Green Room

Weprin blames loss in NY 9th special election on Obama

posted at 3:53 pm on September 16, 2011 by

Liberal pundits are doing their best to rationalize away Democrat David Weprin’s loss to Republican Bob Turner in the special election to fill Anthony Weiner’s seat, but Weprin himself contends that the culprit is President Obama.

The Queens state assemblymanis quoted by the New York Post as saying:

The message of the campaign was ‘Send Obama a message.’ I think the problem was that he’s the president and people are frustrated, and it’s just natural to take it out on the top guy—or the top guy’s party.

As much as I tried to make it about David Weprin or Bob Turner, I don’t think that resonated to voters. I think that voters looked at it as a referendum on the president.

Weprin specifically cites the president’s hostile policies toward Israel as an overriding factor in a district that is predominantly Jewish and where Democrats outnumber Republicans 3 to 1.

Some Democratic commentators have called Weprin a lackluster candidate, claiming that his campaign committed strategic blunders, such as depicting a jetliner buzzing lower Manhattan in a campaign ad slated to run right before the anniversary of 9/11. The truth of those claims cannot be denied.

But neither can the harsh realities, which include the fact that less than a year ago, Turner lost to Anthony Weiner by a whopping 18 percentage points, 59% to 41%. Nor is there explaining away the fact that the last time this congressionalseat was controlled by the GOP wasMarch 3, 1923.

Related Articles

Follow me on Twitter or join me at Facebook. You can reach me at [email protected] or by posting a comment below.

Recently in the Green Room:



Trackback URL


So Weprin took one for the team?

bofh on September 16, 2011 at 9:12 PM

I blame Bush.

Because… uuhhh


Well, they tried to stop it and Ojesus didn’t, but, other than that, it’s all Bush’s fault. I promise.

hillbillyjim on September 17, 2011 at 2:18 AM

Everyone needs to blame Oblameaaaa for everything, because:

1.) It really is all his fault


2.) He really is interfering with my golf game, which is nonexistent, BTW, because I don’t play. Golf. That is.

3.) And stuff (this includes racist and hate-mongering stuff too awful to include above) and stuff.

hillbillyjim on September 17, 2011 at 2:24 AM

HotAir — Politics, Culture, Media, 2017, Breaking News from a conservative viewpoint
Top Pick

Should’ve stuck with the pirate gig. It was working for him

The battle for the rubble of Raqqa is underway

Andrew Malcolm Jun 23, 2017 8:51 AM
Top Pick

Won’t be much left.

Your list of demands it a publicity stunt

“what happened that day was emblematic of a deeply troubling trend among progressives…”

“The jobs are still leaving. Nothing has stopped.”

Bad vendor. Bad! No cookie!

“The Corps is just starting to grapple with the issues the court has identified.”

“So you want me to sing my praises, is that what you’re saying?”

Why would we possibly want that?

“I mean he sold our country to The Russians.”

I could think of someone else you might want to ask about…

“You can ask a hundred people what hate speech is and you get a thousand different answers”

Trump: I never made any recordings of Comey

Allahpundit Jun 22, 2017 2:01 PM


Hackers stole private data from election databases

John Sexton Jun 22, 2017 1:21 PM

“90,000 records stolen by Russian state actors contained drivers license numbers”

Failure to protect the city

Big man on the Middle Eastern campus

Biased Americans see media as biased.

Tough times down on the liberal ranch

Will Nancy Pelosi survive this latest Dem disaster?

Andrew Malcolm Jun 22, 2017 8:41 AM

Eat quick, before it’s gone.

Slow your roll, boss

“I’m bothered by the lack of emerging evidence…”

FIrst look at the Senate health bill

John Sexton Jun 21, 2017 9:21 PM

“the Senate bill would go farther than the House version in its approach to cutting Medicaid spending.”

Divide and conquer?

“If we do nothing, more companies will back out and more people will lose coverage.”

You know, I may have cracked the case for you, guys

“They’re still running against her and still winning races.”

“…the suspect is from Quebec and has a Canadian passport.”

When the Left lost their way on immigration

Jazz Shaw Jun 21, 2017 2:41 PM

It wasn’t all that long ago, really

“I personally watched some of these students go up to Chief Brown, right up to her face, and call her all kinds of names, cursing at her.”

Did the Queen “nix” a Trump visit to London?

Jazz Shaw Jun 21, 2017 12:41 PM

More like wishful thinking on the American left

Sometimes it’s hard. This was the hardest part