Twas a longer day than I intended, with some more difficult topics than I expected. But it’s all good and I appreciate those who hung in beyond the call of Happy Hour.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Florida Supreme Court declares existing congressional map a partisan gerrymander violating state constitution, orders redrawing of eight districts before 2016; should benefit Democrats.

* Charlie Crist among those eyeing Tampa-area district where new lines might evict GOP incumbent.

* At TNR Paul Blest says John McCain circa 2000 better precedent for Bernie Sanders than Ron Paul.

* At Ten Miles Square, Karlanna Lewis discusses the slowly evolving judicial rules on admission of hip-hop lyrics to establish the malicious intent of rappers.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer discusses the really wingnutty “campus carry” movement to let students tote around roscoes like everybody else.

And in non-political news:

* Omar Sharif, everybody’s favorite “exotic” choice to play any kind of foreign national, dies at 83.

That’s it for Friday. D.R. Tucker and David Atkins will be in for Weekend Blogging duty tomorrow.

Let’s close with an Arlo Guthrie performance of a song made famous by his father: “Hobo’s Lullaby.”

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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.