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It's easy to get riled up when North Carolina Republicans say that flying a rainbow flag over the Asheville city hall is like flying a Nazi flag. What's fascinating and perhaps even more troubling though is to think for a moment of the mindset and severely warped history these doofuses have been fed for the last decade or so that makes some of them actually think this makes sense. Sure, some of this is just provocation. But conservatives have been drilled for quite a while now with this 'liberals are the real Nazis' line from Jonah Goldberg's ridiculous book and Fox News and so many other arms of the right wing learned ignorance machine.

Think about it: the gays are like today's Nazis.

We'll Be at This in December

TPM Reader HM makes a very good point. The true politics junkies know that Georgia and Louisiana require run-offs if no one gets a majority of the vote. And there's one or possibly two races that could plausibly be won by an independent candidate (Kansas and South Dakota). When you figure in that any independent candidates likely won't show their cards until they know who controls the chamber and you've got a very complicated set of factors. Put it all together and I think there's a better than 50/50 chance, maybe a lot better, that we won't know who controls the Senate any time in November. Here's TPM Reader HM ...

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PollTracker #4

Day four of our 2014 election countdown. Remember to download our PollTracker Mobile app (available on iOS and Android.) It's the only app in the either app store which will alert you the moment a poll is released in any race in the country you're following.

Well, okay. There are barely any Senate polls today. So that's a bit of an anti-climax. But in the interests of making this the quick synopsis I want it to be, I'm not going to scrape the bottom of the barrel. Basically we are where we were yesterday: two big runs of polls (CNN/ORC and Fox) quite friendly to GOP - the question being whether they're outliers or more confirmation of the GOP trend. There's been a lot of activity around the North Carolina Senate race too. But everything points to Hagan holding a very small but very durable margin. Keep an eye out particularly for the next numbers out of Kansas.

Oh and also, find me someone with a rival model to obsess and fall down a rabbit hole about.

You Can't Gay Away the Pray

Colbert: "You can't pray away your gay. Well, you can't gay away my pray. For Christians like me this is a civil rights issue in that I don't like gay people are getting civil rights." Watch.

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