Connecticut Election Descends into Chaos

“The final tallies in Connecticut’s chaotic, mistake-ridden, Florida-style election remained unknown Thursday afternoon because election officials in Bridgeport still have not released their official totals yet,” the Hartford Courant reports.

Without Bridgeport’s results, Tom Foley (R) leads Dan Malloy (D) by 8,409 votes. However, the most recent results in Bridgeport reported by the Associated Press gave Malloy 12,646 more votes in Bridgeport than Foley — meaning that Malloy would become the next governor.

Adding to the intrigue: CT Confidential reports “about what may be an uncounted bag of ballots discovered in Bridgeport.”

Pelosi Considers Staying as Minority Leader

High-level House Democratic sources tell ABC News that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is seriously considering staying in Congress and running for the position of minority leader.

“Pelosi is methodically calling every Democratic House member who won on Tuesday, as well as many who lost… In the process, she is weighing her options and gauging her support. Some of Pelosi’s closest allies are encouraging her to stay and to lead the Democratic effort to win back their majority. Those encouraging her are arguing, in part, that she can unify the progressives in the caucus, and more importantly, that nobody in the House can raise money for the next campaign better than Pelosi.”

Palin Likes Birther Tweet

According to Gawker, Sarah Palin recently “favorited” an Ann Coulter tweet that linked to a picture of a sign about “The blood of Jesus against Obama,” our “Taliban Muslim illegally elected President USA: Hussein.”

Beer Summit Goes Mainstream

Just a day after Rep. Mark Kirk (R) won the U.S. Senate race in Illinois, he met defeated challenger Alexi Giannoulias (D) for a beer.

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Bonus Quote of the Day

“Short of suicide, I don’t really know what I’d have to do to convince you people that I’m not running.”

— New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), quoted by Fox News, taking “Shermanesque” to a new level.

Perry Not Running for President

“Despite heightened visibility after his commanding re-election victory this week,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) “today insisted that he will not be a presidential contender in 2012 as he began a two-day round of nationally televised interviews to promote his newly released book, Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington,”McClatchy reports.

However, Washington Whispers suggests he may be “setting himself up as a possible vice-presidential candidate by raising his profile with an anti-Washington book.”

Quote of the Day

“I think the most interesting thing to watch in the next Congress is how many Democrats start voting with us. Every one of the 23 Democrats up in the next cycle has a clear understanding of what happened Tuesday. I think we have major opportunities for bipartisan coalitions to support what we want to do.”

— Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), quoted by NBC News, on why he’s not in the mood to compromise with Democrats.

Looking at the 2012 Presidential Field

As voters left the polls on Tuesday, CNN asked Republicans in three key states who they want as their presidential nominee in 2012.

Iowa: Romney 21%, Huckabee 21%, Palin 18%, Gingrich 7%

New Hampshire: Romney 39%, Palin 18%, Huckabee 11%, Gingrich 9%

South Carolina: Palin 25%, Huckabee 24%, Romney 21%, Gingrich 20%

In match ups against President Obama, Huckabee leads 52% to 44% and Romney is ahead 50% to 45%. However, Obama beats Gingrich 49% to 47% and tops Palin 52% to 44%.

Cuomo for President?

Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo could never quite pull the trigger on a run for president, but the New York Post notes he already sees greater things for his son, Andrew, the newly-elected New York governor.

Said the elder Cuomo: “If Andrew with his bright mind comes up with good ideas and is able to implement them, then of course he ought to be considered for a higher place.”

The Uncalled House Races

First Read: “Republicans are at currently +60 in House races, and that gain could get to in the neighborhood of +63 when all the votes are finally counted (and recounted). There are 10 races still yet to be decided. Republicans lead in three of those — CA-20, IL-8, and TX-27. All three are pretty big surprises.”

“Most forecasters would have picked CA-11 — which is almost certainly headed for a recount — as the top GOP pick-up opportunity in the state. CA-11 is the closest race right now, with incumbent Jerry McNerney (D) up by just 121 votes out of about 164,000 votes (with 100% of precincts reporting). The next closest are: WA-2, where incumbent Rick Larsen (D) is up 502 votes out of 195,000 (71% in); IL-8, with incumbent Melissa Bean (D) down 553 votes out of 194,000 (100% in); KY-6, with incumbent Ben Chandler up just 600 votes out of 239,000 (100% in); TX-27, with incumbent Solomon Ortiz down 799 votes out of 101,000 (100% in); and in VA-11 Freshman Rep. Jerry Connolly (D) is up by 920 votes out of 220,000. By the way, Rep. Bob Etheridge (D), who the AP says lost to Renee Ellmers (R), has NOT conceded. The margin is 1,646 votes; that’s after Etheridge cut the margin by 500+ votes in late counts added Wednesday.”

McConnell Not Interested in Compromise

“An emboldened Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) isn’t in the mood to compromise following the party’s historic gains in the House,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

McConnell is expected to tell a conservative audience later today that the White House can either “change course, or they can double down on a vision of government that the American people have roundly rejected.”
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Running From Their Successes

Joe Klein: “The Democratic performance this year was one of the more mystifying, and craven, in memory. Usually, a political party loses when it has failed to do its job. These Democrats lost because they succeeded in doing what they’ve been promising for decades. They enacted their fantasies, starting with health care reform, and then ran away from their successes. Why on earth would a political party enact major pieces of legislation and then refuse to take credit for them?”

Palin Channels Reagan

In a new video, Sarah Plain declares in Reagan-esque style that “this is our movement, this is our moment, this is our morning in America.”

She adds: “‘We’re going to stand up and we’re going to speak out. It may take some renegades going rogue to get us there. It may take folks shaking it up to get there. We’ve got to do this together”

The video ends with a mama grizzly roaring on its hind legs.

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Most Tea Party Candidates Lost

NBC News: “For all the talk of the Tea Party’s strength — and there will certainly be a significant number of their candidates in Congress — just 32% of all Tea Party candidates who ran for Congress won and 61.4% lost this election. A few races remain too close to call.”

In the Senate, however, 10 candidates backed by the Tea Party ran and at least five were successful. (The race in Alaska has not yet been called.)

Romney Calls DeMint

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC)) tells the National Journal that the only congratulatory phone call he received after the midterm elections from potential Republican presidential candidates was from Mitt Romney.



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