The election results from yesterday’s special election in New York are pretty astounding. A reliable Republican district, NY-26, elected a Democrat, Kathy Hochul, after a “come back campaign” that became a referendum on Paul Ryan’s draconian budget deal. The one that the Tea Party populists forced on the GOP. Here are the results from TPM. I said at the time that it was a monumentally stupid move and would be a huge benefit to Democrats. I’m just loving the start of the Presidential campaign too, Newt and his truth talk followed by “Any ad which quotes what I said on Sunday is a falsehood”. It sounds awfully similar to Jon Kyl’s “Not intended to be a factual statement” press release, after lying about Planned Parenthood on the floor of the House of Representatives. Election season is just beginning too.
The excuse that the GOP seem to be trotting out this morning is that the 3rd party candidate split the vote. You know, the Tea Party candidate. They created that monster, now they have to be devoured by it. Let’s all get the popcorn and soda-pop and watch as it happens again and again in the next 1 and 1/2 years. It’s going to be fun.
I don’t think that Democrats taking back control of the house is a done deal. There is a lot of time between now and November 6, 2012 and a whole lot of propaganda and hatred out in the public that can be stirred up. But we Democrats are sitting pretty good at this point in the process. I have confidence that President Obama will win big for many reasons, the main one being he is one badass campaigner and is by far the best communicator we’ve ever had as President, at least in my memory. I don’t have the same confidence in House and Senate candidates, however. They are so much more susceptible to right-wing propaganda and seem to fold like oregami whenever the GOP turns the propaganda machine in their direction. Basically, they have no balls. No offense to women who don’t need balls, they get shit done without them.