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Setback for Obama in a district he had easily carried in 2008; GOP also retains Nevada House seat

 

 

 

In a sharp rebuff to President Barack Obama, Republican Bob Turner won a special House election in New York Tuesday night, giving the GOP a district that Obama had carried with 55 percent in 2008 and which Democrats had held for years.

 

Meanwhile in another special House election on the other side of the country in Nevada, Republican Mark Amodei was headed for a landslide victory over Democrat Kate Marshall.

 

The Associated Press called the races for Turner and Amodei shortly after midnight Eastern time.

 

In the New York contest, Democratic state lawmaker David Weprin, chosen by local Democratic chieftains to hold the seat, got 47 percent of the vote to Turner’s 53 percent, with about 80 percent of the precincts counted.

 

Republicans exulting in victory


In a fund-raising e-mail Tuesday night, National Republican Congressional Committee chairman Rep. Pete Sessions told supporters, "The President was not on the ballot tonight, but his failed policies were an albatross for the Democrats who were. By defeating two hand-picked Democrat candidates, you sent Obama a loud and clear message."

 

He added, "If Republicans can win in deep blue New York City districts, with your support, they can win anywhere."

 

The New York seat had been represented by Democrat Anthony Weiner who resigned last June after sending sexually provocative messages to women he contacted online.

 

The district, once represented by now Sen. Chuck Schumer, D- N.Y., includes parts of New York City’s boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens.

 

Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by three to one in the district. But Weprin’s vote for legalizing same-sex marriages antagonized many voters, while Obama’s uneasy relations with the Israeli government caused disaffection among some Jewish Democrats.

 

The congressional district might be drawn out of existence by state legislators in the current round of redistricting. But even so the Democrats’ defeat casts doubt on Obama’s appeal to conservative Jewish and Catholic voters.

 

Although Obama is still likely to carry the state of New York in the 2012 elections, diminished margins among conservative Jewish and Catholic voters could pose problems for Obama in states such as Pennsylvania and Ohio, which he carried in 2008.

 

A message to Obama on Israel


Veteran Brooklyn state Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a conservative Democrat and an Orthodox Jew who backed Turner, said in recorded phone calls to voters, “President Obama needs to hear from us. He needs to get the message that Jewish Democrats have had it with how he’s treating Israel.”

 

In addition to Hikind’s support, Turner won endorsements from former New York mayors Ed Koch and Rudy Giuliani and from the editorial pages of the New York Daily News and New York Post.

 

Weprin was endorsed by the New York Times, partly because the paper said he “would push for higher taxes for the wealthy rather than cut programs that serve the working and middle classes.”

 

Story: Democrats fret aloud over Obama re-election chances


Schumer, former President Bill Clinton and Gov. Andrew Cuomo all did recorded robo-phone calls for Weprin.

 

In the last week before the election, outside Democratic groups had spent nearly $700,000 boosting Weprin, while Republican and conservative groups spent $53,000 to support Turner, a 13-to-1 Democratic advantage.

 

Weprin’s own campaign also outraised Turner’s by better than two to one.

Asked about the effect on the race of Obama’s standing in the district, Weprin told reporters Tuesday morning, “President Obama’s not on the ballot…. We’ve been getting the message across that I’m there to save Social Security and Medicare” and he said Turner “is clearly identified with the Tea Party.”

 

Democrats ran TV ads saying Turner “wants to cut benefits for Medicare and Social Security, even raise the retirement age.”

 


In its pro-Turner editorial, the Daily News said, “Queens (Democratic) chief Rep. Joe Crowley saw in Weprin a pliant drone — and that is exactly how the voters have responded to him.”

 
 BLACK by NATURE, PROUD by CHOICE.
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From an L.A. Times article:


"Weprin, 55, had led Turner by six percentage points in a Siena College poll last month, but trailed by the same amount in a Siena poll last week. That stunned Democrats into an advertising and grass-roots mobilization effort that came too late."



Their dumb asses STILL haven't learned.  

 

They lost Ted Kennedy's Senate seat (and an unprecedented super-majority, to boot) the SAME freakin' way. 


Idiots.

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"Their dumb asses STILL haven't learned.  

 

They lost Ted Kennedy's Senate seat (and an unprecedented super-majority, to boot) the SAME freakin' way. 


Idiots. "

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Just like the mid-terms.  This is what happens when democrats do not rally their base and get behind candidates to rally on a win, and it is what happens when democrats do not get out there and campaign for voter registration early on.  

 

Most of the democrats need to be replaced just to show them that we don't care if they are representing districts that guarantee a democrat win, they can still be replace by other democrats.

Democrats are losing seats because they are not meeting the expectations of their base.

 

I had thought that the Democrats had the advantage going forward due to demographic changes in the nation (faster growth of minority population-who tend to lean democrat). However, the debt situation of America really strangles the ability of the the Democratic Party to be the party that it has been in the past, with big spending on programs. Without such spending and threats to entitlement programs born from the debt, the democrats are going to struggle to get their base out. The Democrats will use "Fear" (of republican run country) to rally their  base just like Republicans used "Fear" of terrorism and before that, fear of Willie Horton types (black crime) to rally support.

 

Its a sad state of affairs when politicians cannot rally votes based upon PERFORMANCE, but rather, has to use FEAR to motivate....or "hope and change"...for that matter.

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Originally Posted by sunnubian:

"Their dumb asses STILL haven't learned.  

 

They lost Ted Kennedy's Senate seat (and an unprecedented super-majority, to boot) the SAME freakin' way. 


Idiots. "

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Just like the mid-terms.  This is what happens when democrats do not rally their base and get behind candidates to rally on a win, and it is what happens when democrats do not get out there and campaign for voter registration early on.  

 

Most of the democrats need to be replaced just to show them that we don't care if they are representing districts that guarantee a democrat win, they can still be replace by other democrats.

 

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Exactly, sunnubian!! 

 

They took the seat for granted (AGAIN!!! ) ... thought there was no way in hell they could possibly lose! 

 

As soon as they saw that the Repubs were stirring up those Jewish voters, some kind of counteroffensive should have been started to let the rest of the voter base know that tricks, lies and scare tactics were about to be used against them!!!

 

But noooooooooo!!!  They sat on their asses, smug, content and over-confident ..... thinking they were in control.  They ought to know by now that Republicans fight DIRTY .... and there are NO guarantees from the shiggidy they will pull over the eyes of the not-so-politically-savvy public ... and get away with!! 

 

The bigger problem for the Democratic base seems to be that the leadership of the Party is about as smart as a bag of rocks!!   That could be more damaging to us than the treachery of the Republican Party. 

 

Go figure. 

WAKE UP CALL...and the Democrats are still asleep!

 

The Republicans continually show their poker hands day in and day out and the Democrats continious "What have you done for me lately" hands on hips, neck rolling, sour attitude coupled with sheer laziness and remaining uninvolved will create a complete majority Republican take over from top to bottom in 2012.

 

When I heard about this early this morning I had that same exact sinking feeling during the mid-term elections....and "that will teach Obama a lesson" childish & naive bullshyt has got to stop.

 

Can't or refuses to see the entire long term big picture.

 

Will Democrats ever learn?

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