Still upset about the Straw Poll news. Too bummed to plan a pilgrimage to Boone to visit the tombstone.

Here are some less grumpy midday news/views snacks, which I will serve as I consume a leftover muffaletta, the first decent one I’ve ever eaten outside New Orleans.

* Obama goes to Hill to lobby for fast-track, gets real personal about it.

* As Greg Sargent predicted, fast-track might lose because anti-trade liberals decided to kill Trade Adjustment Assistance to remove a rationale for other Democrats to vote for TPA and TPP.

* Breaking: Pelosi has announced her opposition to TPA.

* Louisiana legislature bends at last minute to Bobby Jindal’s and Grover Norquist’s demands, pass budget with phony tax credit to avoid “tax increase.” Disgusting.

* At the Prospect, Adele Stan wades into the muddy waters of dark money support for Scott Walker’s rise in Wisconsin.

And in non-political news:

* An important ontological question: Is Pizza Hut’s new “hot dog pizza” really a “pizza?”

As we break for lunch, here’s a 1986 music video of “Elektric City” from Chick Corea’s Elektric Band.

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.