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By Mark Finkelstein | November 6, 2014 | 9:30 AM EST

If Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina isn't already on 2016 GOP VP shortlists, perhaps he should be.  His appearance on today's Morning Joe could hardly have been a more impressive audition.

When Scott expressed his concern for kids growing up in poverty, MSNBC's Thomas Roberts equated such concern with supporting a laundry list of liberal agenda items, implictly faulting Scott for his opposition to them. Scott responded by taking Roberts to school in an utterly undefensive manner. He reminded Roberts that 40 years of Dem congressional rule and a bigger-than-ever government, actually led to a significant increase in black poverty.  Individual freedom, economic opportunity and education--not more government programs--are the keys to progress, explained Scott. 

By Clay Waters | November 6, 2014 | 9:15 AM EST

The New York Times greeted the GOP takeover of the Senate with a mix of honest and sour reporting, emphasizing "angry" voters while downplaying the ideological significance of an "expensive" campaign "stumbling" to a close, while insisting that the Democrats succeeded in hanging on to their voting base and warning Republicans "about reading too much into their victories."

By Ken Shepherd | November 5, 2014 | 11:46 PM EST

President Obama’s problem is that he’s surrounded by sycophants who tell him what he wants to hear, not what he needs to hear.

That was the post-election analysis of none other than… Chris Matthews?! 

By Curtis Houck | November 5, 2014 | 11:38 PM EST

During MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes on Wednesday night, the show’s panel fretted over the droves of Democrats that ran campaigns against President Barack Obama in the midterm elections (instead of embracing him) and that led The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel to wonder if such a tactic affected turnout among certain demographics due to “the dissing of a President.” 

Vanden Heuvel first brought up an article where Democratic leadership in Congress sought the President’s help on something (she said it was legislation; the New York Times story she referred to cited ambassadorship approvals) only to be refused any help to show as an example of how many in the Democratic Party have been harboring “a lot of resentment” toward Obama. 

By Tom Blumer | November 5, 2014 | 11:33 PM EST

Participation in youth football is down. As economic ignoramus David Leonhardt of the New York Times explained yesterday at the paper's "The Upshot" blog, this is particularly pronounced in "the highly educated Democratic-leaning areas of major metropolitan areas."

Yesterday, as he was interviewing Leonhardt about his post on NPR's "The Takeaway" program, John Hockenberry asked, "Are you suggesting that Republicans are pro-concussion?" Audio follows the jump:

By Brent Baker | November 5, 2014 | 7:36 PM EST

The latest in the annals of hyperventilating, far-left, excessive environmental panic turned into personal demonization. When results came in Tuesday night which put Republicans into the majority in the Senate, “Americans had turned their backs on the planet,” Dan Kennedy claimed in a Wednesday post on the WGBH News site.

By Tim Graham | November 5, 2014 | 3:07 PM EST

In honor of the late Noel Sheppard, we couldn't enjoy a Republican wave election without collecting some bitter celebrity tweets. It was fairly quiet on the celebrity-Twitter front. Some optimistic types -- John Legend, Russell Simmons, Kerry Washington -- celebrated the passage of California's Proposition 47, which will "reduce sentences in California for a handful of petty crimes — drug possession and some types of theft, such as shoplifting."

Bette Midler wins for the most sulky tweet, and the rest are amusing as well:

By Matthew Johnson | November 5, 2014 | 1:58 PM EST

Actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio continued to use his celebrity and skills in film to promote climate change alarmism with a recent series of shorts. His view that fossil fuels were the driver and mankind was responsible for climate change was as obvious as it was predictable.

By Tom Johnson | November 5, 2014 | 1:38 PM EST

"So yes, we got spanked," wrote Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas. He bitterly claimed that many Latinos and Asians sat out the elections to punish Obama for wimping out on an executive order forcing immigration reform.

By Joseph Rossell | November 5, 2014 | 12:47 PM EST

Add climate alarmists to the list of liberals freaked out by the 2014 midterm election results. If you believe the far-left eco-blog Grist, “the worst is yet to come” for “environmental policy.”

Former editor Ben Adler warned readers not to mistake conservatives for “rational human beings or patriotic Americans.” Adler said that because conservatives gained control of the U.S. Senate on November 4, they are going to take the economy “hostage” and destroy the planet.

By Katie Yoder | November 5, 2014 | 12:34 PM EST

Brangelina is celebrating marriage, and in a new move, the media are, too. 

Angelina Jolie graces the December 2014 cover of Vanity Fair, available Nov. 6. In the new issue, the actress admitted marriage “feels nice” and “different” with husband Brad Pitt. While the media initially condemned her wedding for not waiting until gay marriage legalization, as the two had publicly pledged, Vanity Fair celebrated Jolie’s “positive” testament to marriage. 

By Kyle Drennen | November 5, 2014 | 12:28 PM EST

On Wednesday's CBS This Morning, co-host Norah O'Donnell fretted that the newly elected Republican Congress would dare to pass legislation: "If you look at a number of these new senators, they're quite conservative. Why wouldn't they go along with what Rand Paul has said? They're gonna send bills up to the President, as he told Charlie Rose last night, 'We're going to keep sending bills up to the President and we'll see whether the President wants to work with us or not.' Is the President going to be forced to veto a bunch of bills?"

By Matthew Balan | November 5, 2014 | 12:12 PM EST

MSNBC and CNN zeroed in on the supposed radical right-wing views of Senator-elect Joni Ernst during their live election night coverage. Just after 2 am Eastern on Wednesday, MSNBC's Luke Russert played up how Ernst was "able to have these rather extreme Tea Party views; and then, moderate them closer to the election." Just over two hours earlier, CNN's Dana Bash gave the Iowa Republican a similar label, and predicted she might serve just one term.

By Jack Coleman | November 5, 2014 | 12:10 PM EST

After Ronald Reagan's seismic victory over Jimmy Carter in 1980, jubilant conservatives declared that the New Deal was finally done, five decades after its architect, uber-Dem Franklin Roosevelt, was elected to the first of four terms. After his solid victories in 2008 and 2012, Barack Obama was hailed by liberals as the irresistible force behind an emerging, permanent Democratic majority. Turns out those predictions were a tad premature, to the point that even Huffington Post political analyst -- on MSNBC, no less -- announced last night that "the Obama era is over."

By Jeffrey Meyer | November 5, 2014 | 11:52 AM EST

Tom Brokaw, former anchor of NBC Nightly News, had a busy midterm election night as he appeared on both NBC and PBS’s midterm coverage programming. During Brokaw’s appearances on the two networks, the former Nightly News anchor repeatedly minimized the significance of the GOP’s electoral victory. During his appearance on the PBS program Charlie Rose, Brokaw disgustingly claimed that talk radio hosts insist “Obama's voters are people who live in excrement. That was his phrase. And they expect us to lift them out of excrement.”