If you watch MSNBC or listen to “progressive” talk radio, you’re going to be hearing a lot about “New York 23″ for the next month. New York District 23 has elected a Republican Congressman for nearly 100 years in a row, but now it’s Blue. In last night’s off-year elections, Democrats took advantage of GOP chaos (the GOP candidate withdrew) to add one more vote to their ample congressional majority. Winning New York 23 is truly a feather in the Democrats’ cap.
But then there were the Virginia and New Jersey elections.
Virginia is a state we have been told is “trending Blue” (because Obama won it for the Democrats last year). But last night, GOP candidate Bob O’Donnell won the Virginia governorship by a whopping 59 percent of the popular vote. Meanwhile, in New Jersey, one of the bluest of Blue States, Republican Chris Christie defeated incumbent Gov. John Corzine by 4 percent. The last time a Republican won high office in New Jersey was 1993, one year before the GOP recaptured the House for the first time since 1952.
In politics, for every action there is a reaction. The Republicans have had a pretty rough time for the last five years, but last night was a good night for the GOP.
It would be a mistake to read too much into two victories, but I will hazard a prediction. Right now, there are nearly 50 “Blue Dog” – moderate to conservative – Democrats in the House of Representatives, and a half dozen in the Senate, who are studying last night’s election results very closely. They are weighing whether or not to risk their political careers by voting in favor of President Obama’s health care and “climate control” bills. Last night’s results do not show much support out there for the Democrat agenda.
The Democrats have a 70-vote majority in the House and a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. Yet somehow they cannot figure out how to pass these two bills. The announced deadlines for passage of Obamacare and cap and trade keep getting pushed farther and farther away. The 2010 Congressional elections are now only a year away. The time has come. The president, Sen. Reid and Speaker Pelosi had better shove these bills through Congress before Christmas, or they will not get another chance.