Not the best sign when you are feeling sleep-deprived by Tuesday, but sometimes being half-deranged is helpful to a blogger, as when having to write repeatedly about Ted Cruz.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson spins lurid tale of rape of atheist girls and women and castration of atheist man by way of suggesting they ought to believe in God. Nice.

* Ted Cruz to secure health insurance via Obamacare exchange after wife goes on leave of absence from Goldman Sachs.

* Old goats among GOP senators blocking move to accept state measures legalizing medical marijuana. So much for federalism.

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman suggests GOP attacks on Ted Cruz’s character and temperament substitute for ideological concerns.

* At College Guide, Andre Perry suggests Common Core is “serving white folks a sliver of the black experience” via testing regime.

And in non-political news:

* Panama City church in danger of losing tax exemption after accusations it’s turned itself into Spring Break “night club.”

That’s it for Tuesday. Let’s close the day with a rather amazing (and yes, long) cover of the Nashville Teens’ “Tobacco Road” by War in their days with Eric Burdon, performed on German TV in 1970. Get up and shake your butts, chirren.


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.