Woke up in a coughing fit, and though I’m reasonably sure my ailment is not tuberculosis, figured I’d start the day with Van Morrison’s “T.B. Sheets,” since there are a limited number of cool songs devoted to respiratory distress.

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.