HotAir Daily Express 11/08/2012

WaPo: Outside group spending didn’t have much impact
11/8/2012 10:11:33 AM  Ed Morrissey
Remember all the hysteria about the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, in which politicians fretted that the wealthy would be able to buy elections through unlimited outside-group spending?  This election cycle provided a very good test for

Rubio passes on NRSC chairmanship
11/8/2012 9:21:13 AM  Erika Johnsen
As Republicans consider the party’s future and how to confront the demographic shifts made plain by Tuesday’s election, Florida Senator Marco Rubio‘s name has emerged as perhaps the 2016 candidate of GOP destiny (although, I would also

Miller: If Romney’s what’s wrong with America, this country has serious problems
11/8/2012 8:41:01 AM  Erika Johnsen
On the O’Reilly Factor last night, Dennis Miller gave voice to something that I’ve been pondering since last Tuesday night. One very grave disappoint of this election cycle (of which there are certainly very many) is that Team Obama is

Just a reminder: Congress not done investigating Benghazi
11/8/2012 8:01:45 AM  Ed Morrissey
Nor should they be.  Four Americans died, at least two of which might have been rescued had prompt action taken place when the attack occurred — and none of them would have been dead had the Obama administration paid attention to the increased

Obama to run for a third term?
Two weeks ago, S&A predicted Obama would win his second term. There’s an unstoppable economic force that’s underway now and in 2015 there’s specific event set to occur that will ensure Obama of a third term. This development will usher in a new age of American prosperity, but will also provide massive amounts of political power to the president.To learn all the details about this event, click here.

Quotes of the day
11/7/2012 10:52:12 PM  Allahpundit
Having lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections, Republicans plunged Wednesday into an intense period of self-examination, blame-setting and testy debate over whether their party needs serious change or just some minor

Chris Christie: “I wouldn’t call what I did an embrace of Barack Obama”
11/7/2012 9:50:06 PM  Allahpundit
The question he’s responding to isn’t included in the clip but I think I can guess what it is. Robert Costa posted this tidbit from an anonymous Romney advisor earlier today: Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, the adviser adds, is persona

Awkward video of the day: Netanyahu congratulates Obama on winning
11/7/2012 8:55:33 PM  Allahpundit
Via WaPo, enjoy Bibi struggling mightily to keep a straight face as he coughs up the requisite diplomatic niceties for his “friend” Barack on the morning after. As if the famously strained Obama/Netanyahu relationship didn’t make this

Matthews: Sorry for saying last night that I was glad we had that hurricane last week
11/7/2012 8:06:36 PM  Allahpundit
Via Mediaite, effusive regrets for his Kinsleyan gaffe . Go watch the original clip at the DC if you haven’t yet. He’s waxing rhapsodic about the country’s magnificent noble willingness to re-elect a guy who’s overseen four years

Looking at the national exit poll
11/7/2012 7:21:34 PM  Allahpundit
I know you’re polled out, but with all the navel-gazing today about demographics and the future of the GOP, I figured people might want a link to the numbers behind last night’s disaster. Here’s CNN’s version, Fox News’s

Paul Ryan’s next move
11/7/2012 6:43:09 PM  Erika Johnsen
Even though the Romney/Ryan team didn’t manage to turn Wisconsin’s presidential vote around for Republicans, Paul Ryan hedged his bets and did win reelection to his House seat yesterday, and has confirmed that he’ll be returning to

The War on Bacon
11/7/2012 6:03:53 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
We’re on our way . . . Mary Katharine is on the road and we’ll be here soon with post election analysis! We’ll be here by 6:30! Mary Katharine Ham of and Kelly Maher of discuss politics, culture, and

Boehner: I’m not open to tax hikes, but I am open to new revenue
11/7/2012 5:21:00 PM  Allahpundit
The media’s hyperventilating over this as an early sign that the House GOP has been chastised by last night’s presidential/Senate whupping. (’s front-page headline: “A quick pivot after election.”) But …

Harry Reid: How’s about we go a little nuclear up in this Senate?
11/7/2012 4:41:27 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
I hate to foist him upon you in your time of pain, but alas, one of the biggest winners last night was— against all odds— that Sullen Senate Leader, that Dour Dynamo, Sen. Harrrrrry Reeeeeid! In his press conference today he said he wants to change

The youths dig in for Hopenchange 2.0
11/7/2012 4:01:31 PM  Erika Johnsen
I must admit, I thought that disenchantment with the shoddy results of President Obama’s first term, combined with the diminished spirit of Hopenchange, would mean we’d see some significant shift from the record-breaking decisiveness of the

RCP poll averages predicted 49 of 50 states
11/7/2012 3:22:49 PM  Allahpundit
One last 2012 poll post for old times’ sake before we start in bright and early tomorrow morning with 2016 polls. (Joking, joking.) There was one basic meta-question in the sturm and drang over Nate Silver and statistical models: Were the state

So, about that Keystone pipeline…
11/7/2012 2:41:21 PM  Erika Johnsen
During his 2008 campaign and the early period of his presidency, President Obama was much more vocal about climate change than he eventually became, as he realized obtaining a second term might be made harder by trying to win the favor of competing

Puerto Rico votes for statehood
11/7/2012 2:01:54 PM  Ed Morrissey
The overall vote in the US wasn’t the only one last night that was oddly contradictory, with voters wanting change but re-electing the status quo.  In Puerto Rico, a non-binding referendum on the future of the US territory found statehood the

The Ed Morrissey Show: Post-election recap with Guy Benson
11/7/2012 1:46:49 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), Guy Benson and I take a day-after look at the broad defeat suffered by Mitt Romney and the GOP last night. Guy and I will do the show from the Hugh Hewitt offices, not in the studio, so it will be a

Look to the governorships
11/7/2012 1:21:04 PM  Erika Johnsen
Even aside from the presidency, Republicans lost a good handful of races down the ticket last night — which of course means that the makeup of our federal government is going to just keep on keepin’ on for awhile  yet. If there isn’t

Todd: GOP will run toward immigration reform next year
11/7/2012 12:41:11 PM  Ed Morrissey
I think Chuck Todd has this right, and not just because of last night’s poor showing for Republicans among Hispanics.  In looking at the daunting issues facing the lame-duck 112th Congress and the incoming 113th, comprehensive immigration reform

Does Barack Obama have a mandate?
11/7/2012 12:01:54 PM  Ed Morrissey
In the aftermath of any victory, presidential candidates proclaim a new mandate to move forward on the values of their campaign.  Barack Obama will probably be no different, but National Journal’s Ron Fournier warns that claiming a mandate after

Video: Was last night’s big winner Marco Rubio?
11/7/2012 11:21:22 AM  Ed Morrissey
The appalling exit polls from yesterday’s loss shows a huge problem for Republicans in the shifting demographics of the nation.  Mitt Romney won 58% of the white vote, but didn’t even hit 30% among any of the non-white demographics in the

Remember when Minnesota was going to turn red?
11/7/2012 10:41:17 AM  Ed Morrissey
Ah, the halcyon days of, er, last week.  Friends insisted that my home state of Minnesota might go red in a presidential election for the first time in 40 years.  Paul Ryan made a last-minute stop, but more thrilling, the Obama campaign sent Bill Clinton