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By Mark Finkelstein | November 3, 2014 | 5:45 AM EST

C'mon man! That's no way for a plucky VP like you to talk just two days before the elections!  As a loyal member of the DNC email list, last night I received a message from Joe Biden that sounded decidedly down in the mouth; frankly fatalistic.

Here's how Good Ol' Joe opened [emphasis added]: "No matter what happens on Tuesday, I'm proud of you, Mark."  "No matter what happens?" Not exactly a bold prediction of victory! Particularly when it was followed by this: "You've helped to keep us in this campaign." Just kept us in it?  Don't you remember when Hillary threw her hat in the ring for 2008?  She boldly declared that she was "in to win!"  Now that's confidence!

By Tom Blumer | November 2, 2014 | 11:52 PM EST

Doug Schorpp at the Quad City Times had a really bad day yesterday. The sad thing is that he still probably doesn't even know it.

His report (HT Gateway Pundit) on Michelle Obama's visit to Moline, Illinois had two whoppers. One of them was spoken by Mrs. Obama, while the other error was completely unforced. They have been present at the paper's web site since Saturday at 6 p.m., humiliating everyone associated with that publication.

By Tom Johnson | November 2, 2014 | 9:10 PM EST

The Washington Monthly’s D.R. Tucker rages that ten years ago, “George W. Bush, in essence, knocked down the towers of democracy,” and that “the right-wing interests that supported the Bush-Cheney administration still have an iron grip on our politics and media entities.”

By Tim Graham | November 2, 2014 | 8:40 PM EST

In the October 13 edition of Time, they asked radical-left black professor Cornel West if he voted for Obama in 2012, and he said he couldn’t vote for a “war criminal.” NPR promoted this radical leftist on Saturday morning’s Weekend Edition, but in six minutes and 22 seconds, never mentioned the president or the 2014 elections.

This syrupy interview promoting West’s book Black Prophetic Fire ended with anchor Scott Simon utterly failing to notice (again) that the leftist Ferguson narrative of Evil Cop Shoots Gentle Giant is facing a serious clash with facts.

By Clay Waters | November 2, 2014 | 7:48 PM EST

The New York Times saw grim tidings for Democrats in the congressional elections, but over the weekend, one could spot the paper subtly separating President Barack Obama from the travails of his party. And one headline should make the Hall of Fame for wishful thinking on the part of the liberal media.

By Jeffrey Meyer | November 2, 2014 | 7:20 PM EST

On Sunday, both ABC and NBC did their best to play up a new United Nations report on climate change, proclaiming its findings to be “alarming.” On GMA, newsreader Ron Claiborne hyped how “scientists say that the Earth is locked now in a irreversible course of global warming due to the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.” 

By Jeffrey Meyer | November 2, 2014 | 2:25 PM EST

On Sunday, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) spoke with Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd to discuss the future of the Republican Party. Following the conclusion of the interview, the MTP panel eagerly criticized the Kentucky Republican for daring to call for a repeal of ObamaCare if the Republicans win control on the Senate. Andrea Mitchell, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, argued that repealing ObamaCare was “a waste of time, it contributes to gridlock…it’s so retro.” 

By P.J. Gladnick | November 2, 2014 | 1:27 PM EST

Politico seems to have the distinction of publishing the most awkwardly hilarious story headline title of this political campaign season: "Bill Clinton Plugs Kay Hagan in N.C.." If that did not put at least a smile on your face if not cause a belly laugh, it sure had that effect on a lot of people including readers of the Politico article as well as folks on Twitter. To make matters worse, or funnier, the story was accompanied with a photo of Clinton and Hagan with the latter wearing a blue dress.

By Jeffrey Meyer | November 2, 2014 | 1:17 PM EST

On Sunday, Face the Nation moderator Bob Schieffer followed in NBC host Chuck Todd’s footstepsby predictably dragging up the tired liberal line that money is destroying American politics. The CBS host complained that “the right to vote is our proudest possession, but the way it has become debased by money shames us all.”

By Jeffrey Meyer | November 2, 2014 | 12:13 PM EST

On Sunday’s This Week w/ George Stephanopoulos, the usually reliable Cokie Roberts had some surprisingly harsh words for Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) and his reelection campaign against Congressman Cory Gardner (R-CO). Speaking during a panel on the midterms, the NPR correspondent maintained that “Mark Udall has run a terrible campaign…Going after women on abortion and birth control and all of these things is pandering in a way that women start to just resent.”

By Brent Baker | November 2, 2014 | 11:03 AM EST

Responding on Fox News Sunday to a question from a Facebook user about the lack of a Republican agenda in this election, George Will zinged the media’s effort to undermine the expected GOP victories: “I think what Tim is echoing is the belief that this is a Seinfeld election, an election about nothing, which is what the media says every time there’s a danger that the Republicans are going to get a mandate. This is a way of preemptively denying a mandate.”

By Jeffrey Meyer | November 2, 2014 | 9:54 AM EST

On Friday, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd insisted that Tuesday’s midterm election seemed like a ‘hold-your-nose’ election and on Sunday’s Today, the NBC News Political Director threw even more cold water on the GOP’s chances of winning the Senate. Todd pointed out how he “ran into a bunch of voters that said I'm tired of the hold-your-nose vote. Forget it. I’m going to vote none of the above. I’m going to vote for one of these third party candidates.”  

By Tim Graham | November 2, 2014 | 9:13 AM EST

The Charlotte Observer seems to be suffering from a vanishing-Kay-Hagan-scandal problem today. Republicans seized on a new story (cached here) on how Senator Hagan's husband benefited from the "stimulus" program. But the link went into "Page Not Found."

Local TV station WBTV was reporting that the Hagan family self-dealing is under "further legal review." That's not a great story for the weekend before the election. Is that why its link broke? It reported this:

By Tom Johnson | November 1, 2014 | 8:51 PM EDT

The American Prospect’s Paul Waldman argues that grand-scale “lies and fear-mongering” about the ACA has further lowered the popularity of universal health coverage.

By Brent Baker | November 1, 2014 | 8:50 PM EDT

Asked by John Heilemann who he thinks “would be a better Democratic nominee” in 2016, Hillary Clinton or MSNBC host Ed Schultz, Vermont’s socialist Senator Bernie Sanders avoided a direct answer but made clear his affection for Schultz: “I think Ed does a great job. I think Ed is one of the heroes of the media. I think he speaks to the needs of the working class people.”