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With tears in his eyes as he recounted his rise from humble beginnings to the presumed Speaker of the House, House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) addresses the Republican National Congressional Committee's midterm election results watch party at the Grand Hyatt hotel November 2, 2010 in Washington, DC.
With tears in his eyes as he recounted his rise from humble beginnings to the presumed Speaker of the House, House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) addresses the Republican National Congressional Committee's midterm election results watch party at the Grand Hyatt hotel November 2, 2010 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
What Just Happened....
The predictions came true — Republicans won the House of Representatives last night with a wave of support from the Tea Party. Democrats hold onto the Senate, though with a slimmer majority. The shift in the balance of power can be traced to frustrations with President Obama, a dismal economy and a populist movement against new government spending and programs. We know what happened yesterday, today we focus on why, and how. Pollsters Alex Vogel and Anna Greenberg break down what just happened in a special marathon edition of the Political Junkie. Political editor Ken Rudin and host Neal Conan will speak with Rep. Bob Inglis, who was ousted in his Republican primary, and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Democrat who survived the wave.
...And What's Next?
Change has come again to Washington. Republicans regained control of the House. The Tea Party won a number of seats in Congress, and the GOP must sort out how these new party guests will fit in. President Obama must figure out how to work with the new congressional leadership. The economy is priority number one. And battles loom on tax cuts, healthcare and the deficit. Neal Conan and political junkie Ken Rudin will examine what the results of this election mean for Congress, the parties and the American people. Syndicated columnist Linda Chavez and political analyst Keli Goff will weigh in. Republican Congressmen Jeff Flake of Arizona and David Dreier of California will also join us.
Hints of 2012
The 2010 election is history and already the focus is shifting to what it means for the 2012 presidential race. The buzz so far has been about Sarah Palin's potential run. But Karl Rove recently questioned whether she is qualified. Other members of the GOP are lining up to take on President Obama in his bid for reelection, and after Tuesday's results, some Democrats may be as well. Republican strategist Kevin Madden and democratic pollster Margie Omero will join Neal Conan and political junkie Ken Rudin to examine the lay of the land as we head into the final 730 days of the 2012 campaign.