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Massachusetts or New Hampshire? Brown May Forget Where He Is But Will Have More To Explain Than His Driver's License

Massachusetts or New Hampshire? Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown mixed up which state he was visiting while in the latest New England state where he’s flirting with a Senate run. Last night, Brown had a “momentary lapse about which state he was in when asked about clarifying whether he will run.”

FRIDAY TAKEAWAYS: SOBERING GUT CHECK FOR CONGRESSIONAL GOP - THE GOP ALTERNATIVE: CRUZCARE - TEAM MCCONNELL'S MISOGYNY - DSCC WINS THE $$$ RACE AGAIN

SOBERING GUT CHECK: 73% DISAPPROVE OF CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS. According to a new Quinnipiac poll this week, Republicans in Congress fare far worse than Democrats with voters. Just 20% approve of the job Republicans in Congress are doing, while 73% disapprove.

 

FRIDAY TAKEAWAYS: BOTH PARTIES UNITED ON HEALTH CARE: DEMS WANT TO FIX, GOP WANTS TO LET INSURANCE COMPANIES ABUSE PATIENTS - GOP FEARS THE NEXT AKIN - PRYOR ON OFFENSE - MCCONNELL'S EULOGY

BOTH PARTIES UNITED ON HEALTH CARE: DEMS WANT TO FIX THE LAW, GOP WANTS TO LET INSURANCE COMPANIES ABUSE PATIENTS. Both Democrats and Republicans are united on the Affordable Care Act. Democrats are offering various proposals to fix health care reform, while Republicans are demanding full repeal – nothing less.

FRIDAY TAKEAWAYS: SHUTDOWN DIMINISHING REPUBLICAN SENATE HOPES FOR 2014 - POLLS SHOWS AMERICANS BLAME THE GOP - WALSH ENTERS MT-SEN - MCCONNELL'S REELECTION PANIC CENTER STAGE DURING SHUTDOWN DEBATE

SHUTDOWN DIMINISHING REPUBLICAN SENATE HOPES FOR 2014. Karen Tumulty & Paul Kane report in this morning’s Washington Post that Republicans “are increasingly concerned that a prolonged standoff in Washington could damage their prospects for winning back the Senate in 2014.” In particular, prospects are dimming for the seven House Republicans running for Senate in 2014 who all oppose moderate ef

FRIDAY TAKEAWAYS: BILL O'REILLY GETS IT RIGHT - WELCOMING ERIC CANTOR - GAME ON IN WV - DSCC WINNING $$ RACE - GOP TEA PARTY PRIMARY-PALOOZA CONTINUES IN #AKSEN

WE AGREE WITH BILL O’REILLY, AND SO DO THE VOTERS. TPM reports that “Bill O'Reilly on Thursday condemned Tea Party-led efforts to defund Obamacare as ‘fanaticism.’” We agree, and so do the voters.

FRIDAY TAKEAWAYS: GOP PRIMARIES INTENSIFY - NRSC'S "SAGA OF STRUGGLE" - HAGAN CRUSHING FIELD - REPUBLICANS SAY ALOHA TO HAWAII

GOP PRIMARY PROBLEMS INTENSIFYING. This week Republican primary fights got even nastier in must-win states like Alaska, North Carolina, Iowa, Michigan, and Louisiana.

FRIDAY TAKEAWAYS: THE EMPTY DRESS - MCCONNELL'S MISOGYNISTIC CAMPAIGN - SLOW MOTION IOWA DISASTER - TIME FOR A BOOT CAMP IN MICHIGAN

MCCONNELL RUNNING THE MOST MISOGYNISTIC CAMPAIGN EVER. This week, a national Republican operative who reports to Mitch McConnell, referred to Alison Lundergan Grimes as an “empty dress,” claimed she “seems incapable of articulating her own thoughts,” and compared her intellect to that of “a freshman in high school.” Instead of condemning the operative’s offensive remarks, Mitch McConnell’s henchmen are

FRIDAY TAKEAWAYS: GOP INFIGHTING & THE THREAT OF SHUTDOWN - MCCONNELL BATTLES CHALLENGE FROM THE RIGHT - TENNANT STRONG IN WV-SEN - CASSIDY'S STRENGTH QUESTIONED

GOP INFIGHTING AND THE THREAT OF SHUTDOWN. It was hot this August but a cold reality started to set in for Republicans. The party elders have left the building. They're completely and totally powerless. Ted Cruz and Jesse Benton are now in charge. The GOP is spiraling out of control. Divisive primaries and insurgent tea partiers are pushing nearly every Republican candidate to embrace or at least flirt with the dangerous proposition of shutting down the government.

FRIDAY TAKEAWAYS: THE GOP SHUTDOWN CAUCUS - CASSIDY JOINS "SHUTDOWN BANDWAGON" - DSCC WINNING THE $$$ RACE - GOP TEA PARTY PRIMARY-PALOOZA CONTINUES

THE GOP SHUTDOWN CAUCUS. A number of weeks ago we highlighted how Mitch McConnell’s primary against Tea Partier Matt Bevin and the dozen additional GOP Senate primaries around the country would fuel right wing efforts to shutdown the government to defund Obamacare.

FRIDAY TAKEAWAYS: POLITICO ON GOP "EVE OF DESTRUCTION" - COTTON & MCCONNELL STAKE OUT OPPOSITE POSITIONS ON GOVT SHUTDOWN - GOP RECRUITING FAILURE IN MI - NUNN BUILDING SUPPORT ACROSS GEORGIA

GOP OPERATIVES TELL POLITICO THE GOP IS IN BIG TROUBLE. The Tea Party is going to shutdown the government to defund Obamacare.  Divisive, bruising primaries are developing in Senate races across the country. The Republican Party is at war with itself and it’s only getting worse.