Sort of a fun day, for late July, anyway. I assume Olympics coverage will soon begin to drain away attention from politics, unless, of course, Mitt Romney continues to barge into the sports news!

Here are some of the remains of the day:

* Romney’s blunders in London are drawing attention to some less-than-flattering things he said about our great Anglo-Saxon ally in his campaign book, No Apology. Title doesn’t much help now, either.

* Christian Science Monitor’s Linda Feldmann reports that post-Aurora gun sale spike has less to do with instinct for self-protection against violence than with paranoia about new gun control initiatives. Unbelievable.

* At the risk of feeding paranoia, the president gingerly approached subject of stronger regulation of assault weapons and better background checks in New Orleans speech.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein confidently predicts Mitt Romney would get off horns of dilemma between tax cuts and defense spending by–running up the deficit! He does have a lot of GOP precedent on that one.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports on study profiling online students, which contains some surprises.

And in non-political news:

* Plane pulling “Will You Marry Me?” banner crashes before reaching beach where pending proposal waiting. Pilot survived; proposal made, accepted.

It’s still a week before the next monthly Jobs Report, but I’m sure we’ll have much to talk about tomorrow.


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.