Here are the remains of the day for this abbreviated Federal Holiday Lite Blogging schedule:

* Ron Fournier attacks idea of GOP midterm electoral mandate; voters are clearly endorsing ronfournierism.

* Former senior commander in Iraq and Afghanistan pushes back against idea that another U.S. “surge” can work–because last “surge” didn’t, either.

* TPM’s Sahil Kapur fingers six Senate Dems most likely to cooperate with Mitch McConnell.

* New revenue estimates after Sam Brownback’s re-election indicate even deeper state budget deficits.

* At College Guide, Andre Perry argues sex ed essential to Common Core.

And in non-political news:

* Big Booty trend is Big Business.

That’s it for Veterans Day. We’ll close with Loretta Lynn’s “Dear Uncle Sam.” The song speaks for itself.

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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.