It’s Thursday Threatcon, your intelligence briefing on right wing activity. We are suspending our regular summary of the best reports, investigations, exposées, and debunkery of the wingnutosphere this week to discuss the full impact of this week’s elections and the aftermath. Due to the Republican midterm wave, our Threatcon Color-Code is BLOODBATH RED

  • Major Garrett asked great questions and Obama gave great answers at yesterday’s presser, which is why the right wing blogs are screaming about it so shrilly today
  • Since 2013, I have made myself unpopular among progressives by opposing the tide of Glenn Greenwald and Julian Assange fandom. Now that we’ve seen how the NSA issue works out electorally, it will be interesting to see how much hard-won civil liberties ground the professional civil liberties crowd is prepared to continue losing on reproductive and voting rights while they lose their minds over metadata and whatever rumors Eddie Snowden heard while he was maintaining servers at Booz Allen Hamilton. “Netroots” issues such as net neutrality, privacy, and access will all be under attack by this Congress
  • Forget what Mitch McConnell says and expect the words “fiscal cliff” and “government shutdown” to reappear during a stormy Spring
  • The Republican Senate will court impeachment at the first opportunity, and those demands from the culture war base will probably peak over his Israel policy
  • I agree with Marcy Wheeler: the president’s AUMF statements suggest he will ask for a narrow authorization against ISIS, but the GOP Congress will want a broad authorization for a potential President Rand Paul or Ted Cruz. This sinkhole of a nation-building prevention project reportedly costs the American taxpayer about $3,000,000,000 a year, but watch for the new ‘more isolationist’ Congress to agitate for more spending — and to let their inner apocalypse-monger slip out. The GOP will treat their oversight role as a permanent Benghazi investigation
  • The newly-Republican state legislatures will attack the same issues as other states did when they turned red after 2010: the threats of creeping Sharia, the Agenda 21-chupacabra, new abortion restrictions to satisfy the forced-birth lobby, and a new surge of ALEC-provided attacks on energy and environment issues
  • The GOP will likely try to nix the District of Columbia’s new marijuana law


  • John Boehner’s House majority may exceed 250 seats
  • New state-level attacks on marriage equality and sexual freedom will be framed as “religious freedom”
  • Democrats need to stop pretending that they can win as individuals without an organized agenda. This was yet another midterm debacle in which the party failed to rally around a common set of ideas. For instance, minimum wage issues won everywhere they were on the ballot, but Democrats didn’t benefit because they hadn’t connected
  • Pursuant to the previous point: Democrats prevailed on Obama to wait until after the election to issue executive orders on immigration. Now we see how that worked out for them
  • Kansas voters put their stamp of approval on the Koch brothers’ program of imploding budgets and voter disenfranchisement. Alabama put an unqualified gadfly in the State Auditor’s office because of the ‘R’ next to his name. Scott Walker became a front-runner for the GOP 2016 nomination by winning the voters’ seal of approval on his anti-union agenda. What do these states have in common? They elect their state leaders in midterm years when it is very hard for a president’s party to win anything
  • This election was won on an unprecedented tide of dark money and Republicans will do anything to prevent us all from making the link between the Koch cash and their legislative agenda
  • The Ebola hysteria on the right dispels the notion that Republicans are more libertarian than they used to be
  • The single most dangerous potential effect of the 2014 wave is that extremists gain mainstream acceptability
  • I don’t care if you’re an atheist, if you’re pushing Islamophobia then you might as well just hold hands with Pamela Geller and come give Alabama a big, wet kiss for the ridiculous ‘anti-Sharia’ measure that voters passed last night
  • Remember when it seemed like Democrats had derailed the Republicans’ “permanent majority”? That was so 2006
  • Note to my enviro friends: Alabama will be the next target for tar sands development, and the state’s best advocate for regulation of such projects has apparently lost by five dozen votes