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Obama, Palin and the off-off-year election

Reading too much into Tuesday's off-off-year election results would be a mistake, but reading too little into them would be wrong as well. My take is that President Obama is right to worry about keeping independents in the fold -- and that Sarah Palin is the most polarizing figure in American politics right now.

Virginia has a long history of giving newly elected presidents their comeuppance. And most voters in both Virginia and New Jersey said Obama had no influence on their votes. But the exit polls indicating that independents broke fairly heavily for Republicans suggest that what many progressives (including me) sometimes see as Obama's temporizing -- on issues like the public health insurance option or Don't Ask Don't Tell -- might be sensible politics. The left of the party should take note.

As for Palin, her Facebook role in the New York special House race is well known. But I'd also note that in Virginia, Republican Bob McDonnell twice declined her request to come to the state and campaign for him. Clearly she captures the anger and disaffection of the tea party right, but independents tend to see her as Tina Fey.

Obama's moderation, Palin's fire-breathing: We'll see a lot of both in the next few years.

By Eugene Robinson  | November 3, 2009; 8:02 PM ET
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The right will crow about the Palin factor, the left will note McDonnell turned her down twice.

Perception is reality and I'm sure in Mrs. Palin's perception she is a kingmaker. Expect a new book from her and her ghost writer.

Posted by: arancia12 | November 3, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Palin the most polarizing?! I thought it was the President ... or maybe Nancy Pelosi ... or that guy in the Senate ... what's his name .. no can't be him ... "Obama's moderation...." is that the same guy who said last year ... "Get in their faces" right out of Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals ... last I heard, a radical or anyone who follows their rules is not moderate ... c'mon, Mr. Robinson, let's throw it back ... Palin is a white woman ... and well.... I'll let those two men of "moderation": Olbermannnnn and Mathews finish the remark ... Have I kept your rules of commment, WaPo ... or doesn't the fairness doctrine work here?

Posted by: gregssong | November 3, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a Sarah Palin fan by any stretch of the imagination, but I'm not sure she's any more polarizing that you are Eugene. She's at one end of the pole and you're at the other. Does either end advance our common interests?

Posted by: rag91354 | November 3, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

I think you know that putting Palin's name in title of this article WILL bring you some traffic for you column...that should just be welcomed for you personally right now...I get it!

Posted by: huntyrella | November 3, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

We'll see a lot of Palin only if the media keeps the dim wit alive. I mean come is Palin, who quit her job as Governor of Alaska. She has proven to the world her total and complete incompetence. How or why she still has supporters speaks ill of the electorate in America and makes us look like stupid hillbillies.

Posted by: vintel7 | November 3, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Eugene, please, Obama is already a wishy-washy moderate. Three more years of such policies will turn off not only most moderates, but many, non-partisan, progressives.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | November 3, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

I love it. The Left has been totally baffled by the Palin Express. You see folks, the average citizen now realizes that the Harvard & Yale Elite have failed this country on many fronts. Common sense now prevails. As stated in one of the above posts, Eugene Robinson uses Palin to give his column an anchor. Similar to the small merchant who leases a store front next to Walmart. Robinson's columns have become predictable and quite frankly, boring.

Posted by: Cobra2 | November 3, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Obama and Reagan both put a genial face on their politics. It didn't make Reagan any less conservative and it doesn't make Obama any less liberal. Obama's no "moderate", he's simply reasonable and personable. Obama will be the most liberal President elected in my lifetime. My biggest worry is that Reagan won't be the most conservative.

Posted by: gbooksdc | November 3, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

I think the Republicans ought to continue their support of hate politics. It is what they are so why not admit it? And as for the fairness doctrine-show me unbiased anything. Show me an unbiased human and they are probably dead. We are doomed to a number of years of polarized and hateful politics which will do nothing to solve the problems facing this "great" country. But then, it is a lot easier to complain than to solve a problem.

Posted by: piman1 | November 3, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

+And I look at ol'brer' Robinson and I see Uncle Tom ~ only this time it's for another Tom who surrounds himself with third rate washed up Commies and mad bombers.

Seeing the world through "Progressivism" will make you go blind.

Posted by: muawiyah | November 3, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: piman1
"I think the Republicans ought to continue their support of hate politics."

Hate politics ?

After liberal GOP Dede Scozzafeza dropped out.. Palin graciously thanked her for standing down.

Rush Limbaugh was vilified last month by the Left who cited false quotes on slavery and James Earl Ray.

"When I look at Rush, I don't see a white man; I see a friend. and friendship overrides color and political stances. I don't see a controversial figure, but a man whose heart and thoughts I know, and a man who is not a racist."

Dr. Kenneth L. Hutcherson, a former NFL linebacker, is senior pastor of Antioch Bible Church in Kirkland, Washington. November 02, 2009, American Thinker

Rush Limbaugh on race (WSJ: Oct 30.)

“"My racial views? You mean, my belief in a colorblind society where every individual is treated as a precious human being without regard to his race?"

Yup hate politics !

Posted by: pvilso24 | November 3, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Eugene, the faithful scribe, reporting live from the East Wing.

Posted by: EliPeyton | November 3, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Eugene.

Obama was right to do that, and Sarah Palin was wrong, she shouldn't have done that.

And I think between the two of them, because she did that, he also had a good opportunity to do something good, which was to,wait, what does Obama have to do Palin in the first place, I'm lost.

Are you guys floored with my analysis?? This is deep stuff man.

Posted by: joshmw | November 3, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Eugene, I have to say that the news media - cable mostly - has boosted the Palin factor by their fascination with this person for what-ever-newsworthy-reason. She has demonstrated from the start that her qualities are more suited to a pundit post, or less. She is NOT potus or vpotus material, and the media continues to recognize her as a potential 2012 presidential (!!) candidate by giving her news space, and feeding her need for the spotlight. It is mind boggling. Her objective these days, since she quit her governorship, is to make headlines ie endorsing the conservative in NY23, and writing a book, and making money with speaking engagements. She really is not interesting; her m.o. is too predictable, and her goals are too obvious.

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Posted by: huangzhixian106 | November 3, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Hang on, America: Liberation Day is coming

Posted by: thebump | November 3, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

When it comes to Obama's first year, I agree with Bill Maher. He has squandered an opportunity to rule from a position of strength and conviction. I can't stand Sarah Palin's politics but no one will ever accuse her of being timid.

Posted by: SarahBB | November 3, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

So to the extent today's results were a repudiation of Obama, are we sure he's being repudiated for supporting the public option or supporting repeal of Don't Ask / Don't Tell. Perhaps he's being repudiated for not having gotten those things accomplished???

Posted by: jnrosen | November 3, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Obama is simply too moderate. After 9 months, little progress has been made on enacting the policies he espoused during the election. He cannot continue on the current path...even his own party seems disinclined to follow his lead.

As for Palin, I suppose she'll be around for some time. But it's unlikely she'll have much influence or be elected to anything. And she will make a lot of money, just as Rush Limbaugh has.

Posted by: ptgrunner | November 3, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

I finally get your shtick, Robinson: You are paid to sound like a complete fool in order to get people riled up. You, and your handlers, reason that with all of your irrational blathering people will at least read the WAPO if, for no other reason, to see what ridiculous drivel you are spewing. I'm done with you. AMF!

Posted by: curious606 | November 3, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

The Republican re-branding effort might be paying off:


Posted by: bondwooley | November 3, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

There is a reason his first year is "squandered", and that is he was not ready to govern. The left went gaga over a man with absolutely no experience running anything except his political campaigns. Then they become disillusioned when he surrounds himself with old time establishment figures?

Well when you have no experience running anything and then get thrusted into the most demanding job in the world your only choice is to count on the establishment to help out while you learn the rope.

And when you surround yourself with establishment figures sooner and later you will end up doing the establishment's bidding.

Changes we can believe in?

Not gonna happen any time soon...

Posted by: barrylarryandtimmy | November 3, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Failin' Palin IS polarizing. Those of us who think she is a COMPLETE IDIOT and the few lunatics who agree with her. Between us there is a wide gulf of apathy and ignorance. Ideally, when she stands between Gee Duh Bush and the Dick "Chicken Hawk" Cheney she completes the picture of what all is wrong with the GOP.

I will start listening to Palin when her child is serving in the military in a front line infantry position in Iraq or Afganistan. I will start listening to the drug addict Rush Limbaugh when he is transmitting from Sader City outside of a bunker and not wearing a flak jacket. I will rejoin the GOP when they cut their ties to the right wing religious fanatics in this country.

Posted by: craiggger | November 3, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who has a clue about Sarah knows she will be taking the credit even though the Virginia race didn't want her there. I think she has more brass and arrogance than any politician I've seen in a long time. It's too bad -- I don't think she is good for the party. In reality she really doesn't have that much going for her. I know there is a certain element of the base that loves her but moderates and independents really don't care for her. She turns a lot of people off.

Posted by: sharronkm | November 3, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey Eugine,






Posted by: admt | November 3, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

barrylarryandtimmy, it's funny, but when I read this statement from your post, a different president came immediately to mind:

"And when you surround yourself with establishment figures sooner and later you will end up doing the establishment's bidding."

Posted by: exco | November 3, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Obama drama falls on deaf ears. Mesmerized stay home today. Anesthetic wearing off. Republicans revitalized. What happened. Obama put czars to work but not ordinary people He is going to raise taxes on all of us to pay for the boondoggle of trillion dollar socialist, rationed, wait listed Obama-(really doesn't) Care

Posted by: mharwick | November 3, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Obama, who should act as a statesman in his position as president, has instead become the nation's most polarizing politician. With his constant blaming of the previous administration, his unconcern for the increasing numbers of jobless and homeless, his thin-skinned war on Fox, and his apologetic and waffling diplomacy, he's an embarrassment to the office and to the nation.

Posted by: judithod | November 3, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

The headline is GOP loses 23rd and hands DEM a win after turning against one of their own and a Palin support choice in an off election year--Speaks volumes

Posted by: Noahark | November 4, 2009 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Barry's black lies, we'll see them more in the next few years.

Posted by: Atenora | November 4, 2009 12:15 AM | Report abuse

The 23rd District of N.Y. is really the story of the night. VA and N. J. is a repeat of the past. Nothing hew in those races.

McDonnell in VA would not allow Palin in the door, and the religious thesis paper attack by Deeds was opposite of Obama thinking.

To understand the future you must understand the past. The past in VA and NJ didn't change. It did in 23rd N.Y.

Obama must abolish DADT and close GITMO and bring the troops home. Otherwise he will be an empty suit.

Posted by: COWENS99 | November 4, 2009 12:53 AM | Report abuse

Token bigot Robinson.

Posted by: carlbatey | November 4, 2009 1:03 AM | Report abuse

"The headline is GOP loses 23rd and hands DEM a win after turning against one of their own and a Palin support choice in an off election year--Speaks volumes

Posted by: Noahark "

THIS is the Liberal Spin post I've been waiting for!
I agree the GOP messed up, BAD! THEY backed a Dem in Pug clothing and ATTACKED the Conservative in ads INSTEAD of the Dem. Then when Palin (I support her, and will until SHE doesn't want it. Don't like it? TOUGH!) got fed up with the attack ads on the Conservative and endorsed Hoffman. For TWO weeks the GOP maligned her AND the Conservatives that said Scuzzy was a Dem Lite. And NEWT, who is now TOAST for a Prez run, STILL said Conservatives were wrong. THEN when Scuzzy dropped out, and endorsed the DEM, Conservatives were vindicated. But, it was too late for Hoffman. If the RNC had endorsed Hoffman in the first place, or at least 2-3 weeks earlier, would Hoffman had won? Who knows, but my feeling is, because of how close it was, yes, he would have. But, that's not the point.
For weeks, CONSERVATIVES have said that they would root for the DEM if it meant Scuzzy losing. It was more important to teach the GOP a lesson (and we DID) than to win a Congressional seat that WILL BE GERRYMANDERED out of existence after the 2010 Census, anyway! Yes NY-23 will be divided up, and NY will lose 4 seats in the HOUSE when the 2010 Census counts Illegal Aliens in the Southwest! There is a defined # of seats, Texas, CA, NM, AZ and a couple more States will get MORE seats, and NY, because their population has decreased, is one of the States that will LOSE seats!
As a Conservative, I would have liked to have swept Nov 3rd, but with Scuzzy out and has shown her TRUE loyalties, Conservatives WON! The result is what we wanted. NO MODERATE LIB LITE as the GOP candidate. And we are just getting started. So, spin it anyway you like, it's not stopping the Tea Party Freight Train. I am proud that Hoffman was so close to winning. But prouder still of Conservative Principal Over Party!

Posted by: robotech1 | November 4, 2009 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson, you never give up do you! Does your conscience ever bother you that you have to always mitigate anything and everything so your Obama always comes out smelling like a rose. Palin wasn't the problem in NY. The 10 or 11 republican chairmen who decided to pick a republican candidate that was to the left of the democrat was the downfall along with the already established conservative party who fielded Hoffman to give voters there a real choice. I wonder how Obama feels knowing his presence numerous times in New Jersey meant nothing to voters and they rejected Corzine without a second thought of his closeness to the President. Maybe that is why Obama can't watch the results tonight because it might bruise his fragile ego.

Posted by: justmyvoice | November 4, 2009 2:10 AM | Report abuse

Both McDonnell & Christie Rejected [Palin Support] they now can Stand on their Own and not Kowtow to Palin, for Anything.

Both Republican Candidates Never asked for her Support, because they Knew she was Not juts "Polarizing" she was also looked upon as a Shallow & Hollow Person a [Dummy]

They Both Won without her Involvement, Neither Republican Wanted or Desired Plain's Involvement, in Virginia, that said, Palin still sent out [Robo-Calls] in Virginia on McDonnell's behalf !!

In the NY-23 Election [Hoffman] Gladly Accepted, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh & The Michael Steele's Endorsement and he [Lost] to Owens a Democrat


ALBANY, N.Y. — President Barack Obama's decision in June to appoint a Republican congressman to a Pentagon post has paid dividends in November now that Democrats have gained the House seat by capitalizing on a split between moderates and conservatives in the GOP.

Lawyer and retired Air Force Capt. Bill Owens won the special election Tuesday in northern New York in which the Republican candidate withdrew over the weekend under pressure from the party's right wing and GOP heavyweights endorsed the Conservative Party nominee.

Owens said he hopes to bring the heavily Republican district together after the contentious race left the GOP with one less seat in this bluest of states.

"Our challenges aren't Democratic or Republican.

They're not liberal or conservative. They are American challenges that we will overcome with American resolve," Owens said in his victory speech.

"The only way that we can create jobs and attract economic development to our communities is by bringing people of all parties together and giving everyone a seat at the table."

With 92 percent of the precincts reporting early Wednesday, Owens defeated businessman Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate, [49 percent] to [45 percent], after a boost from unified labor efforts in the last days of the campaign.

The GOP had represented the region for more than a century. Republican John McHugh vacated the seat to become Army secretary.

Owens thanked one-time opponent Dierdre Scozzafava, a moderate Republican who exited the race Saturday after Republicans criticized her support of abortion rights and same-sex marriage and Hoffman surged past her in the polls.

Scozzafava, an assemblywoman in the state legislature, picked up 6 percent of the vote herself.

The race received national attention, with some calling it a referendum on Obama and others saying it could help Republicans focus their message to attract more people to the party.

Owens defeated Hoffman despite a voter registration edge of [45,000] for Republicans and big-name endorsements for Hoffman from former vice presidential candidate [Sarah Palin], former Republican Sen. Fred Thompson and others.

"This is only one Fight in the Battle, people," Hoffman said before a gathering of supporters in Saranac Lake, N.Y., after conceding the race.

Posted by: omaarsblade | November 4, 2009 5:01 AM | Report abuse

Do the results in Washington State and upstate New York vs New Jersey and Virginia indicate that we are more polarized?

Posted by: rlombard3 | November 4, 2009 6:53 AM | Report abuse

Ahh the typical Mr. Robinson column. Granted this was shorter, but you got your shots in at the Republican Party (check), another shot at Sarah Palin with the tired Tina Fey reference (check) and again is running interference for your main-man Obama (check). Just another day at the office.

Posted by: Rschrim1 | November 4, 2009 7:37 AM | Report abuse

Eugene, you can't continue to write columns consisting only of rewriting recent history of Obama's poor performance. By this time, even you. must have concluded your man of mystery doesn't have what it takes to be "The President". Since we have him for three additional years the least he can do is clean out his advisors and accept what most citizens know is necessary; concentrate on fewer grand objectives and use what leverage he may have to change the Leadership in the Senate and House...

Posted by: chod1560equines | November 4, 2009 7:55 AM | Report abuse

I'd say that Obama is as much a polarizing figure as Palin. Obama came on board saying he would be a uniter but he has panned out to be a divider. Assuming that his covert take over was the "change" people wanted has proven to be wrong. I had high hope for his ability to reach across the aisle, but not in this lifetime, I guess.

Posted by: Lynne5 | November 4, 2009 8:07 AM | Report abuse

If Eugene didn't happen to be black, what would he have to talk about?

Posted by: biffgrifftheoneandonly | November 4, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

You're too kind on the Palin issue. I would say that the democratic upset in NY23 is a major statement. Dick Armey and his phony tea bagging takeover was a major fail again. He failed this summer with his hysteric attempts at squelching health care reform - the favorables on hcr actually improved after their August fiasco. And now, a district that has NEVER elected a Democrat has done so. Voters don't care for lobbyists taking over their local elections and don't particularly care for his tactics on legislative issues. His minions may be loud and unruly, but they don't speak for the majority. I guess "Sarah's values" have been repudiated once again. This is a major fail for republicans and the teaparty "revolution."

Posted by: NotFooledTX | November 4, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Eugene - the people calling themselves independents right now are the republicans that have abandoned the party.

They have been made to feel unwelcome for the past 30 years.

I am one.

I believe certain folks that intervened in the New York election are living in Walter Mitty's world. All that Walter, and the Club for Growth, and the Teabaggers managed to do in New York was turn a seat that had been red for 100 years into a blue one. How to explain the wishy washy republicans in DC that switched their support

While at it, they managed to prove to Americans across the US that outside money and medling CAN AND WILL deny locals their representative government if we let them.

Note: Notice how they justified it by saying that 11 people chose the moderate republican? Well... those 11 were the county chairs of the district, that's the State of New York process... they were following New York's laws.. But the lie was put out to justify taking over the process.

They so richly deserved what they got.

You just watch: Snowe in Maine and Crist in Florida are their next victims.

Posted by: dutchess2 | November 4, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Eugene is right. Governors are chief executive for THEIR state, and held responsible for messy things like state property tax rates and job creation. more telling is the Palin/Rush/Beck express failed to move anyone's vote and alienated people by putting their nose in a local election in distict 23. so it's a wash, not good news, not bad news for the president. get the health bill passed and hope for better job numbers early next year.

Posted by: sae_sho | November 4, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

While I generally agree with your assessments in "Obama, Palin and the off-off-year election," I'm stunned and, frankly, hurt that you singled out repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" as something Obama should avoid in order to win back independents. While it is true that we lost the marriage referendum in Maine, Obama is already avoiding marriage equality like the swine flu. But what possible evidence makes you think New Jersey independents voted against Jon Corzine because of the president's half-hearted promise to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"? As you probably know, Corzine openly supports even marriage equality, but I haven't seen any evidence whatsoever that New Jersey independents abandoned Corzine because of ANYTHING related to gay rights! The independents seem driven by opposition to massive deficit spending more than anything else. That puts Democrats in a bind because deficit spending is crucial to economic recovery, but how on earth would scapegoating gay people--and that, I really hate to say, was what you were doing--would address independents' anxiety about economic and fiscal policy? That was a very unfair assault on people who, this morning in particular, are already demoralized because of the Maine loss. Good grief, can you not kick us in the stomach while we're down???? I'm so surprised and disheartened that you'd be the one doing that.

Posted by: uh_huhh | November 4, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Conservative Party NY-23 candidate Doug Hoffman was approached last night by Watertown Daily Times reporter Jude Seymour, and asked about Rush Limbaugh's joke that Republican ex-candidate Dede Scozzafava, who dropped out and endorsed Democrat Bill Owens, was "guilty of widespread bestiality. She has screwed every RINO in the country." Hoffman laughed, and refused to condemn it.

Posted by: dutchess2 | November 4, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Democrats suffer a defeat and Robinson writes about how polarizing Palin is? Looking for someone to blame while at the same time using that person to attract readers.

"Obama's moderation, Palin's fire-breathing..." Yesterday you wanted President Obama to be tougher, but then insult someone who has strong political beliefs. I think you wish the President had the same passion.

You make a living from insulting political opponents, making false accusations and zealously defending Obama regardless of what he does, yet call people that don't agree with you "polarizing".

Posted by: rom12921 | November 4, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Cobra2 wrote @ November 3, 2009 9:06 PM
“…Left has been totally baffled by the Palin Express. You see folks, the average citizen now realizes that the Harvard & Yale Elite have failed this country on many fronts. Common sense now prevails.”

What express? Take a look at the Pol’s who jumped in behind Palin’s NY’s 23rd endorsement. They were all republican failures hoping for a comeback. Tim (let the bridges fall) Pawlenty, this guy is the GOP’s “No Where Man” and he jumped on the so called Palin express, talk about desperation!!!

After the republican candidate dropped out Bohner and Gingrich for some reason felt obliged to fall in line with the other losers instead of keeping their mouths shut.

The Palin express will take the GOP over a cliff with her at the throttle.

The only thing the average citizen realizes about so called Harvard (Adams, Adams II, Hayes, T.R., FDR, JFK, GWB, BHO) & Yale (Taft, Ford, GHWB, WJC, GWB) elites is what they hear on talk radio and cable TV, there is no common sense among tea-baggers who sat silently for 8 years as cheney/bush bankrupted the country, broke the military, out sourced jobs, started two wars, watched wages stagnate……

Posted by: knjincvc | November 4, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Last nites election results are an indicator that all incumbents are in danger regardless of which party they represent. People vote on their pocketbooks, economic security and JOBS JOBS & more JOBS. It is time for corporate America to step up and start re-investing into Americas' economy. Bring back the jobs shipped out to foreign countries. Expand credit to small business. Lower tax rates. Establish training programs for the new technology and green jobs. Nothing in our country can be more devastating than people unable to provide for themselves and their families. It is time for all Americans to begin doing the right thing for the nation as a whole. We have miles to go before we sleep is something even Robert Frost would have agreed with.

Posted by: RockStorm_Radio | November 4, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

“Unless the States will content themselves with a full and well-chosen representation in Congress and vest that body with absolute powers in all matters relative to the great purposes of war, and of general concern ... we are attempting an impossibility, and very soon shall become (if it is not already the case) a many-headed monster--a heterogeneous mass--that never will or can steer to the same point.” George Washington

I stand on my principles reflected in the founding this country, I choose not to stand with charlatans and fools found in both parties.

Dutchness2, you sound lost, does your compass spin wildly, like your principles?

Government charity is an oxymoron, thus I oppose socialism. It is bitter treat for the masses and fools, who find it intoxicating and addictive, only to be lured into enslavement.

Our government is a many-headed monster, because the two party system is a hydra. We must starve the hydra, keeping our resources for the protection of our family and allies who represent our principles.

Posted by: txnintn | November 4, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

If the President is going to be slow about making decisions on troops in Afghanistan, and slow to make necessary changes to create more jobs, and slow or impotent when it comes to bringing Democrats together to pass health care with a Public Option, you can almost always be certain shoppers will go elsewhere.

President Obama needs to get Bill Clinton to give Obama some good advice, on everything, and quickly, otherwise President Obama is giving his potential opponents plenty of ammunition come 2012.

Posted by: lindalovejones | November 4, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I live in Alaska and remember Sarah Palin's first foray into state politics. She was outgoing and pleasant, listened to both sides of each issue and was well liked. She also added a $1,200.00 "energy allowance" to our Permanent Fund Checks which helped many rural Alaskans with their exorbitant heating bills.
She won by NOT being Frank Murkowski who was the worst governor so far in Alaska.
What happened to her after being selected as the vice presidential candidate for the GOP was incredible, but should have been predictable. Someone said that she is "not shy" and that is not true. She was a very naivé woman when she was chosen but has learned a lot about exploiting the aggregate ignorance of the people of the South 48. Her million plus advance for her book should give many of you an idea of where her values are. I am sure that NONE of you would have stooped to collecting a million dollars on the ignorance of the book buying public.
...and NO, I didn't vote for her at any time.

Posted by: don_liston | November 4, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

They just don't get it, the people are sick of the bull. We need jobs and we need them now. The economy is in the tank. It is time for Obama to step up and do the job he was elected. Enough excuses and jet setting. Get to work and quit campaging for the next election, Obama is costing and wasting taxpayers dollars.

Posted by: kimm3 | November 4, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Gene, you absolutely get a gold star. You wrote about the NY 23 results without using the word "conservative". Conservative is a good word meaning be careful when changing from what is working well, like Social Security, like firm Bank Regulations, like enforcing laws and regulations, like having progressive income taxes. So every commentator who calls the greedy mob of anti-responsibility, pro-lawlessness plunderers conservative is helping them by attaching a positive word to a destructive mob.

Katherine Hepburn was a fantastic and talented actress beloved by many. However no summary of her career is without a section on how she became "Box Office Poison". Once a tag sticks, it can stick forever.

As we have gotten to know Saracuda (What's the difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull?) Palin we have seen how she helped John McCain turn a close and reasonably respectable race into an embarassing disaster! And now, she both gave Lake Placid accountant Douglas Hoffman his 15 minutes of fame, and in the blink of an eye, turned out to be VOTING BOOTH POISON!

Hmmm, Sara Palin - Voting Booth Poison!

Sara Palin - Voting Booth Poison! Sara Palin - Voting Booth Poison! Sara Palin - Voting Booth Poison! Has a ring to it...

Tune in again to see Sara VOTING BOOTH POISON Palin put on her lipstick, summon forth her howling mob of scary friends, and go out to help purify things in more elections!!!!

Honk, Honk!! Call Sara Palin for free... VOTING BOOTH POISON!

Posted by: gradya3 | November 4, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

I love it. The Left has been totally baffled by the Palin Express. You see folks, the average citizen now realizes that the Harvard & Yale Elite have failed this country on many fronts. Common sense now prevails. As stated in one of the above posts, Eugene Robinson uses Palin to give his column an anchor. Similar to the small merchant who leases a store front next to Walmart. Robinson's columns have become predictable and quite frankly, boring.
"To quote Hoffman, "a powerful message" was sent indeed; just not the one he wanted to send. Right-wing Republicanism is nearly extinct outside of a narrow band in the US."
"nodebris wrote:
Some real effective strategery there, Ms. Palin. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, as they say. No wonder McDonnell and Chrsitie did their best to distance themselves from her."
___________________________________________Please explain to Palin what "polarizing" means...I normally attempt to give her a definition of some words.

(def: In politics, polarization is the process by which the public opinion divides and goes to the extremes.)

Still Loving this Country

Posted by: lindarc | November 4, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

You Libs always tell us, by demonizing Conservatives, who we should consider as candidates. They are the ones that you fear the most. You idiots are so transparent. Unlike your naiive man-child currently occupying the White House. Though millions of us saw right through him and his Silverback wife. But rest assured, that will NOT happen again.

Posted by: Dionysis | November 4, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

0bama with a job approval rating of about 46 percent, and Palin, a private citizen with a favorability rating about the same. I'd say 0bama is the polarizing figure.

You are right, 0bama should be worried. He proved last Dec that he could not get people out to vote for anyone else when he invested heavily in the runoff election between the dem Martin and the repub Chambliss. Chambliss won by 15 points despite 0bama's best efforts. He campaigned 5 or 6 times in NJ, and could not budge Corzine's numbers up not a single point, he also campaigned in VA, and could not budge the numbers there either. All those dems in traditional repub districts and states now know that 0bama won't be able to help them in 2010, that's not going to make them walk the plank for his loony left policies.

Palin, on the other hand, issued a single Facebook endorsement of Hoffman whose poll numbers were about 15 to 20 percent. Within 24 hours over $116,000 in small donations flowed into his campaign, volunteers showed up from other states, and within 2 weeks he moved up to 45 percent, a 100 percent increase in his numbers. I'd say that was pretty good.

A note about the Martin Chambliss race, Chambliss was leading by 3 or 4 points in the polls on Monday, Palin held 4 rallies for him across the state, and he went on to win by 15 points. Now, that's what I call moving the numbers in the right direction, something 0bama has failed to do for anyone.

Posted by: gatshanson1 | November 4, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

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