Lunch Buffet

It’s kind of a shame that Johnny Cash cast such a huge shadow over the work of his wife, not that there’s much he could do about it; she was part of a much bigger act that his when they met. But I like her solo work better than their duets on “Jackson” and such.

Here are some less tuneful midday news/views items:

* New Suffolk poll shows Donald Trump leaping into second place in NH.

* Handwriting may be on the wall, but Post & Courtier survey does not show majority of SC legislature in favor of removing Confederate Battle Flag just yet.

* TNR’s Brian Beutler argues Haley and other SC GOP leaders are not being “heroic” but simply carrying water for presidential candidates terrified by flag issue.

* Ben Cardin was the one Senate Democrat who flipped from “yea” to “nay” on TPA.

* At the Prospect, Saahil Desai profiles P.G. Sittenfeld, the 30-year-old primary challenger to 73-year-old Ted Strickland in an Ohio Senate race.

And in non-political news:

* US Women’s Soccer Team earns spot in World Cup quarterfinals opposite China.

As we break for lunch, here’s June Carter Cash performing “The Kneeling Drunkard’s Plea,” with a brief Carter Family intro and Marty Stuart providing harmony on the chorus.

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.