Finally got around this weekend to beginning the gargantuan task of watching all five seasons of The Wire. Didn’t leave time for zombies.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Ezra Klein wonders why conservatives feel the need to offer so many extraordinary explanations (you know, involving conspiracies and hidden motives) for an entirely ordinary Obama presidency. You’d think nobody else–certainly not Republicans!–had ever offered health reform bill based on competing subsidized private health plans!

* Wonder if anyone’s going to call John McCain unpatriotic for saying “I’m ashamed of my country” for its lack of assistance to Ukraine?

* At TNR, Elspeth Reeve has great fun with Mike Allen’s “Playbook Facts of Life.”

* At Ten Miles Square, Julia Azari bravely challenges the Elites Have It All Wired theory of the Invisible Primary.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer looks into the bizarre Oklahoma decision to stop teaching “liberal” AP History courses.

In non-political news:

* Private equity firms buying up oil assets, betting on higher prices in the future.

That’s it for Monday. I featured him last July when he died, but since today’s Johnny Winter’s birthday, let’s close with him performing “Guess I’ll Go Away” in 1970.

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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.