Lunch Buffet

If you don’t have anything hearty on hand for lunch, check out the new issue of Washington Monthly. The whole enchilada, including many pieces we haven’t yet featured here at PA, is available online.

Here are some midday side dishes, mostly featuring roasted Cantor:

* Sean Trende looks at Cantor loss & Graham win and concludes the former just forgot how to tend his district and preempt his critics.

* Strange scene from Cantor “victory” party as cops called in to eject pro-immigration-reform protesters.

* WaPo’s Scott Clement looks at the data and pretty much buries the rationalization that Democratic crossover votes beat Cantor.

* Meanwhile, Cantor himself announces he won’t attempt a November write-in campaign, and will step down as Majority Leader in July.

* In non-Cantor news, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan hails California judicial decision striking down state’s old-school teacher tenure rules.

And in non-political news:

* Twenty-year “where are they now?” retrospective on major players in the O.J. Simpson criminal trial.

As we break for lunch, here’s Rick Wakeman performing a fascinating solo piano version of the Yes classic “Close to the Edge.”

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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.