Ron Brownstein: “This much is undisputed: In 2012, President Obama lost white voters by a larger margin than any winning presidential candidate in U.S. history. In his reelection, Obama lost ground from 2008 with almost every conceivable segment of the white electorate. With several key groups of whites, he recorded the weakest national performance for any Democratic nominee since the Republican landslides of the 1980s. … And yet, behind rousing support from minorities everywhere, and often much more competitive showings among whites in both Democratic-leaning and battleground states, Obama not only won reelection but won fairly comfortably. Few decisions may carry greater consequences for the Republican Party in 2016 than how it interprets these facts. The key question facing the GOP is whether Obama's 2012 performance represents a structural Democratic decline among whites that could deepen even further in the years ahead—or a floor from which the next Democratic nominee is likely to improve.”
“Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is planning to return to the White House for an event on wildlife trafficking,” AP reports. “An invitation sent out by the White House says the event will take place Monday afternoon. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and other officials will also attend.”
The Quad City Times reports that Scott Brown will be making his second trip to Iowa Nov. 12. He’ll headline a Scott County Republican Party fundraiser.
KENTUCKY: The Senate Conservatives Fund is spending $340,000 to run a statewide ad, urging Mitch McConnell (R) to support defunding Obamacare: “Obamacare starts in October, but Congress can stop its funding. What’s Mitch McConnell doing? Nothing. McConnell’s the Senate Republican leader, but he refuses to lead on defunding Obamacare. What good is a leader like that? It’s nice that McConnell voted against Obamacare, But we need real leadership to stop it now. Tell Mitch McConnell to join the fight to stop Obamacare before it’s too late.”
NEW YORK: It looks like New Yorkers won’t be getting rid of Anthony Weiner so easily. Despite his collapsed poll numbers, friends of his say he is prepping himself for another run for a different office in New York. (Really?)
VIRGINIA: Charlie Cook wonders if the Virginia governor’s race will be a harbinger for 2014.