Lunch Buffet

I vaguely remember Delaney & Bonnie & Friends from the radio back in their heyday, and was aware of Bonnie Bramlett’s subsequent career. But it’s only recently that I became aware they may have been the biggest rock-and-roll supergroup of them all. It’s telling that when they went on tour with the much-ballyhooed Blind Faith, Clapton appeared to prefer playing with Delaney & Bonnie to performing with his own group. And the constantly shifting personnel among their group and the Joe Cocker/Leon Russell ensemble and Derek and the Dominoes makes you realize these people really were friends.

Here are some midday midweek news/views snacks:

* James Loewen provides a good intro to the falsification of history by neo-Confederates.

* Tsipras not backing down on demands for a “no” vote to reject EU “blackmail.”

* Hillary Clinton’s campaign reports raising $45 million in second quarter of 2015.

* At the Plum Line, Paul Waldman does not think you should take Mitch McConnell’s “decision” to preserve the filibuster too seriously, if GOP wins the White House next year.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jim Sleeper argues that for all their flaws, the old “Puritan” prep school tradition did inculcate a very useful ethic of civic leadership.

And in non-political news:

* Violent storm hits DC overnight, as many of you are acutely aware.

As we break for lunch, here’s Delaney & Bonnie & Friends with “Soul Shake,” from the 1970 album To Bonnie from Delaney, which in addition to the usual distinguished cast of “Friends” included contributions from Little Richard and Sneaky Pete Kleinow.

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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.