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AP: FL House Race Could Be Warning For Dems

From the Associated Press:

Fla. House race could be warning for Democrats

By MICHAEL J. MISHAK and TAMARA LUSH | March 12, 2014

CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. (AP) — After months of railing against President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, Republicans scored a key victory in a hard-fought congressional race that had been closely watched as a bellwether of midterm elections in November.

The AP says this ‘could’ be a warning for the Democrats. "Could"? Even though the race hinged on Obama-Care and generally nationalizing the issues.

Republican David Jolly defeated Democrat Alex Sink in a Florida special election Tuesday that largely turned on the federal health care law, with both sides using the race to audition national strategies in one of the country’s few competitive swing-voting districts.

In fact, Obama carried the district in 2008 and 2012.

The implications of the dueling messages for control of Congress in November inspired both parties to call in star advocates like former President Bill Clinton and former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, in addition to blanketing the district with ads, calls and mailings. More than $11 million was spent on the race, according to the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit group that tracks government information

It’s funny, but whenever a Democrat candidate loses the news media always harp on how much money was spent on the elections. But when a Democrat wins, the issue of money never comes up. Why is that?

While Republicans held the congressional seat for more than four decades until the death of Rep. Bill Young last year, the district’s voters favored Obama in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. Democrats were hopeful, clearing the field for Sink, the state’s well-known chief financial officer and the party’s gubernatorial nominee in 2010. Republicans failed to recruit their top picks, leaving Jolly to fight a bruising three-way primary…

Analysts said the loss could bode badly for the party, which is already saddled with an unpopular president and a slow economic recovery…

What a startling admission from Obama’s most loyal fans — the AP. Who spend most of their time telling us how much Obama is loved and how wonderful the economy is doing.

Democrats, however, downplayed the loss, saying the GOP fell short of its traditional margin in a Republican-leaning district packed with older voters. With almost 100 percent of the vote counted, Jolly had 48.5 percent of the vote to Sink’s 46.7 percent. Even before the defeat, party officials had been lowering expectations

Sure they were.

Jolly, a former Young aide backed by Republicans and outside groups, campaigned on a conservative platform, promising spending cuts, balanced budgets and repealing the health care law.

What a crazy platform. He sounds like Ted Cruz or some Tea Party hobbit.

The message against the health care overhaul proved a rallying cry for Republican voters, who surged to the polls on Election Day.

"No more big government. We’ve got to stop," said Irene Wilcox, a 78-year-old retired waitress and Republican from Largo who voted for Jolly…

More crazy talk.

More than one in four registered voters in the district is older than 65…

So they are crazy and old — probably even white.

Many voters expressed disgust at the amount of money spent on the race – and the relentless barrage of television ads and mailers that were on par with a presidential election.

Sink outspent Jolly by more than 3 to 1 on television advertising, though outside groups aligned with the GOP helped narrow the overall Democratic advantage.

Notice where the AP put the minor detail that Jolly was outspent, and by a wide margin. In the last line of their very long article. And only in the context of complaining about how much money was spent on the election.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “AP: FL House Race Could Be Warning For Dems”

  1. dasher says:

    I am not getting my hopes up based soley on this election. In 2012 I thought Romney had the election, that the electorate had come to its senses.

    Again, I share this quote attributed to the Czech president (but I’ll take credit for) :

    “The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their President.”

    It’s raining here in Atlanta.


  2. Mithrandir says:

    Jolly had 48.5 percent of the vote to Sink’s 46.7 percent.

    Jolly won by 1.8% of the vote, and had they bothered to attract the Libertarian voters, he would have gotten an additional 5% of the vote. But, like the last governor’s race in Virginia, Republicans would rather LOSE the election, than make a coalition with them. Which means NOTHING WILL EVER CHANGE, as the Republicans don’t have smaller government in their heart.

    It’s amazing how much money we spent hoping to set our government straight, which ought to be done automatically. $11,000,000 on this election + 435 open house seats = $4,785,000,000.

    I wish we knew how much money was spent on total federal / state / local political elections in a 10 year time frame so we could see how utterly worthless it is to see things never improve.

    • GetBackJack says:

      Mith – remember under Andrew Cuomo’s leadership at HUD $59 billion went missing. That’s just one out of hundreds of instances. You and I pay for Democrat victories ..

  3. evansj42 says:

    Don’t worry there are too many stupid people; the Dems have nothing to worry about. The sheeple will dutifully pull the Dem lever or the software will switch it. They won’t lose the Senate, and may even gain the house. AND in case they do lose, the stupid party (can you say REPUBLICANS, I knew you could) will bend over and take it in the rear in the name of bipartisanship. So, it doesn’t matter which way the vote goes, the agenda will remain the same. It’s the same song, second verse, a little bit louder and a whole lot worse.

    “We have no brains, and I must SCREAM!” ~JoeInOKC

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