Put down the tea bags
Put down the tea bags Suggestions that elections indicate a sea change in politics are premature
Relishing Tuesday’s GOP victories in the governors races in New Jersey and Virginia, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele declared Wednesday, “The Republican renaissance has begun.” The editors of the conservative National Review declared in a headline Wednesday: “The comeback begins.”
The spin from the right is that the election results show that the country is rebuking President Barack Obama because he campaigned for the Democrats in those states. They see these elections as harbingers of the 2010 interim election, in which all House of Representatives members and a third of the Senate are up for election. But can two statehouse races really determine that? The short answer: No.
Consider the other race that garnered national attention Tuesday night. In a special congressional election in upstate New York, Democrat Bill Owens defeated conservative Doug Hoffman, whose run was trumpeted by Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. Owens is the first Democrat to win a congressional race in the district since 1872.
So much for the renaissance and so much for the right’s influence. If the elections tell us anything, it’s the reminder that voters care about local issues.
New Jersey’s Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine lost to Chris Christie, a former federal prosecutor with a reputation for fighting corruption. Christie made Corzine’s ethical problems, as well as the governor’s poor handling of the state’s budget crisis, central themes in the campaign.
In Virginia, Bob McDonnell, who declined Palin’s offer to campaign for him, ran toward the center, offering proposals to improve education, transportation and the environment.
In the New York race, Hoffman tried to tar Owens, who grew up in the district, as a lackey of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. However, critics noted that Hoffman lived outside the district and didn’t have command of local issues. Owens did.
In these races, the voting didn’t turn on Obama but on the candidates’ competence and stance on local issues. Conservatives should pay attention: If all they can offer the voters next year are tea bags and signs declaring “NObama,” they’ll be in trouble.
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The LV Sun is wedding dress saying “Put down the tea bags”
Why should we?
The mean spiritness of Obama is a manifestation of his weakness
We will not become the “Silenced Majority”
As an illiterate unwashed redneck white trash tea bagger I realize that we have no right to question the spin that the Democrats are putting out.
Obama is fond of saying we “are not something he is losing sleep over.”
Obama in addressing the American Nation from the “Halls of Congress” felt he was right to ridicule and call my opposition position “a lie, plain and simple.
I know that Obama must be true to his South Side Chicago political craft to “call out people who challenge his positions. Obviously because Obama feels we have “phony claims” and I am una wedding dress ble to understand what is good for me.
We have learned that to get off the Obama/Garofalo enemies list we need to be sent to a community organized Mao re programming camp to stop asking “WHY” of Obama policies.
We must become the “Silenced Majority”.
Obama, Reid, and Pelosi are tone deaf. They do not respond to our phone calls, e mails, townhalls, or rallies. They refuse to listen to us because we are lairs to them, but mostly because they know we do not believe them or trust them. Harry called us evilmonger and Nancy called us un American.
But until we lose the secret ballot, as the Unions want, the “Silenced Majority” can clandestinely vote in 2010 against the Whitehouse demonization politics.