SCARBOROUGH: “Kasie I talked before about how Democratic senators had little use for Barack Obama his first several years and, boy, they just loved complaining off the record about Barack Obama. He didn’t understand Washington, he didn’t understand Congress, and he didn’t understand how — that’s nothing compared to the vitriol that you hear from Republicans, and not just senators and House members but also behind the scenes, governors. There are some people who are Donald Trump’s closest allies that privately are praying that he leaves office so they can get back to their work, build their political careers, and not have to answer for the insane things that he says every day. But, Kasie, I think — okay, this is all fascinating. Obviously, we’re all focusing on who’s going to be the next President of the United States and for good reason. But I have to put a sidebar in here because after the dust settles, if Joe Biden ends up winning the presidency, then I think a lot of people are going to turn to what happened to the Democratic Party.”
HUNT: “Yeah.”
SCARBOROUGH: “There is no way to put this other than to say this election was — Joe Biden winning looks like a one-off. This election for the most part was an absolute repudiation of the Democratic Party as a brand. Their brand doesn’t work across most of America. It just doesn’t. They got routed in Senate races they should have won. I mean, if you don’t believe me, just look back at all of the predictions. Are Democrats going to win 9, 10, 11 Senate seats? The House results are perhaps even more shocking. Nobody thought that this was going to be close. The weekend before the election, Republican pollsters were talking about hemorrhaging support in suburbs and couldn’t believe the numbers, they said, ‘We’re going to get destroyed.’ Well, it ended up they couldn’t believe the numbers for a good reason. The numbers were wrong. And Kasie, this is going to have a profound impact over the next ten years. The state legislatures that Democrats thought they were going to gain, the state legislatures that Democrats lost, all of this is going to have a consequential impact on redistricting and the shape of the map over the next ten years. Talk about the incredible conference call where Abigail Spanberger — you know, I’m sorry, I’m a former Republican so I guess my opinion doesn’t matter. She told it like it was. Stop talking about socialism. Stop talking about defunding the police. It doesn’t work. And of course, leaders of the Democratic Party have actually come on this show and said of course they don’t support the defunding of the police. But she was very angry, believed that what’s happened to the Democratic Party’s brand has been shattered and they need to fight back. This is what she said: ‘We need to not ever use the word socialist or socialism again. We lost good members because of that,’ she said heatedly. ‘If we are classifying Tuesday as a success, we will get blanking torn apart in 2022, and I have already…’ You know, when I was talking to the smartest, smartest data people alive that basically told me that the numbers were a mirage in Florida and across the upper Midwest, those same people say that the Republicans are going to have a huge year in 2022. Just looking at this data, looking at our exit polls, if they don’t correct course, if the Democrats don’t correct course, Kasie. And I know there’s growing frustration on the Hill.”



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