First time I heard Papa John Creach perform without his San Franciso buddies was a catchy song played now and then on the college stations called “Time Out for Sex.” I found out later it was on a 1972 album appropriately titled Filthy!, but I can’t find an embeddable recording of the single. Too bad. It really wasn’t filthy at all.

Here are some Thursday midday news/views treats:

* At TNR Elspeth Reeve brands Rick Santorum as a serial re-brander.

* WSJ editorial quickly takes back but still luxuriates in snarky header: “Rand Paul Created ISIS.” Doesn’t take back calling Paul “Obama Republican” on foreign policy.

* At the Atlantic, Russell Berman explains how Nebraska just became the first conservative state to abolish the death penalty since 1973.

* At The Upshot, Derek Willis looks at the 31 Senate votes on which HRC and Bernie Sanders disagreed during their two common years in the chamber.

* At The Grade, Alexander Russo discusses need for journalists (and readers) to be skeptical about the objectivity of think-tank sponsored education studies.

And in non-political news:

* Cavs versus Warriors NBA Finals set.

As we break for lunch, it’s also John Fogerty’s birthday, and since he’s now 70, guess it’s inevitable that we feature him performing “The Old Man Down the Road:”

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.