Back in California! I missed choir practice on Wednesday, but was informed by a friend that in my honor the choir practiced some “gloomy Lenten music.” I resemble that remark.

Here are some remains of the day:

* The Hill spins “Kerry Won’t Rule Out 2016 Bid” headline out of virtually nothing.

* David Brock resigns from board of pro-HRC SuperPac after reports of conflicts with two pro-HRC groups headed up by Brock. Big deal to insiders, but I dunno….

* In more insider-y stuff, Marco Rubio latest GOP proto-candidate to announce big staff acquisition: Jim Merrill, who ran both of Mitt’s NH campaigns.

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman observes that GOP has earned its sometimes antagonistic relationship with “academic values.”

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer takes a closer look at Teach for America’s endorsement of testing-based evaluation of the ed schools its members don’t actually attend.

And in mostly non-political news:

* Tributes pour in for college basketball coaching legend (and a bona fide liberal) Dean Smith after his death over the weekend.

That’s it for Monday. We’ll close with Earl Hooker’s exceptional “Blues In D Natural.”

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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.