August 17th, 2014
11:07 AM ET
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The “Inside Politics” Forecast: Political fallout from teen’s shooting

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) – A Missouri Democratic family feud, a Kentucky Senate tactic worth tracking and some new nuggets about the busy 2016 GOP presidential maneuvering made for an action packed trip around the Inside Politics table:

1. Missouri rivalry in play amid Ferguson shooting fallout

Jonathan Martin of The New York Times suggests we keep an eye on two Missouri political power players as the fallout over the Ferguson police shooting plays out.

Gov. Jay Nixon and Sen. Claire McCaskill don’t care much for each other, Jonathan reports.

“You've seen a few hints of this in the past few days in the coverage of the Ferguson story,” said Martin, who believes Ferguson may receive a presidential visit in the not-too-distant future. So will the Missouri politicians play nice then? Not so fast.

“Watch the body language. Watch those two. They basically are the big Democratic figures in that state. And there's a lot of folks in the same state on the same party, they don't get along so well.”

2. Hoping to “Akin’ McConnell in Kentucky

Nia-Malika Henderson of The Washington Post took us inside the tight Kentucky Senate race, specifically a tactical effort the Democratic campaign hopes lures GOP incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell into a gaffe.

Democratic contender Allison Lundergan Grimes is highlighting differences with McConnell on issues important to women voters.

“What she wants to talk about isn't abortion. It's certainly not Hobby Lobby, because the state she's running in [is] very conservative, fairly religious. She wants to talk about the Violence Against Women's Act, as well as equal pay for equal work,” said Henderson, who added that the Grimes’ camp hopes the constant pressure on McConnell to answer questions about those and other issues will provoke some kind of stumble.

3. A big 2016 week, or is Hamby just hungry?

Leave it to CNN’s Peter Hamby to notice a very busy political week in his favorite place for barbeque: South Carolina.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio are heading to South Carolina in the days ahead.

“Rand Paul is going to be in South Carolina raising money for Congressman Mick Mulvaney, Marco Rubio is going to be headed to the Third District, probably the most conservative district in the state, speaking to conservative activists at a BBQ hosted by Congressman Jeff Duncan,” said Hamby.

4. In courting the establishment, Paul is persistent.

Politico’s Maggie Haberman shared inside details of Rand Paul’s latest attempt to win big supporters in the GOP establishment.

Yes, the buzz about the recent Paul sighting in the Hamptons was that he was with actor Alec Baldwin. But Maggie reports a much more important breaking of the bread: dinner with several longtime GOP establishment donors at the home of former Treasury Department official Emil Henry.

To be fair, though, notes Haberman, “It was a meet and greet. It was not a fundraiser. He is not a first date candidate .. for a lot of these donors."

5. Ohio roots and a thick Rolodex, but does he have what it takes?

Add Ohio GOP Sen. Rob Portman to the list of  potential  2016 presidential prospects who are getting more active in testing their viability.

Portman was in Colorado this weekend campaigning in that state’s big Senate race, and is due in New Hampshire this week to campaign with GOP candidate Scott Brown. And that’s not all, Portman also will take part in a big presidential tradition in New Hampshire: a politics and eggs breakfast discussion

Many in the party dismiss Portman’s chances, suggesting he is too soft spoken or too moderate. But those close to Portman see a “center-right” void in the current GOP early pack.

And he has a deep Rolodex of friends, ranging from Dick Cheney and Mitt Romney to former New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg and a host of veteran GOP activists in the lead-off presidential primary state.

soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Roadkeel

    Tampa Tim – Show me one picture of Cliven supporter walking off with a looted TV then we'll talk

    August 17, 2014 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  2. Liberal Garbage

    Robery suspect, assult, battery of an officer, jassault of an officer......got what he desserved, case closed.

    August 17, 2014 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  3. omeany

    Michael Brown appears to have committed robbery and whether the policeman who shot him was justified or not will be determined. This incident however it has exposed a police force who is more than comfortable with harassing minorities.

    Oddly enough the concept of "reaping what you sow" or Kharma will play out over the next few years as business owners and resident pay more in insurance and property taxes to pay for the military response to the looting...in response to police harassment of minorities. It's a sad vicious circle that needs to be broken.

    Another issue this has brought out is how our police forces are becoming more of a military force being used against it's citizens that ironically the citizens pay for with their taxes. Big Brother is not only watching you, he is armed to the teeth.

    August 17, 2014 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  4. gahh

    Governor Nixon was on an ABC talk show Sunday morning, and was asked why it took him 5 days to respond to what happened in Ferguson? Of course, he didn't bother to answer. All he wanted to talk about was what he's done since his showing up in Ferguson, on Wednesday. This needs to be the end of his political career.

    August 17, 2014 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  5. floorme

    An officer draws his gun only to shoot to kill- when a 300lb- strong arm thief, bum rushes you and trys to wrestle your gun away- NO you don't shoot to mame– you shoot to save your life-

    Can't wait for the 40+ FBI agents to question all the NEW WITNESSES that have amazingly come forward looking for their 15 minutes of fame.

    We all know by now these new witnesses have been tainted and or coached– The FBI Agents might as well go question the Palestinians about HAMAS- you'll get like answers and blame assigned, in this case to the POLICE-

    August 17, 2014 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  6. Smitty

    @Tammie, need to dig a little deeper there are recordings from a couple of his coharts stating this, nice try !! but you always do post without research.

    August 17, 2014 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  7. Tony D

    Gurgyl
    they know insurance thugs were looting Americans, why didn't they pass healthcare law. Was it not their responsibility? Today, Walter Jones, the idiot talks nonsense about it. I bet he is bribed by Doctors, Hospitals. Get rid of thugs like that one. Sin goes away.
    --

    The usual low IQ, low/no information Democrat voter doesn't know or understand that Obamacare is an insurance company BONANZA!!! Billions of dollars in federal government guarantees means they will be laughing all the way to the bank thanks to the USA taxpayer. All thanks to the DEMOCRATS and OBAMA. So the "thugs" you should be directing your insults at are named Obama, Pelosi and Reid.

    August 17, 2014 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  8. Smitty

    a copy paste from a witness that an officer took========Well, then Michael takes off and gets to be about 35 feet away. And, Darren’s first protocol is to pursue. So, he stands up and yells, “Freeze!” Michael and his friend turn around. And Michael taunts him… And then all the sudden he just started bumrushing him. He just started coming at him full speed. And, so he just started shooting. And, he just kept coming. And, so he really thinks he was on something

    August 17, 2014 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  9. it must be said

    Yes, it is clear, the Ferguson Police Dept. should have just pulled back entirely and watched as the entire town was burned down and looted by these outside CRIMINALS. That would have really, really helped the entire town, all the businesses gone, no jobs. But all the black activists and CRIMINALS would have had their "justice" so it would have been worth it.

    Sorry, but anybody criticizing the Ferguson Police Dept. is doing it for purely political (or more accurately politically correct) reasons. Blaming rioting, looting and arson on them have the proper equipment is just another BS diversion from the fact that there are MANY in the black community that use these types of incidences to line their pockets at the expense of others. These rioters, looters and arsonists don't give a damn about the person who was shot.

    August 17, 2014 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  10. rick

    The one good thing that will come out of this incident. Is the fact that all that millitary hardware that SHOULD ONLY be in hands of the millitary. Will now have to be RETURNED to the government. This equipment IS NOT for use against american civilians FOR ANY REASON despite the balking of all the law enforcement! Very good chance now the avarage cop will be just that from now on. Instead of a HEAVILY ARMED STORMTROOPER GESTAPO WANT TO BE like the trend has shown. This stuff SHOULD NEVER have left the millitarys possesion in first place. No reason for a armored vehicle to drive down intimidating a public street with children. No reason for EVERY SMALL TOWN to be equiped WITH MORE WEAPONS THAN A LARGE CITY NATIONAL GUARD. Thats a reboot of NAZI GERMANY TACTICS. And millions of americans fought AGAINST that type of oppression not long ago. Take these "toys" as they are reffered to by cops away from them and return america to where it supposed to be in law enforcement. Instead of the SHOCK ENFORCER STORM TROOPER

    August 17, 2014 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  11. Graeme Rodgers

    If the police are aloud to justify the killing of Micheal Brown they will be able the justify the killing of any American in any circumstance, wake up.

    August 17, 2014 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  12. America the next somalia

    Welfare – the hook
    Government – the line
    Genetics – the sinker
    Ferguson – the proof

    August 17, 2014 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  13. CALIFORNIA

    If this was a republican Gov. democrats would be screaming he's a racist. Come on democrats are the democrats in this state racists? I believe so. Democrats are usually much more racist than any other party by far. It's a well known fact.

    August 17, 2014 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  14. DJ

    facepalm heard around the world when Crump saw the video.

    August 17, 2014 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  15. Iamnotfooled

    Shot more then 6 times?? Arrest that cop!

    August 18, 2014 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  16. Iamnotfooled

    Smitty --you are fighting a losing battle. He was shot in the back turned around and put his hands up and was still fired upon. The cop is dead wrong.

    August 18, 2014 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  17. NIckAnast

    reggie53: "I cannot believe that this kind of behavior is being accepted by the community in this day and age in our country. It should not be accepted and who ever was involved in this thuggish behavior should be imprisoned for a long time."

    I agree. Let's start with the police officer who murdered Michael Brown in cold blood and then left his body on the street for four hours. Next should be the chief of police who intentionally released the incident report and surveillance video of a crime even he said had no bearing on the shooting.

    August 18, 2014 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  18. Thomas

    The sad thing is if Michael Brown pulled that kind of strong arm gangster move on another tough guy on the corner with a gun , he would have been shot . Eventually you get shot . Cigars , weed , dope , money ,car .

    it's sad he will never have another chance to change into a productive man.

    August 18, 2014 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  19. bob

    Judging by the comments posted here, no one is upset by people getting shot down on our streets every day. They are only upset by how the media covers people getting shot down on our streets every day.

    August 18, 2014 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  20. JusSayin

    Many local towns are getting fed up with municipal police departments being run as Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations, for the personal enrichment of anyone who'll go along and be loyal to a mafia.

    Far too many crooks hide behind a badge and can count on their fellow officers to cover for them.

    We've always had corrupt cops, but they used to be the exception. It really has not been that long ago, that anyone who wore a badge and was a punk, got beaten down by the fellow officers they were betraying. If cops persisted in their punk actions, they would simply leave a note and run off for a new friend and life, and never bothered anyone else again.

    Cops need to clean their own houses.
    Cops need to have their guns, tasers, pepper spray and all tactical weapons taken away from them until they learn to respect the people they are supposed to protect and serve. Cops also have taken the judgement call concept the the ridiculous extent extent of having judiciary and punitive authority.

    We as citizens, need to recognize some police play us for fools, and exaggerate threats to justify taking more of our freedoms and monies.

    Since I'm on a roll, the military needs to take a step back, and wonder if they really need a more powerful sidearm than the 9mm, or if they need better people who can shoot straight. If some punk cop needs to put six rounds in a man, said punk cop has no right to be holding a gun anywhere except at a practice range.

    Police need to be exorcised of that wannabe, maybe has been, military mindset. American citizens are not the threat to the USA incompetent, out of control police forces are.

    August 18, 2014 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  21. basedonfact

    denny you took the bait. The cop did not catch up to him the cop was not looking for him. The police chief said himself that the cop in question DID NOT KNOW THE ROBBERY HAD HAPPENED. The video was released to try to get sheep like you to place the blame for the incident ON THE DEAD TEENAGER

    August 18, 2014 05:06 am at 5:06 am |
  22. Marie MD

    @smitty, Brown was not stopped for stealing some cigars.
    An innocent bystander was pepper sprayed and arrested by Westlake security during protest a in Seattle. The innocent bystander who walked by was not part of the demonstration. A pro Israel supporter who had been harassing everyone said something to the passer by who turned around as if he was going to take a swing at the guy but decided against it.
    Guess who got peppered sprayed, manhandled and wrestled to the ground by a security guy? Not the pro Israeli guy who was yelling and harassing everyone but the innocent by passer by who just happened to be BLACK!
    The Black kid had a backpack and was just walking by. Why didn't the security guard think that the white guy was more of a threat? He was going to keep on walking but the security guard turned it into a B&W story line.
    The only difference between the demonstration from the 60s in the South and now is that more white folks and people of other races are not going to stand by nor are they going to be killed or hanged and not speak up about it.

    August 18, 2014 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  23. Spgfid Tom

    I was under the impression that Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson (Sr., not the one in jail) had the situation under control in Ferguson! A presidential visit to Ferguson? From the man who could not be bothered to go to the Texas border to see what an invasion of 57,000 "unaccompanied minors" looks like? How racists is that, boys and girls?

    August 18, 2014 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  24. PeterD

    Al Sharpton should not be in Ferguson. Arrest him for inciting violence.

    August 18, 2014 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
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