The news cycle gained a bit of speed after all. Here are a few more items:

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer takes a look at Mitt Romney’s list of education policy advisors.

* Alan Simpson freaks out at California senior group in nasty letter. Touchy, touchy. They may not have as secure a retirement as ol’ Alan.

* Erick Erickson accelerates pity party for Nikki Haley, the victim of racist pinata-beating by union thug.

* Obama campaign running early ads in no small part to test their effectiveness.

* Gallup examines Biden’s popularity, finds it a bit weaker than Obama’s.

And in non-political news:

* Iowa man stopped for drunk driving has zebra and parrot in his truck. In the front seat.

Time to run errands. I’ll see you–virtually–bright and early tomorrow.

Selah.

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.