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Hotline Sort: Jindal's Neutrality Pledge

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November 20, 2012

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. West concedes to Murphy, Jindal won't endorse in the Boustany-Landy runoff, Capuano could run in another Massachusetts Senate special election, and Chris Christie is still getting heat from the GOP base.

8) Happy Thanksgiving week! The Daily Caller is celebrating today with a slideshow of turkeys that look like Sen. Chuck Grassley.

7) RNC spokesperson Sean Spicer and DNC spokesperson Brad Woodhouse made a Twitter bet back on the morning of Election Day that the loser would let the winner shave his head on television. But they decided they'd both shave their heads instead, to benefit St. Baldrick's Foundation, a charity that raises money for cancer research.

6) There's still one House election still ahead this year, in Louisiana's Third District, where GOP Reps. Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry are scheduled to face off in a December 8 runoff.

A spokesperson for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said the Republican won't endorse a candidate in the contest, as he has "great respect" for both of them.

5) The New York Times takes a look at the GOP backlash to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's embrace of President Obama in the wake of Hurricane Sandy -- and Christie's reaction to it. From the story:

But behind the scenes, the intensity of the reaction from those in Mr. Christie’s party caught him by surprise, interviews show, requiring a rising Republican star to try to contain a tempest that left him feeling deeply misunderstood and wounded.

4) The Washington Post delves into the brewing internal fight in the GOP -- between conservatives and more moderate Republicans -- post-Mitt Romney loss. The Post:

Evangelical leaders and conservative activists have a simple message for establishment Republicans about Mitt Romney’s failed presidential bid: We told you so.

After nearly two weeks of listening to GOP officials pledge to assert greater control over the party and its most strident voices in the wake of Romney’s loss, grass-roots activists have begun to fight back, saying that they are not to blame for the party’s losses in November.


The conservative backlash sets up an internal fight for the direction of the Republican Party, as many top leaders in Washington have proposed moderating their views on citizenship for illegal immigrants, to appeal to Latino voters. In addition, many top GOP officials have called for softening the party’s rhetoric on social issues, following the embarrassing showing by Senate candidates who were routed after publicly musing about denying abortion services to women who had been raped.

3) Retiring Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., reiterates that he wouldn't be interested in a potential Senate run should Democratic Sen. John Kerry be nominated to a Cabinet position. “If I wanted to stay in Congress, why wouldn’t I prefer being a senior member of the House rather than the most junior member of the Senate?” he asked the Boston Globe. He also said he was "emotionally tired" after his long political career.

2) But Rep. Michael Capuano, D-Mass., on the other hand, says he would consider a run in that circumstance. It's not surprising that he'd mull a campaign: Capuano ran in the previous special election in 2009, losing the Democratic primary to Attorney General Martha Coakley. In a special election, anyone in the Massachusetts delegation could run without having to give up their House seat.

1) Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., is conceding the race in Florida's 18th District to his Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy three weeks after the election, after a recount of ballots failed to show him making the necessary gains to close the gap.

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