A morning without caffeine plus slow news day equals a lethargic blogger. But I’ve scraped up a few tasty reading morsels:

* Chris Mooney reports on research showing “Inhofication” of climate change deniers, who increasingly embrace conspiracy theories.

* Sarah Posner examines new, scary breed of evangelical conservatives aligned with Ron Paul.

* Politico‘s David Rogers analyzes complex intra-Republican war over–and on–food stamps as part of farm bill rewrite.

* Mitt drops John Roberts from his list of Justices who serve as models for his future Supreme picks.

* William Kristol blasts Mitt’s “monomaniacal” message of talking “about” the economy, compares his campaign to Dukakis’ and Kerry’s.

And in non-political news:

* San Diego July 4th fireworks show ended after 15 seconds when entire arsenal exploded at once. Colorful, I bet.

Back in a while after cold shower to awaken nerve endings.

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.