I love Rick Perry’s bluntness and his willingness to call Obama out on the failure of his administration. The music in this video is very cinematic. In fact the whole thing looks like a trailer for a big budget summer action film.
AP reports that Republicans have scored an upset victory in a House race that became a referendum on President Barack Obama’s economic policies.
They actually use that line: “a referendum on …Obama’s economic policies.”
That’s actually quite frank for the state run media. It is also accurate. And it is astonishing; this win actually surprises me more than the Scott Brown upset in Massachusetts.
Unless something seismic happens, I now believe that we could run a rubber ball and paddle against Obama and it would win. 2012 is going to be an absolute bloodbath for Democrats.
The AP article continues:
Retired media executive and political novice Bob Turner defeated Democratic state Assemblyman David Weprin in a special election Tuesday to succeed Rep. Anthony Weiner, a seven-term Democrat who resigned in June after a sexting scandal.
With about 70 percent of precincts reporting late Tuesday, Turner had 53 percent of the vote to Weprin’s 47 percent.
The heavily Democratic district, which spans parts of Queens and Brooklyn, had never sent a Republican to the House. But frustration with the continued weak national economy gave Republicans the edge.
Turner has vowed to bring business practicality to Washington and push back on spending and taxes.
The race was supposed to be an easy win for Democrats, who have a 3-1 ratio registration advantage in the district.
Yep. See above re: “bloodbath”.
Weprin, a 56-year-old Orthodox Jew and member of a prominent Queens political family, seemed a good fit for the largely white, working-class district, which is nearly 40 percent Jewish.
But voter frustration with Obama put Weprin in the unlikely spot of playing defense. A Siena Poll released Friday found just 43 percent of likely voters approved of the president’s job performance, while 54 percent said they disapproved. Among independents, just 29 percent said they approved of Obama’s job performance.
Turner, a 70-year-old Catholic, vowed to push back on Obama’s policies if elected. He received help from prominent Republicans including former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, whose much-praised stewardship of the city after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks was recalled during the 10th anniversary of the attacks last weekend.
Weprin became embroiled in New York-centric disputes over Israel and gay marriage, which cost him some support among Jewish voters.
This quibbling is just pathetic. It wasn’t the Jews who were suddenly offended about gay marriage that turned the vote. It was the fact that people hate Obama. It’s very simple.
Orthodox Jews, who tend to be conservative on social issues, expressed anger over Weprin’s vote in the Assembly to legalize gay marriage. In July, New York became one of six states to recognize same-sex nuptials.
More pathetic grandstanding. And completely incorrect. Allow me to repeat: this is New Fucking York City. NEW YORK. The beating blue heart of Democratlandia.
Former Mayor Ed Koch, a Democrat, endorsed Turner in July as a way to “send a message” to Obama on his policies toward Israel. And Weprin was challenged on his support of a proposed Islamic center and mosque near the World Trade Center site, in lower Manhattan.
The Democratic Party enlisted two of its biggest guns, former President Bill Clinton and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to record phone calls for Weprin. And Democrats relied on organized labor and other affiliated groups to bring voters to the polls.
It is funny to me that the Dem big guns are a dude who was president over a decade ago and a governor. Not the Democrat in the White House. Obama is poison.
The House seat opened up when Weiner was pushed by party leaders to resign after sending sexually provocative tweets and text messages to women he met online.
The trouble for Weiner, who served seven terms, began when a photo of a man’s crotch surfaced on his Twitter feed. He initially denied the photo was of him but later admitted it was.
Weiner, who’s married, resigned June 16 after two weeks of fighting off pressure to step aside. He apologized for “the embarrassment that I have caused” and said he hoped to continue to fight for the causes dear to his constituents.
In a special election in May, Democrat Kathy Hochul won a heavily Republican upstate district after pledging to protect Medicare, the popular government health care plan for seniors.
The state replaced outdated lever-operated voting machines last year in favor of paper ballots and optical scanners, which take more time to close and process. Polls closed at 9 p.m. Tuesday, and results trickled in slowly, but a Board of Elections spokeswoman said the vote-tallying system was running smoothly and there were no problems to report.
And cue the Democrats complaining that there was something wrong with the voting machines.
Suck it, bitches.
From National Journal has a fascinating article about the White House’s pre-emptive talk about a loss in New York’s special election to replace Anthony Wiener. Earlier in the day, I came across a similar article in the New York Times. The gist of the whole article boils down to point seven:
7. Special elections won’t provide us with much insight into the degree of anti-incumbent sentiment.
Right. Circle the wagons.
I actually enjoy the sweating and gnashing of teeth among the Left. My prediction is that Turner (the Republican) will win, and the meme will be: “It means nothing about Obama!” That, incidentally, is exactly the same sentiment they expressed when Scott Brown won Ted Kennedy’s seat. And of course it did mean a great deal. The entire Democrat party took a spanking during the midterms. The election of 2012 becomes brighter and brighter for conservatives.
On Real Clear Politics, I saw this ad:
My first instinct was to immediately double-check my math. 2011 – 2000 = 11. So yes, it has been eleven years since President Bush won Florida fair and square. President Bush did not “steal” anything – except voters’ hearts. And the SCOTUS did not “give” the election to Bush. They did the unthinkable and followed the Constitution.
But here we are some eleven years later and we still have this tired, discredited talking point. If Bush had been so awful, you’d think they might have a more relevant ad, like: Iraq War, Year Ten. When Is It Enough? However, the success of the war stymies that plan. How about the Hurricane Katrina machine? I get the sense they know that craziness isn’t going to fly. So they worst thing they can say about President Bush in eight years is, according to Dems, Bush “stole” an election. How desperate.
The small print on the bottom of this ad is a link to democraticgovernors.org, which says this on the front page:
Stop Vote Suppression!
Now that they control a majority of statehouses across the nation, Republicans are attempting a bold power grab to disenfranchise voters and repeat the Florida election debacle of 2000.
Right now, states with Republican governors or new GOP majorities are ramming through bills designed to make it harder for people to vote.
They’ll stop at nothing to steal the Presidency.
We have to act now to stop these bills from becoming law. The Democratic Governors Association is the only organization devoted solely to electing Democratic governors who will veto any and all attempts to limit voter rights. Use the form at the right to stand with the DGA and demand that Republicans stop their politically-motivated attempts to suppress votes.
If this organization is solely committed to electing Democrat governors, why is it worried about the presidential election?
Democrats and liberals, I have something that is going to be very hard for you to hear: Republicans and conservatives do not have to steal the votes. Legitimate votes are ready to be cast. Also, unlike Democrats, Republicans have no history of stealing votes.
After four years of Obama, there will be no problem whatsoever electing a conservative president (and governors.)
But please, by all means, keep spending your money on these chintzy ads.
It seems that Saturday was the unofficial launch of the 2012 election season, and pundits, bloggers and nobodies are making guesses about Obama’s chances for re-elecion. (Note that Obama was being coy today when he said that “though it is not yet election season…” after he had arrived in Minnesota on a giant taxpayer funded campaign bus. He was attempting to deflect from the fact that he was indeed campaigning.) I have no better information than anyone else on the subject, but my thinking is that he will not be re-elected simply because he has done a terrible job as president. We can look at all the approval numbers (39%) and the various fun statistics (54% believe Obama is more liberal than they are) but nothing speaks louder than our collective knowledge that things are bad, bad, bad right now. Unemployment is intolerably high; record numbers of people are on welfare; the housing market is still in the tank; people’s investments are worthless; gas prices are high; grocery bills are increasing; and our credit rating has deservedly been downgraded. Obama’s fantasyland speech notwithstanding (“no matter what anyone says, we are a triple A country”), shit has gotten real. His response is to have a list of people (or objects or events) we need to blame. President Bush, the Tea Party, ATMs, Arab spring, Japan’s tsunami, Wall Steet fat cats, “millionaires and billionaires” who earn $200,000 per year, congress, Big Pharma, oil and gas execs, BP and many others have all been in the president’s crosshairs.
If Obama were a real leader, he would enjoy the challenge of these things and say “Okay ATMs caused it, but I’ll fix it.” Or “George Bush spent too much money so I’ll spend less.” Instead, he uses “bad luck”, a cop-out if I’ve ever heard one, as an excuse to do even worse. Imagine if your ex-boyfriend spent all your money, put you in debt, and beat you. Then Obama comes along and says, “Well, the other guy already made a mess of it, so I’ll keep banging your AmEx card and if I slap you, you can’t get too mad because he bashed your head in with a skillet.” Obviously that’s not a good relationship. I want to break up with my president.
This isn’t leadership. This is a total fucking mess.
And it isn’t just partisanship (another thing he proclaims to hate) that makes me think he is a whiny little bitch. I cheered for him when Osama was killed on his watch. He didn’t kill Osama; the SEALs did. Still, I was willing to give credit where it was due. But ordering the killing one bad guy is not enough to make him re-electable, and what choice did he have? Do you really think he was going to bring Osama to New York for trial? Ha.
We have had a taste of the Obama presidency and quite frankly it sucks donkey balls. Most of those who are not partisan, Obama’s proclaimed favorites, are fleeing the Left like it was leaking anthrax.
We tried it Obama’s way. It has not succeeded. I believe my fellow Americans see the mistake they made in 2008 and will swing right in 2012. If nothing else, it promises to be an exciting election.