Obama: "No one party will be able to dictate where we go from here, and we must find common ground in order to make progress on some uncommon different challenges, and I told John Boehner and Mitch McConnell last night I am very eager to sit down with members of both parties and figure out how we can move fwd together..."
Obama: "Yesterday's vote confirmed what I've heard from folks across America, people are frustrated, they're deep frustrated with the pace of our recover."
Obama is giving his post-election press conference: "I told John Boehner and Mitch McConnelly that I look forward to working with them..."
National Journal reports. The president won't be defiant either.Obama will take responsibility for voters' anger in today's press conference,
Evan Osnos relays Chinese reactions to the election results: "One might have expected to sense a certain rejoicing in the Chinese coverage, because a body blow to the Democrats is likely to make it harder for people like Chuck Schumer to achieve tougher trade measures against Beijing. But even from across the Pacific, commentators detected a chaotic, freak-show quality to this election that seemed to indicate more about Americans' beleaguered economy and fondness for spectacle than about any special confidence in rookie Republican congressmen."In Beijing, The New Yorker's
Sullivan reacts to Rep. Marsha Blackburn's advocacy of fiscal restraint by means of discretionary spending cuts in an appearance on MSNBC's "Hardball" last night: "They're going to balance the budget with discretionary spending cuts alone? You mean: abolish all discretionary spending? I just can't tell if these people can't do any math or are simply more breathtakingly cynical than even I can imagine."
Adam Serwer: "For all the complaints about how liberals are obsessed with identity politics, conservatives seem pretty fixated on the notion of this election restoring the idea that conservative politics is synonymous with American authenticity, at the expense of anything resembling a legislative agenda. Liberals will at least be able to look back at the policy goals achieved during the last few years and see progress. The 'Republican country' conservatives can look forward to waking up to tomorrow morning is one in which Republicans rail against government spending while promising to do more of it."
reports a lackluster scene at Miller's election party last night. Once the returns started rolling in and it was clear write-in ballots, most of them likely for Lisa Murkowski, were leading the race--the count is currently 41 percent write-in, 34 percent Miller, and 24 percent McAdams--Miller retreated to a private room with his family. When he finally took the stage before scurrying out of the building, the candidate did not answer questions from the media.Joe Miller is apparently dealing with his lagging vote count in the same way he's dealt with his lagging campaign--by clamming up and blocking out the press. The Anchorage Daily News
Jonathan Alter says there are a few big reasons why the Democrats took such a loss yesterday: abstraction, frustration, and communication -- "... all three related to the worst economic times since the Great Depression. President Obama will have to deal with all three or he'll lose in 2012."At Newsweek,
James Fallows spent his night being interviewed by the foreign press about how much the Tea Party/GOP wins will change foreign policy. "Not very much." International issues were barely mentioned in the campaigns and a president has a lot of foreign-policy latitude no matter who controls Congress. The real question is: Can America afford two years of stagnant government?
Which songs did the winning candidates play at their victory parties? Rand Paul picked AC/DC, Andrew Cuomo went with Bon Jovi, and more.
Dan Kennedy says Obama can learn a lot the policies, and circumstances, of Massachusetts' governor Deval Patrick's re-election: "More than anything, Deval Patrick's re-election demonstrates that even a politician nearly everyone had given up on can make a comeback -- if he works hard and learns from his mistakes. Now, Barack Obama has that opportunity. What he is able to do with it will be the political story of the next two years."At the The Guardian (UK),
Sullivan on Murkowski's solid lead in Alaska: "... in her own backyard, Palin's hand-picked and heartily endorsed candidate fell to a write-in Republican and barely eked out a lead over the Democrat. Alaska has begun to move on from the Palin era. Which means the fear may subside a little, and more will feel able to talk." ... The Wire, meanwhile, rounds up on Alaska. And in the Morning Vid, David Frum pleads for a centrist approach on the Colbert Report: "What's Good For Sarah Palin 'Is Not Good' for Republicans"
reports that White House officials have not been briefed on a post-election staff shake-up, making it unlikely that Obama will announce one at his 1 p.m. press conference. This does not mean that a staff shuffle isn't in the cards somewhere down the line, however--it's just that a dramatic announcement is not Obama's style, according a White House adviser. Pete Rouse stepped in for Rahm Emanuel when Emanuel resigned as chief of staff to run for Chicago mayor, but it's unclear whether Rouse will keep the job long-term. Ambinder reported a few weeks ago that energy adviser Carol Browner is being considered for the job. Point being, though, we probably won't learn of Rahm's replacement--or any other big moves--this afternoon.Marc Ambinder
Goldblog weighs in on the media and the election. Fox News's power is "fairly awesome" and "pure unadulterated anti-Obama propaganda." Many whites are scared of an "arugula-eating black president with a funny name." Rahm's advice that no crisis should go to waste was a disaster. Instead, Obama should have fixed the proximate cause of the crisis then proceeded to a change agenda. Finally, the media don't "understand the broad streak of individualism that runs through this country."
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says Esquire's Tom Junod after the Democratic beating.
Michael Hirsh says that the GOP wants to bring in an "Un-do Congress," while Obama's game will be to portray them as "Do-nothing.""A Nation at Loggerheads" NJ's
Asked if he'll use the upcoming appropriations process (which happens in spring) to try to de-fund health care reform in addition to, or before, trying to repeal it, Boehner was noncommital at the Capitol Hill press conference, pledging to do "everything we can to try to repeal this bill and replace it with commonsense reforms."