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Say what, Debbie? DNC chair in denial, rapped for "silly" statements

If Democrats held on to a congressional seat in New York since 1923 and the voters of that district favored every Democrat on their ballot except once (George Pataki) since the district was redrawn in 2002, the description of the district would be simple: It's a safe Democratic seat.

But one pol has blunted Occam's razor: Weston Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee chairwoman. After Republican Bob Turner won the NY-9 seat vacated by Twitter lothario Anthony Weiner, Wasserman Schultz offered this analysis in the Wall Street Journal:

"It's a very difficult district for Democrats," she said, suggesting that it's less liberal than some other New York districts. Our fact-checking partners, Politifact, called the statement "silly."

"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," she told the New York Times.

Put those statements together, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz wins Politifact's "mostly false" badge. Read it here

"Nothing more than that?" Hardly. Beyond the falseness of those statements, the election could be a leading indicator that Democrats are in trouble across the nation. Conservative Keith Appell of CRC Public Relations, who grew up in the district, summed the NY-9 upset this way with a nod to Frank Sinatra: "If you can lose Democrats can lose there, they can lose anywhere."

And, because Wasserman Schultz is the head of the Democratic Party and a go-to quote on the meaning and vagaries of the Jewish vote (a major bloc of NY-9), this loss falls on her as well. Consider: 60,000 people showed up to vote, compared to 200,000 in 2008. The old saw is true: Elections are all about turn out. And if her word can't be trusted regarding the Jewish vote there, then it inevitably re-opens the floodgates of the Obama's-got-a-Jewish-voter-problem story line.

The Democrats' spin about the NY-9 loss is also a lagging indicator: They've been in denial for weeks now. In talks with Obama partisans (paid and elected, namely), they've insisted up and down that he's not in trouble in the polls. But every survey so far shows he's falling to new lows. Whether this can be remedied or not will be seen over the next 14 months on the campaign trail, but (self?) deception and spin probably won't do the trick when public faith in politicians of all stripes is so badly shaken.

Even panicking might be a good idea, James Carville, the ragin' Cajun of the Clinton years, said on CNN

"People often ask me what advice I would give the White House about various things. Today I was mulling over election results from New York and Nevada while thinking about that very question. What should the White House do now? One word came to mind: Panic.

 

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whasup

The Obama administration has been in panic mentality mode ever since the great stimulus package failed to do anything about jobs except keep a pile of government workers and auto union workers having them--the same high cost, low value jobs that have sapped our economic strength for decades.

MKS

As Margaret Thatcher famously remarked, "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money."

Substitute "progressivism" for "socialism" and the statment still holds true.

The reason progressive socialism appeared to work in Europe from 1946-2006 is because Europe received a lot of U.S. money and defense resources. The reason progressive socialism half-way appeared to work in the U.S. from 1933-2008 is because of U.S. post-war demographics: a lot of young people devised productivity increases throughout that period.

All of that is gone now. The U.S is at zero population growth; Europe is at negative population growth (progressives think that is good!). Recent riots seem to indicate that the parasites are angry because the host shows signs of dying.

Progressive socialism did not work in the U.S.S.R., did not work in Cuba, and will not work in Europe or the U.S. - it merely takes time for its failures to become manifest.

newyorkjew

So why does 90% of the developed world have a more socialistic society and less people living in poverty than the United States? Also, 60k New Yorkers do not represent the so-called Jewish vote. I'm Jewish and will never give money or votes to a candidate who wants to further arm Israel. I'm American first. Keep our money here.

TheLastBrainLeft

The flaw in DWS's logic is that, 10 months ago, a Jew named Anthony Weiner, the Anthony Weiner pre-Twittergate who was going to be NYC's next mayor defeated the same Bob Turner 58% to 41%. Where were all these anti-Democratic Jews then? Are you telling me the district saw a massive influx of Orthodox Jews since 11/10?

What was different about this election? 10 more months to reflect on the Obama administration gigantic, catastrophic failures on both domestic and foreign policy. Coupled with the state Democrats spearheading the legalization of gay marriage (unpopular with just about every demographic in NY-9) and you have a recipe for electoral disaster.

Is it time to panic? Yes, Kent, yes it is.

David williamson

Obama's time is up he needs to forget about running for re election and let Hillary Clinton run. If he insist on running then the dems will California in the landslide republican victory to get Obama out of office. David from mill valley Marin county California. Obama step down and let someone else run this country please

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