CNN's GUT CHECK for October 16, 2013
October 16th, 2013
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CNN's GUT CHECK for October 16, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 16, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

VOTE TONIGHT, ‘AFTER DINNER’: A Senate vote on an agreement to end the partial government shutdown and avert a possible U.S. default as soon as midnight could come sometime Wednesday evening, a senior GOP Senate aide told CNN's Ted Barrett. The aide said the vote was expected “after dinner” to give Senators time to read the measure. Meanwhile, a senior House GOP leadership aide said the House also could vote "as early as tonight" after the Senate acts. – Tom Cohen

THE DEAL: The deal funds the government through January 15, raises the debt limit until February 7, includes a provision in the deal that strengthens verification measures for people getting subsidies under Obamacare and sets up budget negotiations between the House and Senate for a long-term spending plan.

THE WHIP WATCH: U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Urges YES vote. Club for Growth: Urges NO vote.

CRUZ WATCH: Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who famously filibustered a deal on the government shutdown, told reporters after a meeting with Republican leadership that he would not mount a filibuster or employ other procedural moves against the agreement.

GOP APPLAUSE FOR BOEHNER: House Republicans held an abnormally fast 20-minute caucus at 3:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, where the Republican members gave Speaker John Boehner a standing ovation. Members leaving the meeting told CNN that Boehner urged the Republicans to live and fight another day. Majority Leader Eric Cantor, according to the members, gave an impassioned plea about Republicans not attacking each other or questioning the motives of the deal.

‘WE JUST DIDN'T WIN’: In an interview with a local radio station in Cincinnati, Boehner said Republicans “fought the good fight” but “just didn't win.” The speaker also said he will “absolutely” let the full House vote on the Senate plan, whether or not majority of GOP supports it.

WHILE HE WON’T NEGOTIATE, HE WILL SIGN: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said: “He (President Obama) believes that this agreement achieves what's necessary in terms of reopening the government and removing the threat of default and the kind of brinksmanship that we've seen. We're not issuing an official statement of administration policy, but he looks forward to Congress acting so that he can sign legislation that will reopen the government and remove this threat from our economy.”

2014 WATCH FROM PETER HAMBY: With Chris McDaniel poised to mount a primary challenge to Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran on Thursday, that makes six veteran Republican senators with primary fights on their hands: Mitch McConnell, Lamar Alexander, Pat Roberts, Lindsey Graham and Mike Enzi. While only a handful of their challengers might have the kind of mojo needed to knock off a wealthy incumbent, all of these old bulls hail from conservative states. They can't afford to take any tea party insurgent for granted, especially in Ted Cruz's America.

WATERCOOLER CHATTER: A joke buzzing around D.C.: “Washington Redskins drop the word "Washington" from their name because it's embarrassing.” (h/t to Ed Kennedy for the find)

NEW SENATOR: New Jersey residents are voting this hour in the special election to fill the remaining 15 months of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg's term. The Democratic nominee is Newark Mayor Cory Booker; the Republican nominee is former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan. Polls close at 8 p.m. ET.

MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks surge as a shutdown, debt deal is reached. Dow adds 202 points. NASDAQ rises 1.2%. S&P climbs 1.4%.

(Answer below)
In the last 40 years, what year saw the lowest House reelection rate and what percentage of Congress was reelected?

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Leading CNNPolitics: Time to throw my guy out of Congress?
It's conventional wisdom: Americans don't like Congress. But when it comes time to vote, they usually don't throw their lawmaker out of office. However, new polls indicate that times and perceptions about "throwing the bums out" may be changing. – Paul Steinhauser

Leading Drudge: Mercy!
Even if Congress reaches a last-minute or deadline-busting deal to avert a federal default and fully reopen the government, elected officials are likely to return to their grinding brand of brinkmanship – perhaps repeatedly. House-Senate talks are barely touching the underlying causes of debt-and-spending stalemates that pushed the country close to economic crises in 2011, last December and again this month. – Charles Babington

Leading HuffPo: 'Do Not Lump Me With The National Republicans. It's Unbecoming'
New York City mayoral candidate Joe Lhota (R) appeared to do everything he could Tuesday to distance himself from the overall GOP. Squaring off in the first televised debate against Democratic challenger Bill de Blasio, Lhota went on the defensive about being portrayed as a "national Republican." He claimed that his policies represent "long and hard" differences, from his pro-choice stance on abortion, to his support of gay marriage. – Chris Gentilviso

Leading Politico: Markets expect a deal — they better get one
Wall Street has so far mostly shrugged off the latest Washington political crisis, assuming an 11th hour deal will materialize to raise the debt limit and stave off a potentially ruinous default. But if the final act, which starts Wednesday, does not quickly produce the expected ending, the markets’ vengeance could be swift and severe. – Ben White and MJ Lee

Leading The New York Times: With G.O.P. Badly Divided, Boehner Is Left ‘Herding Cats’
Speaker John A. Boehner finds himself at a crossroads: an imminent financial default on the one hand, and on the other an unyielding conservative rank and file. – Ashley Parker and Jeremy W. Peters

The political bites of the day

- Republican senator: Our eye was off the ball (Obamacare) -
REPUBLICAN SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM TALKING WITH REPORTERS ON CAPITOL HILL: "If you look back in time and evaluate the last couple of weeks, it should be titled 'the time of great lost opportunity,' because if we had been focusing on the failures of Obamacare in terms of its rollout and the way it's being implemented and the confusion it's caused, the numbers would have dramatically diminished in terms of public support. Democrats would be looking for reliable partners on the Republican side to correct (it). Instead, our numbers have gone down, Obamacare has somehow mysteriously gone up, and other than that this has been great."

- GOP friendly fire… -
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL EDITORIAL BOARD IN THE PAPER'S WEDNESDAY EDITORIAL: "The conservatives thus undermined whatever small leverage the House GOP had left. Without a united majority of 218 votes, Republicans might as well hand the Speaker's gavel to Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid. Senate leaders announced immediately that they would resume negotiating to finish a deal that they would bring to the floor as early as Wednesday."
THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE EDITORIAL BOARD IN THE PAPER'S WEDNESDAY EDITORIAL: "Does anyone else miss Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison? … We miss her extraordinary understanding of the importance of reaching across the aisle when necessary. Neither sitting Texas senator has displayed that useful skill, and both the state and the Congress are the poorer for it. One reason we particularly believe that Hutchison would make a difference in these hectic days is that if she had kept her seat, Cruz would not be in the Senate."
STEVE DEACE IN A POST ON HIS SYNDICATED RADIO SHOW'S BLOG: "I loathe the GOP establishment with all my heart, but even I am embarrassed for them. They think they’re getting out of their consultants’ doghouse, but what they’re really doing is signing their own death certificates."

- … but not tea party groups -
JENNY BETH MARTIN, NATIONAL COORDINATOR FOR TEA PARTY PATRIOTS, IN A PRESS RELEASE: “The Ruling Elites in Washington, D.C. have completely abandoned the American people. The deal cut in the Senate does NOT protect the American people from this unfair and unworkable law. The Senate deal is a complete sellout.”

- Boehner 100% stronger –
REPUBLICAN REP. MICK MULVANEY OF SOUTH CAROLINA TALKS ABOUT WHETHER BOEHNER IS STRONGER IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN: “100 percent stronger. No one blames him for this. We did not have the votes. ... We could not get him the votes.”

What stopped us in 140 characters or less

Matt Drudge (@Drudge)
Speaker Pelosi Part 2: Opening Jan 5. 2015.

Carroll Doherty (@CarrollDoherty)
Boehner's public image has taken toll, but Speaker Pelosi's fav rating in 6/10 same as Boehner's now.

Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO)
Chuck Todd just made a good pt: McConnell, more than any R, is the one who's willing to take political risk/make 1st move to avert default

Brianna Keilar (@brikeilarcnn)
Cruz coming to stakeout during McConnell floor speech is Washington's equivalent of a middle finger.

Jackie Calmes (@calmesnyt)
In 30 years can't remember a diss like Ted Cruz just executed against his Senate leader, McConnell.

Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter)
DC establishment is ready to walk away from the fight to defund Obamacare, just as liberals are clamoring for a delay.

Jason Johnson (@jasonsjohnson)
What just happened? DC establishment went all on bet that #Conservatives & any American who wants to change DC will shut up & go away.

Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin)
"No matter the fallout, this is pretty clear...2013 has been a lost year for the Republican Party"

JenniferJacobsDMReg (@JenniferJJacobs)
Dem @JimMowrer outraised GOP's @SteveKingIA by $72k this quarter – and reports $36k more in cash on hand than King.

Peter Hamby (@PeterHambyCNN)
shorter Joe Lhota ad: a vote for de Blasio is a vote for getting mugged in your grimy walk-up stairwell in 1986

Ryan Teague Beckwith (@ryanbeckwith)
politics MT @joshgreenman: Gambling vs. alcohol: Which has larger ratio of casual users to problem users who hurt selves and burden society?

Logan Dobson (@LoganDobson)
Capitol Hill bars 'bout to unleash all sorts of "BACKPAY SPECIALS" this weekend


In 2012, despite low approval ratings for Congress – around 10% according to Gallup – a striking 90% of members were reelected. In fact, in the last 40 years, the House of Representatives reelection rate has never fallen below 85%.

In the last 40 years, only twice has the House's reelection rate fallen to its low point of 85% – during the 2010 election.

But according to a Pew Research survey released Tuesday, the traditional "hate Congress but love my congressman" is starting to turn.

Nearly 4-in-10 Americans (38%) told Pew that they do not want their own representative reelected, the highest that number has been in 20 years. After the midterms in 2006 and 2010, the number was 25% and 29% respectively.

Before the 2010 midterms – when the House reelection rate hit its 85% low – 34% of Americans said they would not support their member's reelection bid.

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  1. Sniffit

    GOP/Teatrolls on how to produce "jobs, jobs, jobs":

    Throw a tantrum over the ACA and deliberately shut down the gov't while threatening to default on the nation's debts, costing the country $24B and slowing economic growth by 0.6%, causing S&P to revise projected 4th quarter economic growth downward from 3% to 2%.


    October 16, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    The GOP/Teatrolls now own yet another contribution to slowing down economic recovery. When is CNN and the rest of the MSM going to get honest enough to point it out? They did this DELIBERATELY. There is but one conclusion to draw: they see further economic damage and slowing the recovery as advantages and boons to their own ambitions and agendas. As far as they are concerned, your suffering is to their benefit.

    October 16, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Teatroll favorability falls to new low in most recent Pew poll. It's hard to decide whether to celebrate it or not. On the one hand, getting rid of them is a must. Their radicalized, extremist nihilists who really haven't the slightest clue what they're talking about most of the time and they've done nothing but damage everything they've touched. On the other hand, having them beat up on the more moderate-ish GOPers in the primaries and even win the nomination from them in a few instances is likely to result in more Dem/liberal wins in 2014 and will help the Dems attempt to take back the House. Well, at least if their unpopularity results in less viable challenges, the remaining GOPers might start feeling safer about attacks from the RWNJs they enabled, such that they can start behaving a little more sane themselves.

    October 16, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Betcha my left giblet that the House GOP/Teatrolls pivot to demanding and holding hearings about the ACA and try to send out Subpoenas to cook up a "cover up" narrative etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. we've seen this movie before etc. etc.

    Is it time for "benghazi" to be used as a verb? Next up: the GOP/Teatrolls benghazi the ACA's exchange website launch.

    October 16, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  5. Data Driven

    Hey Sniffit, if you can stomach it, check out Red State. Boehner, McConnell, everyone else EXCEPT Ted Cruz: all traitors. Your point here: "On the other hand, having them beat up on the more moderate-ish GOPers in the primaries and even win the nomination from them in a few instances is likely to result in more Dem/liberal wins in 2014 and will help the Dems attempt to take back the House" - hasn't even crossed their minds, and you get banned as a troll for daring to suggest such a thing. (Their mods are busy tonight.)

    But their "untouchable" districts will distill down to even more pure rebellion and nihilism. This fight will get even uglier, I'm afraid.

    October 16, 2013 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire Please do not speak evil about Senator Cruz. Do not say you wish Sen.
    Cruz would stay out of saying anything about the debt ceiling. I am so proud of Senator Cruz. We do not have many Senators that are courageous enough to stand up for what they believe in and support what we the American people have been asking for. Do not say you hope Senator Cruz does not do anything to hinder the debt vote.

    October 16, 2013 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |