Lunch Buffet

I’ve always thought Steve Winwood was among the most underrated of rock superstars, if that’s possible. How many rockers get invited to join a Supergroup at the age of 21? But on the other hand, I’m not a big fan of the stuff he’s done since leaving Traffic about the time he turned 30. That’s how high my esteem is for Traffic.

Here are some Tuesday midday news/views snacks:

* Ron Wyden, original co-sponsor of Senate “fast-track” bill, says he cannot vote for it so long as GOP refuses to ensure vote on related trade enforcement bill. That could be a deal-breaker.

* Aha! Jebbie claiming he “misheard” Megan Kelly’s question about invading Iraq. “Misheard?” What did he think she was saying? Iran? Japan?

* Look like Texas joining conservative resistance to potential SCOTUS decision on same-sex marriage by banning licenses.

* Greg Sargent reports Florida GOP split over Medicaid expansion could blow up Rick Scott’s budget.

* TNR’s Brian Beutler suggests Jeb Bush may be incapable of the kind of family self-criticism Clintons are conducting.

And in non-political news:

* New and deadly (if less powerful) earthquake hits slowly recovering Nepal.

As we break for lunch, here’s my favorite Traffic song: “Every Mother’s Son,” from the wonderful John Barleycorn Must Die album:

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.