Hooray! My copy of Perlstein’s The Invisible Bridge finally arrived today! Just in time for an LOB (Lay On Butt) Saturday! At 810 pages, though, I’d better get started before college football season arrives.

Here are some remains of the day:

* At the Prospect, Gershom Gorenberg offers his latest powerful assessment of the war in Gaza.

* Nate Silver argues that this primary cycle has actually increased the fear of primary challenges among Republican senators, despite their wins.

* Rep. Steven Fincher’s tweet about how much he loves “shagging” created stir among people more familiar with British slang than with southern coastal beach music.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein discusses yet another study showing that voter impersonation fraud–the kind supposedly addressed by Voter ID requirements–is basically nonexistent.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer takes a dim view of the idea that personal “coaching” can solve the educational problems of kids in poverty.

And in non-political news:

* “Weird Al” fans circulate petition for the parodist to perform at next year’s Super Bowl halftime, warning that otherwise Miley Cyrus could be chosen. Sign me up.

And that’s it for Thursday. Let’s close with one more Jimmie Vaughan video, just a few weeks ago: in Stuttgart, with Lou Ann Barton and the latest version of the Tilt-a-Whirl Band, performing “Boom Bapa Boom.” Starts off a bit slow, but there’s quite the long behind-the-head guitar break after a while.


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.