Happy Birthday to Senator Richard Lugar, 80. Yes, 80. Look -- it's not my job to tell people that they should retire. I've always hated those who say that a sports star should quit while he's on top, before his skills have eroded...that's not our business. So I won't say that Lugar should have retired this cycle. Still...the guy is 80, he just (at the end of 2010) had a very impressive career-capping accomplishment...you have to wonder what exactly his thinking was behind his decision to run for six more years in the Senate.
Oh well. How about the good stuff:
1. OK, I haven't watched more than the first few seconds, but Lynn Vavreck and Thad Krouser are always worth listening to: here, on the economy and the 2012 presidential election. If you watch it, let me know if it's as good as I expect it is.
2. Yes, Jews still like Barack Obama. From Adam Serwer.
3. John Sides on negative ads, at Monkey Cage and NPR.
4. A delegate predictor for the rest of the way, from Ryan Lizza, Josh Putnam, and Andrew Prokop. Mostly notable for the reporter/political scientist collaboration. Promising.
5. Scott Lemieux reports on new research on bias in judging judges. Depressing.
6. You may have noticed that I've been linking to Alyssa Rosenberg a lot...there's a reason -- she's really good. I've never watched "Lost Girl" and likely won't (although I pick up a lot of shows late, so youneverknow), but her comparison of Lost Girl to Buffy is fascinating enough without knowing the newer show.