A Special Election Victory Dance
So I plugged "Debbie Wasserman-Schultz" into Google News to see what the DNC chair had to say about last night's double-spanking of her party in those special House elections. And you know what? The best I got was an unsourced quote without a story to go along with it. From a TV appearance, maybe? I don't know, because Google News won't say. But here's what DWS said:
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.
OK, fine. There is a large number of people who don't support the President -- in a district where Democrats outnumber Republicans by three-to-one. You know what political professionals call that? Panic time.
Politico has DWS claiming, without quotes, "These were just Orthodox Jews, not the mainline, Democrat-supporting, population." OK, Debs -- so what does that say about Obama's chances in Florida next year? A barely-known Republican just took NY09 by almost the same margin (53-47) Obama won it in 2008 (55-44). And that's after the DNC -- you know a thing or two about the DNC, yes, Debbie? -- pumped in oodles of money to turn out the vote.
How about that Nevada race then? NV02's Washoe County is considered a bellwether area, and the Dems had "a weak showing there." The district split 49/49 Obama/McCain in 2008. It's 15% Hispanic. Republican Mark Amodei just won it by 22%. That's a landslide, yes? It occurs to me for no particular reason that that's an even bigger margin than Reagan beat Mondale in 1984. The Democrat in the race, Kate Marshall, "was critical of Obama but still supportive of a national health care overhaul." Emphasis added, because that makes it sound like Marshall wasn't exactly endorsing the health care overhaul Obama actually gave us.
So -- run away from Obama and still lose by 22? Sounds like panic time to me.