I haven’t been keeping count, but last night probably marked about the 50th Academy Awards show I’ve entirely missed. I generally haven’t seen the movies, am not familiar with many of the actors, and increasingly find even those political gestures I agree with cringe-worthy in their execution. And the overriding atmosphere of massive humble-bragging…. Anyway, apologies if you love this spectacle; I’m sure it’s more suitable entertainment to many people than, say, college football.

Here are some midday news/views treats far from the Mother of All Red Carpets:

* Bobby Jindal spent 165 days outside Louisiana in 2014. Just wait til he’s actually running for president.

* Like me, Zandar at Balloon Juice is wondering whether Glenn Reynolds is joking when he recommends a fascist society of earned voting rights modeled on Starship Troopers.

* Mitch McConnell having worse winter than Harry Reid with his two eye operations.

* Senate hopefuls in Florida impatiently waiting for Marco Rubio to divulge his plans for 2016.

* Interesting: Greg Sargent suggests congressional Republicans trying to redefine “constructive compromise” as getting a bill to Obama’s desk.

* Oscar “bests and worsts.” As noted above, don’t ask me.

As we break for lunch, here’s another tune from Help!: Paul McCartney’s “The Night Before.”

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.