Last year in this space I mentioned a Manfred Mann Earth Band album that was one of the two records I bought to break in my First Real Stereo System. The other was Traffic’s When the Eagle Flies. I really do go back a ways with those guys.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Whoomp, there it is: Jeb Bush confirms he will not attend August 8 Iowa Straw Poll. Nothing ventured, nothing lost.

* Charlie Cook explains relatively good chances of Democratic Senate recapture in 2016.

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman argues that politicization is a religion-killer.

* At The Grade, Alexander Russo passes along video of Jeb Bush trying to thread the needle on Common Core on Fox.

* At College Guide, Robert Kelchen examines different measurements of state funding for higher education.

And in non-political news:

* Verizon buys AOL for $4.4 billion.

That’s it for Monday. We’ll close with a live 1972 version of Traffic in its high glory, performing “Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys.” The man in the suit has just bought a new car with the profit he’s made from your dreams. Still relevant, I’d say.

Selah.

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.