Wednesday, September 14, 2011
In New York...Concrete Jungle Where Dreams are Made Of
A Republican has won a Congressional Seat in New York City...repeat: A REPUBLICAN HAS WON A CONGRESSIONAL SEAT IN NEW YORK CITY!!!!
You aren't misreading that! September 13 was the Special Election for the 9th Congressional District, the seat vacated by Anthony Weiner after a very embarrassing scandal. This seat has not been held by a Republican since 1923. Tonight, Bob Turner won this election, defeating Democrat David Welprin, a candidate who didn't even live in the district.
This victory is the Scott Brown moment of 2011. A deeply Democrat district, a heavily Jewish district (a group that has a bad habit of skewing Democrat) and a district in New York City, one of the "liberal bastions" of the United States, Republican victories are few and far between. Turner's victory comes down to voter dissatisfaction with Obama, specifically his position on Israel and his inability to let government get out of the way so jobs can be created.
A few months ago, this would have seemed impossible, yet this Republican victory sends shockwaves not only across the country, but to the Obama 2012 Re-election campaign.