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  • NJ Vote on Gay Marriage Could Shape Battles Ahead

    12/08/2009 10:19:01 PM PST · by Steelfish · 7 replies · 595+ views
    NYTimes ^ | December 08th 2009
    NJ Vote on Gay Marriage Could Shape Battles Ahead REUTERS December 9, 2009 TRENTON (Reuters) - The legalization of same-sex marriage faces a critical test in New Jersey this week that advocates on each side of the controversial issue argue will shape the fate of gay-marriage battles across the nation. If the proposal to legalize gay marriage passes the state Senate vote on Thursday, New Jersey could be on its way to joining five other U.S. states that allow gay couples to wed. Advocates hope to pass the bill in the legislature so Governor Jon Corzine, a supporter, can sign...
  • Gay marriage bill up for vote in NJ next week

    12/04/2009 1:50:34 PM PST · by markomalley · 24 replies · 831+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | 12/4/2009 | Angela Delli Santi
    Gay rights activists in New Jersey pressing lawmakers to approve a same-sex marriage law while there is still a governor in office who would sign it won assurances Thursday that the legislation would be posted for a vote. Sen. Paul Sarlo, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he would keep a promise to gay marriage proponents by posting the marriage equality act on Monday. But, he said he'd vote against the bill, underscoring the proposal's uncertain outcome. Senate President Richard Codey said he'd bring the bill to the full Senate next Thursday — if it clears Judiciary. A similar...
  • Economic Misery Is Driving Voters Right

    12/01/2009 7:32:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 49 replies · 1,396+ views ^ | December 1, 2009 | J.T. YOUNG
    It seems simple to write off the four elections that got much of the attention last month in New Jersey, Virginia, New York and California. Democrats and Republicans each won two, so what really changed? They weren't indicative nationally and represented no more than local issues playing out locally, right? Wrong. They represented a conservative groundswell — ideologically and personally.The table below shows the four races. The first two columns indicate the percentages of the vote total gained by each party in the 2008 presidential election and the 2009 state and congressional elections. The third column shows the difference...
  • N.J. Dems move to prevent a Christie GOP appointment

    12/01/2009 2:35:12 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 58 replies · 1,967+ views
    The Hill ^ | December 1, 2009 | Aaron Blake
    Get ready for more appointment drama, because Democrats in New Jersey want to strip Gov.-elect Chris Christie (R) of the right to appoint a Republican to a Senate vacancy. The proposal is significant because 85-year-old Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) has five years left in his term (not to mention the fact that he has already retired once). Those close to Lautenberg insist he's as driven and vibrant as ever, but Democrats are privately worried it could put them in a situation where Christie would fill a vacancy with a member of the GOP. State assembly Majority Whip John McKeon (D)...
  • Gay marriage losing support in New Jersey: poll

    11/25/2009 10:50:10 AM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies · 672+ views
    al Reuters ^ | 11/25/2009
    New Jersey voters are split on whether to legalize gay marriage, but more people now oppose it than support it, a poll found on Wednesday. The Quinnipiac University survey found 49 percent of voters oppose a law allowing same-sex couples to marry, while 46 percent support such legislation, reversing an April poll that found 49 percent supported it and 43 percent opposed it. "When we asked about gay marriage in April, it won narrow approval. Now that it seems closer to a legislative vote, it loses narrowly with the public," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute....
  • Election Day Reverberations

    11/24/2009 4:25:12 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies · 704+ views
    NC Register ^ | November 24, 2009 | JOHN BURGER
    Supporters of a proposed New Jersey law that would allow men to “marry” men and women to “marry” women were gung-ho going into November’s election. Prospects looked good in the state legislature, and Gov. Jon Corzine had promised to sign the “marriage equality” bill whether he was reelected or not. Everyone expected to see the Garden State’s civil union law supplanted by a same-sex “marriage” bill by year’s end, and even after Corzine lost to Republican challenger Chris Christie Nov. 3, people still assumed the bill would get the signature of the lame-duck governor. But when legislators returned to Trenton...
  • Optimistic GOP Governors Want a Kinder, Gentler Approach to 2010

    11/20/2009 7:11:51 PM PST · by Dajjal · 81 replies · 2,398+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | Nov. 20, 2009 | Melinda Henneberger
    AUSTIN – Here's what I did not hear at the annual confab of Republican governors held here this week: The words socialist, extremist, or government takeover. With the focus on jobs, jobs and jobs, the only red meat was the Texas barbecue. And by design, there was no Obama-bashing. [snip] Barbour cautioned Republican candidates to refrain from attacking the president, period: "People want the president to succeed; good Lord, they want the country to succeed, and particularly the first African-American president has a lot of goodwill. . . . We need to be careful, we need to treat the president...
  • GOP Governors Push for 2010 Party Rebirth

    11/20/2009 7:27:03 AM PST · by markomalley · 20 replies · 773+ views
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 11/20/2009 | Liz Sidoti
    Thrilled with twin victories this month, Republican governors are looking to lead a party-wide resurgence in 2010 and shape the GOP for years to come. Republicans boast of a strong crop of gubernatorial candidates who could be future party leaders, $25 million in the bank a year before the elections and a difficult environment for Democrats, particularly in financially ailing swing-voting states like Ohio and Iowa. "Next year's going to be a good year for Republican governors," predicted Haley Barbour, Mississippi's governor and chairman of the Republican Governors Association. "In states where there are Republican governors, people can see if...
  • Are Asian voters swinging Republican? (analysis from NJ/VA results)

    11/18/2009 7:40:06 AM PST · by heiss · 23 replies · 1,020+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | Nov 17, 2009 | Michael barone
    Asian voters switching to Republicans? ... All this evidence strongly suggests that Republicans made gains and Democrats suffered significant losses among Asian, and specifically among Indian-American voters, in Middlesex County. This upscale group, ready enough to vote for John Kerry in 2004 and Barack Obama in 2008, seems to have been repelled by New Jersey’s high taxes and big government under Jon Corzine. There should be some lessons here for Republicans generally—and for Democrats as well.
  • Are Asian voters swinging Republican? (Indian Americans tired of Democrats?)

    11/18/2009 2:14:25 AM PST · by cold start · 10 replies · 1,074+ views
    Washington ^ | 17th November 2009 | Michael Barone
    Asian voters switching to Republicans? Prowling through the election returns in the governor races two weeks ago, I was surprised to find that Middlesex County, New Jersey, voted for Republican Chris Christie over Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine by a 48%-44% margin, almost exactly the same as Christie’s 49%-45% statewide margin. Middlesex County has been a Democratic county for as long as I have been studying election returns (going back to the 1960 election). In close elections it voted 58%-42% for John Kennedy in 1960, 46%-43% for Hubert Humphrey in 1968 (when he failed to carry New Jersey), 51%-47% for Jimmy...
  • RJC: Christie won 38% of Jewish vote in NJ gubernatorial race

    11/17/2009 10:37:56 AM PST · by freespirited · 21 replies · 1,368+ views
    Republican Jewish Coalition Executive Director Matthew Brooks commented today on a post-election poll done by McLaughlin & Associates in New Jersey on November 3 and 4, 2009: "Recently released post-election poll results from New Jersey show that Republican Chris Christie won 38% of the Jewish vote this year in his run for governor. We are pleased by Christie's strong showing in the Jewish community in a very close race. [Click here to download a memo of the poll results.] "The Jewish community was a key battleground in this election, with both Republicans and the Democrats actively campaigning for Jewish support....
  • What White Women Want, Surprisingly the GOP

    11/13/2009 9:55:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies · 2,527+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 13, 2009 | David Paul Kuhn
    This week, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat, told reporters the GOP offers a "back-of-the-hand treatment to women." Later she said two conservative female representatives only serve to further "repulse women." You see, Schultz said on MSNBC, Republicans "don't really get very many women when it comes to elections." The week before, in Virginia, the Republican gubernatorial candidate won women. And in blue New Jersey, the Republican lost women but won white women by 18 percentage points. Last year, John McCain won a majority of the white female vote. They sum to more than 25 million women. Democrats, so...
  • Unwritten story: New VA & NJ governors are strong Catholics

    11/13/2009 10:50:33 AM PST · by ikeonic · 15 replies · 713+ views
    American Papist ^ | 11/13/09 | Thomas Peters
    ...two Catholic candidates won elections this year to state-wide office without compromising their pro-life, pro-family principles. The world didn't end, and once they are in office, they won't conduct witch hunts against those who disagree with them on these issues - but they will use their office to promote these central values, which transcend any one religion or political party. Catholics aren't pro-life and pro-family, after all, only because the Church tells them to be so, but rather, they are encouraged to hold true to these commonsense principles because of the witness and encouragement of their Catholic faith. You read...
  • Where NJ must cut

    11/10/2009 4:01:52 PM PST · by NewJerseyJoe · 18 replies · 1,137+ views
    New York Post ^ | 11/10/09 | Eileen Norcross
    In his election-night acceptance speech, New Jersey Gov.-elect Chris Christie aimed straight at the Garden State's entrenched political class, vowing to "turn Trenton on its head." As his victory suggests, many residents would welcome such dramatic reform. He has the opportunity to harness popular anger with the previous administration and make real reforms. Christie inherits a state that's in arguably the worst financial condition in its 233- year history. Last year's $7 billion shortfall, closed with stimulus dollars and tax hikes, has resurfaced at an even larger $8 billion for 2010. Residents face crippling property taxes (an average of $7,000...
  • The President Whose Words Once Soared

    11/10/2009 3:39:21 PM PST · by Ben Mugged · 86 replies · 2,991+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 7, 2009 | PETER BAKER
    As the most gifted orator of his generation, President Obama finds speechmaking perhaps his most potent political tool. It propelled him to national prominence in 2004 and to the White House in 2008. And whenever he needs to calm economic fears or revive stalled health care legislation, he takes to the lectern. It may be too soon to reach such conclusions. The Democrats who lost last week, after all, had fatal flaws all their own. But the results do suggest that Mr. Obama’s addresses these days may not resonate quite the way they did. Speeches that once set pulses racing...
  • Interview with the President: NY-23 Special Election is “Important Signal” for Democrats

    11/09/2009 3:08:32 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 13 replies · 878+ views Punch ^ | 11/09/09 | Jake Tapper & Sunlen Miller
    Obama said the main message he took from last week’s election results – with Republicans winning gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia – was that Americans are “nervous, and they’re worried and they’re anxious.” “I don't think there's any denying the fact that people are worried out there,” he said in an interview with ABC’s Jake Tapper today. Obama said Democrat Bill Owens victory in the special election in New York’s 23rd congressional district, the one bright spot for the president’s party last Tuesday, “sent an important signal.”
  • Learning the Right Lessons From Tuesday’s Results (Finally, Scozzafava is called a liberal.)

    11/09/2009 11:43:06 AM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies · 737+ views
    Roll Call ^ | Nov. 9, 2009 | Stuart Rothenberg
    Everyone and his brother has opinions about what happened on Tuesday, but not all assessments are equally correct, just as not all of the descriptions of the contests, while they were in progress, were equally on the mark. What were some of the mistakes and mischaracterizations during the campaigns and after the voting? One of the worst, I thought, was the widespread characterization of Dede Scozzafava, the Republican nominee in New York’s 23rd district, as a moderate. I realize that those of us in the media use that term to distinguish certain Republicans and Democrats from their more ideologically consistent...
  • How Obama Saved The Massachusetts GOP (and the rest of NE, too!)

    11/05/2009 3:50:17 AM PST · by suspects · 20 replies · 1,120+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | November 5, 2009 | Michael Graham
    How’s that “hope and change” working out for you? I can’t speak for the Democrats, but Republicans - particularly New England ones - are loving it. After a year of defeat and dire predictions, Massachusetts conservatives have renewed hope for 2010. There’s definitely change on the way, and in a state whose legislators are about 90 percent Democrat, change can only be good for Republicans. And who can we thank for this new conservative spirit of hopeful-changeyness? The Republican Party’s new hero: Barack Obama. One year ago today, pundits were writing off the American right for the next election cycle,...
  • Freewheeling young voters scare both parties

    11/08/2009 5:09:30 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 27 replies · 967+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 8, 2009 | Michael Barone
    In November 2008, 658,000 Americans under 30 voted in New Jersey and 782,000 did so in Virginia. In November 2009, 212,000 Americans under 30 voted in New Jersey and 198,000 did so in Virginia. In other words, young voter turnout this year was down two-thirds in New Jersey and three-quarters in Virginia
  • Gay-Marriage Fight Heads to New Jersey

    11/07/2009 6:58:29 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 7 replies · 593+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11-07-09 | KEITH J. WINSTEIN
    The battle over gay rights will move to New Jersey and the federal government, advocates said, after Tuesday's narrow rejection of same-sex marriage by Maine voters in a hard-fought contest. The Democrat-controlled legislature in New Jersey, which currently recognizes same-sex couples in civil unions, is under pressure to pass a bill authorizing gay marriage before Gov. Jon Corzine ends his term in mid-January.
  • Gov-elect Chris Christie assures Family Policy group: "NJ has a proudly pro-life governor”

    11/07/2009 3:07:49 PM PST · by Liz · 15 replies · 1,312+ views
    Governor-elect Chris Christie made a surpise appearance at the New Jersey Family Policy annual dinner. Gov Christie thanked the audience for all of the work done on behalf of New Jersey families. Christie told the New Jersey Family Policy group about his own family and his kids and spoke about their shared values. Governor-elect Chris Christie said he prepared his family for the possibility of a loss that was not to be. He huddled with his family on election night before going on stage to accept the election results. His family all shared their love and celebration. Governor-elect Christie graciously...
  • ACORN [Lies]: We're Not Even Working In New Jersey

    11/07/2009 2:31:01 AM PST · by Grammar Nazi · 7 replies · 869+ views
    TPMMuckraker ^ | November 3, 2009, 6:09PM | Zachary Roth
    OK, here's what should be the nail in the coffin for conservative claims that ACORN is poised to steal the New Jersey governor's race through rampant voter fraud. Brian Kettenring, an ACORN spokesman, tells TPMmuckraker that the much-maligned group has conducted absolutely no political or voter registration activity in the state during the 2009 cycle. And Kettenring added that ACORN had done very little such work during the 2008 cycle. In a column published yesterday in the Wall Street Journal, John Fund sounded the alarm about the threat from ACORN -- but a close look reveals that even here he...
  • A New Grassroots Political Organization Makes Its Mark

    11/06/2009 7:03:12 AM PST · by GonzoII · 9 replies · 535+ views ^ | 11/06/09 | Deal Hudson
    A New Grassroots Political Organization Makes Its Mark by Deal W. Hudson    11/06/09 The election results of November 2 were not merely the spontaneous reaction of Republicans to the bad economy and liberal excesses of the Obama administration. The four pro-life, conservative GOP candidates in Virginia and New Jersey were elected in a groundswell of religious and social conservatives, many of them independent voters who had voted for Obama only a year ago. A new grassroots organization played a major role in getting these voters to the polls -- the Faith & Freedom Coalition was founded by Ralph...
  • New Jersey County By County Election Results

    11/06/2009 2:51:37 PM PST · by usafa92 · 39 replies · 1,755+ views
    Full County Results for New Jersey with results for most towns.
  • What Independents Want

    11/06/2009 2:44:34 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies · 594+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 5, 2009 | DAVID BROOKS
    Liberals and conservatives each have their own intellectual food chains. They have their own think tanks to provide arguments, politicians and pundits to amplify them, and news media outlets to deliver streams of prejudice-affirming stories. Independents, who are the largest group in the electorate, don’t have any of this... --snip-- The most telling races this year were the suburban rebellions across the country. For example, in Westchester and Nassau counties in New York, Republican candidates came from nowhere to defeat entrenched Democratic county officials. In blue Pennsylvania, the G.O.P. won six out of seven statewide offices... --snip-- The percentage of...
  • Krauthammer: The myth of '08, demolished

    11/06/2009 2:21:21 AM PST · by Puzzleman · 32 replies · 2,602+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | November 6, 2009 | Charles Krauthammer
    Sure, Election Day 2009 will scare moderate Democrats and make passage of Obamacare more difficult. Sure, it makes it easier for resurgent Republicans to raise money and recruit candidates for 2010. But the most important effect of Tuesday's elections is historical. It demolishes the great realignment myth of 2008...
  • Election '09: Obama's "Misguided" Agenda Doomed Dems, Former Advisor Says

    11/05/2009 10:54:15 PM PST · by Lorianne · 8 replies · 817+ views
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Nov 04, 2009 | Aaron Task
    Contrary to some reports, the Republican sweep of Tuesday's governor's races in New Jersey and Virginia is not a direct rebuke of President Obama, according to Leo Hindery, managing partner of InterMedia Partners. Indeed, a Democrat won New York's 23rd Congresional District for the first time since 1872. (Yes, 1872.) But even Hindery, a former advisor to President Obama and John Edwards' senior economic policy advisor, can't deny the Democrats have stumbled. "The lesson is simple: It's the economy, stupid," Hindery says. "Healthcare reform is an important issue...but the priority was misguided. I'm a strong advocate of universal healthcare but...
  • History Shows Republicans Poised to Take 2010

    11/05/2009 7:17:35 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies · 884+ views ^ | Nov. 5, 2009 | Dick Morris & Eileen McGann
    As Santayana said, "Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it." Congressional Democrats take note! Are the elections of 2009 precursors of the same kind of massive partisan upheaval in Congress that we experienced in 1994? The historical data says yes, they are. In Virginia, the outcomes in 1993 and 2009 were almost identical. In 1993, after the Democratic incumbent, Doug Wilder, could not seek re-election, the governor's race pitted Republican George Allen against Democrat Mary Sue Terry. Allen won handily, 58 to 41 — virtually the same margin by which McDonnell defeated Deeds this week. And...
  • Hark! The Voters Speak! (NY Times Hack Tries to Spin NJ, Virginia result as hard as she can)

    11/05/2009 5:46:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies · 593+ views
    New York Slimes ^ | 11/5/2009 | Gail Collins
    In Ohio, citizens marched to the polls on Tuesday and voted to allow gambling casinos in the state. This was obviously a message to President Obama that independent voters are not happy with the way the health care bill is going. Really, I don’t see how else you can interpret it. Ohioans were looking forward to the lower insurance costs that would come with a robust public option, and if the president can’t deliver, they’re planning to pay their future medical bills with their winnings at the roulette wheel. Also, people here in Cincinnati rejected a proposal that would have...
  • GOP Will Cede Crucial Center In Purity Quest (Barf Alert!!!)

    11/05/2009 5:19:21 PM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 806+ views ^ | November 5, 2009 | Left wing lunatic EUGENE ROBINSON
    Democrats have some thinking to do after Tuesday's elections, but Republicans don't have time to think. They're too busy trying to survive the party's internal purge and avoid being shipped off to political Siberia. Will loyal members inform on others for harboring suspiciously moderate views? Will anyone judged guilty have to wear a sign saying "Republican In Name Only" as penance? Will there be re-education camps? Will deviationists face the Enhanced Interrogation Technique of being forced to listen to the wit and wisdom of Glenn Beck, at ear-splitting volume, for days on end? Or worse: When Sarah Palin's memoir, "Going...
  • Just Reverting To Norm After Anomaly Of '08

    11/05/2009 4:50:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies · 905+ views ^ | November 5, 2009 | CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
    Sure, Election Day 2009 will scare moderate Democrats and make passage of ObamaCare more difficult. Sure, it makes it easier for resurgent Republicans to raise money and recruit candidates for 2010. But the most important effect of Tuesday's elections is historical. It demolishes the great realignment myth of 2008. In the aftermath of last year's Obama sweep, we heard endlessly about its fundamental, revolutionary, transformational nature. How it was ushering in an FDR-like realignment for the 21st century in which new demographics — most prominently, rising minorities and the young — would bury the GOP far into the future. One...
  • Virginia, New Jersey Races Showing Voters Changing Course

    11/05/2009 4:14:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 485+ views ^ | November 5, 2009 | Michaele Barone
    As the final votes were being counted, it was possible to draw some lessons from Republican Bob McDonnell's victory in Virginia and the close, three-way governor's race in New Jersey, never mind that White House press secretary Robert Gibbs has taken to saying that the elections don't mean much. The odd-year elections -- held in the first year of a presidency -- have been meaningful over the last two decades. In 1993, New Jersey voters rejected tax-raising Democratic Gov. James Florio, despite the best efforts of Bill Clinton's consultant James Carville -- a harbinger of the losses congressional Democrats suffered...
  • On election anniversary, Obama dismisses polls snub

    11/05/2009 1:46:42 AM PST · by Schnucki · 14 replies · 881+ views
    Western Australia Today ^ | November 5, 2009
    President Barack Obama has brushed aside a sharp rebuke at the polls on the first anniversary of his historic election, saying his administration had saved the nation from economic ruin. Just hours after rival Republicans gleefully ousted Democratic candidates in two key gubernatorial races, the White House dismissed suggestions that the results were a referendum on Obama and his policies. Republicans trumpeted Tuesday's victories in New Jersey and Virginia as a conservative comeback one year to the day after Obama vowed before a tumultuous crowd in Chicago that change had come to America. But Obama reminded a school audience in...
  • Barone: Lessons from the 2009 election results

    11/05/2009 2:01:52 AM PST · by HokieMom · 8 replies · 872+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/04/09 | Barone
    My Wednesday Examiner column, written as the 2009 election returns were coming in, stands up pretty well. But let me add some observations written as the course of the elections became clearer. First, in the governor elections in Virginia and New Jersey, the Democratic candidate ran far behind Barack Obama’s percentages in 2008 and the Republican candidates ran ahead of George W. Bush’s percentages in 2004. The numbers are pretty daunting. In Virginia Creigh Deeds won 41% of the votes, way behind Barack Obama’s 53% in 2008. And in New Jersey Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine won 45% of the votes,...

    11/04/2009 4:44:31 PM PST · by RonDog · 28 replies · 2,109+ views ^ | November 4, 2009 | Ann Coulter
    ELECTION 2009: CHANGE I CAN BELIEVE IN! -- MSNBC, Aug. 31, 2009, Keith Olbermann on Robert F. McDonnell, Republican candidate for governor of Virginia: "In [McDonnell's master's thesis], he described women having jobs as detrimental to the family, called legalized use of contraception illogical, pushed to make divorce more difficult, and insisted government should favor married couples over, quote, 'cohabitators, homosexuals or fornicators.' Wow. When did he write this? 1875? No, 1989. Wow, 1989. "Goodbye, Mr. McDonnell." -- MSNBC, Sept. 22, 2009, Rachel Maddow also on McDonnell: "And here's where the conservative movement and the Republican establishment smash into each...
  • Barone on the Hidden Numbers (Big trouble for Obama & the Dems)

    11/04/2009 1:33:03 PM PST · by truthandlife · 48 replies · 3,139+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/4/09 | Michael Barone
    Unsurprisingly, Michael Barone has an interesting and incisive roundup of numbers from last night that go deeper than the top-line results. Some nuggets: * Bergen County, New Jersey, a 56%-42% Corzine constituency in 2005, came within a point or two of voting for Christie. * Westchester County, New York, voted 58%-42% for a Republican county executive after voting almost exactly the opposite way, in a race involving the same two candidates, four years before. * The Virginia Board of Elections has results by CD showing that three Dems who captured seats in 2008 by very narrow margins (the 2nd, 5th,...
  • Krauthammer On Democrats After Election: "It Scares The Hell Out Of Them" (Video)

    11/05/2009 12:27:33 AM PST · by Talkradio03 · 22 replies · 1,617+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 11/5/09 | talkradio03
    Krauthammer on Foxnews Special Report responds to what the House Democrats reaction to the election results are...
  • Karl Rove: The GOP Is Moving Into the Suburbs

    11/04/2009 6:54:59 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 18 replies · 1,002+ views
    WSJ/The Lid ^ | 11/4/09 | The Lid
    Yesterday's election showed many cracks developing in the alliance that put the Democrats into power just one year ago. Independent voters were the most obvious but there were others, while still voting democratic young and urban voters were not motivated to come out for Obama's candidates, especially in New Jersey the state where the POTUS invested the most time and political capital. The other group shifting away from the Obama coalition is suburbia. Already facing growing property taxes, they see a federal government with no inclination to curb spending and the higher taxes the deficits will bring. According to Karl...
  • Tuesday's Biggest Loser: the Union Agenda - The GOP victories reveal fissures in the coalition...

    11/04/2009 6:55:00 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 823+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | NOVEMBER 4, 2009 | MICHAEL BARONE
    The GOP victories reveal fissures in the coalition that elected Barack Obama. If you were watching television on Tuesday night as the election returns came in showing Republicans capturing the governorships of Virginia and New Jersey, you probably missed seeing the biggest losers of the evening. You may have caught the concession speech of Creigh Deeds, who ran 12% behind Barack Obama's winning percentage of the vote in Virginia, and that of Jon Corzine who, after spending over $100 million of his own money on three... --snip-- Instead, support evaporated as Democrats from places as dissimilar as Arkansas and California...

    11/04/2009 9:40:30 PM PST · by TheFreedomPoster · 5 replies · 432+ views
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | November 4, 2009 | TheCapitalist
    Did voters in the elections last night say, "Yes," to "The Party of No?" Were the convincing victories in last night's elections a victory for the Republican Party? And, were they a defeat for President Obama?
  • Pelosi dismisses Dem losses in Virginia and New Jersey

    11/04/2009 11:07:03 AM PST · by Rennes Templar · 44 replies · 2,090+ views
    Politico ^ | Nov. 4, 2009
    Most House Democrats tried to put a good face on Tuesday's election results, saying they picked up two more votes for a sweeping health care bill that could be on the floor as early as Friday. But it can't make it any easier for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as she works to corral the last holdouts she needs to pass legislation overhauling the nation’s health care system. Of course, the speaker, who told POLITICO recently she's "not big on showing weakness," brushed aside questions about how the Democratic gubernatorial losses in Virginia and New Jersey would impact her final tally...
  • The Democrats get lashed

    11/04/2009 8:55:57 PM PST · by pillut48 · 25 replies · 1,092+ views
    WAPO ^ | November 4, 2009 | Michael Gerson
    Today, national Democrats are trying their best to dismiss missing limbs as flesh wounds. It is their job. But they are in deep trouble if they believe their own spin. Compared to 12 months ago, 24 percent more Virginians voted Republican at the top of the ticket. Independents broke decisively against Democrats in Virginia and New Jersey. If this is not a backlash against Democrats, then who, exactly, was being lashed? These losses, for the most part, don’t seem to be a personal repudiation of the president. But they highlight a political fact -- the political fact of the last...
  • Energized G.O.P. Looking to Avoid an Intraparty Feud [RINOs want to silence grassroots]

    11/04/2009 10:28:46 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 28 replies · 989+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 2009-11-04 | Adam Nagourney
    WASHINGTON — Republicans emerged from Tuesday’s elections energized by victories in Virginia and New Jersey, but their leaders immediately began maneuvering to avoid a prolonged battle with conservative activists over what the party stands for and how to regain power. The victories, in races for governor, were cast by the party’s national chairman, Michael Steele, as a sign of a “Republican renaissance.” In New Jersey, Gov. Jon S. Corzine, a Democrat, was toppled by the Republican nominee, Christopher J. Christie. In Virginia, Robert F. McDonnell, the Republican, defeated his Democratic opponent, R. Creigh Deeds. Republicans said the victories showed that...
  • Advice for the newly elected Republican governors.

    11/04/2009 3:24:21 AM PST · by karatemom · 26 replies · 758+ views
    Good morning to the newly elected governors of Virginia and New Jersey, and congratulations to you. I will keep this short and sweet. Please, please refrain from the following: 1. Affairs with any intern: male or female. 2. Affairs with your friends' wives, girlfriends, or daughters. 3. Affairs with women from Argentina, or any other foreign country. FReepers..please add your own advice.
  • WaPo's Marcus: 'Ignore the Hype,' Virginia Landslide Means Nothing

    11/04/2009 8:15:48 AM PST · by Justaham · 17 replies · 622+ views ^ | 11-3-09 | Tim Graham
    On the home page of the Washington Post website this morning, the headline for liberal columnist Ruth Marcus is "Ignore the hype." Inside the newspaper, it's "As Virginia goes, not so much." Marcus advises that this GOP landslide is all some meaningless fairy tale: Advice to readers about the coming orgy of analysis about the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial elections: Ignore it. Disquisitions on The Meaning of It All for President Obama or the 2009 results as a harbinger for Congress in 2010 have scant basis in reality. Over-interpreting election results is an occupational hazard for political reporters. This...
  • Wake Up Call: CNN’s Election Coverage Finishes Fourth

    11/04/2009 4:25:43 PM PST · by Typical_Whitey · 72 replies · 3,661+ views
    Highlighting even further the ratings erosion at CNN in prime time, the “Most Trusted Name in News” finished in fourth place among cable news outlets during election coverage last night. Fox News was #1 by a mile, followed by MSNBC, then CNN sister network HLN and CNN in 4th place. They were fourth in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. CNN’s 4th place finish last night was only made more glaring because last year’s election coverage on the network was their best night of all time. They didn’t just have more viewers than every other cable news network last...
  • Republicans win Virginia and New Jersey elections in blow for Barack Obama

    11/04/2009 4:45:19 AM PST · by Schnucki · 41 replies · 1,691+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | November 4, 2009 | Toby Harnden
    American voters have delivered a sharp rebuke to Barack Obama by rejecting his allies in Virginia, the swing state that helped deliver him the White House almost exactly a year ago, and the Democratic stronghold of New Jersey. Bob McDonnell, the Republican candidate, trounced his Democratic opponent Creigh Deeds, for whom Mr Obama had campaigned, by 17 points to become Virginia governor. Republicans also won the races in Virginia for lieutenant governor and attorney general. Governor Jon Corzine, the incumbent Democrat, was defeated by Chris Christie in New Jersey, where no Republican had won state-wide since 1997. It was a...
  • Republicans win key governor races in blow to Obama's Democrats

    11/04/2009 4:46:57 AM PST · by Schnucki · 5 replies · 753+ views
    France 24 ^ | November 4, 2009
    Barack Obama's Democrats have lost two key state governorships, Virginia and New Jersey, in a stinging blow to the party one year after Obama's historic election as US president. The Republican Party has won two governors' seats in off-year elections, dealing Barack Obama's Democratic Party a significant blow one year after its clean sweep of the White House and Congress. With most votes counted, Republican Chris Christie prevailed over Democrat incumbent Jon Corzine in New Jersey while Bob McDonnell scored an easy victory over Democrat Creigh Deeds in Virginia. The results are a big setback for Obama, who had campaigned...
  • The Republicans Underestimate Their Strength

    11/04/2009 5:35:39 AM PST · by markomalley · 19 replies · 1,018+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 11/4/2009 | Peter Ferrara
    In last year's campaign, the one true thing Obama said to his critics was, "The political ground is changing under your feet." But what is not sufficiently recognized is that is going on again, right now, in the opposite direction. That is what yesterday's elections showed. And what yesterday's political earthquake revealed about the landscape is that the biggest miscalculation going on right now is that the Republicans underestimate their own strength. As a result, they may fail to take maximum advantage of the political tsunami that is coming in 2010, just building to what is to come in 2012....
  • Pro-Life Advocates Win Big on Election Night With Virginia, New Jersey Victories

    11/04/2009 6:20:08 AM PST · by GonzoII · 21 replies · 805+ views
    LifeNews ^ | November 3, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Pro-Life Advocates Win Big on Election Night With Virginia, New Jersey Victories by Steven Editor November 3, 2009 Email RSSPrint Washington, DC ( -- The 2009 off-year elections yielded big victories for the pro-life movement with significant wins in both Virginia and New Jersey. The Virginia election saw pro-life advocates carry each of the three major offices and New jersey will have a pro-life governor for the first time in recent memory.In Virginia, pro-life former Attorney general Bob McDonnell defeated pro-abortion candidate Creigh Deeds by a landslide 59-41 percent margin.Poll consistently showed McDonnell leading Deeds even though Deeds...