As noted in the Daylight Video, my mother has died–suddenly and peacefully–at her home in Georgia. I’m headed southwards today, and since I’m next of kin, Martin Longman will be filling in for me the next few days.

Speaking of the South, I’ve got a column up at TPMCafe this morning analyzing the Mississippi Senate race in terms of ancient southern stereotypes of what a politician should and shouldn’t do to “stay in touch” with constituents.

And I won’t get a chance to comment on yesterday’s Texas runoffs, though suffice it to say that the Year of the Republican Establishment narrative of Campaign ’14 took another hit in the Lone Star State.

But all that seems pretty distant at the moment. See you in a short while.

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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.