The Daily Rundown | November 07, 2012
>>> as of right now there are 19 incumbents in the house that have been shown the door. 30 representatives who ran for some form of re-election. i want to go through them with you. in california a big name here. pete stark . that guy's been in congress forever. he's not coming back. howard berman . he's not. joe baca , laura richardson . david rivera not getting back. and robert dold. he joind judy biggert , bobby schilling, joe a walsh. leonard boswell lost. in new hampshire republicans frank quinta and charlie bas. rounding out the list of ousted incumben incumbents, larry kissell . pennsylvania democrat mark critz and it looks like ben chandler may lose. he ran for the 25,000th time in a row against andy barr . they run against each other. ben chandler always wins. and this time maybe andy barr won. which may be bad news for mitch mcconnell . i'll explain in a minute. sarah, ben chandler without a job is a dangerous potential if you're mitch mcconnell running for re-election.
>> it'll be interesting to see how the minority leader handles politics heading into his own election as you just eluded to.
>> he's in a vice grip . he's got a potential primary challenge he was worried about.
>> here the thing about mitch mcconnell . he is a smart political operative. he will put together a great team there. he's already reached out to rand paul. i think he'll be fine. we're already talking about 2014 , by the way.
>> i'm going to talk about 2016 in a minute. i don't know how much mitch mcconnell is able to be a good negotiator for republicans. did he earn the right to lead senate republicans next year? this has not been a good run for him.
>> i'm not sure he gets all the blame for it. there's a little bit of blame to go around. you know, senator cornyn probably will get some of the blame. some of the blame goes to the individual candidates who said stupid things. i mean, you can't really hold him responsible for what mourdock said.
>> chuck schumer goes in there and it happens.
>> it's a difference between the parties.
>> may be.
>> and the most challenge inside to mcconnell is from the same people who brought you these disastrous candidates from his right. it doesn't seem there's an obvious path for him.
>> i do think that the sort of tea party movement broadly defined will have to step back and reflect on some of these losses. if you think about what occurred --
>> you think jim demint is going to step back.
>> if you look at the outside groups who really egged these guys on, there's a lot of soul searching going on. republicans would control the senate today but for bad primary outcomes. we may not agree with lugar but they would like to have him today.
>> president could have won re-election and democrats would have potentially lost senate seats had it not been for as steve schmidt called it the lack a doodle congress.
>> while it's true no doubt were a problem for republicans, no doubt for women it's not just one comment that mourdock said. this war on women , i'm telling you it is real. women felt it. they were angry. they were angry it went on and on and on. and so in some ways those were a culmination of the feelings women were having. you cannot attack our rights. one of the stories of this election is women vote. i'm on the board of pro choice america. we saw in battleground states for the first time to women access to abortion, a higher --
>> i want to talk about -- well, but let's go to for 20 years the democrats have been running away from the abortion issue trying to get closer to sort of -- and all of a sudden because the republican party had some candidates that went too far on one end --
>> don't forget the access to birth control kicked it off too.
>> which was a totally false issue by the way.
>> it was quite a real issue, sara. come on now.
>> it wasn't. it's ridiculous to think any republican is trying to restrict access to birth control .
>> here's the thing. i don't think -- i think democrats are way overreading this. this whole women 's thing. this war on women . yes, you picked up some voters you were going to get anyway, but this was an election about the economy. and the economy's improve b. consumer confidence is up 30 points in the last year. unemployment is down. that's why the president was re-elected.
>> i want to change the topic. i want to talk about leader of the republican party . who is it?
>> i don't think we know who it is. in washington --
>> technically it's speaker boehner.
>> in washington it's speaker boehner. but outside of washington , i think it's a jump ball. there are new governor who is will sort of be inspected and watched a little bit. but it's a crop of rising young stars.
>> i was just going to say is marco rubio the de facto that every donor says where's marco rubio .
>> rubio put out a statement last night that was interesting. it's like here's what we need the republican party to do. it wasn't the sort of thing speaking broadly to his party we need to reach out to minorities. and i think that's -- i mean, it was an unusual move i think for a relatively junior senator to put out this defining statement.
>> karen, you assume that three of the four candidates for president and vice president in 2016 will not be white men.
>> i think that's probably true.
>> and i think whoever runs for president is ner going to say they're not going to fund planned parenthood or these other issues.
>> but part of the reason you'll see minority candidates is because the republicans actually have a deep bench on this. bobby jindal , marco rubio , susana martinez.
>> all right. well, we will table this discussion. just table it. we'll have more of it later.