Lessons from Election Night

posted at 8:48 am on November 4, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Republicans had their best night in five years yesterday, winning two governorships in states that went big for Barack Obama last year.  They came closer than some would have guessed in holding a California district while running a no-name against the state’s Lieutenant Governor.  And while the local GOP botched a district in New York just as bad as they possibly could, the news from NY-23 is actually not bad at all.

Let’s start with the special election in New York.  Many of us hoped that Douglas Hoffman could pull off a remarkable outsider bid yesterday to beat Bill Owens, and he came within a couple of points of making it.  That puts a Democrat in the seat for the first time since 1993 (not 117 years as has been previously reported).   It’s never a best-case for the GOP when a Democrat wins, but by keeping Dede Scozzafava out of the seat, the GOP has the chance to win this seat back in a year with a better candidate — perhaps Hoffman, perhaps another Republican who shares core principles of limited government and fiscal conservatism.  Dislodging an incumbent Republican would have been considerably more difficult, and a unified GOP should win this district — especially given the signals sent everywhere else to Democrats.

What signals?  The GOP trounced Democrats in two states that Barack Obama won big just one year ago.  Obama beat McCain in Virginia by 13 points; Bob McDonnell won it by 17.  Republicans swept the statewide offices, reversing Democratic gains made over the last few election cycles, and are set to take at least a half-dozen Democratic seats in the legislature.  It should be remembered that the current governor of Virginia, Tim Kaine, is also the Democratic Party chair, put there in part to consolidate Democratic gains in his state.

In New Jersey, the news is even worse.  Chris Christie beat Jon Corzine by four points in a state that went for Obama by 15 points — and where a Republican hadn’t won in over ten years.  Unlike Virginia, Obama campaigned heavily for Corzine, calling him his “partner” and putting his prestige on the line.  Joe Biden made a couple of campaign appearances, too, and the White House supervised the campaign in the final weeks after Corzine initially fell behind.  Obama made the argument for Corzine all about Obama — and New Jersey, one of the bluest states in the nation, rejected him.

Obama will still be president for another three years, but the mystique is gone.  New Jersey just taught Democrats in Congress a big lesson — Obama can’t get them re-elected.  Being the President’s “partner” on his radical agenda is not a winning position; it wasn’t for Corzine in what should have been a secure blue state, and it certainly won’t be in moderate or conservative districts and states held by Democrats in the House and Senate.

That is a huge blow to Obama and his agenda, as Democrats now have to consider unpopular bills for ObamaCare and cap-and-trade in an entirely new light.  If they fall in behind Obama instead of listening to their constituents, they will find themselves in retirement after the 2010 midterms.   That’s the big lesson, and it will not be lost on moderate Democrats.

Update: Glenn Reynolds wonders whether the Obama magic is gone, too:

The Obama invincibility that was so much in evidence then seems to have lost its power. People can argue the reasons why these elections, all in places Obama carried handily, were so close. But if he were the political marvel he was thought to be, these races wouldn’t have been contests, but walkovers. So one consequence of this Election Day is the end of his special political magic.

That’s no surprise — as that magic was a largely substanceless froth whipped up by campaign consultants and compliant big-media cheerleaders.

The truth is, Obama wasn’t ready to be president when he ran in 2008. When he started, he probably thought he had no real chance — he himself admitted upon entering the Senate that he wasn’t qualified to be president — and that his first run would simply be a PR effort that would lift him to the top ranks of Senate Democrats. …

But he was right the first time about not being ready for the Oval Office. As president, he seems confused and a bit distant on the issues, leaving the details to congressional Democrats and an ever-growing number of “czars” while he golfs and launches attacks at Rush Limbaugh and Fox News.

With the economy tanking (unemployment is much worse after Obama’s deficit-swelling stimulus than Obama’s advisers predicted it would be with no stimulus at all), with the promised post-partisanship dissolving into witch-hunts against hostile media and the promised post-racial America devolving into the awkwardly staged “beer summit,” with the “necessary war” in Afghanistan the subject of endless dithering and the promised “smart diplomacy” materializing as a series of awkward missteps by Hillary Clinton, the froth has become a lot less frothy.

Unfortunately, the froth appears to be all there was.  Read the whole thing.


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If they fall in behind Obama instead of listening to their constituents, they will find themselves in retirement after the 2010 midterms. That’s the big lesson, and it will not be lost on moderate Democrats.

From your lips to God’s ears.

cs89 on November 4, 2009 at 8:51 AM

It is a start….

t on November 4, 2009 at 8:53 AM

You, sir, are a racist.

Mr. Bingley on November 4, 2009 at 8:53 AM

New Jersey just taught Democrats in Congress a big lesson — Obama can’t get them re-elected. Being the President’s “partner” on his radical agenda is not a winning position; it wasn’t for Corzine in what should have been a secure blue state, and it certainly won’t be in moderate or conservative districts and states held by Democrats in the House and Senate.

Worth repeating.

RepubChica on November 4, 2009 at 8:53 AM

mmm mmm mmm, Bob Francis McDonnell

So, is it safe to move back to Virginia yet?

Rambotito on November 4, 2009 at 8:54 AM

Time to pull the race cards out, pump up the hate for those that have and fire up ACORN and get those dead voters registered. Helluva lot easier to steal a election than to win it. Politics to democrats is what it is.

volsense on November 4, 2009 at 8:54 AM

Last night Republicans had their best night in five years, winning two governorships in states that went big for Barack Obama last night year.

It’s less confusing this way.

MarkTheGreat on November 4, 2009 at 8:55 AM

Lessons from election night?

If you’re a Democrat and have the choice of Obama or Biden to help out your campaign, choose Biden.

Obama: 0 and 2 (Corzine, Deeds)
Biden: 1 an 0 (Owens)

brooklynlou on November 4, 2009 at 8:55 AM

NJ and VA are racist.

Good Lt on November 4, 2009 at 8:56 AM

I wonder if Oboobi was paying some midnight basketball last night?

PatriotRider on November 4, 2009 at 8:56 AM

Hey, maybe Biden was the tipping point for Owen’s win over Hoffman. *snicker*

jamarkennedy on November 4, 2009 at 8:56 AM

There was some desperate spinning this morning on NPR about these elections. It was cringe–and even pity–inducing.

exlibris on November 4, 2009 at 8:57 AM

MarktheGreat, yeah, clumsy construction. I edited it, thanks.

Ed Morrissey on November 4, 2009 at 8:57 AM

Additional lesson from last night: Our Trolls are terrified. Just check out the Hoffman Thread this morning.

kingsjester on November 4, 2009 at 8:57 AM

Obama can’t get them re-elected. Being the President’s “partner” on his radical agenda is not a winning position;

=Obama is a loser.

sammypants on November 4, 2009 at 8:58 AM

Let’s see if the Blue Dogs revolt, and give San Fran Nan a vote of No Confidence… They need to get a moderate speaker for their own good…

Pass the popcorn… Air popped thank you…

phreshone on November 4, 2009 at 8:58 AM

I think what happened in NY-23 was meant to be. At least we got rid of the donkey in an elephant suit who would have given votes to Nazi Pelosi. Next year the seat will be occupied by a conservative.

Key West Reader on November 4, 2009 at 8:58 AM

What was the impact of ACORN in these races, especially NY-23?

nazo311 on November 4, 2009 at 8:59 AM

As I’ve just posted on my blog, the main lesson for the GOP is it may help not to be Obama, but it is not enough. Backing RINOs is a loser.

WannabeAnglican on November 4, 2009 at 8:59 AM

Obama beat McCain in Virginia by 13 points

It wasn’t 13 points. More like 6 if I remember correctly.

Mark1971 on November 4, 2009 at 8:59 AM

Dear Congressperson,

Cram Obamacare or Tax-n-Trade down our throats in 2009, and we’ll shove the elections up your butt in 2010.

Regards,
John Q. Public

petefrt on November 4, 2009 at 9:00 AM

It’s economy stupid.

yoda on November 4, 2009 at 9:01 AM

0bama= The biggest loser.

OmahaConservative on November 4, 2009 at 9:01 AM

Remember, this wasn’t a rebuke of Precedent Barry Soetoro… However, it was a rebuke of the failed Democratic policies of high taxes and excessive taxation…

phreshone on November 4, 2009 at 9:02 AM

Ed,

Minor point: Obama won Virginia by 5 points not 13 AFAIK.

Your larger point remains, of course.

rightistliberal on November 4, 2009 at 9:02 AM

Something is going on in this country whether the democrats like it or not. We are a country devided, soon to be majority. Most don’t want ObamaCare, crap and tax, fairness doctrine.

Obama is tearing this country apartand definitely isn’t unifying us whatsoever.

deidre on November 4, 2009 at 9:02 AM

The lesson of last night to the GOP in NY-23 is a lot more strident with an Democratic win. If Hoffman had pulled it off, the GOP could have called Scuzzy an “oops” instead of a DISASTER! Let’s hope they learn the lessons of NY well.

parteagirl on November 4, 2009 at 9:03 AM

Remember, this wasn’t a rebuke of Precedent Barry Soetoro… However, it was a rebuke of the failed Democratic policies of high taxes and excessive taxation spending…

phreshone on November 4, 2009 at 9:02 AM

phreshone on November 4, 2009 at 9:03 AM

Let’s see if the Blue Dogs revolt, and give San Fran Nan a vote of No Confidence… They need to get a moderate speaker for their own good…

Pass the popcorn… Air popped thank you…

phreshone on November 4, 2009 at 8:58 AM

I have a feeling they will. I’m hoping there are a couple thousand of people at the capitol tomorrow that will say a few words to the blue dogs and scar them silly

deidre on November 4, 2009 at 9:04 AM

Owens was important for the demorats because his seat finally gives them the majority in Congress that they need to pass their healthcare scheme.

Bishop on November 4, 2009 at 9:04 AM

Let’s see if the Blue Dogs revolt, and give San Fran Nan a vote of No Confidence… They need to get a moderate speaker for their own good…

phreshone on November 4, 2009 at 8:58 AM

This is actually exactly what the Democrats should do if they seriously want to stay in power for a long time. But I would guess that it would take more than this to unseat Pelosi as Speaker.

jwolf on November 4, 2009 at 9:04 AM

Ed, bear in mind that the numbers on districts change from election to election, sometimes quite radically. Back in 1993, New York’s 23rd Congressional District was… mostly the city of Albany, a hard blue area if there ever was one.

It is still true that it has been well over a century since a Democrat represented the North Country area of New York. The GOP has only itself to blame for this occurrence.

Red Cloud on November 4, 2009 at 9:04 AM

Now is the time to turn up the pressure on the local GOP and let them know that we won’t tolerate less than conservatives in the Party. This pressure has to be relentless, no let up for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year and a big push next summer. We need candidates locally and statewide and have them backed by Tea Parties. Pressure is what is needed.

hip shot on November 4, 2009 at 9:04 AM

Actually, Ed, “the mystique is gone” is a little mild.

As the great B.B. King sings, The Thrill Is Gone.

So, where are the bridge-dwellers this A.M.? Still waiting for their talking points?

Del Dolemonte on November 4, 2009 at 9:05 AM

Del Dolemonte on November 4, 2009 at 9:05 AM

The Trolls have been invading the Hoffman Thread this morning.

kingsjester on November 4, 2009 at 9:06 AM

It was a very good night for the GOP and an even better night for conservatives. NY-23 was a disappointment, but it can serve as a valuable lesson for the party leadership(albeit an expensive one at $900,000).

In public, the drive-bys will attempt to downplay the VA and NJ results. And of course they’ll make NY-23 all about how Palin and the “radical right” lost this election. But behind closed doors, they all know what’s going on.

Blue Dogs are on notice. They have to suspect now if they didn’t already that a vote for Obamacare would mark the end of their political careers. The bill is already in trouble with the prospect of a 2009 passage almost impossible at this point. With last night’s election results though, it’s gotta be on life support.

Doughboy on November 4, 2009 at 9:07 AM

No time to rest. Suit up. Lock and load. Focus on 2010 as key to holding the beast at bay. Keep the Dems and the RINO’s wondering if their support for Obama will end their cushy jobs and send them back to the real world.

SKYFOX on November 4, 2009 at 9:08 AM

The lesson I learned from Election Night was that people in New Jersey will elect ANYBODY as Governor. Even a fat guy. Is that even legal?

Proud Rino on November 4, 2009 at 9:08 AM

So,townhall and tea partys has the grass-roots in motion,
where the Liberals are certainly lacking tacticaly,there
is no way Liberals will go to any event,unless theres may
hem and anarchy!!

So,this round,Republicans mobilized,and the Liberals
were defeated!!

canopfor on November 4, 2009 at 9:08 AM

NY-23 at least means Dede won’t be there to give a patina of bipartisanship by voting with the socialists with an “R” by her name. I’m good with that. Now it’s time to RINO hunt in the spring primaries to bring the Republican party back to republican principles. FL-SEN at the top of the list. No Charlie – no RINO.

Empiricist on November 4, 2009 at 9:08 AM

Owens was important for the democrats because his seat finally gives them the majority in Congress that they need to pass their healthcare scheme.

Bishop on November 4, 2009 at 9:04 AM

You have a wickedly sarcastic wit. Seriously, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the traditional media (or Pelosi) play up exactly this BS angle.

jwolf on November 4, 2009 at 9:08 AM

Chris Christie beat Jon Corzine by four points

Take away the Vote fraud and Christie probably won by double digits.

there it is on November 4, 2009 at 9:08 AM

More losers:

NYT endorsed Corzine.

WAPO went ALL IN for Deeds.

lol

Gay Marriage rejected in DEEP BLUE, liberal Maine.

artist on November 4, 2009 at 9:09 AM

Today is a very good day.

I think the Democrats are going to be so focused on NY-23 they are going to miss the picture in NJ/VA and keep thinking it’s business as usual.

2010 is looking very good for us. I also feel like we are going to take back our party. I’ve never been one for 3rd parties – just make the GOP the party of conservatism like it was for so many years.

gophergirl on November 4, 2009 at 9:09 AM

30 point swing in 12 months in Virginia

jp on November 4, 2009 at 9:10 AM

The lesson I learned from Election Night was that people in New Jersey will elect ANYBODY as Governor. Even a fat guy. Is that even legal?

Proud Rino on November 4, 2009 at 9:08 AM

Proud Rino: Ask Corzine!!

canopfor on November 4, 2009 at 9:10 AM

Del Dolemonte on November 4, 2009 at 9:05 AM

And I will re-phrase that for Chrissy Matthews:

The Tingle Is Gone.

Del Dolemonte on November 4, 2009 at 9:10 AM

The Trolls have been invading the Hoffman Thread this morning.

kingsjester on November 4, 2009 at 9:06 AM

Poor babies.

We feel their pain.

Del Dolemonte on November 4, 2009 at 9:11 AM

Which is worse: being a loser before you become a winner, or being a winner before you become a loser?

j_galt on November 4, 2009 at 9:11 AM

Honeymoons over and the alcohol has worn off Dems. We see the damage and its not getting better and we don’t like it.

johnnyU on November 4, 2009 at 9:12 AM

I hope candidates start to see that American voters are searching.

johnnyU on November 4, 2009 at 9:12 AM

Excellent analysis all the way around. I wasn’t upset about NY 23, just a little disappointed Hoffman didn’t pull off what would have been a stunner on a night brimming with them. Getting Scozzafava dislodged before she got embedded in the seat was a victory in and of itself and the close victory for Owens certainly doesn’t hand him a mandate to sail off to D.C. to do Pelosi’s bidding.

KittyLowrey on November 4, 2009 at 9:13 AM

These are the very first elections since Obama was elected President and the true Dem agenda was put on display for America, and boy did it backfire. Cap and tax, Obamacare and the rest have really pi$$ed off one heck of a bunch of folks in the US as witnessed last night. Here in CT in nearly all of the local races the Republicans kicked butt (exception is the Bridgeport/Greenwich areas which are just north NYC). The agenda of Obama, Reid, Pelosi was soundly defeated yesterday.

Johnnyreb on November 4, 2009 at 9:13 AM

Even a god can bleed.

Jorge Bonilla on November 4, 2009 at 9:14 AM

Maybe,Corzine should of had Cankles endorsement,
that way,if HilRod stumped for Corzine,maybe it
would be a different outcome!!

Jus say’n!(sarc)

canopfor on November 4, 2009 at 9:14 AM

How long before Maobama being on your side starts to be a negative? Wheres the Photoshop with Barry in the tank with a helmet too big for his head with an enemy terrifyin’ smirk on his, face ala Dukakas,?

Itchee Dryback on November 4, 2009 at 9:14 AM

Obama is tearing this country apartand definitely isn’t unifying us whatsoever.

deidre on November 4, 2009 at 9:02 AM

He has to tear it down before he can remake it in his own image. Obama is a vile sack of crap.

csdeven on November 4, 2009 at 9:15 AM

Here’s a jewel from CNN this morning, titled “Analysis: Elections not a referendum on Obama”:

Jane Hamsher, founder of the liberal political blog firedoglake, noted that it is freshmen and sophomore Democrats who won by narrow margins in 2006 and 2008, who “are scared” of losing their seats in 2010.

“I would suggest that appealing to Republican interests is not the best way to turn out Democrats,” Hamsher said. “It is just a fact of life. They have to turn out Democrats.”

[My emphasis]

My goodness. What happened to the “big tent” philosophy–which was so strongly recommended to the Republicans in NY 23?

Funny that what happened in NY 23 was an example of Republicans not being willing enough to broaden their base, tolerate the viewpoint of a “moderate” Republican candidate, etc.

But here we have the recommendation that Democrats should be Democrats, through & through.

Good advice, I think. So can we all agree on the following?

I would suggest that appealing to Democrat interests is not the best way to turn out Republicans. It is just a fact of life. They have to turn out Republicans.

Owen Glendower on November 4, 2009 at 9:15 AM

Why are we even wasting oxygen talking about any of this?

You heard the White House and media bobbleheads.

These elections means NOTHING.

Except for NY-23. That was a HUGE victory for Obama – one that will resound for years to come with no hope for the GOP.

Get with it, wingnutz.

Good Lt on November 4, 2009 at 9:15 AM

The emperor has no clothes.

But don’t underestimate Obama’s power over women voters in a general election. So many of the women I know who voted for him essentially backed him because they thought he was cute…a bit like Matthews and Olby do. Apologies to Ms. Malkin, but it seems like a lot of ladies vote with their groins.

doufree on November 4, 2009 at 9:16 AM

OT:

PelosiCare 1900+ pages
GOPCare 219

deidre on November 4, 2009 at 9:17 AM

Had Hoffman won it would’ve emboldened the 3rd party movement, at the end of the day that is not a good thing for Conservatives unless the Libs have their own 3rd party that breaks from DNC(not likely). You shoot yourself in the foot in major way. So in that sense NY23 was a moral victory of sorts.

jp on November 4, 2009 at 9:17 AM

So, there are 80 Democratic House members until the 2010 election when there will be 20.

kingsjester on November 4, 2009 at 9:17 AM

Had Hoffman won it would’ve emboldened the 3rd party movement, at the end of the day that is not a good thing for Conservatives unless the Libs have their own 3rd party that breaks from DNC(not likely). You shoot yourself in the foot in major way. So in that sense NY23 was a moral victory of sorts.

jp on November 4, 2009 at 9:17 AM

Exactly. It just proves what Rush has been saying all along – third parties don’t work – take back the GOP

gophergirl on November 4, 2009 at 9:18 AM

One message sent last night was to Obama himself, though his arrogance and ego will keep him from hearing it, which is that if the presidential election was held today, he likely would lose. Even to McCain.

His people know it and certainly the Blue Dogs know it.

If 2010 goes like last night, and I suspect it will, he will be rendered, effectively, a lame duck.

TXUS on November 4, 2009 at 9:18 AM

The ObamaCake was all frosting

faraway on November 4, 2009 at 9:19 AM

The ObamaCake was all frosting

faraway on November 4, 2009 at 9:19 AM

I think there was a cake but Chris Christie ate it because of his fatness.

Proud Rino on November 4, 2009 at 9:20 AM

It’s a start. Right now, moderates who voted Democratic are now voting Republican but this situation could easily reverse itself once again with a misstep or scandal or two. In any event the voters have made decisions based far more on what the Democrats have done wrong than what the Republicans have done right.

The most important aspect of Democratic rebukes in Virginia and New Jersey is that this probably has delivered a stinging blow to Obamacare proposals. Obamacare has angered voters and angry voters usually vote for the opposite party. Congressmen will take heed.

We can’t afford arrogance and must realistically assess that while Virginia and New Jersey were stunning victories, the upstate New York defeat reminds us that we’re not all the way back-yet,

MaiDee on November 4, 2009 at 9:21 AM

Rethink giving up your senate seat Kay Bailey!

try again later on November 4, 2009 at 9:22 AM

That puts a Democrat in the seat for the first time since 1993 (not 117 years as has been previously reported).

For the purposes of accuracy, it’s not as cut and dried as you make it, Ed.

“If Democrats win NY-23 in a special election to be held later this year, certain parts of this district will be represented by a Democrat for the first time in 159 years.”

http://www.swingstateproject.com/diary/5072/amazing-political-history-of-ny23

mwdiver on November 4, 2009 at 9:22 AM

Obama will spin the win in NY 23 and survive as POTUS at least past the year mark.
I honestly worry about King Narcissis mental health. But not enough not to love the backlash.

ORconservative on November 4, 2009 at 9:23 AM

I think there was a cake but Chris Christie ate it because of his fatness.

Proud Rino on November 4, 2009 at 9:20 AM

Stay classy. Corzine’s “fat jokes” campaign flopped. Take the hint.

jwolf on November 4, 2009 at 9:26 AM

mmm mmm mmm, Bob Francis McDonnell

So, is it safe to move back to Virginia yet?

Rambotito on November 4, 2009 at 8:54 AM

Look at the map…and see what ya think! :-D

SouthernGent on November 4, 2009 at 9:28 AM

This may have been said elsewhere but here’s my take on NY-23:

Because of the conservative uprising and the endorsement of Sarah Palin and others for Hoffman, the second most conservative of the original three candidates won. Not a complete victory but not a total loss either.

And you know Owens isn’t going to spend a lot of time and money re-decorating that office IYKWISAITTYD.

Rosetta on November 4, 2009 at 9:29 AM

Stay classy. Corzine’s “fat jokes” campaign flopped. Take the hint.

jwolf on November 4, 2009 at 9:26 AM

I’m making fun of Corzine, not Christie. I like Christie. I don’t live in NJ because it’s a hell-hole, but if I did I would have voted for Christie.

Proud Rino on November 4, 2009 at 9:29 AM

People who are overly narcissistic commonly feel rejected, humiliated and threatened when criticised. To protect themselves from these dangers, they often react with disdain, rage, and/or defiance to any slight criticism, real or imagined.[21] To avoid such situations, some narcissistic people withdraw socially and may feign modesty or humility.

Wiki on Obama

faraway on November 4, 2009 at 9:30 AM

Here’s another way to look at it:

RINOs/social moderates won in NJ and NY. Three months ago, the hardcore conservatives wanted Lonegan to run in NJ, but he was beaten by Christie in the primary. The more moderate Democrat beat Hoffman in NY.

And even the new Virginia governor downplayed his socially conservative views and focused on economic issues.

Jimbo3 on November 4, 2009 at 9:30 AM

Another lesson that AllahPundit doesn’t get:

Republicans should run as fiscal conservatives AND social conservatives.

McDonnell ran as both and won by 18 percent, and even won liberal Fairfax County by 2 percent.

Virginia has a large black population and Hispanic population, both of which are socially conservative: pro-life and against gay marriage. They aren’t going to turn out to vote for liberal whitey who goes against their socially conservative positions. As far as Hispanics go, it will be interesting to see how they voted in Virginia this time. Many are Catholics, and in Northern Virginia, most of the priests were encouraging their parishioners to vote pro-life.

Gabe on November 4, 2009 at 9:31 AM

Obama will spin the win in NY 23 and survive as POTUS at least past the year mark.
I honestly worry about King Narcissis mental health. But not enough not to love the backlash.

ORconservative on November 4, 2009 at 9:23 AM

I honestly am concerned as well. I think he’s on the verge of a major meltdown. I think he is being sheltered by his handlers and that’s why he didn’t pay attention to the returns. I also think that’s why he won the Nobel Peace Prize as well. At the time so much bad news was coming out for him and something needed to happen to boost his confidence and keep him from melting down.

MobileVideoEngineer on November 4, 2009 at 9:32 AM

I think Bob Ownens lost. Frankly. He is in a very tight spot between conservative and the far left. He’ll be uunder a microscope, he’s beholden to the unions and he is up for re election in a year.
Hoffman paved the way for a Conservative to take the seat and he really is a hero.

ORconservative on November 4, 2009 at 9:32 AM

The ObamaCake was all frosting

faraway on November 4, 2009 at 9:19 AM

i thought it was a fruitcake

blatantblue on November 4, 2009 at 9:33 AM

I’ve got a great idea for GOPCare- Zero pages.
How about Tort Reform-as many pages as they want.

jjshaka on November 4, 2009 at 9:34 AM

Barack Hussein Obama, mmm, mmm, mmm, red, yellow, black or white, on November 3rd he lost a fight, mmm, mmm, mmm.

Jeff from WI on November 4, 2009 at 9:35 AM

I think Bob Ownens lost.

ORconservative on November 4, 2009 at 9:32 AM

BREAKING NEWS: Up is now down.

Proud Rino on November 4, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Great synopsis. I refuse to claim Newt’s endorsement as wisdom, regardless of what “republicans” say in light of Hoffman’s loss. In my humble opinion, had the republican establishment not left Hoffman (who changed affiliation) and so many like him, perhaps an outsider wouldn’t have had to run and we’d have the seat. Pragmatism is an always shifting target. It makes sense in the moment, but, denying all principles makes for a shallow victory, if at all.

Diane on November 4, 2009 at 9:36 AM

Proud Rino on November 4, 2009 at 9:35 AM

You’re really full of it today, aren’t you?

ORconservative on November 4, 2009 at 9:37 AM

Obama will still be president for another three years

Drat!

Akzed on November 4, 2009 at 9:38 AM

And even the new Virginia governor downplayed his socially conservative views and focused on economic issues.

Jimbo3 on November 4, 2009 at 9:30 AM

Which is the recipe for success. The days of Dubya winning re-election by emphasizing national security and social issues are over. Fiscal conservatism is the message from this point forward.

McDonnell got that. So did Hoffman quite frankly. The media seems obsessed with hammering away at gay marriage and abortion as if those were the key issues in NY-23. I don’t think I ever heard Hoffman mention either as reasons he was running.

The GOP and tea party movement need to join forces and hammer away at the reckless spending, high taxes, and overreaching and unconstitutional government takeovers that this administration and Congress are pushing. Doing this will win back the House and make huge inroads in the Senate.

Doughboy on November 4, 2009 at 9:40 AM

This is a good start for the millions of Americans who love their country, love freedom and liberty, and want to keep America as the beacon of freedom & hope for the entire world to witness. We have much work to do. County by county across every state, we organize into one mighty force… Our treasured sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers are fighting for our freedom & liberty on foreign soil. We appreciate their sacrifice and pray for their safety and success. These heroes count on us to protect the homeland from the invasion within; we recognize this and embrace the challenge. Here in my area, we are getting more and more union members joining our efforts, calling BS on their union lords, and joining us in the trenches.

Fight on Americans, much work to do!

Keemo on November 4, 2009 at 9:41 AM

I am counting the days until next election day.

McDonnell beat Deeds 61%-39% in the 5th CD Virginia (and Deeds is a country boy & the 5th CD is very rural except for the lib bastion of Charlottesville).

do you think my Congressidjit, (Dem) Perriello, will catch on before he votes on Pelosi’s healthcare? 61%-39%! Perriello went to Yale–can he compute that???

kelley in virginia on November 4, 2009 at 9:42 AM

Here’s a good analogy for the arc of Obooba’s political career: the first pick in the draft who can’t get on the field for four seasons then gets cut.

Akzed on November 4, 2009 at 9:42 AM

I think there was a cake but Chris Christie ate it because of his fatness.

Proud Rino on November 4, 2009 at 9:20 AM

Hey Costanza, going to buy something at the jerk store?

Sad because Obama, Axelrod and Emmanuel failed miserably? America has seen through the fraud that is Barack Obama and his lame duck status starts today.

Just a prelude to kicking him and Michelle to the curb of Pennsylvania Avenue on January 20, 2012 (if not sooner).

NoDonkey on November 4, 2009 at 9:43 AM

right Keemo. We have alot to do. While we have this feel-good wave going in my area, I’m making people, especially young people with small children, commit to helping out at the polls next year.

kelley in virginia on November 4, 2009 at 9:43 AM

He that lives upon Hope,
dies Farting.

-Benjamin Franklin
Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1736

moonsbreath on November 4, 2009 at 9:44 AM

Another lesson that AllahPundit doesn’t get:

Republicans should run as fiscal conservatives AND social conservatives.Gabe on November 4, 2009 at 9:31 AM

Don’t go peeing in RinoPundit’s Cheerios. He will have to run another Athiest, Meggy Mag, or Sarah Palin is destroying the Republican Party post to make hinself feel better.

mwdiver on November 4, 2009 at 9:44 AM

Obama didn’t watch the news of his gubenatorial losses in New Jersey and Virginia? Explain the extreme weight loss on anything but stress of his newfound unpopularity? Quite a problem for a narcisist to handle? Every repetitive healthcare speech he gives he loses more support?

Was he polishing his unearned Nobel Prize?
Watching reruns of his own televised speeches?
Watching recordings of his “cabinet” praising him: ABC,
CNN,MSLSD, PBS, NBC, CBS, TNT, the late night TV
hosts…
Listening to the iPod filled with his speeches?
Setting up those dusty, Greek pillars in the Oval Office,
donning a toga and a fiddle?

I think there was a cake but Chris Christie ate it because of his fatness.

Proud Rino on November 4, 2009 at 9:20 AM
Stay classy. Corzine’s “fat jokes” campaign flopped. Take the hint.

jwolf on November 4, 2009 at 9:26 AM

Christie toook the cake from Corzine’s hand, slapped him hard and now gets to clean up Corzine’s mess he left in Jersey. Corzine spent 130 MILLION and all he could muster were fat jokes? Talk about democrat effeciency?

A WIN for conservatives and a loss for the rinos.

dthorny on November 4, 2009 at 9:45 AM

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