Every Friday the 13th I’m grateful for not being particularly superstitious, knock on wood.

Here are some midday spoonfuls of Lucky Charms:

* Thad Cochran goes on Fox News and reveals himself to be the one person in American politics who didn’t know what happened to Eric Cantor on Tuesday. Not a real good sign in terms of his already questioned with-it-ness.

* John McCain continues to wax hysterical about the consequences of ignoring his advice to keep U.S. troops in Iraq for a thousand years.

* VA-07 general election now an intramural contest within the Randolph-Macon College faculty.

* Newly in control of the state senate, VA Republicans pass budget without Medicaid expansion, forcing Gov. Terry McAuliffe to risk government shutdown by vetoing it.

* At The Atlantic, Noah Berlatsky offers “A Short History of Male Feminism.”

And in non-political news:

* Refs help Brazil in opening World Cup win over Croatia with a “phantom foul” penalty.

As we break for lunch, here’s Jimi Hendrix with “Mr. Bad Luck.”

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.