Lunch Buffet

I’m just now arriving at Netroots Nation for today’s festivities, and have decided to blog right on through the weekend. So let’s catch up with the news in these tasty mid-day bites:

* Mitch McConnell gets behind the Henry II theory of Obama’s responsibility for everything Republicans don’t like in a speech at AEI deploring the administration’s “culture of intimidation.” Love it when conservatives descend to psychobabble.

* Michigan Republicans rebuff and perhaps kill Medicaid expansion by adjourning Senate without acting on Gov. Rick Snyder’s expansion proposal.

* UMass poll shows Markey opening up 20-point lead over Gomez in special Senate race as next Tuesday’s vote nears.

* Politico‘s Brown and Raju publish tick-tock on dramatics of the Corker-Hoeven “border surge” amendment, but exact impact on Senate GOP (much less House) remains to be seen.

* TNR’s Noreen Malone examines the problems with Christine Quinn’s once-invincible mayoral campaign.

And in sorta non-political news:

* NYSE stabilizes after insane two days. Somebody keep Ben Bernanke away from reporters.

Back when I get my bearings.

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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.