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When you stop and think about it, it's not really surprising that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are having so much trouble coming to terms with their recent loss(es).

After all, it's been four years since John McCain got his ass kicked by President Obama, and he's still bitter about it; to say nothing of his former running mate.

However, this time is different.

In the wake of McCain's defeat, teabaggers (née Republicans) dedicated themselves to a single goal—"taking their country back" (even if they had to kill a few hostages in the process); and the mid-term elections showed some signs of success.

But now, having failed to achieve their goal, many of these same über-patriots are petitioning to secede from the country they claim to love so very much.

This is great news for Chuck Norris, who now stands one step closer to becoming the president of Texas.

Morning lineup:

Meet the Press: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC); Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA); Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); CEO of Honeywell David Cote; Roundtable: Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), Tom Friedman (New York Times), Former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, GOP Strategist Mike Murphy and Andrea Mitchell (NBC News).

Face the Nation: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL); Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME); Roundtable: Author Tom Ricks, David Igantius (Washington Post), Margaret Brennan (CBS News) and Bob Orr (CBS News).

This Week: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA); Rep. Peter King (R-NY); Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI); Roundtable: George Will (Washington Post), Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA), Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile and Jonathan Karl (ABC News).

Fox News Sunday: en. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA); Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT); Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R); Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R); Roundtable: Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard), Bob Woodward (Washington Post), Kimberly Strassel (Wall Street Journal) and Charles Lane (Washington Post).

State of the Union: Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD); Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO); Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL); Rep. (R-GA); Former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez; Jackie Calmes (New York Times); Gerald Seib (Wall Street Journal); Barbara Starr (CNN); Reliable Sources: Harvard University Prof. Tara McKelvey; Rajiv Chandrasekaran; Amy Holmes (The Blaze); Terry Smith (Formerly of PBS); Margaret Carlson (Bloomberg News); Marty Baron (Washington Post).

The Chris Matthews Show: Sam Donaldson (ABC News); Jodi Kantor (New York Times); Katty Kay (BBC); Dan Rather (HDNet).

Fareed Zakaria GPS: Chairman of Microsoft Bill Gates; Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill; Former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin.

Up with Chris Hayes: Author Tom Ricks; David Frum (Daily Beast/Newsweek); Spencer Ackerman (Wired); Heath McGhee (Demos); Tara McElvey (Daily Beast/Newsweek); Julian Sanchez (Cato Institute); Yousef Munayyer (Jerusalem Fund & the Palestine Center); Noura Erakat (Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Refugee & Residency Rights); Warehouse Workers United Member Raymond Castillo; Walmart Retail Worker Greg Fletcher.

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: a report on the three-year investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement into the largest drug trafficking cartel ever seen (preview); a report on studies being done at Yale University which suggest that morality may be innate (preview); and, a report on colleges' reliance on large-scale football programs to raise revenue and attract more students (preview).

On Comedy Central...

Jon Stewart weighed in on the Petraeus scandal, and apologized for failing to pick up on the innuendo when he interviewed Paula Broadwell earlier this year.

And Stephen Colbert learned how to secret away his Super PAC's remaining money.

Note: The Daily Show and The Colbert Report will be airing reruns this week.


Maine's outgoing GOP Chairman, Charlie Webster — who was astounded by the "dozens of black people" who came in and voted on Election Day — pushed back against claims that he's racist.

"There's nothing about me that would be discriminatory. I know black people. I play basketball every Sunday with a black guy. He's a great friend of mine. Nobody would ever accuse me of suggesting anything .... What I do suggest is that same-day voter registration without voter ID is pretty hard to police, and it's odd that hundreds of people in a small town would show up."

Meanwhile, in other news of discrimination...

Rick Santorum's offer to donate his senatorial papers to his alma mater was rejected.

Pennsylvania State University has reportedly rejected a donation from former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, who tells National Review Online that he tried to donate his papers to the university, but the powers-that-be in Happy Valley turned them down.

"I don't know where they are now," Santorum tells NRO. "Off in a warehouse or something. They didn't want 'em."

Penn State officials have not responded to a request for comment, but the university's library lists "papers of alumni" as one of its major collecting areas.

And, speaking of "snobs"...

The Daily Caller is up in arms about some exclusive new videos.

So much for being an average American citizen. The perks of having the last name "Obama" don't stop at living luxuriously in the White House or flying around on Air Force One.

In fact, the perks extend to something far more exclusive and unattainable for your everyday American: The Obamas get to watch the third season of "Downton Abbey" before the rest of the country does.

Michelle Obama is so enamored with the series that she just couldn'€™t wait until it airs in the U.S. in January and "begged" british TV channel ITV to get the third season's episodes early, UK's The Telegraph reports. Ask and ye shall receive — if you're the first lady.

It's better to receive than to give.

- Trix

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