Lunch Buffet

So as you might imagine, I’m still suffering a bit from watching my Georgia Bulldogs suffer a defeat of biblical proportions on Saturday, at home, to the Death Star of college football, Alabama. Dawn and I were, however, pleased we did not spend $1500 or so to fly home to Georgia to sit in a torrential downpour and watch this abomination live. Instead we were working at the church benefit shop here in California, following the game on a balky laptop live stream. Everything we missed during the periodic glitches was bad, so it didn’t much matter, and we didn’t even bother to watch the last half of the fourth quarter, which is very unusual for us. Ugh.

Here are some unsporty midday news/views treats:

* HRC cleverly comes up with a couple of gun control positions to emphasize right now where Sanders voted the “wrong” way in the past.

* For his part, Bernie’s not hesitating at all before blasting the new, improved TPP as “disastrous.”

* Benghazi! Committee Dems threaten to begin leaking all sorts of secret testimony unless Trey Gowdy and company stop spinning it.

* National Review‘s David French tries to spin massacre by right-wing gun nut into a reflection of godless liberal “anti-Christian bigotry.” I wouldn’t go there if I were you, David.

* The free voter ID program that Alabama officials tout as a substitute for closed driver’s license offices in African-American areas has helped just over a thousand people this whole year. Nice try.

And in non-political news:

* Amtrak train that runs from Vermont to DC derailed just south of Montpelier, but no critical injuries reported.

As we break for lunch, here’s an obscure Steve Miller tune I’ve always liked: “Hot Chili,” from the album Number 5, which a college friend of mine called “one of the top five psilocybin albums of all time.”

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.