptations of mid-afternoon NCAA basketball loom large today and tomorrow (especially here in Cali, where the three-hour time zone difference is an advantage), but I’ll try to resist.

Here are some midday non-hardwood treats:

* SarahPAC starts rolling out Palin’s primary endorsements for this cycle, beginning with Ben Sasse of Nebraska. Most interesting thing to watch is whether she endorses McConnell’s challenger Matt Bevin.

* D-Trip chair Steve Israel publicly asks Alex Sink to run for FL-13 seat in November. Don’t laugh, special election turnout was down 21% from 2010; November turnout patterns might be better than they were on Tuesday.

* At TNR, Mike Konczal offers a pretty emphatic takedown of Adolph Reed’s influential accusation of liberal “surrender” at Harper‘s. I’ll get around to my own take on Reed’s essay at some point very soon.

* Greg Sargent argues persuasively that Democratic attacks on the Koch Machine are intended to expose extremism of GOP agenda, not just bash the rich.

* Conservative writers expressing bafflement that people like Ezra Klein and Nate Silver would abandon posts at dominant godless liberal MSM institutions. Must be latest twist in JournoList plot.

And in non-political news:

* There’s a hint of a very familiar local boosterism in local report on Atlanta’s number one sex trafficking ranking in new Urban Institute study. Reminds me of when Atlanta papers once boasted the city was the “number three missile target” of the USSR.

As we break for lunch, here’s the song that drove Clapton away from the Yardbirds: the big 1965 hit “For Your Love.”


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.