One of the cool things about telecommuting is that I no longer have to sit through office meetings (yeah, we have an occasional conference call, but only when it’s actually necessary). So I was able to enjoy with full belly-laughing detachment an item from The Cooper Review (via WaPo’s Ana Swanson) entitled “10 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings.” You won’t regret reading it, even if you miss the humor and actually deploy the “tricks.”

Here are some remains of the day:

* WaPo’s Aaron Blake notes “religious liberty” bills losing a lot of ground in public opinion, though GOPers still like ’em.

* Meanwhile, religious conservative writer Rod Dreher mulls the “Accidental Benedict Option” of “limited, strategic” withdrawal from mainstream culture. It’s happened before with conservative evangelicals, after the Scopes Monkey Trial.

* Good summary of all the very recent steps Martin O’Malley has taken to stake out a position to the left of HRC.

* In Ten Miles Square, John Stoehr argues lefty discomfiture with HRC’s “coronation” reflects uneasiness with power that conservatives may exploit.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer discusses the Trump Organization’s hard-to-kill pseudo-college.

And in non-political news:

* Happy hour special: airplane cleaner found with 1,429 stolen “airplane bottles” of hootch.

That’s it for Friday. Nancy LeTourneau will be in tomorrow for Weekend Blogging. We’ll close with one last Pete Ham-written Badfinger classic, and probably ignore that fine band here until November, when we have the anniversary of Tom Evans’ suicide. So sad. For now, here’s “Baby Blue:”


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.