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.

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.