POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 11/4

Senate Republicans Point Fingers

With Tea Party candidates in Delaware, Colorado and Nevada leaving Republicans just shy of a Senate majority, “a bloc of prominent senators and operatives said party purists like Sarah Palin and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) had foolishly pushed nominees too conservative to win in politically competitive states,” reports Politico.

“Movement conservatives pointed the finger right back at the establishment, accusing the National Republican Senatorial Committee of squandering millions on a California race that wasn’t close at the expense of offering additional aid in places like Colorado, Nevada and Washington state… But the blame over who lost the Senate isn’t just taking place within Washington. It’s now the turf on which a more fundamental debate within the conservative movement is taking place. It’s a familiar purity vs. pragmatism battle that has been raging since the GOP lost its majority status in the Senate.”

While some infighting is natural after an election, Republicans seem awfully close to violating the Eleventh Commandment.

The Numbers Behind Reid’s Victory

The Hotline: “CNN’s exit polls show that men and white voters broke for Angle by significant margins. Angle carried white voters by a 53 percent to 41 percent margin and men by a 48 percent to 46 percent margin. Reid made that up among women (53 percent), African Americans (78 percent), Latinos (68 percent) and Asians (79 percent). Even though white voters made up 72 percent of the vote and Reid only carried 41 percent of that block, those large margins among other ethnic groups carried him to victory.”

Obama’s No Shows

Gary Langer: “One way to look at yesterday’s election is to say that about 29 million Obama voters from 2008 simply didn’t show up this time around.”

Pelosi Has “No Regrets”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told ABC News she has “no regrets” one day after a Republican wave “stripped her of the power that defined her historic tenure as the first female Speaker of the House.”

But she hasn’t decided if she’ll remain in the House or possibly retire.

Said Pelosi: “I’ll have a conversation with my caucus, I’ll have a conversation with my family, and pray over it, and decide how to go forward. But today isn’t that day.”

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