Livelier day than I expected when I woke up wondering how I’d make a Pat Roberts primary victory sound interesting.

Here are some remains of the day:

* TNR’s Brian Beutler takes on Ross Douthat again on Obama’s “caesarism,” and concludes Ross is basically agreeing with Steve King but doesn’t much want to say so.

* Q-Pac poll of New Jersey shows HRC up 8 points over Chris Christie in NJ. She leads other GOPers who might run for president by much larger margins in the Garden State.

* AZ GOP gubernatorial candidate Christine Jones calls primary opponent “misogynistic jerk” for questioning her qualifications.

* At Ten Miles Square, Michael O’Hare weighs in angrily on Times coverage of the Perlstein “plagiarism” smear.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer discusses the strange “gag rule” adopted by the University of Virginia to ban public dissension among its Board of Visitors.

And in non-political news:

* Conde Nast Traveler names Charleston “friendliest” city, Newark “unfriendliest.” Unclear whether you have Conde Nast Traveler demographics to feel that Charleston love.

That’s it for Wednesday. Let’s close the day with the very straightforward “No Nuclear War” by Peter Tosh.

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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.