You Lost, Now What?

Chris Cillizza: “The midterm election winners will arrive in Washington this week for freshman orientation. But what about the people they beat? Recent history suggests that many of them will run again — perhaps as soon as 2012. This year, five Republican former members of Congress ran for their old seats and won.”

The Dark Days of the Rubio Campaign

St. Petersburg Times: “In the darkest days of Marco Rubio’s quixotic campaign for U.S. Senate, it only made sense that some of Rubio’s closest friends were practically begging him to drop out.”

“Here was a strong, young Republican candidate about to throw his future away by taking on Charlie Crist, the state’s most popular politician. The governor was outraising Rubio nearly 13 to 1, leading polls by 30 points, and more and more Rubio allies, GOP fundraisers and strategists were talking about him pulling the plug on the Senate race and running for attorney general instead.”

Richardson Says Clinton Still Angry

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D), who served in former President Bill Clinton’s cabinet but then backed Barack Obama for president in 2008, told the Dallas Morning News “that he gets along great with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. But Bill Clinton is another matter.”

Said Richardson: “We haven’t talked. He’s a little sore.”

Axelrod to Leave White House

White House adviser David Axelrod told Fox News that he will leave the White House in early 2011 to begin preparations for President Obama’s 2012 reelection bid.

Said Axelrod: “Sometime in the spring — late winter, early spring — I’ll be coming back here to Chicago and beginning to work on that project.”

Detached from Change

Out this week: Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House by Richard Wolffe explains “how and why President Obama grew detached from Change — even as he was enacting big changes.”

Excerpt from Mike Allen suggests Rahm Emanuel’s “excess energy” was a major part of the problem: “In place of the rigid discipline of the presidential campaign, instead of their no-drama style and the strategic focus, ideas ricocheted around the West Wing with each firing of Emanuel’s synapses.”

Said an insider: “It’s all tactics and no strategy. That’s something the president feels very strongly he’s missing. How do I get from here to where I want to go? It’s all tactical and it’s all Rahm. He has no follow-through and no management. Nobody is there to check that what was decided in the seven-thirty meeting actually happens. The problem with Rahm is that, yes, he’s brilliant. But he is purely tactical, and he changes his mind based on a conversation he just had with Paul Begala. There are many times when Axe has to shout him down to drop an idea or a tactic. And his style is unbelievably bad. It’s just too abusive.”

Great observation: “Emanuel was the master of the system, not the man to change it.”

Emanuel Formally Announces Bid for Mayor

Rahm Emanuel “formally kicked off his campaign for Chicago mayor today by saying he’s got the right combination of background, vision and grit to lead the city during tough times,” the Chicago Tribune reports.

The Limits of Redistricting

Though some pundits have predicted the GOP’s redistricting advantage will translate into a net House pickup of 20 to 30 seats in 2012, the Wall Street Journal notes that researchers “say the real number probably will be far lower, even though Republicans will dominate the process.”

“The reasons are both mathematical and political. Mathematicians have demonstrated that there is a limit to how many seats a party can put in its safe column. Aim to redraw lines in a way that exchanges a few near-certain seats for more seats won by narrower margins, and a political shift might reverse a lot of those gains in the next election.”

“Also, the way Democrats are spread throughout the country — centered in certain areas, especially cities — can play a far bigger role than intentional gerrymandering. And other political priorities, such as protecting incumbents, can compete with the goal of picking up as many seats as possible.”

Should Obama Not Seek Re-Election?

(Where were they when Bush ran for reelection?!!!!)

Doug Schoen and Pat Caddell argue in the Washington Post that President Obama “has largely lost the consent of the governed” and “should announce immediately that he will not be a candidate for reelection in 2012.”

“If the president goes down the reelection road, we are guaranteed two years of political gridlock at a time when we can ill afford it. But by explicitly saying he will be a one-term president, Obama can deliver on his central campaign promise of 2008, draining the poison from our culture of polarization and ending the resentment and division that have eroded our national identity and common purpose.”

Quote of the Day

“I have an iReggie, who has my books, my newspapers, my music all in one place.”

— President Obama, quoted by CNN, telling a reporter he doesn’t have an iPad but he does have personal aide Reggie Love.

Palin Negatives Hit New High

A new Gallup poll finds that 52% of Americans now view Sarah Palin unfavorably — the highest percentage holding a negative opinion of the former Alaska governor since Sen. John McCain tapped her as the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee.

Her 40% favorable rating ties her lowest favorable score, recorded just over a year ago.

Is this Socialism?

Bloomberg: “Investors around the world say President Barack Obama is bad for the bottom line, even though U.S. corporations are on track for the biggest earnings growth in 22 years and the stock market is headed for its best back-to- back annual gains since 2004.”

Cindy McCain Blasts Ban Her Husband Supports

Cindy McCain “stars in a dramatic advocacy video that says the government’s actions — including those supported by her husband, Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain — encourage anti-gay bullying in schools,” Yahoo reports.

Said Mrs. McCain: “Our political and religious leaders tell LGBT youth that they have no future… They can’t serve our country openly.”

Washington Post: “This is not the first time Cindy McCain has parted ways with her husband on gay rights. She and her daughter, Meghan McCain, appeared in a print ad campaign in support of same-sex marriage even though Sen. McCain opposes it.”

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