Meant to mention this morning that I have powerful memories of the first time I really listened to “Venus in Furs.” It was in a bar in New Orleans where Happy Hour began promptly at 3:00 AM. The music seemed entirely appropriate.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Mike Tomasky calls Obama’s Selma speech “a manifesto for Blue America’s values.”

* At the Prospect, Paul Waldman pens open letter to HRC asking her to earn progressives’ trust. More about this tomorrow.

* Fraternity chapter at University of Oklahoma shut down after video leaked of unquestionably racist chant by members.

* At Ten Miles Square, Harold Pollack accuses Republicans of political incompetence for their poor handling of the Selma commemoration.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer looks at the phenomenon of for-profit colleges going non-profit to evade punishment for malfeasance.

And in non-political news:

* Indie band protests McDonald’s asking it to perform at SXSW for burgers, if not peanuts.

That’s it for Monday. Let’s close with John Cale performing “Mercenaries” in Germany in 1984.


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.