December 29th, 2013
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CNN panel on 2014: Year ahead largely defined by year behind

Washington (CNN) - A CNN panel of political commentators see little chance for a grand bargain on the federal budget in 2014 but have some confidence for a deal on immigration reform.

"Maybe" was a common response on immigration reform's chances from a panel that aired Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," comprised of CNN “Crossfire” co-host S.E. Cupp, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, Republican strategist Ana Navarro and Center for American Progress president & CEO Neera Tanden.

The year ahead will be largely defined by the year behind, the panel agreed, focusing primarily on the reception of Obamacare and lessons learned from the partial government shutdown in October.

Republican rifts

Going into the midterm elections, Republicans will be duking it out among themselves as much as with Democrats, still riven by internal fissures between the establishment base and the tea party. It's a split that Cupp saw as exemplified by the feud between New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, whom Christie has accused of being too cerebral and not focused enough on winning elections.

"That crystallizes the GOP fight of the year," Cupp said. "Do we win elections or stand on principles?"

What to expect in 2014 politics

Many so-called "establishment" Republicans are currently facing primary challenges from the right, often in the form of tea party-backed candidates holding them to a more stringent standard of conservatism.

Among those facing a challenge is the Senate's chief Republican. In Kentucky, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been trying to fend off blows from tea party challenger Matt Bevin.

Navarro, a CNN contributor, argued that the primary challenges are likely to swing back in the way of Republican moderates and away from the right. After stinging losses in the past, "they've taken it seriously," she said.

While business elements are getting more heavily involved in elections, the tea party base remains angry with Republican leadership over perceived capitulations on the budget, debt ceiling and the Affordable Care Act.

"We have not heard the end of the tea party," said Brazile, also a CNN contributor.

2014: The year of the blame game in Washington

Democrats and same-sex marriage

Discussions about the Democratic Party focused largely on key 2013 victories at the Supreme Court forsame-sex marriage advocates. Justices threw out part of a law that denied hundreds of federal benefits to same-sex couples and cleared the way for gays and lesbians to once again marry in California.

Also a number of Senate Democrats, as well as a few Senate Republicans, came out in support for same-sex marriage this year.

The issue is no longer one that will see much debate within the Democratic Party, the panelists said.

"Every Democrat will be for same-sex marriage," said Tanden.

"The question will be: Will the libertarian brand of the Republican Party support (it)?”

Glimmers of Bipartisanship

One of the few glimmers of bipartisanship identified by the panelists was the budget deal reached between Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, chair of the Senate budget committee, and her Republican counterpart in the House, Rep. Paul Ryan.

"They did what has become an anomaly in this town," Navarro said, arguing that the deal was accomplished because the two didn't publicly posture as in virtually every other cross-party debate.

To that, "State of the Union" host and CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley pointed out that the deal was little more than a guideline, one that is not a grand bargain but a short-term plan on spending.

"It was so minimalist," Crowley said.

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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    @just saying–that bail out is the net result of today's strong economy proving a strong capitalist society USA is. Get educated.

    December 29, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Ted Cruz ,reading Green Eggs and Ham is a timeless classic .

    December 29, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. just asking

    do the lefties in here think that obama has changed, delayed, exempted and waivered obamacare so many times for reasons other than very painful political reasons? he's played every smoke and mirror trick possible but the magic bag of deception is empty and the devil is owed his due.

    obamacare purposely front loaded all the freebies, the goodies. now comes the cod liver oil, the surgery without pain killer, the lose of healthcare plans, lose of doctors, higher costs, all of which we were told were not going to happen. come on lefties, you all lied and made this bed all by yourselves. republicans have spent nearly 4 years trying to save you from yourselves and trying to save the american people from this obvious fiasco. but you and obama and the congressional democrats have insisted, nay demanded, that the train wreck proceed.

    now, in 2014, you will get to see the destruction you have wrought, as will the american people. i can hardly wait for all of you to run on obamacare in 2014.

    December 29, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. don in albuquerque

    @simplyput==As the right wing hero George W. put it–"You have to catapult the propaganda." He catapulted lots. Remember?? We do.

    December 29, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. Dr.Nobles

    II can see both sides of the health care issue. There are people dying because they do not have insurance. There are also professionals who have put off living well and sacrificed a lot of time and money to become educated to not make any more money than those who did not sacrifice. Is there a sane road? I think so. I took my share of pro bono and low income patients all throughout my career. I had the black, white, and grey. I think that could happen and it could be ok.

    December 29, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. Just

    Too bad the simples will need to vote them in to see what they are made of....like the obamacare debacle.

    December 29, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. Steve Hamilton

    I don't agree with the premise of this article. There will be new news in 2014 that will blow 2013 issues away. What are these? First, expect an Executive Order to be issued by March 31 that will end gerrymandering. Second, expect the long awaited update of the US credit rating that will reflect the impact of the far right caused shutdown and default threat. The US credit rating will likely drop two levels, causing an increase of 200 basis points in the cost of borrowing, which, in turn will grow the deficit by $100 billion. This could also trigger the business community to make good on its threat to withhold support for far right candidates.

    Meanwhile, ACA signups will chug along and about half of those eligible will be enrolled by mid year; 80% will like, and 20% won't.

    Although current polls give the GOP an advantage in the mid terms, the items outlined above will reverse that in 2014, and I expect no change in the Senate and a massive change in the House.

    December 29, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. Marcus (from...?)

    just asking – 'now, in 2014, you will get to see the destruction you have wrought, as will the american people. i can hardly wait for all of you to run on obamacare in 2014'

    Aside from the fact that you keep believing that 'Obacamare' is a product, not a way to buy one, what makes you think that Dems won't be doing that?
    The website was a nightmare, 'was' being the word you have to pay attention, and now looks much better (but there are still troubles to deal with).
    And 'Obamacare' is not just a website, it's a whole lot of regulations that helps people (let's see you try to explain how allowing companies to throw out people, who paid for their products the price they demanded all their lives just because they got too old to keep being profitable for the companies to have them as clients, is a good thing that must be reinstated) and part of it will be in full force at the time of the mid-term elections.
    So again I ask you; do you think that (D)s won't be doing just that?

    December 29, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. Hector Slagg

    Oh, me,
    WHAT A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE, WHEN FIRST WE PRACTICE TO DECEIVE. It would appear many of you here are selling much Snake Oil, hoping for a miracle. True probably the economy is getting better but still fragile. As most of the jobs created have been for part time because of Obama Care there will be no great recovery, as long as Obama Care remains a threat. Whazzat? Trying to end gerrymandering? The congressional lines are re-drawn every 10 years, after the U.S. Census.

    Ain't it funny. The Liberal's want all the illegals to get citizenship so they can keep the liberal's in power. More people on Welfare, unemployment, food stamps, the public dole. Not to mention the cost of registering them all, if the liberal's get their way, on the taxpayer dime, make that about $20.000.00 each. Keep pushing that liberal mantra, soon you will also be on the public dole, with the cupboard bare.

    December 29, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. bdby

    Obamacare is the 9/11 that the DEMOCRATS launched against the very people they were elected to serve. Just like the American people tracked and hunted down Bin Laden so to the AMERICAN PUBLIC will track down those DEMOCRATS and elect them out of office. I wouldn’t blame any one of their constituents if they gave them a boot up the rear as they walked out of their office for the final time.

    America is coming for you, Democrats, see you in November.

    December 29, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. rs

    ust asking
    do the lefties in here think that obama has changed, delayed, exempted and waivered obamacare so many times for reasons other than very painful political reasons? he's played every smoke and mirror trick possible but the magic bag of deception is empty and the devil is owed his due.
    ________
    No, JS- we know that the agency in charge of the ACA, Health and Human Services has created the regulations needed for the ACA to work. Ever hear of the Code of Federal Regulations? Educate yourself about the regulatory process- it is part of the Executive Branch of government.

    December 29, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. rs

    Lizzie
    rs, love your comment about big incentives to oil, but not a word about the BIG tax break the Hollywood film industry got, or the solar industry, how about GM, and don't forget the insurance industry who supported Obamacare, because they thought WRITING the law to support their interest would create a windfall. Now Pres.Obama has been changing the deadlines since October, gives special treatments to UNIONS and ONLY those who support him. No word about the money WASTED by democrats since the took over congress in 2006.
    _______________
    Liz- the GM and Chrysler bailouts wound up costing a few millions- and saved even by conservative metrics 1.5 million jobs. Economists rated that the single most effective of the bailouts. Solar? Wow still digging Solydra, eh? Look, some one has to break oil;s control on energy development- still just pennies against the GOP waste on just their shutdown.

    December 29, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  13. Hal

    GOP = Greed Over People

    After doing some admittedly fast math from the article, the banner should read 'Obamacare(s) on schedule to meet enrollment goals'. 1.1 thru fed exchange, 800,000 thru Medicaid and at least 2 states have reported over 600,000 enrollees, with CA at 400K and NY at 200k for a total of 2.5 million out of the expected 7 million with 90 days to go before open enrollment closes.

    Another 900,000k per month and 800,000 on Medicaid for the next 3 months would take it past 7 million enrollees by 3/31.
    ------------------------------------------–
    One million enrollees and over 6 million payers whose coverage was cancelled. How many have actually paid? How many of them are young folks?

    December 29, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  14. Smitty

    As usual Tamoa Timmy has nothing to do but point and blame others for Bammys lack of leadership. Whos the bigger joke Timmy Or Obammy ???

    December 29, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  15. Mike Texoma

    From what I have seen in recent days it seems that Obamacare will most likely succeed. From what I hear economists saying I gather there is a real expectation of growth in the 3.25% range in 2014. The chemical weapons will be out of Syria in 2014. American forces will be out of Afganistan. The blogosphere and twitter will continue to compel social and political changes in Egypt and Iran. America by the first of November 2014 will be a different nation than it is today. And of course those demographic changes will continue as well. It will be no time to have your head in the sand. Some will rise to the occasion. Others will not. Take all pundits with a great grain of salt.

    December 29, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  16. just saying

    @Steve Hamilton

    yikes, does it get any more delusional that this guy?!! put down the koolaide before you od son and get back to reality.

    December 29, 2013 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  17. simplyput

    @Don in Albuquerque Don't you remember Bush's propaganda? We do.
    ________
    The WMD confusion ran wild in both parties. The healthcare confusion is running wild at this moment. The difference is that I didn't vote for Bush. I DID vote for Obama, and like the majority of the country, I feel betrayed, lied to, and PO'd. That is the storm you feel blowing well into 2016, so get your wind-jacket.

    December 29, 2013 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  18. obama is a disaster

    GOP = Greed Over People

    After doing some admittedly fast math from the article, the banner should read 'Obamacare(s) on schedule to meet enrollment goals'. 1.1 thru fed exchange, 800,000 thru Medicaid and at least 2 states have reported over 600,000 enrollees, with CA at 400K and NY at 200k for a total of 2.5 million out of the expected 7 million with 90 days to go before open enrollment closes.

    Another 900,000k per month and 800,000 on Medicaid for the next 3 months would take it past 7 million enrollees by 3/31.
    ----------------------–
    Only a libtard would think a net loss of the insured is a good thing. Amazing.

    December 30, 2013 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  19. Solomon Walker

    Indifference, lack of respect for maturity, lacking decency, or dignity will define the United States in 2014.

    Too many Americans are unable to maintain decorum, propriety, or taste, so most no longer care.

    December 30, 2013 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
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