Election reaction

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This morning’s New York Times sort of painted yesterday’s election results as repudiations of the Obama Administration. Without a doubt, many people—especially conservatives—are extremely unhappy with the direction of the country. But a repudiation? I’m not so sure.

The biggest victory was probably New Jersey, where the incumbent governor, John Corzine, lost to a Republican upstart named Christopher Christie. I’m a Democrat, but—just being 100-percent honest—I probably would have voted for Christie, too. Hell, there comes a time when party loyalty means little; when you have to look at an elected official and say, “This guy has has his chance, and he’s not very good.” That’s Corzine, an ultra-wealthy former businessman who has made a ton of economic promises—few of them actually kept. Christie’s a former prosecutor, but his greatest strength, in this case, seemed to be that he was not John Corzine. He made remarkably few promises … offered very few ideas … slung around the ol’ “change” line that’s been used 100,000 times before. But, again, Corzine was awful.

To me, the biggest election result came in one of the smallest rings—New York’s 23rd Congressional District. This is an ultra-conservative area way up in the boonies, where Republicans win and win and win. This year, however, national arch-conservatives refused to support the Republican candidate, a moderate named Dede Scozzafava who supported gay rights and some of Obama’s financial policies. Hence, after heavyweights like Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh endorsed Doug Hoffman (an arch conservative who doesn’t believe in man’s influence on global warming), The Scozz dropped out and endorsed the Democrat, Bill Owens.

To many, this was the measuring stick of national politics. Were Hoffman (pictured above) to win, Rush and Palin are vindicated. Were Owens to win, the Republicans made a huge mistake, pushing aside moderates in the name of extremism.

Owens won.

Praise Jesus.

8 thoughts on “Election reaction”

  1. I wish Hoffman had won. Not because I hate NY-23. But I’m willing to sacrifice them to embolden the Palin/Beck army.

    But I think they look at NY-23 as a victory of sorts anyway. And they should. Hoffman did pretty well, considering.

    So hopefully, they’ll continue to purge the moderates and the statesmen who actually understand that being a politician means reading boring papers with lots of numbers, and instead, continue to support candidates like Hoffman, who never heard a question to which he didn’t think ACORN was the answer.

  2. Hopefully now Republicans and Conservatives alike can start ignoring these clowns. Although I do find it infinitely amusing that Liberals are claiming that NY-23 was the “bigger victory.” Wishful – even delusional – thinking.

  3. Instead of “ignoring these clowns” it sure would be nice if more “republicans and conservatives” were to speak out, call out these “clowns” for being the charlatans and demagogues they really are, and start working together to find solutions to the problems that beset this country. That means doing what is best for the country now, not sitting on your hands until the midterms in 2010.

  4. Ted, several Republicans/Libertarians have been offering their ideas over the past year for the economy as well as healthcare. Liberals just aren’t listening.

  5. More tax cuts for the rich and for big business, and allowing health insurance companies to sell insurance across state lines but not be subject to state regulation, as well as permitting them to continue to deny coverage as they wish doesn’t cut it, Classicist, and neither does tort reform. When I say “working together” I don’t mean being the party of “no” to everything this administration is trying to accomplish because it may hurt them politically in 2010. I truly believe that Republican leadership in Congress would rather see the current administration fail than see the country as a whole succeed. Having said all that I agree with you as to the significance of Tuesday’s elections. The big issue will be jobs and unemployment, and if Obama and the Democrats don’t show some progress soon they can kiss their majorities goodbye.

  6. Jeff, see if you agree with me. (I am generalizing with this, but work with me here.) I am a liberal and I have no qualms about when a Democrat or Liberal politician does something wrong, most of my liberal friends and I will call them out on it. However, Republicans and conservatives gave President Bush and many other conservatives a free pass on just about everything, whether it was right or wrong. Agree? Disagree? The Conservatives I know give free passes and the liberals I know will actually call out a liberal politician if we disagree or think they are doing something wrong.

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