Stu Rothenberg urges a pause (at least until the first of the year) in the already breathless political coverage of the next election cycles. “Because a pause would offer a little time to reflect on what happened Nov. 6 and what it might mean,” he writes. “It would give each of us individually some time to rethink our political assumptions and to re-evaluate our coverage.”
More: “Politics is fun, interesting and important, but at the end of the day, it is merely a way of picking the folks who have to make difficult decisions about public policy — including the fiscal cliff, tax reform, entitlements, the Middle East and immigration reform. … the last thing we need is longer elections and a detailed dissection about an election cycle that really won’t start to take shape until well into January, at the earliest.”
(Realize that the new members of Congress who just won haven’t even been sworn in yet. Although, you can’t completely ignore electoral politics at play – just look at how many Republicans up in 2014 voted against the UN disabilities treaty.)
Despite raising more money than any Senate candidate in the country -- $42 million – Elizabeth Warren’s campaign is in debt.
Marco Rubio tried to clear up his views on the age of the earth, science, religion: " ‘Science says it's about four and a half billion years old and my faith teaches that that's not inconsistent,’ Rubio said at a breakfast sponsored by Politico,” USA Today writes. He added, “The theological debate is how do you reconcile what science has definitely established with what you think your faith teaches. For me, actually, when it comes to the age of the Earth there is no conflict: I believe that in the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth and I think scientific advances give us insight into when he did it and how he did it."
NRSC executive director Rob Jesmer’s heading to FP1 Strategies.