Lunch Buffet

A couple of readers in random comment threads have suggested maybe my new gig will let me sleep in to a normal PST wake-up time. Afraid not. I’ll be joining a virtual conference each day at the accustomed 5:00 AM. And no Daylight Video in the queue to enable me to hit the snooze button a time or two.

Oh well. Can’t have everything.

Here are some wide-awake midday new/views treats:

* Trump now getting more emphatic about need to close some mosques. It must be, God help us, polling well.

* The Hill piece stitches together scattered Dem kvetching about Obama rhetoric on Paris attacks into Dems in Disarray.

* Byron York complains we’d have done more damage to ISIS if Obama were not so persnickety about killing civilians.

* Ted Cruz demands Obama repeat “cheap insults” about refugee children “to my face.”
It is true Cruz is something of an expert on cheap insults.

* So Bernie Sanders’ “socialism speech” will be delivered tomorrow at Georgetown.

* St. Lake City elects openly gay mayor.

And in non-political news:

* Why I am I not surprised to find Taylor Swift on list of celebrities who were born rich?

As we break for lunch, here’s more Hank Ballard with “Finger Popping 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.