Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 14, 2011
to special congressional elections were held yesterday, one in New York and the other in Nevada. The New York election in which Republican Bob Turner defeated Democrat David Weprin garnered much of the today’s attention given is the first time a Republican has been elected in the district in about 90 years. However, the Nevada election also is significant for national politics.
While Nevada’s second Congressional District includes more Republicans than Democrats, it was the margin of the victory that made the election significant. Republican Mark Amodei defeated Democrat Kate Marshall by over 24,000 votes. However, just two and a half years ago Barack Obama lost in this district to John McCain by less than 100 votes. In addition, Democrat Marshall was an attractive candidate without any particular political baggage.
It is clear that the unpopular policies of Barack Obama are having national impact. Last November’s elections led to historic gains for the Republicans in Congress. It is becoming apparent that even more historic changes are coming in the election just over a year from now.
Given the significance of these recent elections, it is likely that Blue-Dog and middle-of-the-road Democrats will start distancing themselves from President Obama and his policies further increasing the President’s political problems and his ability to lead.
Posted in Congress, Elections, Politics | Tagged: Bob Turner, Congress, David Weprin, Democrats, Election, Kate Marshall, Mark Amodei, Nevada, Obama, Republicans | 1 Comment »
Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 14, 2011
Yesterday’s special election in New York City for the Congressional seat previously held by Anthony Weiner has led to a stunning result. The district that includes Queens and Brooklyn has gone Republican for the first time in nearly a century with Republican Bob Turner defeating Democrat David Weprin.
The election has national implications with political novice Turner making the race a referendum on President Obama. Turner said on Tuesday evening: “We’ve been asked by the people of this district to send a message to Washington and I hope they hear it loud and clear. We only hope that our voices are heard. We can start putting things right again.”
So far it the Dems are not getting the message with Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz saying of the election results: “It’s a very difficult district for Democrats.” What???? That statement doesn’t even pass the smell test with the Democrats holding a three to one voter margin and the district’s history of voting for Democrats. Adding insult to injury for the Democrats and the President, the district has a large Jewish population with many voting for Turner, a Roman Catholic, over Weprin, an Orthodox Jew.
The arrogance of Barack Obama will not allow him to read the tea leaves of this New York special election any more than he did with the results of the congressional elections of 2010. For many who disagree with the direction the Country has taken since Obama was elected, that offers the prospects for real “Hope and Change”.
Posted in Congress, Elections | Tagged: Anthony Weiner, Bob Turner, Congress, David Weprin, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Democrats, Election, New York City, Republicans | 1 Comment »
Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 3, 2010
President Obama had an hour-long news conference this morning after his Democrat Party had a very bad night in voting booths across the Country. In the President’s own words, his Party took a “shellacking”.
The President’s take on the elections is spot on. It has resulted in a historic Republicans tidal wave that removed Democrats from power in the House of Representatives, state legislatures and governorships countrywide. The GOP gains in the Congress is the largest in a century by either party.
The blame-game within the Democrat Party has already begun putting some White House officials on the defensive. Some are focusing solely on the poor economy as the sole excuse for the beating. That is a glaring mistake given the scale of the voter discontent. It continues on the bad advice this group gave Obama for past year leading up to the elections.
President Obama, to his credit, took a more realistic view of the “shellacking” when he said: This is something every president needs to go through. In the rush of activity, sometimes we lose track of the ways that we connected with folks that got us here in the first place.” But this “something” didn’t have to happen to Obama. He was elected by independent and middle Americans to change the culture in Washington; to make it more responsive and transparent to the People. But he reneged on these promises and more.
The challenge for Obama now is not to see the light only the day after his policies were rejected by the electorate. No, his challenge is to take a hard look at how a man with so much support and given such a mandate has fallen so far and so fast. Should he truly take the blame and start on a road that listens to those that vote, these is the chance of pulling victory from the jaws of defeat like Bill Clinton did.
If Barack Obama’s past will be the judge for his future, it is unlikely the President will change the arrogance and myopia that caused his Party’s catastrophe yesterday. His circle of friends has included radicals who see confrontation as the best tool for results. His employment as a Community Organizer was one that demanded results for a small group of constituents over the larger group. His political experience comes from Chicago known for corruption. And significantly, Obama spent the first two years of his Presidency demonizing opponents and never admitting his own failings, at least until today.
Finally, Obama has faced an adoring press that allowed him to avoid tough questions during his campaign for the Presidency and since the election. While this shielded him in the short run from hearing dissent, it also served to separate from the voters and their needs.
All Americans should hope that the President and the Republican Congress work together and get down to the business of addressing the major challenges this Country faces. Today the President offered a new tone for his Administration. Until that tone changes, he deserves our support. Should he resort to the “old” Obama, the People have served notice that the next election is but two years away.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 3, 2010
The mid-term elections are finally over. Many on the Left cry in their soup over the loses and search for scapegoats. Others on the Right are elated by the victories, believing a new dawn has begun for our Country. Both reactions are out of touch with reality.
The major problems this Country faces are unchanged from 24 hours ago. Among our top challenges is the huge and out-of-control federal deficit. Now that the Republicans are taking control of Congress will they have the intestinal fortitude to tell Americans that cleaning up this mess will be painful? Will they address the entitlement time bombs? While time will tell, history does not point towards optimism.
Blog reader Carl sent in a video that while a bit dated, points to the problem of bringing our bloated government and bureaucracy under control.
In Carl’s words:
As a result of the 11/2/2010 mid-terms, the controversial and hot-tempered Rep. Grayson of Florida was defeated. In what may be his finest and rarest rational moments in his career, he questions a squirming official: Elizabeth Coleman, Inspector General of the Federal Reserve.
A few thoughts after watching her evasive and uninformed responses: (1) Lehman Brothers was allowed to fail while the well-connected Goldman-Sachs was favored among the Wall Street firms; (2) incredibly, no one in the immense and tangle bureaucracy keeps track of $ trillions; (3) the FED and the Treasury needs to be audited and some people in our Government and financial industry ought to fired, fined or put in jail.
Posted in Deficits, economics, Elections | Tagged: Alan Grayson, Congress, Deficits, Elections, Elizabeth Coleman, Federal Reserve, Goldman Sachs, left, Lehman Brothers, Republicans, Right, Treasury Department | 1 Comment »
Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 2, 2010
Today, Blog reader Dave took exception to our posting of October 27 titled New York Times Poll Defines those Obama Calles “Enemies”. The exchange is lively and enlightening as it shows that even as the American people are rejecting Obamaism, the hard Left is unapologetic. Should President Obama react in the same defensive manner, he will be a one-term president.
It’s ok for you to call someone a “whackco” while complaining about name calling? What a joke.
And how is it ok for you to lie? Obama isn’t calling “the electorate” an enemy. He is calling the GOP an enemy. Which they are.
Thanks for your comments. But I must disagree.
When I call someone a “whackco”, I’m just a private citizen with an opinion. When the President calls a large part of the people he is supposed to represent “enemies”, he does a disservice to himself and the Country. If you cannot see the difference, we will have to just agree to disagree.
As to your comment that “Obama isn’t calling “the electorate” enemy. He is calling the GOP an enemy”, that is a circular negative. Given the likely outcome of today’s elections, these two groups are mostly one and the same. You are falling into the same trap that Obama and friends fell into as the polls started heading south last year. Ignoring the will of the people is a major reason for the trouncing that is about to occur at the polls today.
Power to the people.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 1, 2010
Quote of the day forwarded by Jim Mahoney:
“This is not election, it’s a restraining order”.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 21, 2010
Alan Mollohan, West Virginia Democrat’s Defeat Means More Change
Alan Mollohan, a Democrat from West Virginia was defeated earlier this month in his primary race. In keeping with the growing voter discontent with the Obama Administration and politicians in general, West Virginian voters said “no mas” to Mr. Mollohan. This is quite remarkable given that Mollohan received 61% of the popular vote just four years earlier.
The victor, state senator Mike Oliverio, ran on a more conservative platform. This plus the fact that there are ethics questions relating to Mollohan’s increased personal wealth while in office, sealed Oliverio’s victory.
The mainstream media gave a lot of press to the Republican Robert Bennett’s loss in the Utah primary. This matched the false narrative they try to create for the GOP and Tea Party movement as being radical and out of touch. This same press mentioned little of Mollohan’s loss because it points to America’s discontent with Progressives and their overreach of power and spending.
Irrespective of the media’s dereliction of duty, the winds of change are blowing and America is starting to speak. It feels as if we have passed an important topping point in American politics.
Posted in Elections, Politics, Progressives | Tagged: Alan Mollohan, Chnage, Democrat, Election, GOP, Mainstream Media, Mike Oliverio, Obama, Progressives, Republican, Robert Bennett, Tipping Point, Utah, West Virginia | Leave a Comment »