Sorry for the somewhat erratic (if on-quota) blogging schedule today. A social lunch where it would not have been appropriate to haul out the laptop arrived at 3:45 PM. I’ll definitely get to the Pew typology, and the commentary already heard about it, tomorrow.

Here are some remains of the day:

* ME Gov. Paul LePage, speaking as he often does from the conservative Id, refers to SocSec, Medicare and UI as “welfare.”

* Former Republican Senate leader Howard Baker of TN dies at 88.

* Randall Kennedy asks and answers the question of why African-Americans are so forgiving of Barack Obama.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein argues that since there’s no evidence holding a party convention in any particular place has any electoral value, they should be held in place most convenient for attendees.

* At College Guide, Andre Perry analyzes the “game” Bobby Jindal is playing with his sudden and showy repudiation of Common Core.

And in non-political news:

* Lindsay Lohan swims upstream from reality TV to London stage. I’m sure that’s cheery news for thousands of aspiring actors.

Let’s close the day with one more Mick Jones-era Clash classic: “Stay Free,” performed in 1980.

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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.