POLITICS
11/05/2014 05:16 pm ET Updated Nov 05, 2014

HUFFPOST HILL - 'Shellacking' D.C.'s Hottest New Weed Strain

Liberals' response to massive Democratic losses echoed John Adams' famous saying about electoral defeat, "UGH i can't believe u, colorado voters, i'm staying off Facebook for the next week." The GOP's landslide has had an unexpected side benefit of making your aunt forget she thought she caught Ebola from a motion-activated hand dryer. And Angus King announced that he will continue to caucus with the Democrats. That might help explain why Harry Reid introduced that "Fine, How Much Do You Want For Your Goddamned Maine Lighthouse Museum, Anyway?" Act this morning. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Wednesday, November 5th, 2014:

Happy Wednesday! @badler: "Last night, six different Big Bang Theory re-runs beat CNN's best hour in the key 18-49 ratings demo." [Link]

PRESIDENT OBAMA HEARS YOU - And not just because the government is spying on you. Paige Lavender: "President Barack Obama spoke about the midterm elections Wednesday, telling every American -- including those who didn't vote -- 'I hear you.' 'The American people sent a message, one that they've sent for several elections now. They expect the people they elect to work as hard as they do,' Obama said. 'They expect us to focus on their ambitions, not ours. They want us to get the job done.' Obama outlined several goals he has for the immediate future, noting he's going to engage Congress on a new resolution to use military force against the Islamic State, a militant group formerly known as ISIS or ISIL. Obama also said he's submitted a request to Congress for funds to help implement a strategy to contain and end the Ebola outbreak, and that he wants to work with Congress to pass a budget for the rest of the fiscal year." [HuffPost]

Obama also said, "I'm having a great time," just to give you a sense of how great he's feeling.

WHISKEY SUMMIT ALERT - Igor Bobic: "President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he would enjoy sitting down with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and some of Kentucky's finest export. 'You know, actually, I would enjoy having some Kentucky bourbon with Mitch McConnell,' he told reporters in a White House press conference, when asked about his reluctance to spend more time with congressional leaders. 'He has always been very straightforward with me. To his credit, he has never made a promise he couldn’t deliver,' Obama added of the Kentucky Republican, who will likely be elected the new majority leader of the U.S. Senate." [HuffPost]

KING WILL CAUCUS WITH DEMOCRATS - Alexander Bolton: "Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine announced Wednesday that he will continue to caucus with Senate Democrats despite flirting in recent months with a switch to the GOP conference. 'I have decided to remain in the Democratic caucus,' King announced at a press conference in Brunswick, Maine. He emphasized that 'my independence has always been respected' in the Democratic caucus. He argued that 'it’s in Maine’s interest' to have a senator in each Senate caucus so that the state can be represented across the partisan divide. As recently as last month, King floated the possibility of joining Republicans if they offered him a committee chairmanship." [The Hill]

DAILY DELANEY DOWNER - Elections have consequences, sick people dying edition. Jeffrey Young reports: "The Republican wave at the polls Tuesday didn't just give the GOP more power to obstruct Obamacare in Congress and block Medicaid expansion in more than 20 states. It also could jeopardize health benefits already extended to Americans living near the poverty level. Republican governors will replace Democrats in four states -- Arkansas, Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts -- that have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. And the Republican succeeding Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) is dubious about that state's expansion." [HuffPost]

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VOTERS SEND OBAMA STRONG MESSAGE BY FULFILLING ONE OF HIS MAJOR GOALS - Kentucky's Obamaphone referendum is still too close to call. Dave Jamieson: "Voters in four red states approved ballot initiatives to raise their state minimum wages on Tuesday, sending another message to Washington that Americans support a higher wage floor. Binding minimum wage referendums were on the ballot in Arkansas, Nebraska, Alaska and South Dakota on Tuesday, with polls suggesting ahead of election day that all would pass. Arkansas voters approved their initiative by a 65-to-35 margin, according to early returns. The measure will increase the minimum wage incrementally to $8.50 per hour by 2017. Nebraska voters, meanwhile, approved their initiative, which will raise the minimum wage to $9 by 2016, by a 62-to-38 margin." [HuffPost]

DEMOCRATS CAN FORGET ABOUT THEIR LOSSES BY GETTING HIGH - Matt Ferner: "Alaska legalized recreational marijuana for adult use on Tuesday, becoming the fourth state in the nation to do so. The state joined Oregon and Washington, D.C., both of which also voted Tuesday to legalize the drug for recreational use. Colorado and Washington state legalized recreational cannabis use in 2012...Though Alaska was not the only place to weigh the issue on Tuesday, the fate of the measure in that state seemed the most uncertain. Two polls released on the same day last month appeared to reach near-opposite conclusions about the sentiments of Alaska voters, with one poll finding 53 percent opposing legalization and the other finding 57 percent supporting it." [HuffPost]


The weed will help, buddy

MITCH MCCONNELL'S VICTORY PARTY EXACTLY WHAT YOU'D EXPECT - From HuffPost Hill's rundown: "It was a decidedly understated bunch. Men in blazers with prep school haircuts had been mingling with demure women sporting bleach-blond helmet hairdos. Many of their children -- themselves seemingly straight out of a Crewcuts catalog -- noshed on complimentary bags of popcorn. There were flashes of eclecticism, like the two young men toting a sign reading 'COME AT ME BRO' featuring a picture of McConnell holding out his arms. Otherwise, the room felt less like a raucous, eardrum-shattering political celebration and more like history's rowdiest Presbyterian church mixer...Up on the stage, a slew of speakers delivered boilerplate speeches praising McConnell and thanking campaign workers. McConnell's Kentucky colleague in the Senate, Republican Rand Paul, delivered the most brilliantly literal line of the entire 2014 election season: 'Thank you, Kentucky! We couldn't have done it without you!'" [HuffPost]

MANCHIN: MIDTERMS A TOTAL BUTT ASSAULT - WaPo: "Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W. Va.) did not mince words on Wednesday when asked to describe the historic losses by congressional Democrats. 'This is a real a---whooping,' he said. Manchin is a moderate first-term senator who has been openly flirting with going home to run again for West Virginia governor in 2016 instead of running for reelection. In a brief interview with The Washington Post, he unloaded on his party's leader, saying he's deeply frustrated with President Obama and Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) for his stewardship of the Senate in recent years. He openly suggested he might not support Reid to serve as Democratic leader again next year. 'Harry let us vote, let’s do something. It’s easier for me to go home and explain what I voted for and against than to explain why I don’t vote at all,' Manchin said." [WaPo]

Techno libertarians for the win! : "Local ballot measures in California to create the nation’s first taxes on sugary drinks saw both victory and defeat Tuesday when a bill won in Berkeley and lost in neighboring San Francisco, The San Francisco Chronicle source reported. San Francisco’s Proposition E proposed placing a 2-cents-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, defined as drinks containing added sugar and 25 calories or more per 12 ounces." [HuffPost's Lydia O'Connor]

BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - Here's an emotionally needy sheep.

18-YEAR-OLD IS MORE ACCOMPLISHED THAN YOU - This makes our most recent life goal -- remembering not to let wet clothes linger in the wash -- seem wholly inadequate. WSJ: "A West Virginia University freshman who did most of her campaigning out of her dorm room became the youngest state lawmaker in the nation Tuesday. Republican Saira Blair, a fiscally conservative 18-year-old, will represent a small district in West Virginia’s eastern panhandle, about 1½ hours outside Washington, D.C., after defeating her Democratic opponent 63% to 30%, according to the Associated Press. A third candidate got 7% of the vote...Ms. Blair campaigned on a pledge to work to reduce certain taxes on businesses, and she also holds antiabortion and pro-gun positions. She defeated Democrat Layne Diehl,a 44-year-old Martinsburg attorney, whose top priorities included improving secondary education and solving the state’s drug epidemic." [WSJ]

COMFORT FOOD

- Wash your car in the most extreme way possible.

- Fifteen animals who want to be dogs.

- Gorgeous slow-motion video of metal shavings.

- Take that, American-made cars: behold the greatest energy-wasting machine.

TWITTERAMA

@murshedz: Great News! (FINALLY) RT @ttagaris: Conspicuously missing from my inbox today… an email from the DCCC.

@tomscocca: Credit where it's due, though: the left did a fantastic job this year making sure nobody got away with saying the wrong stuff on Twitter.

@pourmecoffee: Obama: I have heard you loud and clear, America. You want to smoke weed and not get Ebola. Today we begin that journey.

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