It’s Columbus Day, so we’ll be on the Federal Holiday Lite Blogging schedule. It is also Paul Simon’s 73d birthday. Seems appropriate to feature his song about looking for “America,” eh?

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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.