“Battle lines for 2014 midterms are drawn”

POLITICO

By Alex Isenstadt

The 2014 midterm just got a lot more interesting.

The twin dramas of the government shutdown and botched rollout of Obamacare have snapped a sleepy 2014 election season out of its slumber, sharpening the battle lines for each party and setting the stage for a consequential midterm that few expected even two months ago.

The spring and summer months were filled with charges and countercharges about the Internal Revenue Service, wiretapping, Syria and immigration. Politicians recycled oldballot-box-2 attack lines and operatives confidently predicted control of Congress would remain status quo after next November.

No more. The parties’ competing political narratives — the dangers of a tea party-controlled party versus the perils of President Barack Obama’s far-reaching health care law — have been thrown into sharp relief the past several weeks. Now each party has something tangible to point to — that touch voters’ lives in concrete ways — to argue that the other should be booted from office.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/shutdown-obamacare-2014-midterm-election-98989.html#ixzz2j6Tl2Jnu

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