Lunch Buffet

My weekend plans will probably depend on what happens in tonight’s quarterfinal SEC men’s basketball tournament game involving Georgia and South Carolina. In deference to MuddyLee, I’ll lay off the Cackalacky terminology henceforth, though I should have some right to mockery since it’s my native state. Maybe I’ll start calling it Sackerlina like the Georgia bloggers do.

Here are some straight-up midday news/views treats:

* Franklin Graham makes a fool of himself yet again by asserting Obama’s mother “must have been a Muslim.”

* Speaking of Muslims, at TNR Mehdi Hasan pushes back strongly against claims of IS having authentically Muslim character, noting that recruits usually not very religious and/or converts.

* RCP’s Sean Trende notes electoral vote alignments for two parties less malleable than popular vote percentages.

* Greg Sargent notes Martin O’Malley taking a bunch of Warrenesque positions. More on that later.

* Shortage of lethal injection drugs driving states back to older methods of executing people. Guess they can’t just stop, eh?

And in non-political news:

* Economist rates Tokyo as world’s safest city.

As we break for lunch, here’s a cover of “Eight Days a Week” from the Finnish band The Hurriganes, in 1977.

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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.