March 16th, 2014
09:00 AM ET
9 months ago

Inside Politics: The Political Forecast: More Democrats to retire this week

CNN's John King and other top political reporters empty out their notebooks each Sunday on "Inside Politics" to reveal five things that will be in the headlines in the days, weeks and months ahead.

1. Florida election results cause more Democratic exits: Watch in the week or so ahead for a few more retirements by veteran House Democrats.

I'm told the Florida special election results were the last straw for at least two and perhaps more House Democrats facing tough 2014 races.


Leadership will make a run at persuading these lawmakers otherwise – but with hope of regaining the majority all but lost, watch the Capitol exits.

2. Jindal talking with power players about 2016: Be skeptical of a politician who says he isn't running for president but then courts key power players in New Hampshire. So be skeptical of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

The Republican governor recently formed a new political action committee.
His staff now routinely fills the inboxes of national political reporters with press releases.

And as CNN's Peter Hamby told us on the program, held talks with GOP and conservative power players in the first-in-the-nation primary state, including former Governors Sununu and Merrill, GOP fixer Tom Rath and Joe McQuaid from The Union Leader.

Jindal poking fun at the former 2016 GOP frontrunner at a public breakfast in NH before his private meetings:

3. Elizabeth Warren's expanding horizons: The senior senator from Massachusetts is one of the biggest attractions on the Democratic fundraising circuit. For years that could be said of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. And now of Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

She is a rising liberal star, and as Jonathan Martin of the New York Times shared Sunday, is about to expand her fundraising horizons.

4. Democrats' Blue State air strikes against the Kochs: When troops need air support, they call the Air Force. When it's a politician in need, in today's world it is more often the super PACs to the rescue.

Vulnerable Senate Democrats have been complaining for months of being pummeled by TV ads funded by Americans for Prosperity and other conservative groups. Now Politico's Manu Raju tells us some of those Democrats are about to get more help in the air war.

Here’s how much AFP spent in the last cycle:

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5. The Latina who might turn Texas purple: Wendy Davis became a national Democratic sensation during last year's Texas Senate debate over new abortion restrictions. She is now the party's gubernatorial nominee.

But if you want to place a bet on a Democratic statewide victory in 2014, Nia Malika Henderson of The Washington Post suggests looking down-ballot a line - to the lieutenant governor's race.

The Texas Senate Gallery applauding state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte's call for equality on the floor last June:


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soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Pete

    A lot of these so called retirements are forced in Florida and other red states because of redistricting,gerymandering by republicans and they know it..Any rebuttals republicans because its going on blantantly right here in Florida under Rick Scott and you know it...

    March 16, 2014 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Don't worry, new ones stronger will come.....

    March 16, 2014 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  3. truth hurts but reality bites

    I'm told the Florida special election results were the last straw for at least two and perhaps more House Democrats facing tough 2014 races.
    -–

    Smart people... better to jump on the lifeboat now than to be swept out to sea in the Obacare Tsunami that will wipe out the lying Democrats that jammed it down our throats.

    March 16, 2014 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  4. Jan Nappylotto

    Best to end your political career on you terms with retirement than get slaughtered in an election.
    Obamacare... The gift that keeps on giving.

    Q: how many millions were spent on the botched healthcare.0rg site? Now it is being used as another excuse to push back the deadline.

    Q: How many millions lost their policies even though the Dems insisted they wouldn't"

    Q: How much we will get killed with in taxes to bail out Obamacare since enrollment numbers are not even close to prevent the Obamacare death spiral?

    Obamacare: OWN IT!!!

    March 16, 2014 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. Celebrity Dictator

    If the liberal's great hope is the ultra progressive (aka militant socialist) Elizabeth Warren, then they've got bigger problems than the Republicans.

    March 16, 2014 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  6. Stuffitu

    They screwed us over so bad and they get away with nice fat pensions and all sorts of other benefits.

    March 16, 2014 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. don in albuquerque

    There have been alot of retirements on both sides of the aisle. I think alot of people may just be deciding this country is no longer worth the effort. I almost think it would be funny if an all GOTP gov't were elected. Skyrocketing debt would be guaranteed, war with Iran a promise, even bigger govt, and womens rights......forget about it. The USA and its congress have become the joke of the world. Enjoy your trip back to a feudal system. No body deserves it more.

    March 16, 2014 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  8. Tommy G

    Elizabeth Warren Democrats??? Seriously??? Isn't she better suited to take over for Fidel Castro? Or is she too far left for the Cubans?

    March 16, 2014 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ LEE ISSA RUBIO GOP conservatives the GARBAGE AND SEWAGE of AMERICA what have they accomplished in the lat five years??? They lost at least 50BILLIN DOLLARS and got nothing for it just this year.

    If you want to continue the GOP disfunctional and incompetence of the last SIX YEARS of getting NOWHERE, vote GOP in November , if you want to SHUT UP this GOP TRASH , VOTE DEM!!!!!!

    March 16, 2014 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  10. bucdale

    "A lot of these so called retirements are forced in Florida and other red states because of redistricting,gerymandering by republicans and they know it..Any rebuttals republicans because its going on blantantly right here in Florida under Rick Scott and you know it."
    PLEASE do not stalk about gerrymandering. The Democrats perfected the technique for well over 50 years to keep what was almost a permanent majority in the house from the 1930's thru the early 1980's. It just hurts when the tables are turned,

    March 16, 2014 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. don in albuquerque

    TommyG

    No that would be Ted Cruz.

    March 16, 2014 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  12. king

    The backwardness of the American people has come full turn they weren't satisfied for electing a repub house Congress that shut the country down for the past 2 years, promising jobs jobs jobs. They are ready to shut it down completely, shouting take away universal health care for all, and well come back the status quo of death and bankrupcy. And you wonder why, no one takes us serious. Brace folks its going to be a hectic ride the next three years. Because the repubs have no interest to see this president and this country succeed.
    Hey they do what they are told by their right wing and that is to destroy this country at any cost so that the black president legacy will be destroyed.

    March 16, 2014 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. Namevincep

    It's funny how the left says they know what's best. Then look at all the turmoil in the world. It's all the lefties causing it

    March 16, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. Gurgyl

    This nation is screwed by GOP and their Greed. Two unfounded wars, trickle-down screwed this nation. Not Obamacare, in fact it is dire need of USA. Because of this you have insurance, no one dan deny your insurance–just learn this truth. CNN please put all comments. God bless.

    March 16, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. Paulie Vegas

    Don in Albuquerque:

    Don't forget daily school shootings, oppression of minorities, forced Christianity/morality, and even more of your wealth being consolidated into the top 2%.

    March 16, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. Gunderson

    Duh, Well,
    You can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time !! That Liberal Ship of Fools is taking on more and more water all the time. There is no where to hide.

    March 16, 2014 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. jpmichigan

    Issues addressed by this administration will hurt the middle class more than help. Once said " its the economy stupid " , is reapplied here. Raising the wage limit and using salary employees working over 40 hour to receive over time, will just less unemployed to be employed. Business, especially small business, will hire less and the unemployed/underemployed will increase. One doesn't need a MBA to see this. For this reason more Republicans will be voted in come November, just to stop Obama and his motely crew in the White House. Enough Republicans to override his vetoes an to shake loose Reid of his leadership.

    March 16, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  18. reggie53

    If Elizabeth Warren is the new rising start for the democrats then I can see they have really become desperate beyond words. If that is the best they can come up with along with Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton then they have become redundant. I would vote for any republican over these jokers.

    March 16, 2014 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. HRC16

    I see the right wing crazies are out in force this morning, lets hope for the good of our proud country that democrats vote in 2014.

    March 16, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. hkirwin

    Pete

    A lot of these so called retirements are forced in Florida and other red states because of redistricting,gerymandering by republicans and they know it..Any rebuttals republicans because its going on blantantly right here in Florida under Rick Scott and you know it...
    ===========================================

    I wonder if they even believe this crap.

    March 16, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. Tampa Tim

    Bush destabilized the Middle East, gave Putin Georgia, let North Korea get nukes, put us in two unnecessary wars, caused a Great Recession, and the brain dead right wingnuts blame Obama?

    March 16, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  22. Tampa Tim

    So now, according to the Sunday morning RWNJs, they want he U.S. to go it alone against their pal Putin? Over two trillion dollars of our debt is from the Bush Wars, and they want more debt?

    March 16, 2014 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  23. D. Tree

    This is a silly narrative about the election in Florida, I don't see why people so easily accept it.

    This district elected a Republican representative *every* election in the last 40 years!

    In fact, this time around the Republican lost by the *narrowest* margin ever.

    Come on John King, use that head of yours a bit more. Think about it, before you simply repeat the latest fashionable talking points.

    March 16, 2014 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  24. NameFrank Deery

    Obama's inept Presidency, especially The Health Care fiasco, is The Albatross around
    Democrats' necks come November, 2014, and, maybe, 2016 as well.

    If Obama cared about his party, he'd resign and let Biden give it a try. At least, Biden has the experience to work with Congress, not
    Bypass it, which is becomming routine with
    Obama-whose tenure has seen US loose more clout globally, while al Qaeda regroups and Putin plunders, and crime and inflation are on the rise at home. Fundraising and golfing and late night tv spins cannot sell
    the snake oil these days.

    The Bush years are now-finally-becomming the "Good Old Days"-compared to the last
    five!

    March 16, 2014 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. Greg Kells

    Pete- Gerrymandering is a bi-partisan problem, and I agree that it is a problem. It was a problem when the Democrats did it, and it's still a problem now that the GOP holds the authority to draw up the districts. If you are a partisan loyalist, you have absolutely no place complaining about the GOP abusing an authority that the Dems have also used to their advantage. Those Dem safe districts, like the one Pelosi represents, didn't just appear out of nowhere. They were drawn that way intentionally. Partisan loyalists love to rail against their rivals abuse of authority, even the authorities that their own party abuses equally. Wait until the GOP retakes the Senate (which looks almost inevitable in 2014) and they decide to implement the "nuclear option" that Harry Reid gave them. You'll no doubt be up in arms about the flagrant abuse of power, despite the fact that you were most likely silent on the issue when the Dems set it up.

    March 16, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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