Lunch Buffet

I really shouldn’t feel this way about a fellow human being, but can’t help but keep smiling at Bobby Jindal’s political problems. It’s not like he’s going to have trouble paying his bills or anything, but maybe he should get out of the presidential race while a Cabinet post or a think tank presidency is still on the table.

Here are non-Jindal midday news/views treats:

* Arne Duncan reportedly stepping down after seven stormy years as Secretary of Education.

* Details emerging about the Oregon mass murderer indicates he was a right-wing gun nut who didn’t like organized religion.

* “Sense of regret” discerned at Vatican over Pope’s meeting with Kim Davis. Yeah, it’s looking like he was maneuvered into this just like Charlie Pierce said.

* At the Plum Line Paul Waldman wonders if wedge can ever be driven between NRA and Republicans, and figures probably not.

* At the Prospect, Gershom Gorenberg discusses the perils of excessively stereotyping Orthodox Jews–or for that matter, evangelical Christians. More about that later, I suspect.

And in non-political news:

* Big tip on creating perfectly round fried eggs: cook ’em inside onion rings! Aw, hell yes.

As we break for lunch, with or without onion rings and fried eggs, here’s a rare (and poor video quality) recording of the Heartbreakers (no, not the Tom Petty vehicle) during the brief period in 1975 when Richard Hell and legendary guitarist Johnny Thunders were both in the band. I can’t tell you the names of these two songs, but I like them.

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.