In the Race to Succeed Weiner, a Surprising Anger at Obama
"Surprising"? Only to the New York Times, I reckon, whose staff cannot fathom the fact that Republican Bob Turner is running a scant few points behind Democrat David Weprin in the race to fill the Congressional seat of the disgraced Anthony Weiner Some snippets, with stunned editorial commentary left intact:
Of all the places to hear fulminations against President Obama, one of the least expected is the corner of 71st Avenue and Queens Boulevard, in the heart of a Congressional district that propelled Democrats like Geraldine A. Ferraro, Charles E. Schumer and Anthony D. Weiner to Washington.
But it was there that Dale Weiss, a 64-year-old Democrat, approached the Republican running for Congress in a special election and, without provocation, blasted the president for failing to tame runaway federal spending. “We need to cut Medicaid,” she declared, “but he won’t do that.” She shook her head in disgust. “He is a moron.”
After nodding approvingly for a time, the Republican candidate, Bob Turner, signaled for an assistant to cut off Ms. Weiss. Frustration with Mr. Obama is so widespread, he explained later, that he tries to limit such rants to about 30 seconds, or else they will consume most of his day.
“It’s endemic in the district,” Mr. Turner said. “You can’t stop them once they get started.”
Legendary New York Democrat Ed Koch, campaigning with Republican Bob Turner
I guess we are all traitorous tea-baggers now! Seems as even if Obama can get another trillion-dollars stimulus passed, the natives will still be restless. What more can they want, if not the wasting of other people's money?
The Democrats, as embodied by Mr. Obama, have no idea.
...the race has become something far more unsettling to Democrats: a referendum on the president and his party that is highlighting the surprisingly raw emotions of the electorate. <
National Democrats, alarmed by a poll that showed the contest far closer than anticipated, are privately fretting that even a close outcome in a working-class swath of Brooklyn and Queens may foreshadow broader troubles for the party in 2012.
Stunned, stunned is the Times that the sales pitch - designed for the five-year old trolls patrolling lefty blogs - isn't working:
On paper, Mr. Weprin seems like a sturdy candidate; he is the former chairman of the City Council’s Finance Committee and the son of an Assembly speaker. His message seems tailor-made for the district: he promises to protect Medicare and raise taxes only on the super-rich. <
But the election, waged with little news media attention, offers scant time to remind voters of his biography. And after a long summer of stock market gyrations and battles over the federal debt, voters seem determined to register their frustrations with Washington.
Because it can't be that people are rejecting the message, or perhaps the nepotism of the messenger, laws no. Folks are just "frustrated", that's all, and like children, are simply acting out against their best interests with a tantrum.
Well, in case it gets too close to call, Weprin is ready to pull out his secret weapon:
Mr. Weprin urged the crowd to vote, his tone at times pleading.
“Do you know about the election?” he asked a woman sitting in a row of folding chairs.
Leaning in, he cracked a nervous joke. “Your vote,” he told her, “is going to count twice.”
Not a joke at all, actually...