Skip to comments.Special Election in New York, Why Obama Lost
Posted on 04/03/2009 7:10:49 AM PDT by libstripper
With your help, The National Republican Trust PAC was able to beat back President Barack Obamas front-line offensive against American values.
When we told you about the special election in New York to fill the congressional seat vacated by Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, and that we had a chance of winning it back for conservatives, you responded and we were able to send a message to Washington, D.C., that Obamas massive spending is not wanted.
The election was held Tuesday and the race right now is a tie with some 10,000 absentee ballots still to be counted.
We are confident that Republican Jim Tedisco will be certified the winner.
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ACORN is reporting that the 10,000 absentee ballots have been counted and the Dem won by 12,300 votes... /s
This was a pathetic result in a Republican District , following 3 trillion dollars in wasteful govt spending. Shameful, embarrassing, emasculating.
The spin on this from both sides is puke inducing.
Tedisco screwed up big time. He would have won easily if he had not.
I’m not familiar with the particulars of the race. But you’re right ... wasn’t Tedisco polling heavily ahead at one point?
What changed / happened?
Yes, he was up by double digits. Then he decided that he wouldn’t take a position on the stimulus package. I guess he had to consult with someone to find the right answer.
Republican candidates may not like it, but people have been so betrayed by Republicans that ANY sign that they aren’t rooted in principle is their death knell.
He did eventually take a stand against the stimulus and started saying the right things, but a lot of people had tuned out at that point.
A “Republican” district that went for Obama, Clinton, and Spitzer in the most recent elections. Right now many people really don’t care about the 3 trillion dollar spending so that will not have much bearing on elections yet. The reality of this massive spending boondoggle will not sink in until interest rates rise and inflation starts running wild. This will doom the Dems in 2010 as long as the Republicans run good, solid conservative candidates and not Dem-lite Rinos. Look at this New York election as a tiny baby step toward bigger and better things to come.
Since when would the Demonrats have a problem stealing 751 votes?
That makes no sense. So, Republicans who were waiting for the guy to take a stand, decided NOT TO VOTE or VOTE FOR THE OTHER GUY because he made up his mind too late? Ridiculous.
Thank you! I’m getting tired of the Democrat spin that this is a Republican district because the majority of people have not bothered to change their registration even though they reliably vote in large numbers for the Democrat.
For heaven’s sake! This could be a huge repudiation of Barack Obama and we’re all griping because Tedisco was a dopey candidate. What would it take to make some people happy?
What’s really pathetic is that only 150,000 turned out in a state the size of NY.
Are there any Republican districts in New York? I thought it was overwhelmingly Democratic?
Tedisco's debate performance was awful because he is reluctant to take stands on almost everything. You can tell he just wants to take that middle ground and not offend anyone. The typical lame Republican way that you saw from McCain. It's a shame because Tedisco was really key to getting rid of that putz Spitzer.
Another factor was that both Tedisco and the Republican independent groups kept pounding away at the AIG bonuses to the point where that was the only message. Terrible strategy.
I read similar things about the unexpectedly low turnout last November in some parts of key "swing" states in the Northeast (Pennsylvania and Ohio in particular).
Means nothing. The RAT machine will make sure Tedisco will lose like they have done in other races.
That is what turns so many people off to the Republican party. They absolutely refuse to stand for anything. People would follow if they would only show some leadership, even if they didn’t completely agree with them. Give the devil his due but that is one thing about the Democrats. They stick together and there has never been any doubt in my mind what they stand for. Republicans? I always wonder.
Update - Some good news:
Republican Candidate Takes Lead In Race For Gillibrand’s Seat; Begins Transition To Congress
What they say and what they believe are two different things.
Of course it wouldn’t make sense to you. Anyone who can accept the fact that a Republican needs to ‘make up his mind’ about the most pressing issue in the country and on a bill that ALL house Republicans voted against, obviously wouldn’t understand.
You’re thinking in terms of parties. You’re thinking that no matter how bad the Republican is, the Democrat is worse.
Well, you’re probably right, but here’s the issue that elected Republicans across the country are forgetting: Many people are starving for candidates who stand for SOMETHING. They’ve been so deprived of leaders who know who they are and know what their position is that even if they don’t agree with that position, they’ll go with them.
You are failing to step back and realize just how deep the betrayal has been. People BELIEVED that electing Republicans would bring about a more responsible government. They stuck their neck’s out. They dealt with constant derision and outright vilification in some cases to vote in the people they believed in. And they were left in the dust with nothing to show for it.
Wake up. We have Republicans in the house voting ‘present’ on fascist bills to control executive pay. We have Republicans in the house who don’t know that a Bill of Attainder is unconstitutional.
Are there Democrats that are so stupid that one wonders how they walk upright? You betcha there are and that’s most of them in fact. But that doesn’t make it anymore acceptable than Zero’s lame ass argument about Bush starting the bailouts and spending first, so his doubling down on it is okay.
Republicans were supposed to be better. They promised us they were better. And they didn’t keep their promise.
With this in mind, any candidate must tread carefully in order to keep their base. That means knowing who they are, what they believe in, and where they stand. Hesitation is unacceptable.
Imagine this is with the Obama machine putting ALL its energy on ONE little election.
Now divide that machine over the entire house elections.
FOOTNOTE: TAKE YOUR CHILDREN AND YOUR TEENAGEERS TO THESE TEA PARTIES!!! EDUCATE THE NEXT GENERATION OF VOTERS!! OBAMA MUST NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN!
This was a congressional district, not a statewide race.
They'll never learn.
This was a house race and not open to voting by the whole state.
It's not like New Jersey where the law doesn't count at all.
In New York, in a Congressional DISTRICT, only registered voters that live in that DISTRICT are allowed to legally vote.
Size of the state is not material, as in jersey where the jersey supreme court can override the state constitution and replace an indicted senate candidate with a different one, even after the deadline has passed.
I stand corrected. Thanks.
All congressional districts are the same size in terms of population, so the population of NY is not relevant. There are about 600,000 or 700,000 residents per congressional district, I am not sure what the figure is these days. Of those, not all are eligible voters. 150,000 is probably a 40 or 50 percent turnout of registered voters.
Each Congressional District represents about 800,000 people, and registered voters might be 60 % of that of thereabouts, so I dont get your point about this being NY.
just a litle herding of the sheep here... ;^)