I was lucky enough to see Stevie Ray Vaughan perform in Atlanta, opening for Huey Lewis & the News. I left about halfway through Huey’s set.

Here are some tuneful midday news/views treats:

* Daniel Larison even more contemptuous of the idea of Lindsey Graham presidential run than I am.

* Hillary Clinton planning heavy fall midterm schedule to help Senate, gubernatorial and House candidates.

* Gallup survey shows Kansas as least conservative of ten most Republican states. So a relatively large number of actual “moderate Republicans.”

* At TNR Brian Beutler contrasts Reince Priebus’ claim that Republicans are standing on positive principles with trivia at forefront of several of their most prominent campaigns.

* At the Prospect, Paul Waldman runs through all the reasons Obama isn’t getting credit for improving the economy.

And in non-political news:

* Ducks upset by Arizona for second straight year.

As we break for lunch, here’s Stevie Ray performing “Cold Shot.”

YouTube video

Our ideas can save democracy... But we need your help! Donate Now!

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.