The great Mississippi blues artist Junior Kimbrough was born on this day in 1930. We’ll open with a pretty long, despairing hill country Kyrie, “Lord Have Mercy On Me.” It’s hypnotic, and we’ve all been there.

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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.