Having way too much fun watching Captain Beefheart videos, and wishing the techies hadn’t imposed a four-video-per-day limit on me.

Here are some brightly illuminated midday news/views treats:

* Paul Waldman looks at Joni Ernst’s remarks on using her gun against “the government” more charitably than I did, and suggests she be given chance to clarify, which I’m confident she will not take.

* Scott Brown lists occupation in recent campaign finance filing as Massachusetts state senator.

* Peter Beinart broadly reviews anti-democratic tradition behind voter suppression.

* Family tradition: Bristol Palin casts self as victim of liberal media bias due to publicity over Anchorage brawl.

* John Dickerson reviews Mary Landrieu’s history of beating electoral odds, and Sean Trende argues her state’s changed too much for her old coalition to win.

And in non-political news:

* The long goodbye: More closures of Sears and Kmart stores.

As we break for lunch, here’s Beefheart and the Magic Band performing “Mirror Man” in 1974. Hadn’t seen this one until today; impressive harmonica work from the Captain.

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.