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In the races for New York City mayor, New Jersey governor and New York's 23rd House district seat, the message from the electorate was clear: Talk to the hand. For different reasons, voters just didn't like being told what to do.

Mayor, New York City
When voters go to the polls, they're always thinking, "What have you done for me lately?" Mike Bloomberg (I) actually had good answers for the city he's run since 2002. (I was a policy adviser on his first campaign in 2001). But he squeaked to victory by a 5 percent margin over a candidate who ran a disorganized and error-prone campaign with what amounted to pocket change. Quite a fall from the 20-point blowout four years ago. That's because he really ticked off New Yorkers last year when he pushed through the repeal of the law that limited mayors to two consecutive terms in office. Neither Bloomberg nor his team was ignorant of this. Every quick trip to the Big Apple over the last two months featured at least one hushed conversation with someone nervous about Election Night. The $90 million he personally spent on the race, the most ever for any office anywhere, was meant to mitigate the damage from his term-limits move. This only fueled the anger. And New Yorkers weren't afraid to show just how angry they were.

Governor, New Jersey
First-term Gov. Jon Corzine (D) was sent packing by a state that didn't like him much from the moment he walked through the doors of Drumthwacket in 2006. His complicated personal life was an issue in his election in 2005. And his response to the state's dismissal finances, plus the tarnish on his Goldman Sachs background after the Wall Street implosion, only added to the negative impression. Given all this, New Jerseyites, usually reliable Democratic voters, ignored President Obama's pleas during three campaign visits to return his "partner" to office. Chris Christie (R) beat Corzine 48 percent to 44 percent.

Representative, New York 23
Dede Scozzafava was hand-picked by county Republican bosses to run for the seat vacated by now-Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh. Conservatives didn't like that. The state assemblymember had liberal views on abortion and gay rights. Enter former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, who threw her support behind the Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman. Scozzafava's support and money dried up, which forced her from the race and into the arms of Democratic challenger Bill Owens. This emboldened conservatives to go after other targets, such as Gov. Charlie Crist (R-Fl.) who is running for the Senate. I can't blame them for thinking Hoffman would win the seat. A Democrat hadn't been sent from N.Y.-23 to Washington in a century. By giving Owen a 4 point win, the electorate defied conventional wisdom and told Palin and her conservative crew to "back off!"

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 4, 2009; 3:06 PM ET
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Who will be the party of Wall Street in 2010?

In 2010 Democrats will face elections where Sarah Palin and others like Rush Limbaugh will take the stage to attack Democrats while extolling the virtues of Republicans.

Republican candidates will introduce the speaker or more effectively will be at another election event.

A return to the old politics of the demagogues with the twist that the demagogues are not running for election but are front and center to aid the candidates that are running for office.

Sarah Palin will replay that the Republicans are the party of Main Street and not the party of Wall Street.

Sarah Palin will replay that the Republicans are the party that do not wait for months to support our American Troops.

And what will the Democrats say?

Will they say the Democrats have brought back Glass Steagall to force the bankers back into the business of lending and out of the business of large bonuses?

Will they say that the Democrats have taxed like Tobacco, the large bonuses out of existence and want those who work in financial firms to work on salary like the rest of America and not on large bonuses like AIG where taxpayers had to waste 200 billion dollars because of large bonuses?

Will they say that the Democrats have pushed for recovering the taxes on millions that should have been paid by the hedge fund managers and closed that loophole?

Will they say that the President has fully explained to the nation why he said no and will not send more American troops to Afghanistan?

Will they say that the President has stopped the visas for foreign worker in a nation without jobs for America?

Will they say that the President has publicly told American corporations that sending American jobs overseas when so many Americans are unemployed is not in the interests of America?

Or will the Democrats in 2010 not be able to say anything?

Posted by: bsallamack | November 4, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Had Scozzafava's name not appeared on the ballot, Hoffman would have won it.

Democrats know this.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | November 4, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Had Scozzafava's name not appeared on the ballot, Hoffman would have won it.

Democrats know this.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10


Scozzafava knew it too :) Obviously looking to disrupt the election by capturing all the mindless party line voters.

Posted by: theobserver4 | November 4, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Fox News spent the last two days gloating about their pick, Mr. Hoffman, being elected. And if they had any guts, they would have admitted how foolish they have been.

Of course, Sarah Palin took a huge hit as well, but doesn't have the guts or integrity to admit her mistakes either. As a result, she's not fit to hold any public office.

Posted by: mperezm | November 4, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Reporting from Los Angeles and Sacramento - Starting Sunday, cash-strapped California will dig deeper into the pocketbooks of wage earners -- holding back 10% more than it already does in state income taxes just as the biggest shopping season of the year kicks into gear.

This is the next step for obozo and the they say, so goes california, so goes the nation.........gets your cash out of the bank because obozo and his thugs are coming to steal it from you.

Posted by: charlietuna666 | November 4, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

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Are we fed up, or just getting wiser. If we lifted up God's word, the people would be caring for their families, the elderly, widows, fatherless and the poor among them. All religions are told to do those things. We would not need taxes and programs. When we ignore and degrade God's word we are blinded to the power to overcome our big government system and other world problems.

Even before the 2010 elections, if the people want God's solutions and His wisdom to govern this nation as IT IS WRITTEN and not as religions have transformed it, they will bring in the Kingdom of God, a nation run according to God's word. If they do not want it, we will see much more misery and destruction, UNTIL we understand God rules, by choice or by judgment. Leviticus 26.

Most of the word of God is secular wisdom on how to live on this planet without destroying ourselves, others and the planet. The religion part is giving Him thanks. He is the God of the whole earth and He has cross-referenced His prophets to bring in unity according to IT IS WRITTEN. He has extra proofs to come forward when we choose His wisdom. He will continue to lead us.

Marie Devine
God has solutions to world problems we created by ignoring His wisdom.

Posted by: MarieDevine | November 4, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Marie - do you realize that what you believe is the original word of God has ALREADY been transformed by religions? You should know that modern fundamentalism is very different from Jesus' gospel.

Posted by: jamshark70 | November 4, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Ok. Imagine you get home from a hard days work and find a letter from the New York Republican Party asking for an donation to the party. Well, you believe in the values that the party espouses, so you send a check hoping it will go to candidates who are in agreement with your views.

But the state Republican party then offers up a candidate who is clearly a liberal.

Can you get your money back? Is this fraud or breach of contract? Is it cause for a class action lawsuit?

So the party pushes the candidate, even though it's clear she is a liberal. They spend $900K of the money I sent them along with everyone else to push a liberal. She continues to talk about how she represents Republican values, so the party keeps throwing my hard earned money at her.

But, after enough heat, she cries, throws up her hands and bows out of the race a few days before the election.

Can I get my money back? Is this fraud?

A few days later and, again, right before the election, the same candidate that was endorsed by the Republican party that gave her my hard earned money endorses the liberal democrat in the race, who goes on to win.

Can I get my money back? Is this fraud?

Seems that between the Republican party and Scozzafavva, loyal Republicans have been scammed and they should entitled to get their money back. This was fraud.

The same thing is happening in Florida with Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio.

As soon as Crist announced that he was running for Senate, party boss Jim Greer endorsed him along with the NRSC, even though there was another very viable Republican candidate in the race.

So, the message is clear...the parties want your money to support candidates they chose but they don't want you to have a say in it amd they will spend your money however they see fit, even if it to promote a liberal like Charlie Crist.

Lord save us in Florida. We must defeat Charlie Crist. If he wasn't running for Senate, he would be jumping on the Obama healthcare wagon in a minute.

If people want to take back the republican party from the party elite, they mus say no to candidates like Charlie Crist and throw out RPOF boss Jim Greer.

Posted by: Artist4 | November 4, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

And who are the brain-dead people who voted for Scozzafava after she dropped out of the election?

Posted by: allamer1 | November 4, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

It was supposed to be a great day for Sarah Palin and the Teabaggers. Instead the right-wing extremist got beaten and Sarah looks like a fool. Well.....nothing new here.

Posted by: mperezm | November 5, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

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