I was wrong at lunch-time: it remained one of the worst news days this side of your average August. But I’ve scraped a few leavings from the bottom of the barrel:

* Stop the presses! Chris Christie says Mitt Romney “might be able to convince me” to become his running-mate.

* Allen West attends WHCD, but leaves event depressed that godless attendees were “laughing and living it up” while the very Republic was collapsing. Think he actually missed a bite?

* John Sununu figures there are “19 or 20” names still in play for Romney running-mate, but he has no problem predicting Mitt will win NH by “3 or 4 points.” Now there‘s a man who believes in infallible prediction models!

* Obama campaign bringing back “Party of No” rhetoric, explains Greg Sargent–but with a twist: Obama shown to be persevering despite GOP obstructionism.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer discusses hunger strike against tuition hikes at multiple Cal State campuses.

And in non-political news:

* World’s largest McDonald’s to open at 2012 Olympics: It will have 2,000 employees and can serve 1,500 patrons at a time, in 32,000 square feet of space. In London. That’s in England. Is nothing sacred?

Will be back brighter and earlier tomorrow.

Selah.

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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.