Tag Archives: Election 2014


Why Ernst Didn’t Take Obama’s Calls

It was the White House switchboard. I was a little embarrassed that I’d been rejecting the president’s calls.

— Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), in an interview on WHO Radio, explaining how she ignored phone calls from an unknown number after she had won the U.S. Senate race.


Let’s Restart the Cycle of Hope and Disappointment

At election time, candidates seduce us with promises to bring America together, but inevitably fall short and end up leaving office with the country more polarized than when they arrived. After blaming them for their failure to unite us, we turn to the next crop of presidential aspirants and the cycle of hope and disappointment begins all over again.

— Brendan Nyhan, writing for the New York Times’ The Upshot blog.


Landrieu Unlikely to Run Again

Oh Lord, no. Well, let me say, I’m not going to say a definite ‘no’ about any of those two. I’ve been trained to never say no. But it is highly, highly unlikely.

— Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) dismissing “any notion that she would run again for governor, the Senate or any other public office,” Politico reports.


Democrats Gave No Reason to Vote for Them in Midterms

Why come out and vote for the Democratic Party? There was no message to say: Here’s what we’ve done. I wish the party or whoever had done a national media campaign and say, here’s what you get when you elect Democrats. But there was no — what was the message out of ’14? I’m asking you rhetorically — do you know? No. What was it?

— Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), quoted by Politico.


Malloy Explains How He Survived the Midterms

I was never going to run away from the president. It was not even in consideration. I support the president. I think the president has been right. I mean, look at the numbers, look at the job growth, sustained job growth—the greatest in American history. The. Greatest. In. American. History. Why didn’t people run on that?

— Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D), quoted by the Daily Beast, on why he was one of the few Democrats who survived the 2014 midterm elections.


Romney Warns Democrats on Post-Midterm Aggression

This idea of poking Republicans with a stick in the eye is not a good idea.

— Mitt Romney, in a CBS News interview, on President Obama challenging Republicans after the midterm elections.


Bill Clinton’s Take on the Midterms

There was a collapse of the youth vote. The African-American vote held fairly steady and was remarkable… we had a little bit of a loss of the Hispanic vote perhaps because the president didn’t sign an order on executive action on immigration reform.

— Bill Clinton, quoted by Politico, on the results of the 2014 midterm elections.


Dems Faulting Leaders for Brushing Off Midterm Losses

No, I haven’t seen any discussion about the complete lack of message. I think they need to figure out what they stand for and then talk about it.

— Former DNC Chairman Howard Dean, quoted by The Hill, on the Democratic losses in the 2014 midterm elections.


Midterms Among Worst Moments of the Obama Administration

I don’t know if I can give it a specific ranking, but it’s pretty high up on the list. I’d put it in the top 10 for sure.

— White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer, in an interview with Bloomberg, on where the 2014 midterm election ranks in terms of worst moments for the Obama administration.


Fox News Also Won the Midterms


Number of total viewers of Fox News Channel in the 10 pm hour Tuesday night, exceeding both CNN’s 1,936,000 and MSNBC’s 1,594,000 average total viewers combined by more than 3 million. FNC also beat out CBS, NBC and ABC in total viewers during that hour, with the highest of the three – CBS – garnering 5,408,000 average total viewers, reports FishBowl DC.