A pretty large crowd is gathering all along the Monterey Bay to get a glimpse of the Space Shuttle. I’m loyally here at my computer, serving up these mid-days bites:

* Fox’s Chris Wallace goes after Peggy Noonan’s “conservative bona fides” after her recent criticisms of Team Mitt. But, but–she learned at the feet of Reagan!

* Herman Cain modestly allows as how he’d have a “substantial lead” if he were the nominee.

* Jim DeMint publicly toys with shattering boycott on financial help for Todd Akin.

* Paul Ryan goes heavily into Eddie Haskell routine, promising seniors to save Medicare from mean old Obama, at AARP confab. Gets booed, though.

* Speaking of Paul Ryan, Weigel’s got a review up of Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike.

And in non-political news:

* Wal-Mart to become first multinational retailer in India.

Back after some chores.

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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.