No, it’s not “Wham Bam” — besides, that’s two words. At the Corner, Robert Costa writes that it’s “Rebuke,” a word that appears in quotes from such divergent sources as Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), the Washington Post, and The Politico.
Related: John Podhoretz on “The Wipeouts in New York and Nevada:”
Both Turner and Amodei made the president the chief target of their campaign ire, and the Democrats in both races ran as far from Barack Obama as they could. And they were wiped out anyway.
These may prove to be among the most suggestive special-election results in modern American history. The Democratic candidate Harris Wofford’s win in the 1991 special for Senate in Pennsylvania proved a harbinger of Bill Clinton’s victory in 1992, and Republican Scott Brown’s win in Massachusetts in January 2010 presaged the shellacking in the midterms last year. If Obama loses next November, the writing on the wall will have appeared tonight.
A Democratic strategist said Obama has become such a problem for down-ticket Democrats that he was wary of encouraging candidates to run next year. “I’m warning my clients — ‘Don’t run in 2012.’ I don’t want to see good candidates lose by 12 to 15 points because of the president,” said the strategist.
At the Tatler, Bryan Preston declares, “Time of death for the age of Hope and Change, 11:58 pm eastern, Sept. 13, 2011.”
It’s up to all of us next year though, to ensure that it doesn’t rise from the dead like Young Barackenstein.
Update: Do you smell what Barack’s cooking? “Election year 2012: smells like Democrat doom,” this London Daily Mail headline reads, meaning — at least for the moment — the stench is powerful to reach across the Atlantic.