NYT shocked, shocked to find anger at Obama in Weiner’s district

posted at 11:25 am on August 22, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The race to replace Anthony Weiner in NY-09 has taken a disturbing turn for Democrats.  Bob Turner, who lost in 2010 by a wide margin to the disgraced former Congressman, only narrowly trails David Weprin in what had been considered a safe district in the Big Apple.  Now the seat that once was held by Democratic luminaries like Chuck Schumer and Geraldine Ferraro has taken a back seat to a referendum on the Obama administration, and the New York Times finds itself surprised that Democrats could lose such a plebescite:

Of all the places to hear fulminations against President Obama, one of the least expected is the corner of 71st Avenue and Queens Boulevard, in the heart of a Congressional district that propelled Democrats like Geraldine A. Ferraro, Charles E. Schumer andAnthony D. Weiner to Washington.

But it was there that Dale Weiss, a 64-year-old Democrat, approached the Republican running for Congress in a special election and, without provocation, blasted the president for failing to tame runaway federal spending. “We need to cut Medicaid,” she declared, “but he won’t do that.” She shook her head in disgust. “He is a moron.”

After nodding approvingly for a time, the Republican candidate, Bob Turner, signaled for an assistant to cut off Ms. Weiss. Frustration with Mr. Obama is so widespread, he explained later, that he tries to limit such rants to about 30 seconds, or else they will consume most of his day. …

The race was widely viewed as a sleepy sideshow — a mere formality that would put David I. Weprin, a Democratic state assemblyman and heir to a Queens political dynasty, into a seat known for its deep blue hue.

Instead, the race has become something far more unsettling to Democrats: a referendum on the president and his party that is highlighting the surprisingly raw emotions of the electorate.

And despite the clear registration advantage in the district, Turner has caught up to Weprin.  A Siena College poll almost two weeks ago showed Weprin only leading by six points, and below the 50% level that would indicate enough strength for a victory.  Weprin loses 30% of Democrats in the district and trails among independents 42/46, and is down six points in Brooklyn, which has about 1/3rd of the district’s voters.

Perhaps that’s why Democrats got desperate enough to launch a robo-call campaign to label Turner a “Tea Party extremist” — an effort that prompted a retort from former New York City Mayor Ed Koch:

Nervous state Democrats are flooding voters with mailings blasting Republican candidate Bob Turner in the hotly contested 9th Congressional District, upping the ante in the closer-than-expected race to succeed disgraced ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner.

With President Obama’s standing in the polls in free fall, the state Democratic Committee’s mailings to Queens and Brooklyn residents accuse Turner of being a “Tea Party extremist” who wants to dismantle Social Security and Medicare.

Turner struck back with a “robo-call” from former Mayor Ed Koch yesterday, slamming Democratic rival David Weprin for lying to scare senior citizens. …

Democrat Koch, who crossed parties to endorse Turner, said in a recorded telephone message to thousands of seniors in the district, “David Weprin is making phone calls trying to scare seniors. They’re nonsense. Weprin should be ashamed of himself . . . Bob Turner is running for Congress to protect your Medicare and Social Security.

“If anyone tries to scare you with lies about Bob Turner, tell ‘em Ed Koch told them to knock it off!”

The Times interviewed a number of Democrats who expressed anger at Obama’s performance.  One said that Obama was ‘way off base in his spending”; another called Weprin “part of the party regime.”  Even one member of the DNC from New York admitted that the election is much less about Turner and Weprin than it is about Barack Obama.

If that’s become a bad thing in New York City and NY-09, just imagine what it will look like in 2012 across the rest of the country.


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The sub-hed should have been “Just how clueless are we?”

motionview on August 22, 2011 at 11:28 AM

I always liked Ed Koch, even when I didn’t agree with him politically. Ed Koch, you rock! :-)

Mary in LA on August 22, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Ed Koch… now there’s a guy who knows the stickball rules, no matter what neighborhood he finds himself in.

JohnGalt23 on August 22, 2011 at 11:31 AM

“Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.”
George Washington

Heard any lately?

Speakup on August 22, 2011 at 11:31 AM

I love that old Mayor Ed Koch. He’s what democrats used to be when they loved their country. Still wrong on so many issues, but not trying to destroy the nation. I miss democrats like that. They don’t exist anymore.

Rational Thought on August 22, 2011 at 11:32 AM

If Weprin loses will they blame the Koch’s?

docflash on August 22, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Sorry, I want the Dems to hang onto this one in a squeaker. Why? Losing it would wake them up more than we want. We need 2012 to be the beating of all beatings if we are going to truly change the GOP DC establishment into something combative and able to do the basic math that shows how massive the changes need to be. Yes- it’s the GOP machine that has to learn this lesson- and hasn’t. The Dems can’t possibly learn it- the GOP MUST!

michaelo on August 22, 2011 at 11:33 AM

The peasants are revolting!

tomg51 on August 22, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Now this is the kind of race we should be running in deep-blue territory. Not table-pounding Tea Party dogma, but pushing off understandable Dem frustration.

That, and fielding quality candidates.

KingGold on August 22, 2011 at 11:34 AM

It’s not just a referendum on Obama, it’s a referendum on Progressives.

Knucklehead on August 22, 2011 at 11:36 AM

(gasp!!!) Barbarians at the gate! Mouth-breathing, banjo-playing, knuckle-walking goobers!

Tea-baggers!!

Racists !!!

/

RedPepper on August 22, 2011 at 11:36 AM

The peasants are revolting!

tomg51 on August 22, 2011 at 11:33 AM

So is Obama

NoFanofLibs on August 22, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Instead, the race has become something far more unsettling to Democrats: a referendum on the president and his party that is highlighting the surprisingly raw emotions of the electorate.

The wind whispers warning…..

ted c on August 22, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Mike Castle should move to New York and run for this seat.

Bishop on August 22, 2011 at 11:37 AM

The Times interviewed a number of Democrats who expressed anger at Obama’s performance. One said that Obama was ‘way off base in his spending”; another called Weprin “part of the party regime.”

*blink*

this is NY? wow

ted c on August 22, 2011 at 11:38 AM

But it was there that Dale Weiss, a 64-year-old Democrat, approached the Republican running for Congress in a special election and, without provocation, blasted the president

Without provocation? Good grief. If his policies weren’t enough, Obama is the first President I can remember who goes around personally insulting constituents who disagree with him.

…highlighting the surprisingly raw emotions of the electorate.

These guys been living in a cave?

forest on August 22, 2011 at 11:38 AM

I love that old Mayor Ed Koch. He’s what democrats used to be when they loved their country. Still wrong on so many issues, but not trying to destroy the nation. I miss democrats like that. They don’t exist anymore.

Rational Thought on August 22, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Yeah but the road to hell… it’s dems like that who were so likeable, etc. as they enlarged the government and what it could control until… here we are.

WitchDoctor on August 22, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Obama will struggle with New York…. Exactly how has anyone claimed that Obama is unbeatable???

jeffn21 on August 22, 2011 at 11:39 AM

But, he has a pleasing personality. Everyone says so. Doesn’t that count for a lot?

a capella on August 22, 2011 at 11:39 AM

The peasants are revolting!

tomg51 on August 22, 2011 at 11:33 AM

You’re telling me? They stink on ice!

JohnGalt23 on August 22, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Not just shock, Ed. Shock and Awe!

Naturally Curly on August 22, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Where’s the obligatory clip of Captain Renault?

bhawknine on August 22, 2011 at 11:42 AM

The peasants are revolting!

tomg51

So think all the Progressives! ;)

honsy on August 22, 2011 at 11:44 AM

There is a Schumer aide that has been making the rounds on the talk shows. He is a attack dog just like Anthony Weiner was. Same sound bytes and hatred oozing out of every pore in his body. I guess Schumer’s Wiener will be the same kind of attack dog as the original Wiener. That said, when you see lemmings who elect someone like Wiener change their minds, the end is near.

volsense on August 22, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Ed Koch was never a leftist, but a moderate Democrat who believed in fiscal responsibility. I can see how he is disgusted with the bunch that we have in the White House and Congress that continue to bankrupt the country. I think if he were a bit younger, he might have even switched parties at some point. Thanks for your help, Mr. Koch, you are a good American.

simkeith on August 22, 2011 at 11:45 AM

The republican in the race doesn’t even have a web site? What kind of a race is he running?

meci on August 22, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Lots of rank-and-file Democrats are learning that their party has been taken over by the far-left extremist fringe.

Caiwyn on August 22, 2011 at 11:45 AM

The republican in the race doesn’t even have a web site? What kind of a race is he running?

meci on August 22, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Bob Turner for Congress

Seriously. If you read the Daily News story I linked earlier, you’ll really want this guy to win.

KingGold on August 22, 2011 at 11:47 AM

I always liked Ed Koch, even when I didn’t agree with him politically. Ed Koch, you rock! :-)

Mary in LA on August 22, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Me too, but the goofball in me always has me calling him “Ed Crotch”

Jerome Horwitz on August 22, 2011 at 11:47 AM

(gasp!!!) Barbarians at the gate! Mouth-breathing, banjo-playing, knuckle-walking goobers!

Tea-baggers!!

Racists !!!

/

RedPepper on August 22, 2011 at 11:36 AM

ernesto? That you? ;)

Lanceman on August 22, 2011 at 11:47 AM

we can only hope this will tell us what 2012 will be like….

but we know what the campaign will be

blame gop, bush and scare seniors

cmsinaz on August 22, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Even one member of the DNC from New York admitted that the election is much less about Turner and Weprin than it is about Barack Obama.

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When an animal is rabid… the head… with it’s foaming mouth and crazed eyes… is the scariest part.
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OT… I saw Obama’s vacation reading list… you’d think with all the TOTUS reading he does… he’d need to give his eyes a break.
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RalphyBoy on August 22, 2011 at 11:49 AM

The peasants are revolting!

tomg51 on August 22, 2011 at 11:33 AM

..because their Overlords are even more revolting!!!

landlines on August 22, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Ed Koch is a Democrat of the type we now call a Republican who used to be the type we now call a TEA Partier… It would just be sooo sweet to get the Weiner’s seat….sooo sweet!

CCRWM on August 22, 2011 at 11:52 AM

The peasants are revolting!

tomg51 on August 22, 2011 at 11:33 AM

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lol… That knife cuts both ways…
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RalphyBoy on August 22, 2011 at 11:53 AM

She shook her head in disgust. “He is a moron.”

How very true.

UltimateBob on August 22, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Thank you NY-09 for launching the careers of Chuck Schumer and Anthony Weiner.

Just remember, we’re all on the path that we chose.

SlaveDog on August 22, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Wait until the NYT discovers there are rants about Obama right out on Times Square! In Brooklyn, the upper West Side and upstate. Wait until the NYT discovers Obama might lose New York. The shock might just be enough to do them in.

MTF on August 22, 2011 at 11:58 AM

If that’s become a bad thing in New York City and NY-09, just imagine what it will look like in 2012 across the rest of the country.

More ammunition for the Dem movers and shakers to persuade Obama to not seek re-election.

(Is “ammunition” violent rhetoric? I denounce myself.)

SlaveDog on August 22, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Mike Castle should move to New York and run for this seat.

Bishop on August 22, 2011 at 11:37 AM

He would certainly enjoy the support of the KingGold / Vyce / JohnGalt23 contingent.

UltimateBob on August 22, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Sorry, I want the Dems to hang onto this one in a squeaker. Why? Losing it would wake them up more than we want. We need 2012 to be the beating of all beatings if we are going to truly change the GOP DC establishment into something combative and able to do the basic math that shows how massive the changes need to be. Yes- it’s the GOP machine that has to learn this lesson- and hasn’t. The Dems can’t possibly learn it- the GOP MUST!

michaelo on August 22, 2011 at 11:33 AM

I don’t think there is anything that the Socialist Democrats can do now to turn this around for them… Americans do not like Socialism and that is what these Democrats in charge, these live large while the little people fight for scraps, Socialsit Democrats are now exposed to be…Socialist.

I hope the Obamas enjoy their Matha’s Vineyard vacation…it is going to be their undoing…the last straw for most Americans…could their hypocricy, elitism, arrogance and greed be more apparent?

CCRWM on August 22, 2011 at 12:01 PM

There are Republicans and conservatives in New York City and especially Queens. It’s just that at 35 – 40 percent of the electorate what’s the point of hoping. But if another 10 – 15 percent of the electorate is upset, who knows? Maybe the impossible, is possible this time. It certainly is interesting that the Dem machine has had to take out their medi-scare tactics in this case, usually they try to save it for the general election.

Fred 2 on August 22, 2011 at 12:02 PM

in the heart of a Congressional district that propelled Democrats like Geraldine A. Ferraro, Charles E. Schumer andAnthony D. Weiner to Washington.

Ferraro may have been a Democrat, but she understood exactly why Obama won in 2008, and it had nothing to do with merit. And she was widely criticized by other Dems for daring to speak the truth.

AZCoyote on August 22, 2011 at 12:02 PM

the New York Times finds itself surprised that Democrats could lose such a plebescite:

surprised because Democrats are to be automatons. Election? Vote Democrat. It’s to be that easy, you are not to think, only act, act a Democrat, vote a Democrat —wash, rinse, spit, repeat. That’s where the surprise originates from….the automatons are waking up.

ted c on August 22, 2011 at 12:05 PM

But, he has a pleasing personality. Everyone says so. Doesn’t that count for a lot?

a capella on August 22, 2011 at 11:39 AM

All the usual suspects in the Dem-controlled media say that, but the people closest to him seem to think otherwise. Mooch wouldn’t even ride on the same plane with him to MV, and today Drudge has a photo of her sitting in an SUV with him, wearing a headphone. She acts like she can’t stand being around him. Trouble in paradise?

AZCoyote on August 22, 2011 at 12:07 PM

OT… I saw Obama’s vacation reading list… you’d think with all the TOTUS reading he does… he’d need to give his eyes a break.
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RalphyBoy on August 22, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Reading list? LOL. That was for public consumption and maintaining his brand. Job approval/disapproval polls are the only thing he reads nowdays, besides TOTUS, of course.

a capella on August 22, 2011 at 12:07 PM

So, where is Weiner now?

Blake on August 22, 2011 at 12:09 PM

There’s nothing in this story I don’t like. The Dem will probably pull it out, but the anger toward Obama is good news for 2012.

Jim-Rose on August 22, 2011 at 12:09 PM

I think this only qualifies as interesting, I don’t think I trust this to go to the Republicans.

Cindy Munford on August 22, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Lots of rank-and-file Democrats are learning that their party has been taken over by the far-left extremist fringe.

Caiwyn on August 22, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Exactly, this is not your father’s democratic party. Many voters get stuck in the pattern of voting democratic ‘because their family always has’. This democratic party has been taken over by the prog-socialists, who were a minority in the party at one time.

slickwillie2001 on August 22, 2011 at 12:13 PM

She acts like she can’t stand being around him. Trouble in paradise?

AZCoyote on August 22, 2011 at 12:07 PM

There is another blog, a bit more earthy in vocabulary, whose posters have speculated he wears mom jeans, can’t throw overhand, and rides a girl’s bike for a reason related to his basic needs. Just speculation, of course,..but, still…

a capella on August 22, 2011 at 12:13 PM

What’s the point of voting republican (against democrat) when your representative is going to continue to advance the democrat party ideology that put us in this mess? Voters in this district want what Obama said he would do, and they’re angry because they’re not getting what they want. They still haven’t made the connection between what they want, and the problems that ideology brings with it.

Skandia Recluse on August 22, 2011 at 12:14 PM

If that’s become a bad thing in New York City and NY-09, just imagine what it will look like in 2012 across the rest of the country.

That doesn’t make it look very good for Obama in NYS and it makes his road to a second term look impossible if NYS is a battleground state for him.

Right now, I’d bet on an epic low vote (2 candidates) return of less than the 1936 36.5% loss by Alf Landon. But he’ll keep CA so it won’t be a clean sweep nor lowest electoral loss, but to do it he’ll have to propose bailing out CA the day before the election. (Yes, he’ll lose IL by 2%.)

Of course that assumes he doesn’t get impeached from the rolling blackouts next summer that he foists on the country via the EPA.

Dusty on August 22, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Another place Dem’s have to spend money where they normally wouldn’t have to put up a dime.

RadClown on August 22, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Why, that’s as crazy as a Republican replacing Ted Kennedy in the Senate!

Hey, wait a minute…

ExUrbanKevin on August 22, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Guess if you vote for Turner, that would somehow make you a RACIST?

GarandFan on August 22, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Any relation to the Koch brothers? (I know the answer to this one)

bbordwell on August 22, 2011 at 12:42 PM

If that’s become a bad thing in New York City and NY-09, just imagine what it will look like in 2012 across the rest of the country.

I wonder how Dem seniors are feeling in Florida. That’s 29 EVs up for grabs, baby.

Missy on August 22, 2011 at 12:45 PM

OT… I saw Obama’s vacation reading list… you’d think with all the TOTUS reading he does… he’d need to give his eyes a break.
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RalphyBoy

Drudge is reporting that he’s reading more fiction. You know, like his jobs plan.

chimney sweep on August 22, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Yeah…but whatare Weprin`s personal favorability” numbers?……………/
Good to see there may be a race made out of it, very very telling.

NY Conservative on August 22, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Sorry, I want the Dems to hang onto this one in a squeaker. Why? Losing it would wake them up more than we want. We need 2012 to be the beating of all beatings if we are going to truly change the GOP DC establishment into something combative and able to do the basic math that shows how massive the changes need to be. Yes- it’s the GOP machine that has to learn this lesson- and hasn’t. The Dems can’t possibly learn it- the GOP MUST!

michaelo on August 22, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Don’t outsmart yourself here.

The Democrats don’t LEARN LESSONS.

So there’s no need to think that way.

fossten on August 22, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Not table-pounding Tea Party dogma

KingGold on August 22, 2011 at 11:34 AM

You mean like…

blast[ing] the president for failing to tame runaway federal spending

We might want to be careful with our TEA Party dogma, otherwise they could make statements like…

Obama was ‘way off base in his spending”

…or…

call[ing] Weprin “part of the party regime.”

Yeah, I can see how that might look…

Some ideals transcend parties and politics, such as freedom and personal responsibility. God forbid we talk about those “table-pounding dogma”. People may vote for our candidates, and we may actually win!

dominigan on August 22, 2011 at 1:01 PM

a capella on August 22, 2011 at 12:13 PM

I believe I’ve read the same blog. Mom jeans = silk pants.

Lightswitch on August 22, 2011 at 1:13 PM

There is another blog, a bit more earthy in vocabulary, whose posters have speculated he wears mom jeans, can’t throw overhand, and rides a girl’s bike for a reason related to his basic needs. Just speculation, of course,..but, still…

a capella on August 22, 2011 at 12:13 PM

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Not that there’s anything wrong with that… w/French sub titles…
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RalphyBoy on August 22, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Drudge is reporting that he’s reading more fiction. You know, like his jobs plan.

Or his resume.

tsj017 on August 22, 2011 at 1:19 PM

She acts like she can’t stand being around him. Trouble in paradise?

AZCoyote on August 22, 2011 at 12:07 PM

It seems obvious that they can’t stand each other. I think Hill and Bill were closer than these two.

Missy on August 22, 2011 at 1:28 PM

I hope he’s reading “The Emperor has No Clothes.”

justltl on August 22, 2011 at 1:40 PM

But it was there that Dale Weiss, a 64-year-old Democrat, approached the Republican running for Congress in a special election and, without provocation, blasted the president for failing to tame runaway federal spending. “We need to cut Medicaid,” she declared, “but he won’t do that.” She shook her head in disgust. “He is a moron.”

Looks like we have a women ready to become a “Reagan Democrat” but that won’t happen unless we nominate a Conservative. Meanwhile, we have all these concern trolls, establismentarians & GOP partisans insiting on an electable RINO in order to win the Indies. What to do????

Put up a RINO like Mittness and that’s all we’ll get, minus the conservatives refusing to vote for him on principles.

Put up a true Conservative and we’ll not only get some Indies, but pick up these Democrats who feel like their party left them, minus the RINOs that pout about not selecting Mr. Electable.

Weighing these two scenarios, the choice to me is clear, vote for the latter – win, upside is the economy will do a 180, and the GOP establishment gets an overdue housecleaning & purge of Rockefellerians & mavericks like Mcvain.

AH_C on August 22, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Sorry, I want the Dems to hang onto this one in a squeaker. Why? Losing it would wake them up more than we want. We need 2012 to be the beating of all beatings if we are going to truly change the GOP DC establishment into something combative and able to do the basic math that shows how massive the changes need to be. Yes- it’s the GOP machine that has to learn this lesson- and hasn’t. The Dems can’t possibly learn it- the GOP MUST!

michaelo on August 22, 2011 at 11:33 AM

They didn’t learn when Scott Brown took Kennedy’s seat.
They didn’t learn when they lost the House in 2010.
They didn’t learn when Judge Prosser was reelected in Wisconsin.
They didn’t learn when the Wisconsin recall effort failed.
They’re not going to learn if Weiner’s seat goes Republican.

mizflame98 on August 22, 2011 at 1:57 PM

OT… I saw Obama’s vacation reading list… you’d think with all the TOTUS reading he does… he’d need to give his eyes a break.
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RalphyBoy on August 22, 2011 at 11:49 AM

You don’t really think he’s going to read it do you? :)

Methinks it’s just a photo-op so the people can gasp in shock & awe at his intellectual creds, while he bends a few pages then place them on the library shelf for show.

AH_C on August 22, 2011 at 2:03 PM

If the citizens in NY-09 are angry at the President’s out of control spending, wouldn’t that make them Tea Party extremist?

ramrants on August 22, 2011 at 2:04 PM

So Ed here is saying that we need to vote either for Perry or Romney … same policies as Obama but from different party?

Good for GOP!

Bad for America!

TheAlamos on August 22, 2011 at 2:37 PM

a referendum on the president and his party that is highlighting the surprisingly raw emotions of the electorate.

“Suprisingly”? Is the NYT the paper of Rip Van Winkle?

MississippiMom on August 22, 2011 at 2:41 PM

I work in this district, which includes gorgeous tudor style mansions, pricey-but not outrageously expensive apartments, and Archie Bunker A frame houses. The Democrats are the party of the working man? So how come I’m seeing so many Bob Turner lawn signs on all these A frame houses?

ardenenoch on August 22, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Dem will win with 55-57%.

This is Murtha all over again. And hey wasn’t Barney Frank supposed to be in real trouble last year? He only won by what, 10%.

Sorry but I refuse to get excited over this type of silliness anymore. Republicans may win big in 2012. But in 2011 (and 2012) a NYC congressional district is NOT going Republican. I don’t care how low Obama’s numbers get.

angryed on August 22, 2011 at 4:02 PM

New Yorkers will vote a straight “D” ticket and keep the State blue and hopelessly in debt and be proud that the State is a welfare gold mine and blame Bush. I live here and I feel like a drop of water in the Sahara Desert.

mixplix on August 22, 2011 at 4:13 PM

These are old-time democratic voting precincts, where the dems have run the voting machine for decades. They can produce any vote count, any results they are ordered to.

slickwillie2001 on August 22, 2011 at 4:59 PM

At some point, the service sector in NYC will realize that pushing the “D” button in the voting booth also pushes the tippers, diners, and shoppers out of the city.

At some point, self interest will kick in, and you’ll see more GOP votes there. We may be close to that point.

hawksruleva on August 22, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Dem will win with 55-57%.

angryed on August 22, 2011 at 4:02 PM

If they do, it’ll be because the local unions twist arms, run shuttles, and drag their people into the voting booth.

They might also have the local Black Panthers on hand to hand out flyers.

And of course they control all the tiebreakers.

Really, it’s amazing the GOP gets any votes in such a hostile environment. But people are getting fed up. I think America may see more people flip over to R than march and riot. Fingers crossed, anyway.

hawksruleva on August 22, 2011 at 5:12 PM

New Yorkers will vote a straight “D” ticket and keep the State blue and hopelessly in debt and be proud that the State is a welfare gold mine and blame Bush. I live here and I feel like a drop of water in the Sahara Desert.

mixplix on August 22, 2011 at 4:13 PM

This is a special election in September. I don’t think anyone or anything else is on the ballot. From what I’m seeing, the Turner voters are pretty motivated. This area has a large influx of Chinese people and Conservative leaning Jews from Uzbekistan. There used to be a lot more Liberal Jewish Americans in this area, but they’ve been dying off or moving to Florida pretty steadily over the past 20 years. Forest Hills isn’t trendy, gentrified Park Slope. It’s definitely becoming a swing district. So send some positive vibes, please.

ardenenoch on August 22, 2011 at 5:14 PM

…..and the Ed Koch endorsement will be a big help in this area.

ardenenoch on August 22, 2011 at 5:17 PM