National Journal Online

2012 Poll: Obama Trails Huckabee, Romney

It's very early, but a new poll suggests that Pres. Obama starts his 2012 campaign trailing two potential Republican challengers.

The CNN/Opinion Research poll, released Thursday, shows that a day after the country delivered a crushing defeat to his party in the midterm elections, Obama needs to begin rebuilding his political standing if he wants to be successful in 2012.

Posted: Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 11:00am

Despite Mixed Record, Palin Declares Victory

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is, as usual, making waves with her Facebook page on Thursday, posting a web video that declares victory for the candidates she endorsed this fall.

From a macro and shallow perspective, Palin had a strong record this year. She endorsed 64 candidates and, at this point, half have won (five races with Palin-backed Republicans are still undecided).

Posted: Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 10:07am

Immigration: Losing Issue For GOP Out West

Talking tough on immigration may have boosted GOP prospects in predominantly white states and districts, but it looks to have backfired in a big way in the West and the Southwest.

Posted: Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 9:11am

It's Not Just The Economy

Pres. Obama, at his post-election press conference, primarily blamed the resounding defeat his party took on the souring economy.

Posted: Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 8:45am

Starting Lineup: McConnell's Moment

Good Thursday morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup. On the radar today: Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) steps into the spotlight; Wednesday's results; a closer look at how Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pulled off his stunner Tuesday; Watching Washington's results; the 2012 starting gun and more parsing of Tuesday's House results.

Posted: Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 7:52am

Cantor Asks For Majority Leader Votes

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor wasted little time after crushing Republican wins Tuesday night before announcing he will seek a promotion in the 112th Congress.

In a letter to his Republican colleagues, Cantor says he will run for majority leader and pledges to take the House in a new direction. Cantor's goal, he says, is to respond to an American electorate that voted against Democrats more than voting for Republicans.

Posted: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 10:45am

Starting Lineup: After The Storm

Good Wednesday morning. Here's what's on the radar: Republicans deliver a Democratic bloodbath in the House; Democrats hold off the Republican tidal wave in the Senate; GOP picks up eight governorships to the Democrats' one; Harry Reid's stunner, the demise of the Blue Dogs; the surprises of the night; a Wisconsin washout and Pres. Obama set to respond to the election.

Posted: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 6:56am

As Dems Lose House, Pelosi Says House Took 'Courageous Action'

In the face of significant losses, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement early Wednesday morning defending her leadership over the last four years, and offering spirited backing for the policies that have been dragging down many of her more-conservative Democratic colleagues tonight.

"Over the last four years, the Democratic Majority in the House took courageous action on behalf of America's middle class to create jobs and save the country from the worst economic catastrophe since the Great Depression," Pelosi said.

Posted: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 1:53am

Reid Stuns Angle, Wins Another Term

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) scored a surprisingly decisive victory over Republican Sharron Angle, despite holding low approval ratings and representing a state with the highest unemployment rate in the country.

Reid's victory is one of the rare Democratic bright spots of the night. The Angle campaign this morning put out a release this morning all but anticipating the defeat of the Democrats' Senate leader.

Posted: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 1:13am

Bringing Up Boehner

CNN's Mary Matalin showered likely incoming House Speaker John Boehner with praise, on CNN minutes ago: "He's awesome. I mean he is America. One of 12 kids, worked in his daddy's bar... what you see is what you get. And he will be able to run that place, like I said earlier, the likes of which we haven't seen since Tip O'Neill. He really is the real deal."

Posted: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 12:03am