For no particular reason, other than that I have apparently overlooked him up until now, here’s Mississippi Fred McDowell, the hill country blues titan, performing “Shake ‘Em On Down.” Wake up and start your day!

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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.