Media Totally Misread Congress’ Weak Benghazi Report

Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist

Reporters celebrated a congressional Benghazi report that supposedly debunked criticism of the Obama administration. It didn’t. Not by a long shot.

R's Weigh Legality of Obama's Immigration Move

Jess Bravin, Wall Street Journal

Republicans counter that Obama plans to go further than predecessors in molding immigration policy, effectively rewriting immigration laws without action from Congress and violating the Constitution.

Dear GOP: Do Your Damned Job

Steve Deace, a nationally-syndicated talk show host and author of the new book, “Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again,” has some sage advice for Republicans. “Forget what your consultants tell you is politically possible. You’re up against an opponent who doesn’t care about possible, let alone legal.”  

R's Won't Block O; They Want Amnesty

Erick Erickson, Red State

The GOP just won a wave election but have chosen to surrender before the fight starts. McConnell’s insistence that the GOP won’t shut down the gov't was all Obama needed to go ahead with amnesty.

Chaos If R's Don't Withhold Funding for O's Exec. Amnesty

Matthew Boyle, Breitbart

Conservatives say that GOP leaders, including Boehner and McConnell, will be “complicit” in Obama’s exec. amnesty if they don’t pull out all the stops to block him. They warn that chaos is certain if that’s how it goes down, though they’d much rather have GOP leaders fight with them. 

GOP Battle Plan to Fight O’s Amnesty Taking Shape

Noah Rothman, Hot Air

The GOP has both a right and an obligation to resist O’s imperious attempt to expand exec. power. Despite the fact that their path is fraught with political peril, the GOP seems to be settling on a course of action which would blunt Obama’s actions but not sap them of either legitimacy or support.

Gov't Shutdown? GOP Has a Better Strategy

Byron York, Washington Examiner

If the big shutdown didn't damage GOP prospects just 12 months later, would a tightly limited defunding battle be such a problem?

How to Use the GOP Wave

Quin Hillyer, National Review Online

Conservatives should pick targets big and small. Use the wave to cut budgets and show that conservatives mean business.

Where the Polls Went Wrong

Michael Barone, National Review

This cycle, pollsters did a better job of finding Democratic voters than Republican ones. They skewed against the GOP, bigtime.  

Chris Christie Takes Himself Out Of The GOP Presidential Sweepstakes – Again

When Kevin McCarthy and Chris Christie talk about “compromise” what they are really talking about is growing government at a slightly slower pace than it would grow if Obama had a Democratic majority on Capitol Hill. That is not what handed Republicans back the majority.

O Taunts GOP on Climate Change: 'I Don't Believe They Can Stop Us'

Ben Wolfgang, Washington Times

The White House forged ahead Mon. with yet another piece of its climate change agenda and bragged that Republicans are powerless to stop it.

House & Senate Repubs. Might Legalize Bribery

Erick Erickson, Red State

It would be a shame for either the House or Senate to give up on the earmarks ban, particularly when outrage over Repub. behavior related, in part, to corruption induced through earmarks led to their devastating losses in '06.

The President of NO

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., American Spectator

Don't expect any accommodation from Obama toward the Repub. majorities in Congress. The best thing that Boehner and McConnell could do is to flood the WH with utterly reasonable bills. Then display dismay when O vetoes them. Let Obama spend the next 2 years playing the role of “The President of No!”

Gallup: GOP Congress More Popular Than Obama

John Nolte, Breitbart

R's in Congress enjoy a 42% approval rating. Obama sits at a 39% approval rating. His disapproval rating sits at a whopping 56%. When asked by Gallup who should have more influence over the direction of the US, a majority chose R's in Congress over Obama by a whopping 56-36% margin.

Kochs Target R's on Tax Breaks

Brain Faler, Politico

Powerful conservative groups including those backed by the Koch Brothers are pushing Republicans to take a hard line on a raft of expired tax breaks pending in the lame duck, an effort that could jeopardize party leaders’ hopes for a low-drama Congress.

The Second Stage: Anger

Erick Erickson, Red State

A party that won it all in '08 & then doubled down on anger is never going to accept what happened. I hope the GOP & conservative movement can break out of the anger that has so consumed many of them. Americans are going to need one party with a smile and it won’t be the Dems.

Repub. Gillespie Concedes VA Senate Race

Associated Press Staff

Ed Gillespie conceded the VA Senate race to the Dem. incumbent, Mark Warner, and said he wouldn't seek a recount in the tight race even though state law entitled him to one. "The votes just aren't there," Gillespie said. Warner led by more than 16,000 votes.

Why Millenials Rejected Obama

Kristoff Ott, American Thinker

Obama is a 20-watt bulb who uncorked the tired swill of collectivist-utopia for a generation that lacked the perspective and maturity to contextualize it… but that is not why he’s become unpopular with Millenials.

5 Quick Takeaways From the Election

Rick Moran, American Thinker

GOP governors might be the biggest winners of the night. Red states got redder. The GOP can win in purple states. It was the night of the Repub. women. Can the Dems now reassemble their winning coalition?

Two States Where Black Voters Helped the GOP

Erick Erickson, Red State

In IL, prominent black ministers around the state encouraged congregants to abandon Gov. Quinn and support the Repub. In GA, largely black precincts didn't see the turnout expected. Experts say black moms didn't want D's to nix charter school funding.