THE LAST WORD WITH LAWRENCE O’DONNELL
By Sarah Muller
The White House said Obamacare is a non-starter in the fiscal cliff talks. And as final vote tallies come in, it looks likely Mitt Romney earned 47 % of of the final vote — the same infamous percentage that he discussed in the secret fundraiser tape which plagued his campaign. Here’s a look at headlines shaping tonight’s rundown:
- Obamacare will be on the table in debt talks. Here’swhat that might mean
- White House to Boehner:Obamacare not part of deal on fiscal cliff
- Obama campaign shifts gears to Phase 2: His second term
- Jim Messina: What I learned in the election
- It’s (almost official): Mitt Romney represents the 47 %
- Millions will qualify for new options under the health care law. Most have no idea.
- Chris Christie’s post-Sandy rise defies his GOP critics
By Aliyah Frumin
Shaken by Mitt Romney’s decisive loss, Republicans are blaming everybody–even the usually sacrosanct Rush Limbaugh. Top strategists are speaking out against the conservative radio host, saying the party needs to steer clear of his far-right and factually inaccurate vision of America.
Mike Murphy, GOP strategist, said on this week’s Meet the Press that while it’s “very fashionable now to beat up Romney,” it’s important that “we’ve got to get a kind of a party view of America that’s not right out of Rush Limbaugh’s dream journal.” And former John McCain campaign strategist Steve Schmidt, at a panel at the University of Delaware last week, insisted that Limbaugh’s “white, 65-plus and rural” audience is not what the country looks like anymore and that the radio host was “driving a message of total ludicrous nonsense.”
A furious Limbaugh hit back at Murphy and Schmidt on his Monday show.
“Okay, so you people are all white, 65 and over, and you live in the sticks,” Limbaugh said. “And you are screwing up the Republican Party, because you are believing what I say. This is their explanation for having lost.”
He continued, “And so it’s quite natural to blame somebody else. Obama got away with it. Obama blamed Bush and he got away with it, people bought it. So now these guys want to blame me.”
“They won. Get over it!”
Mitt Romney’s secret “47% video”
Mitt Romney’s donor conference call
Mitt Romney Parody: Full of Mitt
HAVE A GREAT EVENING!
Hwy, Grover a non-partisan federal agency has released a study that says, ‘ tax cuts for the rich do not result in jobs.’ Let it go, Grover. You can no longer try to justify your blackmail agenda! The Trickle-Down economic theory was always a myth.
THE ED SHOW
“The president was elected on the basis that he’s not Romney and that Romney was a poopy-head and you should vote against Romney,” Norquist said on CBS This Morning Monday.
He continued on to describe negative campaign ads released by the Obama campaign.
“You can trash an individual and get them to vote against him,” Norquist said.
Norquist, who is likely nervous about all the pro-tax talk in Washington right now, said he didn’t believe the president’s re-election provided a mandate to raise taxes on the wealthy — or anyone. Norquist’s organization encourages elected officials to sign a pledge that they will oppose any attempts to increase taxes on individuals or businesses.
President Obama’s campaign stump speech consistently called for “the wealthy to pay a little bit more,” particularly by ending a Bush-era tax cut for those American households making more than $250,000 a year.
Norquist disputed that either President Obama or Republican House Speaker John Boehner were interested in raising taxes.
Obama delivers a statement about the action to reduce the deficit | Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT
By Anita Kumar and David Lightman | McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON — President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner said Friday that they want to work together to avert spending cuts and tax increases that could throw the economy back into a recession – but both also come to the negotiations with the same sharp differences they had before this week’s elections.
The key divide involves income tax rates. Obama wants to continue the Bush-era rates, which are scheduled to expire at the end of the year, for families that make less than $250,000 annually. Republicans say the current rates should continue for everyone, including the wealthy.
The president spoke at the White House for the first time since his decisive win Tuesday over Republican Mitt Romney, and he maintained that most Americans support his “balanced approach” of cutting spending while raising taxes on the rich.
“I want to be clear: I’m not wedded to every detail of my plan,” Obama said. “I’m open to compromise. I’m open to new ideas. I’m committed to solving our fiscal challenges. But I refuse to accept any approach that isn’t balanced.”
Boehner, an Ohio Republican, who spoke on Capitol Hill earlier in the day, said he was open to compromise on virtually everything – except higher taxes.
“Everyone wants to get our economy moving again,” he said. “Everyone wants to get more Americans back to work again. Raising tax rates will slow down our ability to create the jobs everyone says they want.”
“There is no consensus on raising tax rates, which would undermine the jobs and growth we all believe are important to our economy,” he said. “While I appreciate and share the president’s desire to put the election behind us, the fact is we still have yet to hear an actual plan from the president for addressing the great economic challenges we face.”
Obama won re-election with 50.5 percent of the popular vote, and the Democrats increased their majority in the Senate. The party expects to control 55 seats next year, up from the current 53. But Republicans will retain control of the House of Representatives with a strong majority. FULL ARTICLE
Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/11/09/174283/obama-house-speaker-say-theyre.html#storylink=cpy
THIS ONE’S FOR JOE SCARBOROUGH!