Don’t know if it was listening to nearly an hour of fine southern rhetoric last night, or just hearing constantly about North Carolina. But I woke up this morning craving BBQ. Not much chance of scratching that itch today, and the ‘cue on the Central Coast won’t make anybody forget Lexington. But here are some midday side dishes, anyway:

* Per Zeke Miller, new RNC web ad of woman “breaking up” with cardboard cutout of Obama would be more effective if she wasn’t a RNC staffer.

* After a week of silence on the “issue,” Romney and Ryan both revived the “Obama gutted welfare reform” lie yesterday. It will be very interesting to see if Clinton’s speech has any impact on their plans.

* Romney campaign and Crossroads GPS pull ads in both Pennsylvania and Michigan. Was this always a feint?

* FWIW, fact-checkers calling Clinton’s many facts and statistics generally accurate.

* Kim K. headed to Charlotte for DNC “after-party.” Anybody think she’s actually watched the convention? Least she can do is write a big check.

And in non-political news:

* ADP report for August suggests private-sector jobs gains of 200k. But ADP often poor predictor of official stats.

Back after some moonlighting and maybe BBQ chips.

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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.