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| Saturday, November 8, 2014 9:00 p.m.

“President Obama is a man who does not respond well to criticism. He can’t even fake it. … Obama is seething with anger in response to the repudiation he and his policies received in the midterm elections. It comes through loud and clear in the press conference he held to address the results … . It understates matters considerably to say that Obama was not inclined to construe the results as a reflection on him and his policies.”

— Steven Hayward, writing for the Power Line blog.

“(Republican) Larry Hogan’s stunning election as Maryland governor … derailed any hope outgoing governor Martin O’Malley had of becoming the Democrats’ second-string 2016 presidential hope.”

— Tim Cavanaugh, writing for National Review Online’s The Corner.

“Absolutely, I give everyone full permission to eat some fried chicken after they vote. Only after, if you haven’t voted. … I do talk about health. But I think that a good victory for Democrats on Tuesday, you know, should be rewarded with some fried chicken.”

— First lady Michelle Obama, on TV One’s “News One Daily,” speaking with host Roland Martin.

“The Framers included an amendment process in the Constitution so our nation could adjust the system to meet the demands of a changing world. Surely they would not be pleased with the dysfunction, partisan acrimony and public dissatisfaction that plague modern politics. Eliminating the midterm elections would be one small step to fixing our broken system.”

— David Schanzer, a professor of public policy at Duke University, and Duke student Jay Sullivan, writing in The New York Times. (Editor’s note: Much the same “dysfunction, partisan acrimony and public dissatisfaction” existed from this nation’s earliest days.)

“It would not be a stretch to say that the United States is actually a greater threat to peace and stability in the region than ISIS — not least because U.S. policies in Iraq, Libya and Syria have largely paved the way for ISIS’s emergence as a major regional actor.”

— University of Arizona instructor Musa al-Gharbi, in an October online column at TruthOut.

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