Lunch Buffet

As noted on Friday, we’re on the Federal Holiday Lite Blogging Schedule today, so I’ll be winding up a bit early. It’s not like we’re awash in political news so far today.

Here are the mid-President’s Day news/views treats we do have:

* At the Monkey Cage, Pippa Norris discusses the best and worst elections around the world during 2014. U.S. elections scored lowest among Western democracies, thanks to obstacles to voting and lack of obstacles to money.

* Libya and Egypt launch airstrikes at IS-affiliated group responsible for mass slayings of Egyptian Christians.

* Odds of Loretta Lynch getting Republican support for confirmation as Attorney General drop as vote delayed. Definitely not a coincidence.

* Brownback continues to screw up Kansas’ fiscal condition rather than admit tax cuts were a mistake.

* Paul Waldman asks a very good question about the slew of candidates seeking to become latest GOP successor to Abraham Lincoln: How many of them would have supported Union in the Civil War? Not many.

And in non-political news:

* The indefatigable Bill Connelly already a half-conference into his 2015 128-team college football analysis and forecast.

As we break for lunch, I suppose no President’s Day is complete without “James K. Polk” from They Might Be Giants, complete with a singing saw.

UPDATE: I guess I should have been clearer: I am not saying we should do nothing about IS atrocities. I simply don’t think they should become the obsessive focus of our foreign policy or obliterate our other interests or values.

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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.