The Democrats spent a massive heap of money in NYC to keep the Weiner seat, but
it looks like they just got "refudiated." The Dems' huge registration advantage (3-to-1) wasn't enough to save the day.
The Dems will say this is no big deal, but they invested heavily in this race for a very good reason: This defeat is historic. The Dems have reigned supreme in this territory since 1923.
More from Legal Insurrection.
Longtime New York City Democratic analyst Hank Sheinkopf says there is no doubt the voters were trying to send a message to the White House and Democrats should see Tuesday’s results as a bellwether for 2012.“The Democrats said no to Obama, no to his economic plan, and no to his position on Israel,” Sheinkopf told ABC News. “It’s major smack at Democrats, a definite rejection of President Obama and it’s a warning that says if Catholics in the most blue of blue states can vote for the Republican they can do it in other states as well and the Democrats may have real trouble.”
(via ABC News)
William A. Jacobson points out that this district (NY-09) is heavily Jewish and Asian. There's no way for the Democrats to put a positive spin on that.
Update II: The LA Times puts their spin on it...
Reporting from Washington— Democrats suffered a stunning blow Tuesday as voters in New York's 9th Congressional District chose a novice Republican to replace disgraced Democrat Anthony Weiner in an election that became a referendum on President Obama.With more than 90% of precincts reporting, Bob Turner, a retired television executive best known for producing "The Jerry Springer Show," had 53% of the vote in unofficial returns, election officials said. Democrat Dave Weprin, a state assemblyman from a politically connected family, had 46%.
Update III: The Washinton Post reports...
Turner’s victory is regarded as an upset given the Democratic history of the 9th district, which takes in portions of Brooklyn and Queens, as well as the fact that President Obama carried the seat by 11 points in 2008.“New Yorkers put Washington Democrats on notice that voters are losing confidence in a President whose policies assault job-creators and affront Israel,” said National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) in a statement after Turner’s win.
Refudiatation in Nevada!
Update V: Hugh Hewitt opines...
There is no spinning this for the left, no way top dress it up as other than a complete repudiation for the president and his supporters in the Congress.Only an incumbent who is indifferent to re-election will back Stimulus 2.0 or indulge the president's Alinskyite rhetoric, much less his pattern of anti-Israel actions.
Update VI: FAM via TOM...
Update VII: Via National Review...
Turner has been on the phone with John Boehner and is about to take stage. Here’s one of the signs among the crowd:
It says “Mazel tov, Bob”.
NY1 TV says Dems did very well in local races in contrast to Congressional race, more proof the NY-09 race had national implications.
Do you hear that? It's the sound of crickets at liberal Daily Kos.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee...
"In this district, there is a large number of people who went to the polls tonight who didn’t support the president to begin with and don’t support Democrats — and it’s nothing more than that."
Wow! What a massive lie. The district is D+5 with a 3:1 registration advantage for Democrats. The district most certainly supported Obama "to begin with" in 2008 when the voters gave Obama an easy double digit win (55%-44% for Barack Obama over John McCain).
Update XII: Keith Koffler via Pundette...
In 2010, a bad year for Democrats, Weiner defeated Turner by 20 points. The wave of anger at the president and his policies that brought about Republican control of the House seems even more intense today.
Update XIII: Linked at Adrienne's Corner. Thanks!