By this time tomorrow, I’ll be about to land in Kansas City for a trip to the Iowa State Fair, an early birthday present from my wife. I’ll have more about that later as it affects the blogging schedule, but for the moment I am salivating in anticipation of Fair Food. This year’s new sensation is said to be a double-bacon-corn-dog, which, given corn and meat prices at the moment, may involve taking out a payday loan. But I’ll probably give it a try. Here are some lighter and presumably more nutritious midday snacks:

* New York Times‘ Amy Chozick plumbs the familiar story of Obama’s media consumption habits. I’d like to see something similar about Romney.

* At Salon Steve Kornacki thinks (as do I) that including Clinton’s image in his mendacious welfare ad could turn out to be a major tactical error for Romney.

* Yahoo’s Chris Moody spends a night in Rob Portman’s “haunted hotel” but doesn’t meet any ghosts.

* National Journal‘s Josh Kraushaar just can’t bring himself to believe Romney will pick a running-mate as boring as TPaw or Portman. Guess he hasn’t heard about the haunted hotel.

* But NBC’s First Read confidently asserts “final three” for veep are the aforementioned two boring people, plus the dangerously exciting Paul Ryan.

And in non-political news:

* Life among the top echelons of the 1%: Amazon exec pays 165k to fake agent to get Tom Petty to play at wedding, then gets crook arrested, lands Tom Petty anyway.

Back in just a bit after some Twitter chores.

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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.