I picked Tab Benoit to feature today strictly because he was the only one on the Blues Birthday list I consult, but he’s turned out to be a lot more fun than I expected. The refrain of the lunch buffet song, Bring Me My Medicine, is the eternal cry of the blues-afflicted.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Bomb threat in Germany cancels soccer match Merkel was to attend.

* At Slate Jim Newell notes John Kasich sure is behaving like John Weaver’s last presidential candidate, Jon Huntsman.

* Speaking of Kasich, his proposal for new agency to promote “Judeo-Christian values” in China, Iran, Russia and the Middle East looks sure to be an object of derision (is he not aware that Russia is largely Christian, or does Orthodoxy not qualify?).

* At College Guide, Andre Perry argues that overwhelmingly white college faculty with an aggressive hostility to minority student demands a big factor in campus racial tensions.

* At Republic 3.0, Ev Ehrlich calls for feds to sell more electromagnetic spectrum to meet booming demand.

And in non-political news:

* Intoxicated woman tries to open exit door on London-Boston flight. Not a terrorist, authorities concluded, just really drunk.

That’s it for Tuesday. Let’s close with one more Tab Benoit tune, “Night Train,” as performed on a blues cruise in 2010. You can see the gator head Tab carries around with him on one of the speakers. Brought my wife’s grand-daddy one of those a few years back and you’d have thought I gave him the Hope Diamond.


Ed Kilgore

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.