Trying not to be distracted too much by my Georgia Bulldogs’ appearance in the NCAA tournament. Hardly anyone gave them even a remote chance of beating Michigan State today. They’re up 14-12 now, but led Kentucky by 9 in the second half not long ago, too. We’ll see.

Here are some mostly un-mad midday news/views items:

* Boehner reportedly treating Doc Fix and budget resolution has test of his leadership. We’ve heard that before.

* At the Prospect, Paul Waldman notes Marco Rubio’s on fire with everybody other than Republican voters.

* No, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown doesn’t want mandatory voting law, either.

* South Carolinians don’t seem too upset at Scott Walker’s firing of Liz Mair.

* Peggy Noonan digs deep and tells us both parties are nervous about 2016. Thanks, Peg.

And in non-political news:

* New test reportedly improves ability to predict risk of Alzeihmer’s.

As we break for lunch–with my Dawgs now down 10–here’s Sonny Boy Williamson with “Springtime Blues.”

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.