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AFP: GOP Wins Taint Obama Anniversary

From a tear-soaked Agence France-Pressee:

Republican victories taint Obama anniversary

by Sebastian Smith

NEW YORK (AFP) – Republicans won two key state elections, dealing a stinging blow to President Barack Obama and his Democrats 12 months after they swept to power.

Obama’s favored candidates lost battles for the governorships of New Jersey and Virginia in Tuesday’s elections but gained a vacant congressional seat in a strongly Republican district of upstate New York that amounted to scant compensation for the president.

Republicans Chris Christie in New Jersey and Virginia’s Bob McDonnell unseated Democrats to boost their party still reeling from the scale of Obama’s historic White House victory on November 4 last year

Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs played down the wider significance of the three off-year election races.

"I don’t think the president is looking at these and believes that they say anything about our future legislative efforts or our future political efforts," Gibbs said.

Exit polls conducted by television networks tilted in favor of his argument, with 55 percent of Virginia voters and 60 percent of New Jersey voters saying Obama did not factor into their decision.

But the devastating losses in both states amounted to a serious wake-up call for the Democrats ahead of crucial mid-term congressional elections next year…

Ahead of the 2010 mid-terms and with Obama bogged down in confrontations over the economy, health care reform and the Afghanistan war, the off-year races were given greater clout

If the races showed that Obama’s Democratic machine is not invincible, they also bared rifts in the Republican Party over how to rebuild after last year’s drubbing in presidential and congressional elections.

Hoffman’s storming run made him a standard bearer for the wing of the Republican Party organizing nationwide "tea party" protests against Obama.

Other Republicans argued for a more centrist stand aimed at attracting independent voters. The official Republican candidate, Dede Scozzafava, dropped out of the race over the weekend and endorsed Owens over Hoffman…

You know it really is despicable of the Republicans to “taint” our dear leader’s anniversary this way.

(Though you can’t even say it is typical of them. Alas.)

Exit polls conducted by television networks tilted in favor of [Mr. Gibbs’] argument, with 55 percent of Virginia voters and 60 percent of New Jersey voters saying Obama did not factor into their decision.

Ever notice how exit polls always say exactly what our one party want said? Isn’t that odd?

Too bad they can’t manipulate the real polls as easily. Though, of course their hope springs eternal.

Ahead of the 2010 mid-terms and with Obama bogged down in confrontations over the economy, health care reform and the Afghanistan war, the off-year races were given greater clout.

Still, we can’t help but feel for Mr. Obama, being “bogged down” by “confrontations.”

Why don’t we just give him everything he wants. After all, we elected him king, didn’t we?

And by a landslide 6% against a juggernaut candidate.

And, luckily for our one party media, the election also exposed the dangers of rebuilding the shattered GOP on the "tea party" wing of the party.

If only we had listened to that true (er) blue Republican — Dede Scozzafava.

By the way, it’s not just France’s AFP who see this as a personal affront to Mr. Obama, but also the UK’s Telegraph:

Barack Obama’s bad night: results from key US votes

04 Nov 2009

Republican wins in the battles for the New Jersey and Virginia governorships have tainted the first anniversary of Barack Obama’s presidential election victory.

With almost all votes counted in the two key elections, the gain of a vacant congressional seat in a strongly Republican district of New York state was scant compensation for the US president

We’re starting to feel bad about the whole thing.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, November 4th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “AFP: GOP Wins Taint Obama Anniversary”

  1. proreason says:

    The bitter clingers must be stopped !!

    The risk of handing power back to the angry freedom lovers is too great for the Republic to bear.

    Something must be done and be done quickly.

    Martial Law, suspend future elections, cram-down the agenda in 364 days, crush talk radio, arrest Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, unleash the so-far-restrained Brown Shirts?

    So many options.

    Which will they choose to protect us from ourselves.

  2. Confucius says:

    Enjoying whoop ass for breakfast today.

    You’d might even say it’s “mmm, mmm, mmm.”

    Oddly though, it tastes like chicken.

  3. Right of the People says:

    Red alert! Red alert! The good ship lollypop has sprung a leak!

    “Good God, didn’t those people see that I came to THEIR states to tell them who to vote for? This disobedience cannot be tolerated. Rahm, cut off the stimulus payments for these malcontents this minute,” shrieked the Won™ from his throne.

    “Can it wait oh omnipotent one?” Rahm groveled. “I’ve got an appointment to get my tush waxed and polished.”

    “Very well, I’ll deal with them after lunch,” the Won™ muttered as he strode down the hall shaking his head calling, “Daddy Soros, what do I do?”

  4. proreason says:

    Krauthammer has a typically brilliant insight about Tuesday’s conservative landslide.

    “If the difference between Bob McDonnell and Creigh Deeds was so great, how come when the same two men ran against each other statewide for attorney general four years ago the race was a virtual dead heat? Which made the ’09 McDonnell-Deeds rematch the closest you get in politics to a laboratory experiment for measuring the change in external conditions. Run them against each other again when it’s Obamaism in action and see what happens. What happened was a Republican landslide.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/05/AR2009110504334.html

    Mr Krauthammer may end up sharing a cell with proreason in a few months.


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