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7:55 PM ET, November 5, 2014


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Ezra Klein / Vox:
9 takeaways from the 2014 election  —  1) The Democrats lost.  —  Badly.  This wasn't just a tough map.  Democrats lost Senate seats in Iowa and Colorado.  They lost governor races in Florida and Wisconsin.  Hell, they lost governor races in Illinois, Maryland, Maine, and Massachusetts!
Jay Newton-Small / TIME:
McConnell: No Shutdowns, No Full Obamacare Repeal  —  An exclusive interview with TIME about his plans as Majority Leader  —  Sen. Mitch McConnell was giddy, not an emotion often seen in the sober 72-year-old Kentuckian.  But that's the only way to describe TIME's interview with him in Perry County, Kentucky, on Monday afternoon.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Democrats Have Two Choices Now: Gridlock or Annihilation  —  Well, that could have gone better.  —  Shares  —  A cardinal fact of American politics that has emerged during the Obama years is that demographic forces are slowly and inexorably driving the electorate leftward.
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Mitch McConnell may be the greatest strategist in contemporary politics  —  Mitch McConnell's reelection tonight wasn't very newsworthy.  Polls had shown clearly for weeks that Allison Lundergan Grimes was far behind, and far behind is where you would expect a Democrat to be in Kentucky …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Reid: Why can't we all just ... get along?  —  Consider this karma avoidance by the soon-to-be-ex-Senate Majority Leader, but Harry Reid's new act won't fool anyone, least of all Mitch McConnell.  Reid has run the US Senate for the past eight years like a dictatorship, steadily eroding minority privileges …
Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
The Democrats' Catastrophe and the Need For a New Agenda
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Meet The Real Next Senate Majority Leader: Ted Cruz
The Hill:
Democrats sift through the debris
Discussion: Roll Call and Power Line
Nate Cohn / New York Times:   The Democrats' Southern Problem Reaches a New Depth
Washington Post:
Battle for the Senate: How the GOP woke up while Democrats were feeling the drag  —  One night in early September, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called a longtime colleague, Sen. Pat Roberts, from his living room in Louisville, furious about the 78-year-old Republican's fumbling and lethargic reelection campaign.
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Joe Manchin on election results: ‘This is a real ass-whuppin’  —  Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W. Va.) did not mince words on Wednesday when asked to describe the historic losses by congressional Democrats.  —  “This is a real ass-whuppin,” he said.  —  Manchin is a moderate first-term senator …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell expected to woo King, Manchin  —  Two Senate sources say they expect Mitch McConnell (Ky.) to reach out to Independent Sen. Angus King (Maine) and centrist Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) about joining the Senate Republican Conference.  —  Republicans have a 52-seat Senate majority …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
What really went wrong for Democrats  —  The most common explanation we're hearing for the GOP sweep of a dozen Senate races last night is that an already-treacherous map for Democrats was made a lot worse by the failure of core Dem voter groups to show up.  —  But multiple Democratic …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Firedoglake
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
Here's Why the Democrats Got Crushed—and Why 2016 Won't Be a Cakewalk  —  Barack Obama has been elected president twice, but his party has now gotten drubbed in the two midterm elections held during his presidency.  He will face a Republican Senate and House.
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Climate Change?  An Issue for Losers  —  Ross Douthat nails it in his NY Times blog post-mortem: … Andrew Restuccia notes in Politico: … Will Bunch in the Philadelphia Daily News: … The Keystone pipeline appears to have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, according to the National Journal:
Discussion: National Journal
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Evaporating Democratic Majority
John Podhoretz / New York Post:   A stunning tidal wave of change in the Senate
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Tom Steyer, greens have rough night at the polls
Discussion: The Daily Caller, ABC News and The Hill
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Republicans Just Broke Democrats' Blue Wall
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Polls Were Skewed Toward Democrats  —  For much of this election cycle, Democrats complained the polls were biased against them.  They said the polls were failing to represent enough minority voters and applying overly restrictive likely-voter screens.  They claimed early-voting data was proving the polls wrong.
Betsy Woodruff / Slate:
Wisconsin Three-Peat  —  Why no one can beat Scott Walker.  —  WEST ALLIS, Wisconsin—"First off, I want to thank God."  —  Gov. Scott Walker had just come on stage at the State Fair Exposition Center to give his third victory speech in four years, and the supporters mashed up in front of the stage were totally losing it.
Discussion: Althouse
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
‘Hundred-year majority’ for House GOP?  —  Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, proclaimed Wednesday that Republicans may have built a “hundred-year majority” in the House.  —  “We're as back to a majority as any of us have seen in our lifetimes.
Discussion: rubber hose and Shakesville
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
New Outside Groups Prove Worth to Conservative Donors  —  Last fall, Steven Law, the president of the nation's largest Republican “super PAC,” met with two of his party's biggest donors in a Houston office.  Both had given generously to Mr. Law's organization, American Crossroads …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Big win for conservative big money
Washington Post:
Transcript: President Obama's Nov. 5 news conference on midterm election results  —  President Obama held a news conference Nov. 5 at the White House to discuss the results of the midterm congressional elections .  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good afternoon, everybody.  Have a seat.
Jay / Miami Herald &
Alex Rodriguez's DEA confession: Yes, I used steroids from fake Miami doctor  —  ›  —  ‹  —  For 21 tumultuous months, New York Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez has defiantly maintained he never used banned substances from a Coral Gables anti-aging clinic …
Kris Maher / Wall Street Journal:
West Virginia Elects America's Youngest State Lawmaker  —  A West Virginia University freshman who did most of her campaigning out of her dorm room became the youngest state lawmaker in the nation Tuesday.  —  Republican Saira Blair, a fiscally conservative 18-year-old …
David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
First Impressions: Historic GOP House Majority  —  It's hard to overstate House Democrats' bad night.  By all measures, Republicans enjoyed an historic night, exceeding pre-election expectations across the country.  There are fewer than ten races where the outcome is in some doubt …
David Levenson / The Daily Beast:
NBC's Today Show ‘Hires’ Pippa Middleton  —  After rumored courting by both ABC and NBC, Pippa Middleton is reportedly inking a deal to become a Today correspondent.  Buckingham Palace may not be amused.  —  NBC News, which has an expensive affection for royalty—whether British or American …
Rebecca Leber / The New Republic:
Congratulations, Voters.  You Just Made This Climate Denier the Most Powerful Senator on the Environment.  —  In handing Republicans control of the Senate on Tuesday, Americans effectively voted for the party's hostile plans against President Barack Obama's environmental legacy.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The 2014 electorate wasn't just older and whiter than 2012.  It also voted more Republican.  —  Based on preliminary exit poll data Tuesday night, we were able to say with some certainty how the 2014 electorate compared with 2012 and 2010.  In short: It had more white, older voters — the sort of voters more likely to vote Republican.
Discussion: Bloomberg View
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Eric Bradner / CNN:
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
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Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Wendy Davis Was The Face Of ‘War On Women’ Politics. How'd That Go?
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
President Obama Left Fighting for His Own Relevance