July 27th, 2014
10:17 AM ET
5 months ago

The ‘Inside Politics' Forecast: The White House loves the GOP lawsuit

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.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – It is 100 days until the 2014 midterm election, so no surprise our trip around the Inside Politics table this Sunday delivered some fun campaign nuggets. But we didn’t ignore 2016 entirely.

1. Yes, the Obama White House loves the GOP lawsuit

That’s right, Julie Pace of The Associated Press talked about a rare bipartisan agreement in Washington: the sense in both parties believe that the House GOP plan to sue the president is a political plus.

Say what? In a nutshell, House Republicans see it as a way to go home to their red districts and promise they are standing up to the president, while the White House and fellow Democrats see a huge opening to question GOP priorities and gin up Democratic fund-raising in the process.

“They are going to be hammering this point: that there is one week left in this congressional session and this is what Republicans are focused on,” said Pace.“Also look for Democrats and the White House to start talking about the possibility of impeachment. If they think the lawsuit is good politics for them, they think the impeachment narrative is even better.”

Part of the DCCC fundraising and social media push on the lawsuit:

 

2. The land of Kennedy, Dukakis, Kerry, Romney, Warren and …

I’ve asked Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick directly on more than one occasion, and he is adamant that no means no. Even more adamant that his wife will make certain that no means no.

The “no” in question is, of course, 2016 and a presidential run.

Yet all of a sudden Sen. Elizabeth Warren isn’t the only Massachusetts Democrat whose 2014 travels have some wondering if there isn’t a little wiggle room in that 2016 promise.

Patrick has put stops in New Hampshire and Maine on his 2014 schedule, with another New Hampshire swing set in September. His political aides say there likely will be more midterm travel as well, even as he winds down his final year as governor.

Just helping fellow Democrats. Period. End of story.

Most likely that’s the case. But some veteran political observers are beginning to wonder if the usually road-shy governor is dialing it up a bit just in case. As in just in case Hillary Clinton for some reason doesn’t run.

Patrick himself added fuel to this speculative fire this past week with a radio interview in which he yet again seemed less than enthralled with the prospect of a Clinton candidacy. He said, not for the first time, that he worried there was too much of a sense of entitlement in Camp Clinton.

Also part of their WGBH conversation: "It's not like we're pals. I don't know her very well. I respect her enormously.”

And, even though no means no, it can’t hurt to digest what Governor Patrick told a caller who asked if any politician from “liberal” Massachusetts could get elected president.

“Massachusetts is not that liberal," the governor said, citing voter registration data that show unenrolled – or independent – voters outnumber Republicans and Democrats.

 

3. A Libertarian threat to GOP Senate hopes

Politico’s Manu Raju teed up a fascinating question for the last 100 days: will Libertarian candidates perhaps prove the difference if Republicans fail to net the six Senate seats they need to capture the Senate majority.

“In all of these competitive races, there is a Libertarian candidate in each of these states,” said Raju. “And of course the Libertarian candidates are threatening to siphon off just a small portion of the vote from the right, some from the left, but probably mostly from the right in states like Alaska, even in Arkansas, now there’s even possibly a Kentucky Libertarian candidate who may come up.”

Manu cites Tester’s 2012 race in Montana as an example of this strategy and says don’t be surprised to see Democrats trying to prop up some of these Libertarian candidates as the election draws closer.

 

4. Christie atop CNN poll, with N.H. return on tap

Robert Costa of The Washington Post pulled back the curtain on a key stop of the Chris Christie comeback tour.

The New Jersey governor is making his second 2014 campaign stop in the state next week, a big fundraiser for the state party at a minor league baseball stadium, and Robert reminded us how Christie has the early building blocks already in place.

“He already has a big network in New Hampshire,” said Costa. “Colin Reed, a former Christie adviser, is managing Scott Brown’s Senate campaign and Matt Mowers, another former Christie adviser, is the executive director of the New Hampshire GOP. So we’ll see Christie try to build some relationships and try to get some momentum.”

ICYMI- the top finishers in the new CNN poll of the GOP 2016 field unveiled on ‘Inside Politics’:

 

Poll

 

5. Candidates get schooled on 2014, 2016

Education policy is always a presidential campaign issue, and NPR’s Juana Summers zeroed in on how several GOP 2016 contenders are looking to make a mark in the schools debate.

“We talked a lot earlier in the program about Senator Rand Paul’s speech to the Urban League last week,” said Summers. “What we didn’t talk about is what he said about education and that is an area where he’s not alone. In the last week, we’ve heard Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin, Paul Ryan, former Vice Presidential candidate and House Budget Chairman –among others – Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.”

Juana says she will be watching to see how much impact the rhetoric of the potential 2016 presidential picks has on the Congressional candidates going back to campaign in their districts at the end of the month.


Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Chris Christie • Deval Patrick • House Republicans • Inside Politics
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    Another excuse for the teaklans in congress NOt to work but we are still paying them. Just think of that next time you get your paycheck and see how much they gov takes out of it to spread their crazy.

    July 27, 2014 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. Lizzie

    Everyone is talking about republicans going on vacation, are the democrats staying in DC or did they already leave early.

    July 27, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  3. Lizzie

    MarieMD, your delusional if you think only republicans spend, democrats are just as bad or even worse.

    July 27, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  4. rs

    Strictly from a pragmatic point of view and ignoring the political ramifications of the Republicans' act- sure, for the President this is a huge score. By suing the President for any reason- and especially in this case where the GOP is suing the President for trying to actually accomplish something, this simply acts as a visible reinforcement of the mindless radicalism of the GOP. From that standpoint- they need to keep it up so that they can lose the election in November- and again in 2016.

    July 27, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  5. rs

    Lizzie
    Everyone is talking about republicans going on vacation, are the democrats staying in DC or did they already leave early.
    ______________
    Nope, everyone will be around in DC for one more week. Don't worry though, the GOP's string of doing nothing won't get broken. And, they'll pay for it in November.

    July 27, 2014 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. Hector Slagg

    Of course the White House likes this Lawsuit. It takes all the real problems this administration has no idea how to fix off the front pages. Hey, you voted for it, now live with it.

    July 27, 2014 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. Anonymous

    This congress remind me 2012 GOP slogan “Food stamp president”
    Time for us to change the slogan
    “FOOD STAMP CONGRESS”
    Don’t work , living in tax payer money

    July 27, 2014 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. rs

    Hector Slagg
    Of course the White House likes this Lawsuit. It takes all the real problems this administration has no idea how to fix off the front pages. Hey, you voted for it, now live with it.
    _____________________________________
    So, by saying that the Administration likes the lawsuits because "it takes all the real problems" away- are you affirming that Mr. Boehner's is frivolous? You're catching on Hector.

    July 27, 2014 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  9. rs

    Lizzie
    MarieMD, your delusional if you think only republicans spend, democrats are just as bad or even worse.
    ___________________
    Here's the definition:

    According to Republicans, Democrats are "tax and spend"- which actually implies a balance between revenues and outlay. The GOP doesn't like it because they think government is free (i.e. not tax dependent), thus:

    Republicans are "cut taxes and spend"-as in cut taxes for the rich (to the tune of $1trillion a year, then start two wars in far away place, and don't budget for them. Result? Big hole in the budget, and debt for years to come.

    Be honest Lizzie- which is worse?

    July 27, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. jpmichigan

    How does one handle a public servant, who takes the oath of office and does not practice the oath he is sworn to comply? Slap his hand, pat them on the back, or take a more aggressive measure. There are three branches of government for a purpose, to provide checks and balances. Dictatorship has but ONE individual making all decisions for their people, whether right or wrong. Remember to vote those responsible of the forming of a dictator government out of office.

    July 27, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    Obama thinks he can win in the courts.........in spite of a series of court case losses.

    July 27, 2014 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. Tampa Tim

    Lizzie – Love your fact free posts. Keep up the stupidity.

    July 27, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. Tampa Tim

    Hector – Each day I am thankful that Americans were too smart and rejected McCain/Palin, and Miiens/Lyin,Ryan.

    July 27, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. Gunderson

    Aw, Well,
    WHAT A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE, WHEN FIRST WE PRACTICE TO DECEIVE. The Democrats/Liberal's have sold much Snake Oil. The Peasants keep buying it. However the Cold Hard Facts keep showing up right on schedule. The latest Flub, E-Plurous Unium, is the Crisis at the southern border. P.T. Barnum was right.

    July 27, 2014 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  15. Thomas

    Mitt Romney is going to run for a third time .

    Get Ready Romney / Ryan , we worked the bugs out 2016

    July 27, 2014 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Lizzie
    Everyone is talking about republicans going on vacation, are the democrats staying in DC or did they already leave early.

    Republican Eric Cantor - the previous Minority Whip of the House of Representatives - set the 2014 House of Representative working calendar which included the least amount of calendar days worked in the history of the House of Representatives.

    July 27, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  17. Tommy G

    Anonymous
    Republican Eric Cantor – the previous Minority Whip of the House of Representatives – set the 2014 House of Representative working calendar which included the least amount of calendar days worked in the history of the House of Representatives.
    --

    Why even bother? Democrat Harry Reid is blocking everything in the Senate and not bringing it up for a vote? This will of course all change when the Republicans take the Senate this November. Obama will not longer have Harry Reid around to do his dirty work and protect him from tough decisions and actually moving the country forward with sensible ideas, not the useless, failed, far left garbage Obama and the Democrats are pushing.

    July 27, 2014 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  18. The right wing have lost their damned minds

    Lizzie
    MarieMD, your delusional if you think only republicans spend, democrats are just as bad or even worse.

    July 27, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
    --------------------------–
    Lizzie...Your delusional if you think democrats spend even more..at least they spend for what's here in the US...republicans only want to spend on wars and the 1%.

    July 27, 2014 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. Smitty

    Of course dems love it. They can use it for more excuses of doing nothing. Keep in mind Obammy did win BIGGEST LIAR OF THE YEAR, since than he has lost all credibility.

    July 27, 2014 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. uhhuh

    Why even bother? Democrat Harry Reid is blocking everything in the Senate and not bringing it up for a vote?
    ---
    Yeah, right Tommy. Let's ignore the several hundred bills that the Republicans have filibustered, thus preventing them from even being voted on.

    July 27, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Guns Over People teatards lied to their bumpkin wingnuts(for money) about impeaching President Obama. They backed out by filing a lawsuit instead. Snooki Palin forced impeachment back upon them when she saw the waffle act. November comes quickly for the stunt and fund raise party.

    July 27, 2014 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. Stop wasting time

    On Boners own website you can find a video of him applauding Obama for his use of executive order to delay the employer mandate. Now he is during him for it. In fact Boner pushed that Obama use executive order to delaye the individual mandate. What a pansy.

    July 27, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. The REAL Truth...

    DEMOCRATS VS. REPUBLICANS BY THE NUMBERS
    (Last 50 years)

    REPUBLICANS v DEMOCRATS
    Years Held Presidency 28 years v 22 years
    Jobs Created 24 million v 42 million
    Stock Market Return 109% v 992%
    (annualized) 2.7% v 11%
    GDP 2.7% v 4.1%
    Income growth 0.6% v 2.2%

    Source: U.S. Dept of Labor

    July 27, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  24. freedom

    Who loves a lawsuit? And mocks the massive problems you have caused – and those trying to remedy them? This president is evil and sick.

    July 27, 2014 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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    Jindal, the JOKE GOP canadate of the century!!!!!!hows your healthcare and education going in LA.

    July 27, 2014 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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