Yesterday there were three big elections going on across the the eastern part of the United States. Governor's races in New Jersey and Virginia and a House race in New York. Republicans won both governor seats in New Jersey and Virginia. Some would like to pretend (Conservatives) that this is a mark on President Obama. It isn't. Electing governors has nothing to do with national politics. Some would also like to pretend (Liberals) that it doesn't mean anything at all. They, too, are wrong. It shows that when the Democratic candidates are not strong Democrats won't go out and vote for them. From all appearances yesterday the GOP got out it's standard vote that they typically do. Democrats didn't get anything near what they got in 2008. Typically when this happens the GOP candidate almost always wins, no matter how much the Democratic candidate spends. But what I am going to write about should worry Republican members to the bone. That will be about what happened in New York's 23rd House District last night.
There were three candidates for the empty seat in this district. Bill Owens was the Democratic candidate, Dede Scozzafava was the Republican candidate handpicked by local GOP officials, and Doug Hoffman was the Conservative candidate backed by Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and several Tea Party organizations.
Scozzafava was lambasted by several conservative outlets and coming down the stretch ran out of money and was forced to drop out of the race.
Fox News, among several conservative outlets, propped this race up as the rebirth of the conservative wing of the Republican Party and said that it would provide a huge boost for the GOP.
Unfortunately for them electors in the district had other plans. Just a little history on this district. The district has not elected a Democratic candidate in over 100 years until last night.
Bill Owens beat Hoffman by three points. So in a conservative New York district that has voted Republican for over 100 years when given the choice between a Democrat and a Conservative touting everything that the Tea Party organizations, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, and Glenn Beck do, they went with the Democrat.
But this is getting hardly any press coverage what-so-ever. The fact that a Democrat won in a district that hadn't voted for a Democrat before most of our grand-parents were alive should have been enough for press coverage. The fact that the Tea Party's views was up for a vote and was voted down should have been good enough for press coverage. But it isn't. If there were such a thing as a liberal media this story would have been plastered all over the media, but it simply isn't.
By the way after the GOP choice for nomination, Scozzafava, dropped out of the race, she backed the Democratic nominee.
Of course Sarah Palin, one of weirdest spinners in political history wouldn't even recognize the loss, just simply saying that the race was postponed until 2010. Sore loser in 2009, sore loser in 2010. The more things change the more they stay the same.