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AP: Tuesday Elections Not About Obama

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

Handful of elections shed light on US politics

By Liz Sidoti, AP National Political Writer Mon Nov 2

WASHINGTON – Most Americans won’t vote Tuesday.

Still, a handful of elections in a few states will give hints about this country’s state of mind, provide lessons for both Republicans and Democrats, and shed light on answers to a few important questions a year before pivotal 2010 midterm contests.

Among them: Did President Barack Obama’s campaigning in Virginia and New Jersey persuade the diverse voting coalition that lifted him to victory in 2008 to turn out for Democratic candidates in 2009? Did fickle independents stick with the Democratic Party? Did the out-of-power GOP overcome fissures within its ranks to find a winning strategy?

On Tuesday, Virginia and New Jersey are choosing governors, voters in upstate New York and northern California are deciding who should fill two vacant congressional seats, and New York City and Atlanta are picking mayors. Maine will vote on whether to permit gay marriage while Ohio will choose whether to allow casinos.

These races are hardly bellwethers; people are voting on local issues and personalities. Still, national forces such as the recession are having an effect, and Obama has spent considerable time campaigning this fall, particularly for candidates in Virginia and New Jersey…

Despite Obama’s involvement in the races, even Republicans caution against reading too much into the election’s results.

"It’s a great overstatement to say this is a referendum on President Obama, but his policies have had a lot of effect on people’s thinking," Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, the chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association, told CNN on Sunday. "People are worried about jobs. … Most Americans can’t understand why the government keeps spending so much money. They don’t see much effect from it."

Both Corzine and Democratic candidate R. Creigh Deeds in Virginia desperately need party loyalists and Obama 2008 voters to swamp the polls

Look to Virginia to see how Republicans may try to rebound next fall.

If McDonnell wins, it will be partly because he focused on pocketbook issues rather than emphasizing social issues even though he’s a conservative and Deeds attacked him as outside of the mainstream.

This may be the take away: The economy trumps all. Social conservatives get on board.

Conversely, a special election in New York’s 23rd Congressional District already has provided a troubling lesson for the GOP. The race underscored a deep schism between the Republican Party and its conservative base.

The party divided between GOP candidate Dierdre Scozzafava, who supports abortion rights and gay marriage, and Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate. That split threatened to give Democrat Bill Owens the win. Then, trailing badly in polls, Scozzafava bowed out Saturday, and the GOP establishment swung behind Hoffman as it looked to ensure a Republican victory in the longtime GOP district.

One day later, Scozzafava underscored the Republican Party split by endorsing Owens.

In that case, this is the take away: The GOP still isn’t unified — no matter the scorecard on Tuesday.

It sure sounds like the Associated Press is afraid that the Republicans are going to do well on Tuesday.

Of course it will only be a handful of voters. And how they vote won’t mean anything. Least of all, will it say anything about Mr. Obama.

Even the Republican’s agree, at least according to the AP:

Despite Obama’s involvement in the races, even Republicans caution against reading too much into the election’s results.

"It’s a great overstatement to say this is a referendum on President Obama, but his policies have had a lot of effect on people’s thinking," Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, the chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association, told CNN on Sunday. "People are worried about jobs. … Most Americans can’t understand why the government keeps spending so much money. They don’t see much effect from it." …

Funny, but it sounds to us like Mr. Barbour was saying just the opposite, and that these elections will be influenced by Mr. Obama’s disastrous policies.

But never mind all that.

If McDonnell wins [in Virginia], it will be partly because he focused on pocketbook issues rather than emphasizing social issues even though he’s a conservative and Deeds attacked him as outside of the mainstream.

This may be the take away: The economy trumps all. Social conservatives get on board.

You see, this has nothing to do with conservatism. It’s just the economy, stupid. (And everyone knows that liberals are just as fiscally responsible as conservatives – if not more so.)

And in case we still haven’t gotten it, the AP helpfully spells out another propaganda point from its DNC masters:

Conversely, a special election in New York’s 23rd Congressional District already has provided a troubling lesson for the GOP. The race underscored a deep schism between the Republican Party and its conservative base.

[T]his is the take away: The GOP still isn’t unified — no matter the scorecard on Tuesday.

The “take away” here is that our one party media is certainly “unified.”

They won’t let this or any election be seen as a repudiation of their idol, Mr. Obama, no matter what happens.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, November 2nd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “AP: Tuesday Elections Not About Obama”

  1. proreason says:

    The growing tide of victory for Republicans spells certain doom for them.

    You read it from the AP, so you know it must be true.

  2. canary says:

    Obama’s agenda is to end statehood’s rights.

  3. Right of the People says:

    This is the just squall before the hurricane hits that gives you a taste of what is to come. If things go right tomorrow, it should spell big trouble for the libtards and their ilk in ’10.

    You have to hope the voters of NJ and VA pull their heads from the backsides and do the right thing tomorrow.

  4. Liberals Demise says:

    AP as usual has got it wrong again!!

    IT IS ALL ABOUT OBAMA and his lack of anything resembling leadership.

    Always the big wind before the squall. (D)ems had better batten down the hatches and set for heavy seas!!

  5. Petronius says:

    “rather than emphasizing social issues ….”

    It is difficult to believe that the AP has been following the political campaign in Virginia.

    Virginia Republicans have fielded a ticket of three rock-solid conservatives. And the Democrats have hammered them as “extremists” on social issues.

    Bob McDonnell, Republican candidate for governor, is the current Attorney General and a strong anti-crime conservative. He has been relentlessly attacked by Democrats for his pro-life position and support for the traditional family. NRA rated A.

    Lieut. Gov. Bill Bolling is running for reelection. Bolling is as conservative as they come. Bolling is particularly galling to the Liberals, because he comes from a poor coal-mining family, the first in his family to go to college. NRA rated A+.

    They do not make them any more conservative than State Senator Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate for Attorney General. He has never hidden from social issues — far from it! He has forthrightly campaigned on social issues, including pro-life, pro-gun, traditional marriage, tough-on-crime, tough-on-illegal immigration, and he is a strong advocate for private property rights and school choice. NRA rated A+.

    With any luck, tomorrow will be a conservative-Republican sweep in the Old Dominion.

  6. philmarlowe says:

    The GOP base is unified; the party leaders are befuddled. If McDonnell in Virginia and Hoffman in NY 23 win, Obama takes a big hit. (And Newt will be persona non grata on Hannity, I hope.)

    Let’s not forget to go out tomorrow and vote in local elections for the conservatives.

  7. BigOil says:

    What reason could Barry and his merry band of marxists possibly have for placing so much importance on a couple trivial off-year elections?

    They have their eye on the liberal holy grail – control of our physical existence. If the liberals are swept tomorrow by fiscal conservatives in states won by Obama, blue dog democrats lose any remaining illusions of cover. Will the phoney conservative democraps decide to sink with the Obamacare ship or will they vote against the bill and retain a chance at re-election?

  8. canary says:

    These signs are misleading, the immigrants, and young unexperienced voters might get confused with Obama cheaters convincing them Obama will be on the ticket. Probably the NEA art department’s work.


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