Lunch Buffet

I keep waiting for the budget deal to draw some serious fire from the Right, but it seems at the moment the GOP leadership has wrong-footed these birds with the speed and scope of their maneuver. We’ll soon see.

Here are some midday news/views snacky-snackies:

* At Salon, Digby reviews the terrible influence of pseudo-historian David Barton on three particular GOP presidential candidates.

* Yet another national poll (from CBS/NYT) shows Carson moving past Trump and no one else moving at all.

* Should have reported this yesterday: David Vitter does make jungle primary gubernatorial runoff in Louisiana and will face Democrat John Bel Edwards.

* At Politico Shane Goldmacher interviews Ted Cruz and listens to his strategy for consolidating the conservative vote.

* Paul Ryan promises–in writing–no House consideration of immigration reform legislation while Obama is in office.

And in non-political news:

* REI closing all its stores on Black Friday and encouraging employees to spend the day outside.

As we break for lunch, here’s Henry “Mule” Townsend with “I Got Tired.”

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.