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Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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On Tuesday Coloradans elected a new virulently anti-gay state legislator and exorcist who among his other accomplishments once, purportedly, performed an exorcism on President Obama - which apparently didn't work. But Gordon Klingenschmitt also argues that one of the potential cures for homosexuality is spanking - which suggests that Klingenschmitt has either never been to a Pride parade or is perhaps a Ted Haggard in the making.

This plays to my own basic beliefs about politics and what I've referred to as "policy literalism" so it's preaching to the choir. But TPM Reader TS responds to our Reflecting on Tuesday #2 ...

Apropos of the comment that Dems are reluctant to outline robust economic opportunity policies because they know they cannot fully retake the Congress for some years, that underlines a huge problem for Democratic politicians: they vastly underestimate the value of political signaling, communicating a direction they are fighting for to constituents.

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TPM Reader NL on the roadblock in the House and the steep wall of inequality ...

Frank Rich, in his column, asks what Democrats stand for now? I'm probably as up to date on politics as any observer and I can't say that I can't say I have a clear answer to that question. I always vote, but my friends who are infrequent (but Democratic) voters didn't know what the Democrats want to do on the economy and ended up not voting on Tuesday. I think a part of the problem is that the Democratic leadership knows they can't retake the House for another 8 years, which means coming up with good policy prescriptions isn't going to make a difference anyway.

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In light of yesterday's blowout, a group in Mississippi wants to institute an official "Confederate Heritage Month" via voter initiative. But don't worry it will include "history, heritage, achievements, and prominent people, including Mississippi's African American and Native American veterans."

TPM Reader AB reflects on the Colorado results ...

I'm sure you all are inundated right now with readers offering their unsolicited opinions on what happened Tuesday, so forgive me if I'm just adding to an unwanted deluge.

But as a relative newbie to Colorado and its politics, I've been thinking a lot about newspaper endorsements ever since Cory Gardner's victory was called Tuesdaynight. There was an interesting piece over at Vox a couple weeks ago running down the political science on endorsements. The broad strokes are that there's reason to believe such endorsements can have an effect, particularly in close races.

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Republican tells C-Span's Washington Journal "the Republicans hate that ni--er Obama" after saying that Republicans "please do not overreach" (a bit counterintuitive?). Watch.

For you old folks, no I'm not becoming a doctor. But join me tomorrow for my AMA at Reddit at 1pm eastern tomorrow. Ask me anything - about the midterms, about the midterms and even about the midterms. Actually, you really can ask me anything. And please, someone ask me about something other than the midterms.

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