Lunch Buffet

Yes, I watched every minute of the Georgia-Florida game on Saturday. Perhaps it’s just the pathetic fallacy at work, but I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the skies over my abode are weeping today.

Here are some less unhappy midday news/views treats:

* Marco Rubio’s performance in a new Monmouth poll of NH does not quite justify headline saying his numbers are “skyrocketing,” but he is in third place with double digits.

* New Florida poll shows Trump leading with Rubio second, but if Jeb not in race, Rubio erases most of Trump’s lead. Think this will be part of Rubio campaign pitch to Bush donors?

* Jeb! reboots campaign with release of a 730-page e-book containing his email exchanges with Floridians as governor. Pity the poor oppo researchers who have to read the damn thing.

* Paul Krugman discusses asymmetric partisan economic plans; Republicans don’t much bother justifying theirs.

* E.J. Dionne believes same apocalyptic view of Obama that feeds congressional obstructionism is key to Trump and Carson appeals.

And in non-political news:

* Royals’ late-inning supremacy got them into World Series, and then won it.

As we break for lunch, here’s Little Johnny Jones with the mildly raunchy “Dirty By the Dozen.” Elmore James is on guitar.

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.