Charlie Cook: “Although winning big among white voters and carrying the independent vote is necessary for GOP victories nationally, it’s no longer sufficient to win. … This is simply math. As long as Republicans drive minority voters away, they will not be a nationally competitive party. Sure, congressional district boundaries, as currently drawn, will most likely keep the GOP in the House majority for the duration of this decade and until the 2022 election, the first after the next census. But Republicans had better pray that the 2020 gubernatorial and state legislative elections go their way and they can get another favorable remapping; otherwise, their situation in the House could change markedly as well.”
Mark Sanford says he talked to his ex-wife first before running. "I sat down with her on the porch and said, 'If you have any thoughts about running for this, then I'm out, because I can't think of anything more disastrous than for a husband and wife to run against each other.' I also told my boys that I wouldn't run if they didn't want me to run." (H/T: Political Wire).
Chris Christie (R-NJ) on the NRA ad: “I think any of us who are public figures, you see that kind of ad and you cringe. … I’m a father who is a public figure, who has four children and my children had no choice realistically in what I decided to do with my career and what effect that has had on their lives. Don’t be dragging people’s children into this. It’s wrong and I think it demeans them and it makes them less of a valid trusted source of information on the real issues that confront this debate.”
Andrew Cuomo gets a 71% favorability rating and a 60% job approval rating.
Do you want your kid’s teacher to keep a gun in her desk? Rand Paul does. "If my kids were at that school, I would have preferred that the teacher had concealed-carry and had a gun in her desk. Is it perfect? No. Would they always get the killer? No. Would an accident sometimes happen in a melee? Maybe. But nobody (at the Connecticut school) had any defense, and he just kept shooting until he was tired and he decided to shoot himself."
Politico: “As President Barack Obama approaches his second inaugural on Monday, he presides over a party that has largely papered over its divisions for the past four years thanks to the president’s commanding popularity.
But almost as soon as the echo of Obama’s inaugural address fades and he becomes a lame duck, Democrats are going to have to face a central and unresolved question about their political identity: Will they become a center-left, Democratic Leadership Council-by-a-different-name party or return to a populist, left-leaning approach that mirrors their electoral coalition?”
“A handful of surviving members of the 35th president’s White House staff came together Wednesday to relive those heady times that have long since passed for American myth. They were invited for a private tour of the exhibit, ‘To The Brink: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis,’ on display at the National Archives,” The Boston Globe writes. “Unlike the tourists straining to get a good look at the displays, or leaning in to hear the White House recordings from those 13 dangerous days, theirs were expressions of recognition. They had been there. They played a part in the 1,000 days of Kennedy’s presidency that has come to be