Hard to say if the antibiotics are kicking in just yet, but I look a bit less like a squirrel today.

Here are some midday news/views treats I’ve squirreled away:

* Cedar Rapids Gazette scolds HRC for not giving Iowa enough respect in 2008.

* On the other hand, Iowa Democrats taking steps to address HRC campaign’s complaints about obstacles to participation in the Caucuses.

* Rick Perry getting grief from Texans for letting his back pain get in the way of wearing cowboy boots.

* New York Times‘ Jackie Calmes analyzes emergence of unmarried women as very large and increasingly Democratic voting bloc.

* Fox panelist Jesse Watters suggests single “Beyonce voters” are pro-Democratic because they need government as substitute for a husband. What a jerk.

And in non-political news:

* Defending champ Andy Murray knocked out of Wimbledon in quarterfinals.

As we break for lunch, here’s Thunderclap Newman with “Wild Country.”

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.