Big sweep today?

posted at 9:30 am on November 3, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The Washington Times reports that Republicans hope for a big three-state sweep today — two governor’s seats and a special election for Congress.  They actually leave one race out, a California special election to replace Ellen Tauscher in Congress, which the GOP has almost no hope of winning.  However, an East Coast sweep would definitely send a message to Democrats ahead of next year’s midterms and this year’s votes on their radical Congressional agenda — and perhaps to a few Republicans as well:

Voters on Monday prepared to cast ballots in the first major elections since President Obama took office, offering a glimpse into how they think the president and his party have handled issues such as health care and the economy.

Republicans and their conservative allies were buoyed by late polls showing they could sweep the three biggest electoral prizes of 2009: the Virginia and New Jersey governors’ mansions and New York’s 23rd Congressional District seat.

Republican Robert F. McDonnell held a comfortable lead over Democrat R. Creigh Deeds in Virginia’s gubernatorial race with polls stoking Republican hopes of securing the top three jobs in the state for the first time since 1997.

Polling showed Mr. McDonnell had made steady gains in the final weeks among those who identified themselves as Republicans and independents while substantially cutting into the Democratic advantage in Northern Virginia, which helped Mr. Obama capture the state last year and awarded the governorship to now-Sen. Mark R. Warner in 2001 and Gov. Tim Kaine in 2005.

The California race pits statewide-election winner John Garamendi against relative unknown David Harmer in a district that went for Barack Obama by more than 20 points.  It borders Nancy Pelosi’s district, and Tauscher was no centrist.  The race has the same impact as NY-23 does in determining the size of Pelosi’s caucus, but it has gotten no media play simply because it looks like such a walkover.  In a special election, anything can happen — but it’s hard to imagine that the Republicans can outorganize the Democrats in this race.  If they do, that would send a big message to Congress: no one’s seat is safe next year.

Of the four races, only Virginia looks like a lock.  Creigh Deeds ran against a 20-year-old college thesis and lost miserably.  Bob McDonnell’s easy sail to victory threatens to put Virginia back in the red-state column, but it could also just indicate what a terrible candidate Deeds has been.  If Virginia elects a Republican to Congress in 2012, we may be seeing a real shift, one the GOP desperately needs.

NY-23 is shaping up to be a Republican win … in a district that Democrats haven’t won in over 110 years.  The only reason it’s in play is because of the foolishness of local GOP leaders, who handpicked a terrible candidate for the special election.  A win by Douglas Hoffman will certainly energize the conservative grassroots, but either way, this race has made fools of the GOP establishment.

New Jersey would be a real coup for Republicans, for two reasons.  First, New Jersey is solidly Democratic, but unhappy.  The GOP needs an entree back into power to demonstrate how center-right governance will benefit the state and its citizens.  Despite being outspent by Jon Corzine and a false-flag third-party candidate, Chris Christie is within sight of victory in the Garden State.  The second reason is that Barack Obama poured himself into the Corzine campaign, practically taking it over in the final weeks.  A loss here would be a big blow to his prestige and a warning about the limits of his coattails in 2010.  If Obama can’t hold New Jersey, then all bets are off in Congress for the midterms and Obama’s radical domestic policy agenda.

If Christie wins, of course.  Nothing is certain and few lessons can be applied until the GOP actually wins — and New Jersey and New York are not locks.  I’ll predict wins across the board for the GOP on the East Coast, and a fifteen-point Garamendi win in California that will be an afterthought.

Update: If any Hot Air readers are on the ground in NY-23, drop me a line to let me know what you see.


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In NJ, Christie wins the vote on election day. Corzine challenges and wins the recount when “missing” votes are discovered.

mwdiver on November 3, 2009 at 10:20 AM

you can fool some of the people some of the time, but you cant fool them when they dont have JOBS!!!!

Go Home Obots!!

ginaswo on November 3, 2009 at 10:13 AM

That’s why Obama is out to destroy what private industry we have left. He thinks that once everyone is on the dole or working for the government the dems won’t have to worry about economic cycles.

Of course that would result in catastrophe and ruin, but the elites will still get their Kobe steaks.

wildcat84 on November 3, 2009 at 10:20 AM

2/3

We win VA and NY-23 and get Coleman-ed in NJ

Rogue on November 3, 2009 at 10:20 AM

People that think taxes are too high and still vote for Democrats deserve what they get.

[tarpon on November 3, 2009 at 9:37 AM]

Party affiliation aside (though Dem example is the picture in the dictionary), this is the greatest argument for federalism that one can offer. As it stands people who think taxes are too high and still vote for Democrats tend not to get what they deserve. Rather, it’s other people who wind up getting what they don’t deserve.

Dusty on November 3, 2009 at 10:21 AM

STOP THE PRESSES!!!

PublicPolicyPolling (dem polling outfit, james carville’s, but usually after fudging numbers gets it pretty close with their ‘final’ poll), just tweeted this:

Well folks either Democrats don’t like to answer polls over Halloween or Tuesday is going to be b-r-u-t-a-l

http://twitter.com/ppppolls/status/5357496137

battleoflepanto1571 on November 3, 2009 at 10:23 AM

My parents live in the NY-23rd and though they vote regularly, they usually don’t get too charged up about politics. They ARE charged up about voting for Hoffman however.

matd on November 3, 2009 at 10:23 AM

Embarrass the hell out of them.

NoDonkey on November 3, 2009 at 10:18 AM

You can’t embarrass people who have no shame.

Left Coast Right Mind on November 3, 2009 at 10:23 AM

wait that was from early monday actually. still — im happy :)

battleoflepanto1571 on November 3, 2009 at 10:24 AM

In NJ, Christie wins the vote on election day. Corzine challenges and wins the recount when “missing” votes are discovered.

mwdiver on November 3, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Isn’t it funny how “found” votes after election day always seem to be for the democrat and never for the republican, isn’t it?

Also, the democrats have one demo that “votes” even more loyally for them than blacks do: the dead.

wildcat84 on November 3, 2009 at 10:24 AM

John Garamendi:
The Running Man

juanito on November 3, 2009 at 10:25 AM

Vote ALL incumbents out, no matter whether they be Democrats or Republicans.

The “good ol’ boy” network is not serving the people well. It’s high time we had some new blood in congress to halt the corruption and abuses of public office. Term limits for all elected officials would be wonderful.

I don’t want to spend another 30 years waiting for the likes of Ted Kennedy to shuffle off this mortal coil.

Barb Dwyer on November 3, 2009 at 10:26 AM

I don’t want to burst any bubbles around here, but CNN has already called Florida for Corzine.

/s

Left Coast Right Mind on November 3, 2009 at 10:27 AM

You can’t embarrass people who have no shame.

Left Coast Right Mind on November 3, 2009 at 10:23 AM

The ACORN videos embarrassed them and exposed them.

NoDonkey on November 3, 2009 at 10:28 AM

McDonnell won because he didn’t get baited into becoming the social conservative wacko candidate. He ran mostly as a competent public servant.

Speedwagon82 on November 3, 2009 at 10:05 AM

—————————
My thoughts exactly, R’s should campaign like him in 2010.

hmfearny on November 3, 2009 at 10:29 AM

No lines at my precinct in VA at all about 8:30. We usually go about 10AM to avoid the working folks so that they can get out of there. There were about 5 children at the Kids Vote table. We are pretty much a Republican precinct. I’ve worked the polls before and the really peak time is after 3PM until closing. People were constantly coming in and out this morning, but not enough to cause lines.

BetseyRoss on November 3, 2009 at 10:29 AM

Just got back from my poll station in N. VA, I didn’t even see any Democrats handing out flyers for their candidates…

4shoes on November 3, 2009 at 10:29 AM

That’s why Dede is doing so well too.

mankai on November 3, 2009 at 10:10 AM

Never heard anything about Dede being competent. Just that she is an abortion extremist, her husband is a union shill, and she can’t handle a Weekly Standard guy asking her questions. If McDonnell behaved that way, he’d be losing too.

Speedwagon82 on November 3, 2009 at 10:29 AM

I don’t want to burst any bubbles around here, but CNN has already called Florida for Corzine.

/s

Left Coast Right Mind on November 3, 2009 at 10:27 AM

Too bad for them that they don’t have any states that have two time zones in them to pull those shenanigans again, like they did in Flori-DUH 2000, ie: call a state that is very close when polls are still open in part of it.

wildcat84 on November 3, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Keith Olbermann’s bath tub is ready.

lorien1973 on November 3, 2009 at 10:32 AM

It is so nice to see extreme radical liberal Democrats so concerned about the future of the Republican Party. muh ha ha ha ha ha ha

joedoe on November 3, 2009 at 10:36 AM

The ACORN videos embarrassed them and exposed them.

NoDonkey on November 3, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Exposed, yes. But if they were truly embarrassed, ACORN would have closed up shop and slunk away (of course, they’d have come back as something else, under another name, that would have to be exposed all over again…which indicates no embarrassment on their part.). All they did was fire some of the employees involved, and lash out against O’Keefe and Giles for making the videos (complete with a lawsuit). Sounds more like being mad they got caught rather than embarrassment. For one to be embarrassed, they must feel shame, ACORN is not ashamed of what they are doing…they believe they are in the right, even if it means breaking laws to accomplish their goals. “By any means necessary” is not just a saying, it’s ACORN’s unofficial slogan.

Left Coast Right Mind on November 3, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Don’t be so certain that Harmer can’t win in the California 10th. I live in the district. The letters to the main paper in the district, the Contra Costa Times, are heavily in favor of Harmer over Garamendi, the 30-year career office holder. Letter writers are pointing out that Garamendi has been in the state assembly, the state senate, Insurance Commissioner, and now Lt Gov. People are TIRED of career Democrats who have destroyed this state. A surprise may be in order today.

sdillard on November 3, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Keith Olbermann’s bath tub is ready.

lorien1973 on November 3, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Yes, but is the toaster plugged in and set to ‘Dark’?

Left Coast Right Mind on November 3, 2009 at 10:41 AM

STOP THE PRESSES!!!

PublicPolicyPolling (dem polling outfit, james carville’s, but usually after fudging numbers gets it pretty close with their ‘final’ poll), just tweeted this:

Well folks either Democrats don’t like to answer polls over Halloween or Tuesday is going to be b-r-u-t-a-l

http://twitter.com/ppppolls/status/5357496137

battleoflepanto1571 on November 3, 2009 at 10:23 AM

I call BS on this. It’s Carville’s outfit. He’s hoping it’ll go viral before the polls close. This is a transparent GOTV effort. Carville thinks we’re stooopid.

Rational Thought on November 3, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Why am I seeing Howard Dean on MSNBC talking about what needs to be done to make the Republican Party a strong entity in future elections? Can anyone make any sense of that? Or is it just one of those endless WTF moments in television propaganda?

joedoe on November 3, 2009 at 10:41 AM

My family and I went to cast our votes here in VA this morning. A good turnout noted early at our poll. Lots of red sweaters, bob mcdonnell buttons and exuberance on display. Many people seem very eager to hit the button in this race from my vantage point. At work, many mcdonnell and “I voted” stickers noted, and moderate to heavy turnout expected at all polls across the city today.

ted c on November 3, 2009 at 10:43 AM

Big sweep today = lots of spinning socialist mops tonight and tomorrow

ya2daup on November 3, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Why am I seeing Howard Dean on MSNBC talking about what needs to be done to make the Republican Party a strong entity in future elections? Can anyone make any sense of that? Or is it just one of those endless WTF moments in television propaganda?

joedoe on November 3, 2009 at 10:41 AM

If the democrats and their pundits truly thought that going for purity, weeding out RINOS like Dede, and insisting on Reagan conservatism would TRULY be a disaster for us, they’d be advocating that we do it, or standing silently out of our way so we self destruct.

Instead they say we need to be democrat lite, which ALWAYS loses vs the real thing, as we saw in 2008.

I don’t think we need to be taking advice from Howard Scream on which way our party needs to go. He’s not exactly got our best interests in mind.

wildcat84 on November 3, 2009 at 10:45 AM

I’m in the NY-21 district and will be in NY-23 in a few days– looks like Hoffman will win by less than 10%– we have a prediction on our site

orfannkyl on November 3, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Why am I seeing Howard Dean on MSNBC talking about what needs to be done to make the Republican Party a strong entity in future elections? Can anyone make any sense of that? Or is it just one of those endless WTF moments in television propaganda?

joedoe on November 3, 2009 at 10:41 AM

It’s all about the narrative. Folks in the media-democrat complex are always filled with advice about what Republicans “need to do” to become winners again. NY 23 has them scared. They are in full combat mode to make “conservative” the dirtiest word in the English dictionary.

Rational Thought on November 3, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Why am I seeing Howard Dean on MSNBC talking about what needs to be done to make the Republican Party a strong entity in future elections?
joedoe on November 3, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Attempting misdirection of the unthinking and practicing denial that the Dems are failing big time

ya2daup on November 3, 2009 at 10:48 AM

I call BS on this. It’s Carville’s outfit. He’s hoping it’ll go viral before the polls close. This is a transparent GOTV effort. Carville thinks we’re stooopid.

Rational Thought on November 3, 2009 at 10:41 AM

I don’t know…with final polls they want to get it close to right, I would think. And, saying it’ll be brutal for Dems doesn’t help their GOTV efforts, does it? Plus, they didn’t “just” tweet that. They sent that Sunday night, I believe.

changer1701 on November 3, 2009 at 10:48 AM

NY: Hoffman wins by 5

battleoflepanto1571 on November 3, 2009 at 9:37 AM

If Hoffman takes zero of the D vote, 90% of the R vote, all the C vote, and splits the I & NPA 50-50, he’ll win by 6. Turn out is key.

Dusty on November 3, 2009 at 10:48 AM

I don’t think we need to be taking advice from Howard Scream on which way our party needs to go. He’s not exactly got our best interests in mind.

wildcat84 on November 3, 2009 at 10:45 AM

I agree, but WTH are these people talking to that would even entertain the idea that sincerity would be coming from thee clowns.

It’s time to vote for principles instead of politics as usual. Choosing a “moderate” just to play the political game makes no sense, because ideological betrayal is almost inevitable.

What’s that old idiom? “If you don’t stand up for something, you may fall for anything.”

joedoe on November 3, 2009 at 10:51 AM

A dramatic rise in New Jersey absentee ballots is an indicator that the left wing voting fraud machine has kicked into gear. The GOP must monitor this closely and get it into the courts immediately if necessary.

rplat on November 3, 2009 at 10:51 AM

Garamendi is a good guy. He should win.

AnninCA on November 3, 2009 at 10:52 AM

A dramatic rise in New Jersey absentee ballots is an indicator that the left wing voting fraud machine has kicked into gear. The GOP must monitor this closely and get it into the courts immediately if necessary.

rplat on November 3, 2009 at 10:51 AM

I read an article on ACORN efforts in NJ. 180,000 voters, with no verification process. Interesting.

I would also hope that the GOP would NOT repeat the MN story. Courts aren’t the place to resolve these issues, as we all saw.

AnninCA on November 3, 2009 at 10:53 AM

Stopped by Lowe’s on the way to work this morning to pick up some whisk brooms to take to the Virginia Victory celebration in Richmond tonight. SWEEEEEP!!!

pistolero on November 3, 2009 at 10:53 AM

CA-10 will be closer than the Obama +20. His district is
a mish mash of blue collar, wealthy suburbanites and college types. Certainly never friendly to a conservative guy like David. On the other hand, his message back in March/April was “No more bailouts” and he’s been on message ever since.
His cut taxes message resonates. Remember the May special election when Gov. Schwarty lost big time on his tax hikes? That went down even in Pelosi’s district. Probably one of the most wealthy and left wing in CA.
I don’t have a clue what Garamendi’s message his, because I’ve never seen it anywhere along the county’s roads.
NY-23 has gotten the press, but CA-10 might be the mouse that roared come Tuesday night.

richardb on November 3, 2009 at 10:54 AM

If it becomes obvious that NJ’s election is a fraud, it is actually a blessing in disguise.

OBAMA = ACORN. ACORN = OBAMA is the motto for 2010.

pistolero on November 3, 2009 at 10:55 AM

My family and I went to cast our votes here in VA this morning. A good turnout noted early at our poll. Lots of red sweaters, bob mcdonnell buttons and exuberance on display. Many people seem very eager to hit the button in this race from my vantage point. At work, many mcdonnell and “I voted” stickers noted, and moderate to heavy turnout expected at all polls across the city today.

ted c on November 3, 2009 at 10:43 AM

Interesting. I think the level of enthusiasm tells the story. When people can’t wait to vote, they are indicative of the unknown factor.

AnninCA on November 3, 2009 at 10:55 AM

Go Hoffman!

Grow Fins on November 3, 2009 at 10:55 AM

In 2012 we are going to need more than a mop. We will need an industrial strength Shop-Vac to clean up the mess!

joedoe on November 3, 2009 at 10:56 AM

I don’t have a clue what Garamendi’s message his, because I’ve never seen it anywhere along the county’s roads.
NY-23 has gotten the press, but CA-10 might be the mouse that roared come Tuesday night.

richardb on November 3, 2009 at 10:54 AM

I remember him most for his fight against the insurance companies. He was truly a good guy in that.

AnninCA on November 3, 2009 at 10:56 AM

If it becomes obvious that NJ’s election is a fraud, it is actually a blessing in disguise.

OBAMA = ACORN. ACORN = OBAMA is the motto for 2010.

pistolero on November 3, 2009 at 10:55 AM

It also lets us revisit Franken: One stolen election is enough! One stolen election is enough! One stolen election is enough! One stolen election is enough!

If we scream it enough times, Franken will show his true colors and put a fist through a wall somewhere. Heh.

Rational Thought on November 3, 2009 at 10:57 AM

In NJ, Christie wins the vote on election day. Corzine challenges and wins the recount when “missing” votes are discovered.

That is my prediction as well. This is how the Democrats do it….they fish for friendly judges and play the rejected ballots game until they win.

EscapeVelocity on November 3, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Are the New Black Panthers directing traffic at the New Jersey polling places, or is Obama waiting until after the election to send in the troops?

joedoe on November 3, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Why am I seeing Howard Dean on MSNBC talking about what needs to be done to make the Republican Party a strong entity in future elections? Can anyone make any sense of that? Or is it just one of those endless WTF moments in television propaganda?

joedoe on November 3, 2009 at 10:41 AM

I’m sure that Dean has the GOP’s interest at heart. He probably told Dede S. that it was a good idea for her to hold a press conference in front of Hoffman’s HQ with that pink-bunny business suit on. WTF?

BuckeyeSam on November 3, 2009 at 11:02 AM

Are the New Black Panthers directing traffic at the New Jersey polling places, or is Obama waiting until after the election to send in the troops?

joedoe on November 3, 2009 at 10:59 AM

He’ll be declaring martial law shortly before the election is to be called for Christie.

BuckeyeSam on November 3, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Go Hoffman!

Grow Fins on November 3, 2009 at 10:55 AM

Smartest thing you’ve said all week.

BadgerHawk on November 3, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Exposed, yes. But if they were truly embarrassed, ACORN would have closed up shop and slunk away (of course, they’d have come back as something else, under another name, that would have to be exposed all over again…which indicates no embarrassment on their part.). All they did was fire some of the employees involved, and lash out against O’Keefe and Giles for making the videos (complete with a lawsuit). Sounds more like being mad they got caught rather than embarrassment. For one to be embarrassed, they must feel shame, ACORN is not ashamed of what they are doing…they believe they are in the right, even if it means breaking laws to accomplish their goals. “By any means necessary” is not just a saying, it’s ACORN’s unofficial slogan.

Left Coast Right Mind on November 3, 2009 at 10:40 AM

I am not sure when you people will realize that no one cares about ACORN but Fox News for ratings. No one outside of the GOP wingnutters even know who they are.

Decider on November 3, 2009 at 11:14 AM

orfannkyl on November 3, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Got any quotes from Obama’s thesis that would shed light on this? Any recent news on that whole Fox being fined $30 mil thing?

A-hole.

notropis on November 3, 2009 at 11:16 AM

There was no line for me this morning in VA either.. .around 7am, which was very shocking. I live in NoVa, and I expected the Dems to be out in force here… better yet, I saw an election officer on TV this mrning, in deep-blue Alexandria, stating that there, so far, was an extremely low turnout. If NoVa is sleeping through this election, McDonnell will win by 15-20.

BPD on November 3, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Unfortunately, here in my precinct in Fairfax Cnty., it was a little busy – and my dangable precinct went for Barry by 24% last November.

Regardless, state-wide, McConnell and the down-ballot Republicans seem like they are on their way to blow-out wins, but we have a GOP Delegate in a close race for re-election and I’d hate to lose him by of my precinct.

ChrisB on November 3, 2009 at 11:16 AM

I am not sure when you people will realize that no one cares about ACORN but Fox News for ratings. No one outside of the GOP wingnutters even know who they are.

Decider on November 3, 2009 at 11:14 AM

I’d say you’re quite wrong. I think ACORN is under the microscope, actually.

The expose was shocking to anyone with a sense of what’s right and wrong.

AnninCA on November 3, 2009 at 11:16 AM

There are still a LOT of undecideds everywhere outside of VA. I wouldn’t be in the chicken counting business.

crosspatch on November 3, 2009 at 11:24 AM

I am not sure when you people will realize that no one cares about ACORN but Fox News for ratings. No one outside of the GOP wingnutters even know who they are.

Decider on November 3, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Could that be because they have about 300 different names? ACORN is one of the biggest dangers we face in this country right now. The corruption and flagrant disregard for the democratic process is invasive and will undermine our individual liberties!!!

joedoe on November 3, 2009 at 11:28 AM

I agree with those who said something like Corzine wins (in court) when the dead, cartoon characters, those in a coma, moved to another state years ago, signatures don’t match registration, and tried to vote in person but others already sent in their absentee are counted for Corzine.

Beagle on November 3, 2009 at 11:29 AM

Weekly Standard had a link with NY-23 Sample Ballot.
Owens was listed as the candidate on the Democrat Party and the Working Party.
Scuzzyfavo was listed as a candidate on the Republican Party and Independence Party.
Hoffman on Conservative ticket.
My question – Does Owens get the votes from both the Democrat and the Working Party counted together? Same question about any votes Scuzzyfavo.

lonestar1 on November 3, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Weekly Standard had a link with NY-23 Sample Ballot.
Owens was listed as the candidate on the Democrat Party and the Working Party.
Scuzzyfavo was listed as a candidate on the Republican Party and Independence Party.
Hoffman on Conservative ticket.
My question – Does Owens get the votes from both the Democrat and the Working Party counted together? Same question about any votes Scuzzyfavo.

lonestar1 on November 3, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Yes, to both questions. Third party candidates in NY can nominate the candidates of the major parties. All of Owens’s votes will be combined. In Scozzie’s case, her votes will be combined, but discarded.

ChrisB on November 3, 2009 at 11:45 AM

I agree with those who said something like Corzine wins (in court) when the dead, cartoon characters, those in a coma, moved to another state years ago, signatures don’t match registration, and tried to vote in person but others already sent in their absentee are counted for Corzine.

Beagle on November 3, 2009 at 11:29 AM

Don’t forget all those ballots left in car trunks.

lonestar1 on November 3, 2009 at 11:46 AM

I am not sure when you people will realize that no one cares about ACORN but Fox News for ratings. No one outside of the GOP wingnutters even know who they are.

Decider on November 3, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Herr Capo Obama knows who and what they are.

MB4 on November 3, 2009 at 11:47 AM

The 3 key issues of today’s East coast elections:

1)The continued LEGITIMACY of Sarah Palin as the ‘de facto leader’ of the GOP and her credentials as a worthy presidential contender. If Hoffman loses it will definitely be a setback for her, because the MSM will see to it that it is. Sarah laid it all on the line. IMHO, she will be rewarded for her bold decision. Her ability to lead will no longer be in question among conservatives and most Republicans.

2)As Rush called it yesterday, “These elections are a dry run for ACORN to see how effective it can be in fixing elections.”

Whether Corzine wins or not may be an indication of how effective it has been in organizing its efforts.

3)The impact these defeats will have on Obama’s agenda (especially the health care vote) and his poll numbers

technopeasant on November 3, 2009 at 11:53 AM

He has recruited not just Obama but also Vice President Biden, Bill Clinton and other big names to bail him out. If it takes that much to drag Corzine’s political carcass across the finish line, what will it take in far more competitive contests next year?

Ed, did Jonah Goldberg cop one of your lines for his USA Today column from a thread you wrote the other day? I remember “if Zeus can’t get Corzine’s carcass across the finish line” or something to that effect?

http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2009/11/column-dont-bury-gop-yet-.html

ted c on November 3, 2009 at 11:55 AM

Maybe Christie can be different, but I wouldn’t put much faith in a governor turning a state like NJ right.

ernesto on November 3, 2009 at 9:43 AM

I basically agree with your post, but Christie “not making things worse” would still be a hell of a lot better than Corzine.

Missy on November 3, 2009 at 11:56 AM

Here in central VA, it took me no longer than 45 seconds to get in, check in, vote, and walk out. 3 voting machines, 2 were available when I got there.

It’s a really small town, and at 8:00 am when I voted, the poll workers told me I was the 114th voter of the day.

BobMbx on November 3, 2009 at 11:59 AM

If we win, don’t gloat too much people. We don’t need the dems more energized next year.

Chubbs65 on November 3, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Ironic that Obama cannot praise ones Deeds and yet cannot accept “the ones” deeds, and both are abysmal failures?

dthorny on November 3, 2009 at 12:06 PM

Had I remained a resident of Webster, NY, I would have made the journey to NY-23 to support Hoffman. Instead, I will contribute to his re-election campaign in 2010, assuming that he pulls it out tonight.

As to the other races, win or lose, the Conservative movement is just warming up. The Liberals (or whatever they are calling themselves this week) better take notice.

itzWicks on November 3, 2009 at 12:09 PM

If the demonrats don’t go down hard today, It’s time to stock up on arms and ammo.

cjk on November 3, 2009 at 12:11 PM

I’m sticking with my 1/3 prediction. VA win. Loss in NY and NJ.

lorien1973 on November 3, 2009 at 12:12 PM

“All my Republican friends — and independents — are sitting back saying, ‘Oh, what did we do?

J_Crater on November 3, 2009 at 12:14 PM

I heard on one of the evening FOX shows that some NJ precincts are so crooked that only a very large winning margin could elect Christie. Poor NJ–those folks have been under the heel of corrupt politics for so long it’s ceased to matter. They’ve decided, I guess, that it’s too overwhelming to deal with. Pray that the Dems do not do this to the whole country. They are certainly trying.

jeanie on November 3, 2009 at 12:15 PM

I was the 135th voter in Tysons Corner today, VERY crowded area of NoVa, it was 10 o’clock already. I found that very odd.

hollygolightly on November 3, 2009 at 12:17 PM

I am not sure when you people will realize that no one cares about ACORN but Fox News for ratings. No one outside of the GOP wingnutters even know who they are.

Decider on November 3, 2009 at 11:14 AM

No one? Why is that? Is it because the hundreds of thousands of “voters” they have supposedly signed up are all phantoms, cartoon characters or dead people?

If ACORN is even a little bit legit as a voter-turnout organization, then by definition you are wrong. So which is it?

RD on November 3, 2009 at 12:25 PM

McDonnell + Hoffman + Christie = humpbot.

BadgerHawk on November 3, 2009 at 9:32 AM

Like a slot machine!!!

FontanaConservative on November 3, 2009 at 12:28 PM

Also, the democrats have one demo that “votes” even more loyally for them than blacks do: the dead.

If blacks vote 90+% Dem, and the dead are even higher than that… what percentage of dead blacks vote Dem, 110%?

The Monster on November 3, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Just got back from voting. I’m in Virginia. No line no wait. Poll worker told me that turnout has been moderate they’re estimating about 50%, which is a little higher than normal but much less than the presidentials. There was something very strange though…absolutely no Democrat presence. There was a Republican table but no Democrat, no Deeds workers and I only saw one Deeds sign. The lady at the Republican table said that there had been some Deeds cheerleaders earlier but that they had packed up and left. Don’t know what to make of that.

Oldnuke on November 3, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Corzine just needs 150% of the Pookie vote.

PaddyJ on November 3, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Dude seriously I’ve had the FOX NFL theme in my head all night, its like Christmas!

abobo on November 3, 2009 at 9:39 AM

“Giddy-up giddy-up giddy-up let’s gooooooooooo!”

“Let’s look at the show!”

“We’re riding in a wonderland of snow!”

Separated at birth: the FOX NFL theme and “Sleigh Ride”.

RD on November 3, 2009 at 12:36 PM

It’s come to this: I’m banking on the hope that Christie is probably just as dirty as Corzine is, so he’ll be ready for the vote stealing and have a few polling place thugs of his own to counter it. At the very least, he’s no Norm Coleman wimpy man who will just stand by while Corzine and the dems steal it. He (and his gumbas) will at least fight back. Yes, it’s come to this for me.

Rational Thought on November 3, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Well then this page should warm the cackles of your heart. If even half of it is true then he should be uniquely positioned to demagogue the stolen election issue to death. If the Dems try to steal it they will wish they hadn’t:

In 1987, Christie joined the law firm of Dughi, Hewit & Palatucci of Cranford, New Jersey. In 1993, he was named a partner in the firm. Christie specialized in securities law, appellate practice, election law, and government affairs. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association and was a member of the Election Law Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association.

Despite the initial misgivings over his degree of experience, Christie proceeded to earn praise for his history of convictions for public corruption. During his tenure, Christie’s office won convictions or guilty pleas from 130 public officials, both Republican and Democratic, on the state, county and local levels without losing a single case.

The most notable of these convictions included those of Essex County Executive James W. Treffinger in 2003 on corruption charges,[12] former New Jersey Senate President John A. Lynch, Jr. in 2006 on charges of mail fraud and tax evasion,[13] State Senator Sharpe James in 2008 on fraud charges,[14] and State Senator Wayne R. Bryant in 2008 on charges of bribery, mail fraud, and wire fraud.

His whole career has been building toward fighting the Dems on a stolen election. Bring it on!

RD on November 3, 2009 at 12:51 PM

I am just praying that the NY and NJ candidates are enough ahead to overcome the margin of fraud.

PrincipledPilgrim on November 3, 2009 at 12:58 PM

I think the post about Cristie being as dirty is the post of the day.

Funny!

AnninCA on November 3, 2009 at 12:59 PM

Can it not be said that even if Corzine wins with less than 50% of the vote, Democrats should still be wary? Getting less than 50% in a heavily Democratic state should be very concerning.

ncconservative on November 3, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Can it not be said that even if Corzine wins with less than 50% of the vote, Democrats should still be wary? Getting less than 50% in a heavily Democratic state should be very concerning.

ncconservative on November 3, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Sounds more likely to happen to Harman. Skeletor Corzini was dead last week . Obama’s pulling a weekend at Corzine’s sending him out there today. pathetic….

abobo on November 3, 2009 at 1:12 PM

In NJ, Christie wins the vote on election day. Corzine challenges and wins the recount when “missing” votes are discovered.

mwdiver on November 3, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Update: Al Franken is called in to advise Corzine on how to find even more missing votes.

Rod on November 3, 2009 at 1:23 PM

don’t want to burst any bubbles around here, but CNN has already called Florida for Corzine.

/s

Left Coast Right Mind on November 3, 2009 at 10:27 AM

Uh, Corzine is Gov of New Jersey

Bevan on November 3, 2009 at 1:36 PM

I don’t want to burst any bubbles around here, but CNN has already called Florida for Corzine.

/s

Left Coast Right Mind on November 3, 2009 at 10:27 AM

LOL. Did they count all the pregnant chads?

Geochelone on November 3, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Whatever lead Christie may have, Corzine is still within the margin of Acorn.

Chickyraptor on November 3, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Update: Al Franken is called in to advise Corzine on how to find even more missing votes.

Rod on November 3, 2009 at 1:23 PM

How many Jersey votes can fit up Senator Franken’s ass?

NoDonkey on November 3, 2009 at 2:33 PM

I am not sure when you people will realize that no one cares about ACORN but Fox News for ratings. No one outside of the GOP wingnutters even know who they are.

Decider

At least you admit your ignorance. And you seem quire proud of it too.

xblade on November 3, 2009 at 2:37 PM

Though, as far as signs at the polling place go, the Democrat running for state delegate had the GOP candidate beat by about 10-1.

changer1701 on November 3, 2009 at 9:38 AM

I was wondering about that. I went with some of my family at 10 this morning. Every time I’ve ever voted, the D’s have always had about 75-90 signs to the R’s 5-10 in front of the polling place. Today, almost every sign was for the R’s. I’m still in awe at that. And I just remembered, there were a ton of them outside the other two polling places we passed. Schools oddly enough. Same story there, hardly any D signs. The people are mad… Dems will be put on notice, if they can get that notice while still living in fantasy land? I guess we’ll see.

I hope Hoffman runs away with it in NY. Stupid Scuzzabucket. I mean Scazzafava. I mean…Scuzzabucket. Go Hoffman!

roopster217 on November 3, 2009 at 2:52 PM

LOL. Did they count all the pregnant chads?

Geochelone on November 3, 2009 at 2:00 PM

All pregnant chads are being shipped to Planned Parenthood for “appropriate” action.

Left Coast Right Mind on November 3, 2009 at 3:31 PM

Decider on November 3, 2009 at 11:14 AM

A. You’re wrong.
B. Your use of the phrase “you people” has been deemed offensive by the Department of Political Correctness. Please report immediately to your assigned re-education facility for evaluation. Failure to do so will result in the suspension of all State benefits. Remember Comrade, President Obama loves you, and wants you to get well.

Left Coast Right Mind on November 3, 2009 at 3:41 PM

“Obooba’s chickens… comin home…. to roost.”

Akzed on November 3, 2009 at 3:41 PM

#69 at my precint in south Richmond at 7:30 a.m. No lines. A few older women were voting wearing American flag shirts. I saw no Deeds signs at all, the churchyard was covered in McDonnell signs. Turnout seems very light, but we will see what happens this evening.

riverrat10k on November 3, 2009 at 4:07 PM

Keith Olbermann’s bath tub is ready.

lorien1973 on November 3, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Yes, but is the toaster plugged in and set to ‘Dark’?

Left Coast Right Mind on November 3, 2009 at 10:41 AM

We can only HOPE.

huckelberry on November 3, 2009 at 4:48 PM

Don’t forget, that if McDonnell wins in VA, it means the DNC Chairman, Tim Kaine, Governor of Virginia, could not deliver his state for “Teh Won”. Hopefully, Timmy will be out of two jobs soon.

riverrat10k on November 3, 2009 at 4:53 PM

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