Turned out to be a lively day, and my alarm clock worked very well, perhaps waking the neighbors. Here’s some items that didn’t quite make the full-fledged blogging cut for one reason or another:

* Romney spox screws up badly by pointing out that wife of laid-off steelworker referenced in Priorities USA ad attacking Bain would have been covered by RomneyCare in Massachusetts.

* Portman appears on campaign trail in Colorado. Unclear whether Romney campaign staff recognized him.

* And speaking of Veeps: Wikipedia locks pages of most-mentioned prospects after Colbert suggests viewers edit them.

* At College Guide Daniel Luzer reports on new Pittsburgh college that will operate in “churches and bars.”

* I swear I’m not making this up: Jennifer Rubin tries to spin Clinton attack on Romney welfare ad into an implicit confirmation of its claims.

And in ostensibly non-political news:

* DC resident orders television online, instead receives high-powered assault rifle.

As I noted earlier, I’m on the road tomorrow and over the weekend. Ryan Cooper will handle blogging chores tomorrow and Friday. I’ll be back for Saturday, perhaps giving readers a taste of Heartland Battleground Politics or even bad-for-you Fair Food. And on Sunday Elon Green will back to guest-blog. Play pretty, y’all.


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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.