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NY-9: Stunning Repudiation of Chuck Schumer (Michael Barone)
Washington Examiner ^ | September 14, 2011 | Michael Barone

Posted on 09/14/2011 6:33:40 PM PDT by neverdem

Republican Bob Turner has been declared the winner by the Associated Press in the New York 9th district special election. With 82% of precincts reporting, the latest returns show Turner with 53% of the vote and Democrat David Weprin with 46%. Weprin leads narrowly, 51%-48%, in Queens, where 90% of the precincts have reported; Turner leads 69%-31% in Brooklyn, where 66% of the precincts have reported. Thus if the remaining precincts in each borough match existing percentages there, Turner will win by a slightly larger margin than in current returns. This is a big reversal from the 2008 general election, when the 9th district voted 55%-44% for Barack Obama over John McCain.

This is a peculiarly shaped district, with the Brooklyn and Queens portions connected by little more than a strip of shoreline and several islands in Jamaica Bay. Many have written that the district has not been carried by a Republican since 1920. This needs a little qualification. The Brooklyn portion of the district is the descendant of districts held by Democrats Emanuel Celler (who won from 1922 to 1970), Elizabeth Holtzman (winner from 1972, when she upset Celler in the primary, to 1978), Charles Schumer (winner from 1980 to 1996) and Anthony Weiner (winner from 1998 to 2010). Celler’s districts tended to run in a narrow corridor from Crown Heights and Brownsville, full of non-affluent Jewish immigrants from the 1910s to the early 1960s) down along Flatbush Boulevard and/or Ocean Parkway to Jamaica Bay. Now the district includes only part of that area. Essentially it includes heavily white (or Asian) neighborhoods deliberately excluded from the black-majority 10th and 11th districts.

To maintain the population standard, these mostly white portions of Brooklyn have been tied by redistricters to mostly white portions of Queens, including Forest Hills, the home base of Geraldine Ferraro when she was elected from 1978 to 1982, and neighborhoods running east to St. John’s University. These parts of Queens have, I believe, been parts of districts that have elected Republicans as recently as the 1960s (when liberal Republican Seymour Halpern represented much of Queens).

There are growing Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in the district, especially in Brooklyn, and Turner seems to have carried Orthodox Jews by a wide margin over Weprin, who is an Orthodox Jew himself. Primary reason, it appears: to protest Barack Obama’s policies and actions toward Israel. As others have pointed out, these relatively middle-scale (as opposed to upscale or downscale) Outer Borough Jews are not typical of affluent Jews in Manhattan or high-income suburbs, and so there is limited precedental value here for other districts.

Nevertheless, it is also notable that Weprin ran no better than even among other voters in the district. For nearly two decades it has been taken for granted that white residents or metro New York are heavily Democratic. Not so the white residents of the 9th congressional district today. They just issued what amounts to an emphatic thumbs down on the policies of the Obama Democrats.

This result is a rebuke to Barack Obama, but it is a rebuke as well—a stinging one, perhaps more stinging—to Senator Charles Schumer. He represented much of this district for 18 years. The now-disgraced Anthony Weiner was his staffer and pretty obviously Schumer’s chosen successor as congressman when he ran successfully for the Senate in 1998. In addition, Schumer has made it his special project to win back white middle class voters in places like metro New York for the Democratic Party.

In January 2007, just in time for the new Democratic majority in Congress, he published a book, Positively American: Winning Back the Middle-Class Majority One Family at a Time. It is a thoughtful essay on how Democrats can win the votes of the kind of voter Schumer himself has won over in his career as a congressman and senator, with specific policy recommendations as well as public relations advice. As one of the three Democratic leaders of the Democratic majority in the Senate—and by common reckoning the one who outshines in intellect the other two put together—Schumer has played an important role in fashioning Democratic policies, including but not limited to the 2009 stimulus package and Obamacare.

This vote is a startling repudiation of those policies by just the voters Schumer was hoping to win over. I write this without any rancor for Chuck Schumer. I admire his intellect, I admire his capacity for hard work and while I think he often acts to gain partisan advantage I think it must also be said that he tries to achieve good public policy results. He has risen from a modest background (he is a graduate of James Madison High School in Brooklyn, the alma mater also of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and former Senator Norm Coleman: a pretty impressive record for a non-selective high school serving a non-affluent neighborhood) and has not gotten where he is because of personal wealth (he has none) or overpowering personal charm.

Schumer will surely continue to serve as senator as long as he wants (since direct election of senators came in, no incumbent Democratic senator from New York has been defeated for reelection). But his project of forging a Democratic governing majority based on successful public policies took a severe beating in this special election.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: schumer; turner
Forget the compliments. Chuck U just got shot with a 12 guage in the groin.
1 posted on 09/14/2011 6:33:48 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem
Chuck U just got shot with a 12 guage in the groin.

Schumer went hunting with Dick Cheney?

2 posted on 09/14/2011 6:36:21 PM PDT by kevao
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To: neverdem

Schumer: you exist as a senator ONLY becaue we allow it. You seem to act like you are entitled to your seat....you’re not.


3 posted on 09/14/2011 6:37:15 PM PDT by Rapscallion (The majority of democrats (50%+) pay no income taxes.)
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To: neverdem

Could the Jews finally be waking up?


4 posted on 09/14/2011 6:37:30 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: neverdem

UP CHUCK IS DOING JUST THAT, WAIT UNTIL 2012


5 posted on 09/14/2011 6:37:53 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: kevao

Naw,Cheney would aim a bit higher.


6 posted on 09/14/2011 6:39:53 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: neverdem

“[Schumer] has not gotten where he is because of ... overpowering personal charm.”

If Barone was drinking anything when he typed that sentence, his keyboard is ruined.

Spew!


7 posted on 09/14/2011 6:46:07 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: neverdem; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; justiceseeker93; Impy

“To maintain the population standard, these mostly white portions of Brooklyn have been tied by redistricters to mostly white portions of Queens, including Forest Hills, the home base of Geraldine Ferraro when she was elected from 1978 to 1982, and neighborhoods running east to St. John’s University. These parts of Queens have, I believe, been parts of districts that have elected Republicans as recently as the 1960s (when liberal Republican Seymour Halpern represented much of Queens).”


OK, now I’m confused. Wasn’t everyone here saying that Ferraro’s CD was in NW Queens?


8 posted on 09/14/2011 6:52:32 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: All

until someone gives them a nice big dose of white guilt..


9 posted on 09/14/2011 6:54:10 PM PDT by newnhdad
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To: AuH2ORepublican

I’ve seen numerous references to Geraldine Ferraro representing this district... but she NEVER did (unless it was for an insignificant sliver, for which I haven’t been able to confirm). They’ve been looking at Wikipedia for Dist. 9 and reporting it as such, but the lines and district numbers were changed for 1992 and 2002...


10 posted on 09/14/2011 7:02:05 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Rick Perry has more red flags than a May Day Parade)
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To: neverdem

“Weprin leads narrowly, 51%-48%, in Queens, where 90% of the precincts have reported”

obviously I would have liked Turner to win Queens since I live there. But we did our job. Kept it close to 50% and let Brooklyn do their part.


11 posted on 09/14/2011 7:03:37 PM PDT by ari-freedom (It's time for Obama to get a downgrade.)
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To: Venturer
abc interviewed a few Jewish people from that district and they were wide awake... and highly pi$$ed.

LLS

12 posted on 09/14/2011 7:10:39 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Is the person that you support a Crony Capitalist... A.K.A. CRAPITALIST?)
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To: neverdem

I will say this very carefully and deliberately.

I am Jewish, although not religious.

If people mistakenly see Chuck Schumer as representative of what Jews are all about, then while it does not justify or excuse anti-Semitism, it certainly would help to explain some of it, even though it is misdirected.

Schumer is a despicable human being. Period. That has nothing to do with his religion or ethnicity, but everything to do with the rottenness that infects and infests his very soul. He has built his entire career based on telling disgusting lies and burying the truth, while thuggishly working to undermine human liberty and justice. In the Democratic Party, human filth rises to the top. No wonder Schumer is one of their leaders.


13 posted on 09/14/2011 7:11:09 PM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: neverdem
I admire his intellect, I admire his capacity for hard work and while I think he often acts to gain partisan advantage I think it must also be said that he tries to achieve good public policy results.


14 posted on 09/14/2011 7:11:26 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ( If you can remember the 60s....you weren't really there)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I saw several reports earlier today... stating the same thing. Nice tag!

LLS


15 posted on 09/14/2011 7:13:00 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Is the person that you support a Crony Capitalist... A.K.A. CRAPITALIST?)
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To: Zeppo
Schumer is a despicable human being. Period. That has nothing to do with his religion or ethnicity, but everything to do with the rottenness that infects and infests his very soul. He has built his entire career based on telling disgusting lies and burying the truth, while thuggishly working to undermine human liberty and justice. In the Democratic Party, human filth rises to the top. No wonder Schumer is one of their leaders.

Sir, you speak the truth.

16 posted on 09/14/2011 7:14:04 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ( If you can remember the 60s....you weren't really there)
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To: neverdem
So nice, it deserved to be posted twice:

New York 9: Stunning Repudiation of Chuck Schumer

17 posted on 09/14/2011 7:17:42 PM PDT by TonyInOhio ( ~ No ~)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Thanks. Last week I wrote up the history of this district from the 1910s onward...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2775874/posts?page=80#80


18 posted on 09/14/2011 7:20:00 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Rick Perry has more red flags than a May Day Parade)
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To: Fantasywriter
I think Barone's comment about Schumer not having "overwhelming personal charm" is a rhetorical device known as litotes. Like when St. Paul calls his native city of Tarsus "no mean city" indicating that it is an illustrious city.
19 posted on 09/14/2011 7:21:22 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: neverdem

So.. how is going to be the anti-Negro?


20 posted on 09/14/2011 7:22:17 PM PDT by calico_thompson
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To: neverdem

Last night there were 37 precincts from Queens and 37 precincts from Brooklyn that had not yet reported. I suspect it is a game of chicken, because the dimTurd RATs in Queens are waiting for Brooklyn to report, so that the dimTurd Queens demoRATs will know how many votes they need to dredge up & fabricate in order to STILL pull this election out. The fact that everyone will know it is a stolen election does not bother demoRAT bastards in the least. What is the hold-up? Last night there were 82% of the precincts reporting..... now 24 hours later it is still 82%. What is the hold-up? Any from NY-9 have any insight on this?


21 posted on 09/14/2011 7:23:25 PM PDT by rcrngroup
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To: neverdem

So.. Who is going to be the anti-Negro?


22 posted on 09/14/2011 7:23:44 PM PDT by calico_thompson
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To: neverdem

So.. Who is going to be the anti-Negro?


23 posted on 09/14/2011 7:23:54 PM PDT by calico_thompson
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To: neverdem

Usually Barone is pretty good, but anyone who could admire Schmucky Shumer for his “intellect” is sadly deluded (IMHO). Guy is nothing more than a rabid attack dog, which needs to be put out of its misery.


24 posted on 09/14/2011 7:29:39 PM PDT by Newtoidaho (Fight organized crime. Vote out all incumbent Democrats!)
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To: Zeppo; ChildOfThe60s
Sir, you speak the truth.

Worth repeating...and your post is ROFLMAO funny, 60's child. Thanks.

25 posted on 09/14/2011 7:59:31 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: neverdem
and by common reckoning the one who outshines in intellect the other two put together—Schumer has played an important role in fashioning Democratic policies, including but not limited to the 2009 stimulus package and Obamacare. <<

lol...OK...
outshines in “intellect”....
stimulus package and Obamacare
What am I missing????

26 posted on 09/14/2011 8:02:03 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: fieldmarshaldj

This isn’t someone who saw “NY-09” on Wikipedia; this is Michael Barone. Seems odd for the author of the Almanac of American Politics to make such a mistake. He specifically mentioned Forest Hills as her base, and he provided the whole laundry list of representatives from the Brooklyn portion of the current NY-09 starting with Cellar, so he gave this some thought. Could Ferraro’s NY-09 have included Forest Hills in 1978 and 1980?


27 posted on 09/14/2011 8:21:29 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

I located an Almanac from 1980 (with the ‘72-’82 lines) which did have a map of her 9th area and tried to overlap it with a current map. According to it, it does appear that a small area overlaps in the Queens neck and part of the western edge above that (again in the Queens part). I was using a much smaller map from the Cong. Atlas to try to ascertain where the lines fell in my post from last week. I’d still maintain, however, this is not the seat she’d have run in today, but the districts have been so augmented and enlarged over the years (and, of course, one need not even reside in the district to win, as Weprin didn’t even live there, which I think was a big mark against him).


28 posted on 09/14/2011 8:43:32 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Rick Perry has more red flags than a May Day Parade)
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To: neverdem

“We’re going to hammer guns on the anvil of relentless legislative strategy! We’re going to beat guns into submission!”
~Senator Charles Schumer, 1993


29 posted on 09/14/2011 8:47:08 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: TonyInOhio

I’m surprised that the Examiner changed this title to NY-9. That’s why search didn’t catch it. Yours was New York 9. I was thinking maybe National Review’s version.


30 posted on 09/14/2011 8:47:49 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: Newtoidaho
Usually Barone is pretty good, but anyone who could admire Schmucky Shumer for his “intellect” is sadly deluded (IMHO).

The NY Times had a story years ago that he maxxed the SAT.

31 posted on 09/14/2011 8:53:58 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: Venturer
It is my sincere hope that American Jewry gets past their primal fear of Christians and Conservatives and recognizes Gear Leader for the threat he is.

This tectonic shift has yet to happen, but I will thank G_d if it does. Donkey socialists/Marxists are primal threats to the United States and to Israel.

32 posted on 09/14/2011 8:59:20 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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To: Venturer

You would hope. But NY Jews are idiots and fools.


33 posted on 09/14/2011 9:01:34 PM PDT by Fledermaus (I reported myself @ AttackWatch.com)
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To: Travis McGee
“We’re going to hammer guns on the anvil of relentless legislative strategy! We’re going to beat guns into submission!”
~Senator Charles Schumer, 1993

I womder how hard it was for him to eat those words? There must have been a lot of cognitive dissonance. He was the head of the DSCC in 2006 recruiting candidates that were gun owners pledging fealty to the Second Amendment.

34 posted on 09/14/2011 9:12:54 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: Zeppo

I am an “Upstater” and long time observant of Shumer’s demeanor. I couldn’t agree with you more. I hope the voters put him out to pasture. It is time.


35 posted on 09/15/2011 2:51:43 AM PDT by MountainYankee
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Bookmarked for a later read... thanks!

LLS


36 posted on 09/15/2011 4:12:24 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Is the person that you support a Crony Capitalist... A.K.A. CRAPITALIST?)
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37 posted on 09/15/2011 9:15:51 AM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

I love it.

The left is imploding.


38 posted on 09/15/2011 11:14:15 AM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping!


39 posted on 09/15/2011 3:15:56 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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