Obama-GOP Governing Alliance? McConnell's Double Win; Governor Surprises; Words of Uplift

Obama-GOP Governing Alliance? McConnell's Double Win; Governor Surprises; Words of Uplift

By Carl M. Cannon - November 5, 2014

Good morning, it’s Wednesday, November 5, the day after the 2014 midterms. Last night was a good one for the Republican Party, and something of a nightmare for Democrats. Three times in the past century, today’s date has been a happy occasion for the Democratic Party (events I’ll revisit in a moment), but not this one.

Although a few votes are still trickling in from remote villages in Alaska and others are uncounted in several House races, and although a December runoff is likely in the Louisiana Senate race (with a recount possible in Virginia), the tally as of this morning was a net pickup for Republicans of three governorships, a dozen House districts, and eight seats in the Senate, giving the GOP control of both chambers of Congress.

What all this means is the subject of an array of stories, columns, and analyses on RealClearPolitics’ front page. We also offer a complement of original material from RCP’s reporters and contributors, including the following:

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An Obama-Republican Governing Alliance? Unlikely. Alexis Simendinger assesses the prospects following voters’ rebuke of Democrats on a fairly large scale.  

Senate Gains Give McConnell a Double Win. Caitlin Huey-Burns wraps up last night’s outcome in upper chamber races and explores how the new majority leader will play his hand.

Wins in Key Governor Races Bolster GOP’s Huge Night. Scott Conroy has this roundup of results and what they mean.

The Best & Worst Ads of 2014. Frank Luntz compiled this list, and explains why his focus group participants responded well or poorly to the content and presentation.

Private Space Flight Will Be OK. In RealClearScience, Tom Hartsfield reflects on the two spacecraft disasters in recent days.

Should You Be Drinking All That Water? Also in RCScience, Ross Pomeroy points to evidence that over-hydration can be as damaging as dehydration.

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On November 5, 1872, Ulysses S. Grant was re-elected president. On this date in 1912, Woodrow Wilson won handily in a three-way race for the White House. Franklin Roosevelt won an unprecedented third term on November 5, 1940. Richard M. Nixon, on this day in 1968, won his first term in a two-term presidency he wasn’t destined to finish.

Exactly 28 years later, William Jefferson Clinton won a second term that would also be mired in scandal. But Clinton’s post-presidency career would take a much happier trajectory than Nixon’s, and Democrats feeling more blue than usual this morning can take heart from that example.

I covered that re-election effort, and like everyone else on the campaign plane, I got tired of Clinton’s endless repetition of his “Bridge to the 21st Century” slogan. But if you were in Little Rock, Ark., on the evening of November 5, 1996, you heard Bill Clinton end his victory speech with an uplifting and bipartisan appeal to his countrymen -- and to future generations.

“I got here tonight, my fellow Americans, because America gave me a chance,” he said that night. “That is what all the children of America deserve. Our people have to give them the tools to give them not a guarantee but that real chance to live up to their God-given potential.”

He continued:

“Every child deserves the main chance that I was given. And so I say, again, let us resolve to run our country the way we try to run our lives. Whether you are the party of Thomas Jefferson or the party of Abraham Lincoln -- whether you're an independent or unaffiliated -- remember that we all belong to the greatest nation in history.

“To us much has been given and much is still expected. We must rise to the challenge of building that bridge to the 21st century. Tonight is a night for joy not just for us here but for all Americans.

“For the 53rd time in our history, our people have made their quiet and deliberate decision,” Clinton said as he wound to a close. “They have come together with their powerful voice and expressed their will. Tonight we celebrate the miracle of America. Tomorrow we greet the dawn and begin our work anew.”


Carl M. Cannon
Washington Bureau Chief
Twitter: @CarlCannon

Carl M. Cannon is the Washington Bureau Chief for RealClearPolitics. Reach him on Twitter @CarlCannon.

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