11/03/2010 06:29 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Howard Fineman: Democrats Were Privately Bracing For The Worst (VIDEO)

HuffPost Senior Politics Editor Howard Fineman appeared on MSNBC's "Hardball" Wednesday evening to discuss the results of Tuesday's midterm elections.

"Last Saturday, I talked to two really senior political consultants here in Washington, one a pollster of 30 years' standing, the other a media consultant of 30 years' standing, really solid people I've known for decades," Fineman told host Chris Matthews. "They both, independently of each other, said 70 seats ... that was a little high in terms of public statements, but privately I think a lot of people -- and they had to be the people inside the White House, including David Axelrod, who talked to those same people I was talking to -- had to be braced for the worst."