Oh my: Dems to spend $500,000 on ads in desperate bid to hold Weiner’s seat

posted at 9:04 pm on September 8, 2011 by Allahpundit

Granted, by NYC standards, this isn’t a Democratic stronghold. Kerry and Obama both won it, of course, but their share of the vote was only in the mid-50s. And granted, even if the GOP pulls out a win on Tuesday night, we’re probably not going to hold this seat in November. Weprin, the Democrat, is a terrible candidate; you may remember him as the guy who told a local paper a few weeks ago that he thought the national debt was only $4 trillion. If Bob Turner shocks the world, the city’s Democratic machine will find someone more impressive to challenge him in November.

But never mind all that. Imagine the sweetness of the inevitable GOP talking point if dissatisfaction with Obama is now causing even blue districts in New York City to flip. Mmm mmm good. According to a Magellan poll taken a few days ago showing Turner up four points, The One’s approval rating in the district is a robust 36/52. No wonder the DCCC is worried:

Democrats are showing the clearest sign yet of concern ahead of next Tuesday’s special election in New York’s 9th District – the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is going up on air with an expensive television buy in the campaign’s closing days.

According to buy information obtained by Hotline On Call, the DCCC has made a $483,500 TV ad buy in the district, starting tomorrow through Monday. The broadcast TV buy will not air on September 11, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The Democratic super PAC House Majority PAC has also bought advertising time in the district as well.

The punchline? They’ve already had to pull the ad they were planning to run. It involved a jet (which was supposed to be Turner’s corporate jet) flying low over New York City — just the sort of spot you’d want to run during a week when everyone’s mind is on 9/11. Meanwhile, influential Brooklyn assemblyman Dov Hikind — who, like Weprin, is both a Democrat and Orthodox Jewish — turned around yesterday and endorsed … Turner. He’d been hinting at that for months due to his disagreement with Weprin over gay marriage, but when the time came for the endorsement, he let it all hang out:

“Mr. Turner’s background as a businessman gives him a unique advantage in dealing with the major financial crisis in this country,” Hikind said at a press conference in Flatbush. “His business acumen will be a welcome asset in trying to reduce the federal deficit.” Hikind also cited hios belief that electing a Republican in the heavily Democrat Brooklyn and Queens district will “send a message to President Obama about his failed, disastrous economic policies and his reckless policies toward Israel.”

So that’s the state of Hopenchange in fall 2011 — essentially a punchline used by Democrats against other Democrats inside New York City. Perfection.

This calls for a little dancing. Exit question: If Turner wins, will the Democrats’ next nominee in the district be … Anthony Weiner?

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Love it! That cash will only help the NYC economy.

Way to go Weiner head.

carbon_footprint on September 8, 2011 at 9:06 PM

hold Weiners seat

For some reason, this just made me laugh our loud

catmman on September 8, 2011 at 9:07 PM

Oh my: Dems to spend $500,000 on ads in desperate bid to hold Weiner’s seat

How much to hold his you-know-what?

John the Libertarian on September 8, 2011 at 9:08 PM

The One’s approval rating in the district is a robust 36/52.

It all comes down to how many times each of those 36% vote.

malclave on September 8, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Meanwhile Anthony Weiner is paying anyone $500,000 to hold his… oh, nevermind.

podank on September 8, 2011 at 9:09 PM

If the Republican can dance better than that, will those folks vote for him instead?

Yep tho, spend that money.

hawkdriver on September 8, 2011 at 9:10 PM

How much to hold his you-know-what?

John the Libertarian on September 8, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Not enough money in the world.

Knucklehead on September 8, 2011 at 9:10 PM

regardless of the outcome, that is money well spent!

txmomof6 on September 8, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Oh my: Dems to spend $500,000 on ads in desperate bid to hold Weiner’s seat

Standin’ around and grabbin’ their Roscoe is all tehy can do

darwin-t on September 8, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Try as they might, they’ll never be able to hold on to Weiner…’s seat.

steebo77 on September 8, 2011 at 9:10 PM

to hold Weiner’s seat

Isn’t that how the hole thing started…?

katy on September 8, 2011 at 9:10 PM

HA! hole=whole…..or maybe not!

katy on September 8, 2011 at 9:11 PM

He dances worse than Elaine Benes.

stldave on September 8, 2011 at 9:12 PM

This is Chuckie Schumer’s old seat. Heh.

Wethal on September 8, 2011 at 9:13 PM

What say you, ernesto?

Lanceman on September 8, 2011 at 9:16 PM

This calls for a little dancing. Exit question: If Turner wins, will the Democrats’ next nominee in the district be … Anthony Weiner?

No, it will be the Humpbot.

TXUS on September 8, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Hold on to the Weiner (seat).

SouthernGent on September 8, 2011 at 9:18 PM

This calls for a little dancing. Exit question: If Turner wins, will the Democrats’ next nominee in the district be … Anthony Weiner?

Weiner would be a stiff challenger, but Turner could pull it off.

TXUS on September 8, 2011 at 9:20 PM

How many weiners can you buy for $500,000? Just asking…

Khun Joe on September 8, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Exit question: If Turner wins, will the Democrats’ next nominee in the district be … Anthony Weiner?

He’s tanned, rested, and ready… with the photos to prove it!

Jim Treacher on September 8, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Better get all your friends in the district to vote, Allah.

IR-MN on September 8, 2011 at 9:27 PM

It involved a jet (which was supposed to be Turner’s corporate jet) flying low over New York City — just the sort of spot you’d want to run during a week when everyone’s mind is on 9/11.

Reminds me of another famous flyby.

Weight of Glory on September 8, 2011 at 9:27 PM

After this speech tonight, they’d better plan on spending a million.

bflat879 on September 8, 2011 at 9:32 PM

It is premature to be talking about Weiner’s chances.

carbon_footprint on September 8, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Speaking of Dancing with the Stars, a little advice for Anthony. Stay away, stay far away, from Chaz Bono. You know, (s)he’s looking for it but more as a personal appendage.

TXUS on September 8, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Endorsement of Bob Turner (and blistering critique of David Weprin) by the NY Post.

nickj116 on September 8, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Ads for Wiener’s seat – $500,000
Just one pic of a dic on Tritter – Priceless.

Electrongod on September 8, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Alley Pond Park.

Key West Reader on September 8, 2011 at 9:37 PM

omg!

Someone wake up Barack! Tomrorrow morning eh… ehh… around 9:30am. in the intertwines, make MY secret service, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and all other various and sundry peeps I get to call on cuz I am DUH ONE.

/This is sickening. Can you just imagine how these first responders feel?

Key West Reader on September 8, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Oh my: Dems to spend $500,000 on ads in desperate bid to hold Weiners

Had. To. Do. It. No. Choice.

massrighty on September 8, 2011 at 9:52 PM

One wonders if they can pull it off and hold onto the Weiner seat.

Good Lt on September 8, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Internet access keeps getting more and more expensive. I mean, posting a picture of your dick costs $500,000!

Jim Treacher on September 8, 2011 at 9:53 PM

One wonders if they can pull it off and hold onto the Weiner seat.

Good Lt on September 8, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Again. Cannot. Help. Myself.

/shatner mode off

massrighty on September 8, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Internet access keeps getting more and more expensive. I mean, posting a picture of your dick costs $500,000!

Jim Treacher on September 8, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Close it down.

Good Lt on September 8, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Treacher said “dick”!
Mother may I sleep with Treacher?

carbon_footprint on September 8, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Mother may I sleep with Treacher, indeed!

Lanceman on September 8, 2011 at 10:08 PM

You know, if you guys keep putting these ads on the pages that auto-play with audio, I’m going to stop reading Hotair. Seriously. That is one of the most obnoxious and annoying things you can do.

Knock it off. It’s incredibly intrusive.

nukemhill on September 8, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Dems to spend $500,000 on ads in desperate bid to hold Weiner’s seat

And the jokes are so easy they write themselves.

ChuckTX on September 8, 2011 at 10:14 PM

You know, if you guys keep putting these ads on the pages that auto-play with audio, I’m going to stop reading Hotair. Seriously. That is one of the most obnoxious and annoying things you can do.

Knock it off. It’s incredibly intrusive.

nukemhill on September 8, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Easy solution to the problem. I hated it too.

1. Download FireFox browser for free.
2. Download AdSense FireFox add-on for free.
3. No more ads, anywhere.

carbon_footprint on September 8, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Democrat and Orthodox Jewish

Does. Not. Compute.

I simply do not understand how an Orthodox Jew can be a Democrat. And I know a few. It’s one of the oddest contradictions I’ve ever run across.

nukemhill on September 8, 2011 at 10:17 PM

3. No more ads, anywhere.

carbon_footprint on September 8, 2011 at 10:15 PM

4. When Tina uploads those huge pictures on the main page…you can see them unobstructed.

Electrongod on September 8, 2011 at 10:18 PM

#thetoasterisveryloyal

Greek Fire on September 8, 2011 at 10:37 PM

If Turner wins, will the Democrats’ next nominee in the district be … Anthony Weiner?

Weiner’s weiner wasn’t wanted.

burt on September 8, 2011 at 10:43 PM

Dems to spend $500,000 on ads in desperate bid to hold Weiner’s seat

Barney Frank would have done this for free.

Kevin71 on September 8, 2011 at 11:48 PM

How much to hold his you-know-what?

John the Libertarian on September 8, 2011 at 9:08 PM

As the saying goes, “If you have to ask, you can’t afford it.”.

Left Coast Right Mind on September 9, 2011 at 2:52 AM

nukemhill on September 8, 2011 at 10:13 PM

use foxfire for your browser and add Adblock Plus, problem solved.

IowaWoman on September 9, 2011 at 8:46 AM

You know, if you guys keep putting these ads on the pages that auto-play with audio, I’m going to stop reading Hotair. Seriously. That is one of the most obnoxious and annoying things you can do.

Knock it off. It’s incredibly intrusive.

nukemhill on September 8, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Firefox with AdBlock. Problem solved. I haven’t seen an ad in years.

stvnscott on September 9, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Didnt Weiner get in trouble for trying desperately to get someone to hold his seat before? Or was it his Weiner… Well there’s one stimulus job I guess…

TheAudacityofNOPE on September 9, 2011 at 9:13 AM

Republicans up by 6?

50-44

Siena Poll
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0911/63083.html

My pretty straight forward take on the first night of our NY-9 poll: Dems in BIG trouble. It deserves the caps.

http://twitter.com/#ppppolls

amazingmets on September 9, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Desperation thy name is “monster ad buy.” All those ads may make things worse.

dogsoldier on September 9, 2011 at 10:34 AM