On the way back to Georgia later this afternoon for a couple of weeks, again on family business, so I’ll probably be blogging a bit earlier for a while, though also with a few distractions.

Here are some midday news/views treats:

* Dave Weigel argues poli sci dismissals of gerrymandering as major factor in GOP House domination miss obvious counter-examples. I agree. More on that later.

* Jeb Bush begs potential supporters to give him time to make up his mind about 2016 bid. Not the most emotionally satisfying pre-launch strategy, is it?

* Al Hunt lofts a Jim-Webb-for-president trial balloon.

* Grijalva and Udall sharply criticize Obama’s decision to delay executive action on immigration, but Harry Reid defends him.

* Nate Cohn notes huge R-to-D swing in sparse Alaska Senate polling needs to be taken with a grain of salt until more data becomes available.

And in non-political news:

* The Atlantic‘s Derek Thompson blames baseball’s offensive slump on camera-enforced strike zone.

As we break for lunch, here’s Eddie Cochran’s best-know classic: “Summertime Blues.”

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.