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AP: VA, NJ Show Voters’ Mood (Didn’t Yesterday)

From a suddenly talking out the other side of their mouths Associated Press:

Analysis: Post-shutdown, pragmatism is in

By KEN THOMAS | November 6, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Electability and pragmatism won. Ideology and purity lost.

Here is the AP’s RSS feed’s tease for this story: "What we learned on election night: Electability and pragmatism won. Ideology and purity lost." Even though the same AP told us yesterday that these elections were all local. And they had nothing to do with national issues. (See below.)

In Democratic-leaning New Jersey, voters gave Republican Chris Christie a second term and rewarded him for his bipartisan, get-it-done, inclusive pitch. In swing state Virginia, voters narrowly rejected Republican Ken Cuccinelli’s uncompromising, conservative approach.

And never mind that Cuccinelli lost by around 1% of the vote, while the ‘libertarian candidate’ (who was bankrolled by an Obama bundler) got 7% of the vote. Which means more people voted against McAuliffe than voted for him.

If there’s a lesson from Tuesday’s off-year elections, it might be that during a time of deep divisions within the Republican Party, staunchly conservative GOP candidates who press ideological positions have difficulty winning general elections in competitive states.

And never mind that Chris Christie claims to be a staunch conservative. Or that McAuliffe is not even slightly "mainstream."

In Virginia, McAuliffe held off a late charge by Cuccinelli in a polarizing campaign that exposed liabilities that could drag down both parties next year: President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul for Democrats and a partial government shutdown for Republicans…

Far from the intensity of a presidential campaign, the low-turnout elections don’t offer a greater meaning into the nation’s political psyche. But Virginia and New Jersey often give parties clues to the electorate’s mood heading into congressional elections.

Unlike, say, the 2010 midterms. Which the AP claimed told us nothing about the country.

The backdrop was a partial government shutdown triggered partly by tea party demands and a clunky rollout by the Obama administration of the health care law.

Again, the AP said the exact opposite yesterday.

In Virginia, exit polls showed that about a third of voters said they were personally affected by the government shutdown, and those who were broke for McAuliffe by nearly 20 points. But Cuccinelli held a narrow edge among those who said health care was their top issue and 53 percent of all Virginia voters said they opposed the health care overhaul passed in 2010.

The shutdown was done by Democrats. But note that even here the exit polls found that 45% of Virginians support Obamacare, while 53% oppose it.

Tea party leaders and social conservatives said the state attorney general’s vociferous opposition to the health care law narrowed the gap — even though it didn’t overcome a fundraising disadvantage.

"A fundraising disadvantage" is what the AP calls being outspent by more than 10 to 1. In fact, McAuliffe spent more money than anyone ever has in Virginia politics.

Both New Jersey and Virginia offered overtones for the 2016 presidential race…

Because the outcomes are what the AP wanted. And never mind that Christie is a self-proclaimed conservative, or that McAuliffe won only by an eyelash while outspending his opponent 10 to 1 in a state where so many are on the government teat…

But it seems like only yesterday that the AP was singing a very different tune. Because they were afraid that a Tea Party candidate might win in Virginia.

From a white knuckled Associated Press:

Local, not US, issues at play in Tuesday voting

By THOMAS BEAUMONT | November 5, 2013

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Big judgments about the direction of the country will have to wait on this Election Day as voters around the country express opinions on a couple of governors’ races, several mayoral races and a host of local issues…

From ballot initiatives to mayor’s races, these off-year elections will shed virtually no light on how the American public feels about today’s two biggest national debates — spending and health care. Those will have to be addressed in next fall’s midterm elections…

"Spending and health care" = the government shutdown and Obama-Care. But that was yesterday, when they were afraid that a Tea Party candidate might win, and this is today, when they know he (narrowly) lost.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “AP: VA, NJ Show Voters’ Mood (Didn’t Yesterday)”

  1. It’s the Associated Press which is sticking to the Party Lone




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