“The national mood has darkened”

That’s the AP’s spin on yesterday’s “surprising” election results in New York and Nevada.  I’d say that genuine hope and change has arrived… with a vengeance:

Nobama It sounded improbable on the surface that a New York City congressional district where Democrats have a 3-1 registration edge and have held office for nearly a century could even come close to electing a Republican to the U.S. House.

But voter frustration over the sour economy and President Barack Obama’s policies made the improbable a reality, as a Republican political novice, Bob Turner, scored an upset victory in a special election Tuesday over David Weprin, a Democratic assemblyman from a prominent local political family. The surprising results in the Brooklyn and Queens-area district portend a perilous national environment for Obama as he prepares to seek re-election next year.

Turner said as much when he stepped before cameras to claim victory Tuesday night.

“This message will resound for a full year. It will resound into 2012,” said Turner, a retired broadcasting executive. “I only hope our voices are heard, and we can start putting things right again.”

Also Tuesday, Republican Mark Amodei won a landslide victory in a U.S. House special election in Nevada, an important presidential swing state.

The national mood has darkened since May, when Democrats scored their own unexpected win in another New York special election. Then, Democrat Kathy Hochul won an upset victory in a heavily Republican district by stressing her commitment to protecting Medicare, the government health plan for seniors.

Weprin tried to adopt that strategy, warning that Turner would try to cut programs like Medicare and Social Security. But with unemployment still stubbornly high and voters upset with Washington over the debt ceiling negotiations, the pledge to protect entitlements was less resonant this time.

Democratic leaders trying to explain their bad night blamed it on the quirkiness of low-turnout special elections.

“The results in NY-09 are not reflective of what will happen in November 2012 when Democratic challengers run against Republican incumbents who voted to end Medicare and cut Social Security while protecting tax loopholes for big corporations and the ultra wealthy,” said Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel of New York.

Mr. Israel can spin this however he wishes to spin it, but spin it is.  Obama and his policies were the victims of a smackdown.  A righteous and hopeful smackdown.

It truly is hope and change to believe in.

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  • herddog505

    The national mood has darkened since May, when Democrats scored their own unexpected win in another New York special election.

    I’m tempted to scoff at this as spin, but it is actually true: the national mood, in the face of chronic unemployment, increasing national debt, the credit downgrade “crisis”, and no real solutions apparently being offered from DC, HAS “darkened”.

    Unfortunately for Bad Luck Barry and the dems, it’s pretty much regarded as THEIR FAULT.  Barry and the dems promised hope and change after the bad ol’ days of Bush.  How’s that working out for people?

    We know: the national mood has darkened.  I’m guessing that it’s especially darkened for the dems.  If they can’t win against a first-timer in NYC, they’re in trouble everywhere.

    I hope.

  • Anonymous

    “The national mood has darkened”  That sounds a bit racist….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G7YIUZMXOD5JGZZTCYMVA75KFU Shadow

    One small step for America, one giant step for New York.  May this be the first of many.

  • PBunyan

    “Then, Democrat Kathy Hochul won an upset victory in a heavily Republican district by stressing her commitment to protecting Medicare, the government health plan for seniors” having a fellow Marxist mandaciously run as a “Tea Party” candidate and thus steal enough votes from Hochul’s Republican opponent for Hochul to win with far less than half the total vote.

    There. Fixed it for them.

  • Anonymous

    “The results in NY-09 are not reflective of what will happen in
    November 2012 when Democratic challengers run against Republican
    incumbents who voted to end Medicare and cut Social Security while
    protecting tax loopholes for big corporations and the ultra wealthy,”Oh?  And WHEN was that vote taken to end Medicare and cut Social Security?

    • Anonymous

      oh no haven’t you heard the NY district was a tough district for Dems, just ask Debbie I’mADumbAss Schultz. I swear sometimes I think she’s a republican mole.

    • herddog505

      Don’t you remember?  It was taken at about the same time Bad Luck Barry submitted his own plan to avoid the debt ceiling crisis.  You know: just before the Congress passed the budget for this year?

  • Anonymous

    This is the 2011 version of “the voters are throwing a tantrum” i.e., voting against Democrats.

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  • http://www.wizbangblog.com David Robertson

    Gee, what happened to that old Democrat mantra “It’s Bush’s fault!” ?

    • Richard Easbey

      OH, it’s alive an well. The Urkel administration is trying to blame Bush for SOLYNDRA. lol

  • retired.military

     Uh Oh  you said darkened.

    You are obviously racist.

  • Anonymous

    If only we could, at the same time, also fire the Iron Curtain media that made this man’s destructive administration a cancerous blot on the constitution of America possible.

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