Today served up more political-analysis discussion items than I’ve seen in a while, which whets my appetite for the upcoming primaries.

Here are some remains of the day:

* WaPo’s Emily Badger nicely aggregates numbers about the Youth Vote’s tendency to undercut influence by not turning out.

* Good overview by LAT’s Mark Barabak of upcoming Hawaii Democratic Senate primary.

* 22 Senate Republicans sign letter warning Obama not to relax deportations.

* At Ten Miles Square, Mark Kleiman discusses the relative tolerance of the two parties for extremists.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports on the sadly immortal nature of some privately-held student loan debt.

And in non-political news:

* GM profits drop after massive recall of faulty ignition switches.

That’s it for Thursday. In closing I’ll follow Charlie Pierce’s lead by posting this video of Dead Can Dance performing the poignant old rebel song “The Wind That Shakes the Barley.”


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.