Thanks House Republicans!

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 @ 11:16 pm | Politics

You wouldn’t know it by watching or reading Fox News (neither has reported it yet) but Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul won a special election against Republican state Assemblywoman Jane Corwin in the ultra-Red 26th Congressional district of New York. I think they’re all waiting around to see who is willing to test the waters first before they go jumping in. The NRCC is spinning the election thusly:

“Republican Jane Corwin ran a hard-fought campaign against two well-funded Democrats, including one masquerading under the Tea Party name. Obviously, each side would rather win a special election than lose, but to predict the future based on the results of this unusual race is naive and risky. History shows one important fact: the results of competitive special elections from Hawaii to New York are poor indicators of broader trends or future general election outcomes. If special elections were an early warning system, they sure failed to alert the Democrats of the political tsunami that flooded their ranks in 2010.”

Also, Reagan!

Makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it? The Tea Party candidate who won 9% of the vote was actually a Democrat in disguise so if you take into consideration the fact that Tea Party voters are easily duped and give those votes to the Republican candidate Jane Corwin would have won which wouldn’t have mattered anyway since drawing conclusions from special elections is foolish and naive. Got it? No? Well, I don’t understand it either. What’s apparent to me, however, is that Republicans aren’t learning from their mistakes. It’s clear that Hochul won by making the Republican Party’s dreams of abolishing Medicare the central issue. If the take-away for the Republicans is that they need to double down on throwing socialist grannies out of their wheelchairs then the epistemic closure David Frum spoke of last year is paying big dividends at the ballot box.

-mg

4 Responses to “Thanks House Republicans!”

  1. AJKamper Says:

    The Tea Partier DID run as a Democrat as recently as 2004. But that’s still some serious spinning… a district that they were supposed to win by 12 (according to Presidential returns) they lost by 6… more if you count the TP guy as a Democrat.

  2. Henry Whistler Says:

    I thought Tea Partiers weren’t necessarily Republicans? That any American fed up with spending, as they say, could hop on board?

    Whoops, that lie is busted.

  3. Henry Whistler Says:

    And, of course, I am ever the fool for taking GOP spin at face value:

    http://mobile.slate.com/rss.jsp?rssid=411&item=http%3a%2f%2fwww.slate.com%2fdefault.aspx%3fdisplaymode%3d201%26id%3d2295060%26device%3drss

    Jack Davis was a lifelong Republican who hates both parties equally nowadays, as per the usual Tea Party myth.

    Reality: The Tea Party is the Republican base.

  4. jldmeyer Says:

    Remember how Republicans were claiming “Obamacare” was going to ruin the health care for older Americans? It didn’t. And along comes a young senator with a bold plan to gut the Medicare system and suddenly it is a good idea? Birth certificates. Death panels. Anti-Union. All I can say is keep it coming. I as a democrat am loving all these things you call great ideas. How about Trump/Palin 2012? Sounds like a wonderful ticket.