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. Rick McDaniel

    No one can believe anything they read in the U.S. media any more. Example: the NY TImes has published serial of articles on Benghazi, that is totally a lie.......and has resurrected the Hillary and Obama lies, about that incident, as being "true".

    It has been clearly proven, that the administration totally lied and covered up the truth about that incident, to the extent that all of the survivors are sworn to secrecy, under penalty of imprisonment or death!

    There is absolutely no truth in ANY of the U.S. media...........they are all nothing but political propagandists!

    December 29, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  2. Tampa Tim

    I wish we could find something that republicans are good at besides : obstruction, government shutdowns, economic crises, unnecessary unfunded wars, unfunded drug programs, TARP, tax cuts for the wealthy, tax breaks for big oil. By comparison, you never see a mediocre alligator wrestler, an inept airline pilot, a worthless brain surgeon, etc, but we get our share of lousy republicans in congress.

    December 29, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  3. rs

    It has been very curious that the Media's meme on this years' "big story" has been the ACA roll-out. Dramatic and messy for sure. But funny that one party shutdown government, threw 2 million people into economic chaos, and cost the federal government billions of dollars. Anti-American action certainly. The capper was to have the GOP in the Hose and Senate vote in goose-step to cause the U.S. government to default on its economic obligations. Thankfully, that effort to crash both the government and economy failed.
    To me, then, the Luddite, machine-breaker actions of the GOP are this year's top political story, not the effort to bring access to healthcare to millions of poor and middle-class Americans- which naturally, the GOP opposes.

    December 29, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  4. Tampa Tim

    The GOP never knew that national parks would be closed when they shut down the government. The republicans in the house cheered when they shut government down, costing $24 billion, not realizing that that was pretty stupid and childish. Their attempt to repeal the ACA did not work, so now they blame the president with their big lie,"We only wanted to "tweak" it."

    December 29, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  5. Tampa Tim

    Rick does not believe anything in the US media any more. I am not even sure the foreign media he subscribes to has found any of his rants true.

    December 29, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. Tampa Tim

    Even right wing Politifact would have to give Rick a "Pants on fire" today.

    December 29, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. Gurgyl

    ---ha, no one believe, but, but, people that are effected will believe the result of this GOP thugs "SHUT-DOWN", ask in Yellowstone Park, Grand Canyon, federal employees etc., instead of passing Jobs-Bill, they revenged Saddam Hussain to drain this Economy, people forgot? Yes, Obama took with guts, nevertheless Rethuglicans gave hard time. This nation does NOT belong to one sect. Period. Tell you, this president has LEGACY already. Time tells. Yes, need of strict immigration to close our benefits robbery by foreigners. God bless!!

    December 29, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. king

    the repubs will find themselves on the wrong side of history where obamacare is concerned, yes they own all the media including CNN.but they messed up and allowed the dems to grab the congress in the first 2 years of Obama presidency, while in the midst of the great recession. Obama and the dem congress was able to bail out the auto and financial sector push to stop the downward spiral of the housing buss, going all around the world to get investors to start investing back in America which sky rocketed the stock market; a move repubs like baukman was lying about he was spending millions of dollars to accomplished. if it weren't for those 2 years of dems ruling congress and creating obamacare, which is the main attractor for jobs and healthcare in this country, we might be still spiraling out of control, and America would seize to be America. the dems sacrificed alot of their members to the repubs propaganda machine, and will sacrifice again this election. i hope when the repubs are in power they will remember the gullible in our country and not just tell them hardship is good for them, while they suck up more money out of the economy by cut cut cut, then give to the rich to invest in china's slave market. because the rich wont invest in a country whose spenders are dwindling. hey china has 4 times more spenders and has dirt cheap laborers i wonder how the suburbanites will compete with that, can we say good by middle class.

    December 29, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  9. Anonymous

    Rick McDaniel just throws out comments without any proof or substantive information. Everything to him is a "lie"
    except his own words. Agreeing with those who only agree with you is an odd way to "debate".

    It tales character to admit when your wrong...........

    December 29, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  10. ST

    The ladies on the Panel were superb during their discussion. It was quite fascinating to watch and listen what they said. Unfortunately, they got it wrong on the year ahead will be defined by the year behind. That is not how politics works. Politics always is defined on what event crops up at that particular time. Bringing the past and make it the present, doesn't work well in politics.

    December 29, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. jpmichigan

    2013 has left a sour taste in the mouths of American taxpayers. High percent do not believe or trust the government to act on their behalf but more so on the government and political parties behalf. The shutdown is an example, Republicans wanted a year before starting ACA , Democrats fought it tooth and nail, look what happened ! This ad ministration has changed the deadline and facts of ACA so many times, that a year should have been given in the first place. Over 6 million Americans have lost the healthcare they choose to have, over ACA regulations that were not important to these Americans. More will loose their healthcare when business, large and small comply. Issuse's on IRS, Benghazi, NSA and many more will continue. This administrations lack of governing for all Americans , but to appease a few , will cause 2014 to be a turn around in leadership in the Senate.

    December 29, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. don in albuquerque

    @Tampa Tim–Only the Alpha Centauri Gazette, which Rick receives through the tin foil antennae on his helmet.

    December 29, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. Marie MD

    People will remember the shutdown, the repealing is what congress' job is (bo ner), the 50 repeals of a law tohelp Americans have health insurance, everything and anything againt women seniors, veterans, gays, the poor and children.

    December 29, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. dave

    Republicans wil still control the House of Representatives, that's like taking one Branch of government out. They are lkely to break their own record for doing nothing, as they get quarter million dollar salaries. What a waste. The Nation has serious problems, none of them will be solved because republicans control the House, things will get much worse as the republicans ignore the Nation's problems, as they live in luxury off from tax payer dollars. Meanwhile right wingers in the media will waste media time blaming he democats and Obama for the House not doing anything Same old stuff.

    December 29, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  15. rs

    Rick McDaniel
    No one can believe anything they read in the U.S. media any more. Example: the NY TImes has published serial of articles on Benghazi, that is totally a lie.......and has resurrected the Hillary and Obama lies, about that incident, as being "true".

    It has been clearly proven, that the administration totally lied and covered up the truth about that incident, to the extent that all of the survivors are sworn to secrecy, under penalty of imprisonment or death!
    Come clean Rick, even Mr. Issa was unable to find anything in Benghazi to assail Clinton with. Hate to tell you, but there never was anything to that story- no matter haw badly you wish otherwise. Even if there was- it pales to the actions of the last administration- 61 foreign service workers killed (with no arrests or trails), 125,000 innocent Iraqi citizens killed, 7,000 American war dead, and tens of thousands maimed or injured. Face it- you irrationally hate this government.

    December 29, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. rs

    2013 has left a sour taste in the mouths of American taxpayers.
    Quite right- 40 + votes at $1.5 million apiece to undo the ACA; a $24 billion government shutdown; another $40 billion to big oil as an incentive. The GOP surely loves to waste the taxpayers dollar.

    Hint: real Americans pay their fair share- something the GOP keeps the rich and corporations from doing.

    December 29, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. joe

    How true!! There is no trust in government leadership, starting with our " LIER IN CHIEF"!!!! We need to clean the pig pen in 2014 vote out all that have served two terms or longer. These professional thieves need to be kicked out of office both republicans and democrats htis is the only way we can take back our country from the brink of socialist disaster.

    December 29, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  18. Lizzie

    Tampa Tim, you forgot to tell everyone, that all those government employees received pay for doing nothing. You forgot to tell everyone that that Harry Reid is the biggest obstruction to a working congress. Not passing a budget for over 5 years and than complaining when his OWN party goes against him. You forgot to tell everyone, they better bow to the democrats because the NSA can use their e-mils and phone calls, posts on website to indict them as terrorists.

    December 29, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  19. Jack33

    Republicans will try to milk the ACA early problems for all they are worth, but come next year, people will realize that is not a reason to vote for the republican Party. Fact is, republicans only legislate for one thing: tax breaks for the $4000/hour class. All else is a distraction, because they know they wouldn't win if they were honest about the fact that this is all that they care about.

    December 29, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  20. 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.

    December 29, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. Obama - Liar of the Year

    Obamacare will be the disaster that just keeps on giving to the Republicans. They were right all along. Right now five times more people have LOST healthcare coverage than have signed up for it. And this is defined as some great success???

    December 29, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. Obama - Liar of the Year

    1.1 million "enrollees", none of which have healthcare coverage until they pay their over priced premiums. And how many have actually paid? NOBODY KNOWS. Why does nobody know how many have paid? Because the disastrous Obamacare web site has not been completed and doesn't allow for payment!!

    The Obama administration is asking for the insurance companies to pay for treatment even if payment wasn't received! The Obama administration is going to send billions to health insurance companies to cover the cots and "they will work it out later". This is all a TOTAL FARCE!!

    And where are all of these new Medicaid people going to get treatment? People already on Medicaid can't find doctors to treat them or have to travel great distances to get treatment after months of waiting.

    This whole scam is a house of cards that is doomed to collapse and when it does it will take our healthcare system down with it, unless of course it gets taken over by the federal government as it is too big to fail, just like GM. Then we have what the Democrats have wanted all along, government owned and run healthcare. Obamacare will have accomplished its mission. A poison pill to our healthcare system. Unless of course the Democrats can be thrown out of office in 2014 and 2016 in order to stop that from happening.

    December 29, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. just saying

    let's be perfectly clear, obama did not bail out gm, he saved the unions and handed gm to them using taxpayer money. and it cost the usa taxpayers $10.5 billion in loses. but not to worry, the unions own gm and they were saved and they went on to get obama re-elected, mission accomplished. if gm was a non-union shop, trust me, obama would not have lifted a finger to help them.

    December 29, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  24. Gurgyl

    @Lizzie, do you want to work for nothing? Yes, they got salary, but way days are left without food–it means nothing but unrealistic trash from GOP garbage, rethuglican rants. Drive all GOP garbage out. Happy new year.

    December 29, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. simplyput

    @Rick McDaniel
    Considering the accidental nature of *facts* in media, you're correct in labeling them propaganda. Let the theft from the left begin....

    December 29, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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