Well, feeling much better so far today. Thanks for the expressions of sympathy for my chronic issues. PA didn’t miss too many beats, though.

Here are some remains of the day:

* New Mexico GOP Senate candidate runs ad with pix of Foley killer juxtaposed with Obama golfing. Get used to it.

* Hey, pundits, this is what “disarray” looks like: French socialist government in trouble after economics minister suggests France is wrongly following Germany’s austerity policies.

* Priceless Fox headline: “More White House officials at Michael Brown’s funeral than Thatcher’s.”

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman wittily goes All Cicero on MoDo.

* At College Guide–well, just read the whole September/October issue of the Washington Monthly!

And in non-political news:

* Amazon is buying Twitch for a reported cool billion dollars. Barely even raises eybrows any more, does it?

That’s it for a Manic Monday. Let’s close with a classic song of schoolboy envy with some underlying class tension: The Jam with a faithful cover of The Kinks’ “David Watts.”

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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.