On Thursday's NBC Today, White House correspondent Chris Jansing blamed Republicans for upsetting the supposed conciliatory mood in Washington following Tuesday's GOP midterm wave: "Well, what looked to be at least a temporary truce between President Obama and Congress lasted less than 24 hours. Republican leaders now say the focus of the new Congress will be to repeal the President's signature accomplishment, ObamaCare. That after the President struck an optimistic tone in his post-election press conference."
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?"
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.
Following the big Republican wave in Tuesday's midterm election, on Wednesday, Today co-host Matt Lauer immediately demanded that the new GOP-controlled Congress capitulate to President Obama: "Republicans have control of the House and Senate for the first time in eight years....In January, voters are gonna say,'What are you going to do with the power?' Opposing the President's policy is not a policy. Specifically, what can Republicans do with this power?"
Despite the Republicans dramatically retaking the Senate, increasing their majority in the House and upping the number of GOP governors, veteran NBC journalist Tom Brokaw insisted, "I don't think that this was a big, ideological election as much as it was 'we want to change the team.'"
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow could be a contender for most ridiculous spin of election night with this gem.
As MSNBC's election night coverage continued into the night, Tuesday, it began to get sloppy. While Tom Brokaw was discussing Mitch McConnell's win in Kentucky, a loud ringing began. "Could that be me," the 74-year-old wondered? "No, it's not," assured Rachel Maddow.
With the Kentucky Senate race called immediately for incumbent Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, the MSNBC crew immediately went about portraying Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes as an upstart who put up a valiant yet unsuccessful effort against a wiley survivor of tight election campaigns. Grimes's surely has a bright political future, they all agreed, with Hardball host Chris Matthews insisting that Rand Paul's Senate seat is hers for the taking in 2016, provided, of course, that Paul opts not to run for reelection as he instead pursues the presidency.
Appearing on MSNBC, Tuesday night, for election returns, anchor Andrea Mitchell angrily denounced Republican ads on Ebola as "scary" and "non-factual." Hardball host Chris Matthews lamented that ISIS terror attacks had dropped off as an election issue: "How did that cease to be an election issue?"
Waiting for election results on Tuesday, Chris Matthews blurted, "Can I sound a bit like a Marxist here?" The Hardball host, along with Al Sharpton and Rachel Maddow, was comparing 2014 to previous midterms.
It may be a bad night if even MSNBC hosts can't spin the results. Chris Matthews on Tuesday afternoon talked to Joy Reid and noted that they were both "progressives." Wondering for liberals everywhere, he asked, "What do you think is the good news that might come tonight for people that want to have good news tonight?"
CNN's Carol Costello hyped how "Republicans have managed to use fear so successfully in these midterm elections" during interviews of two former governors on Tuesday's CNN Newsroom. Costello contended that "Republicans may be on the verge of winning Senate control – thanks, in large part, to a campaign of fear. If you examine the political ads that many Republican candidates have put out, they don't extol ideas – but Democrats say they do exploit fear."