NY09 Anoints, NYPost Disappoints

So, New York’s congressional district #09 is in Republican hands for the first time since 1923 — one of the surest electoral bets in the world just threw craps.

As Nathan Detroit might say, “so, nu?”

You know this is big, because as soon as it happened, Democrat national chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said, “It’s a very difficult district for Democrats.”

Suddenly losing the Jewish voters who have consistently voted Democrat over there? Pheh. Darling, it’s not important; it should not be taken as any sort statement about electoral mood, or Obama’s re-election. The district is gone with redistricting, anyway!

Well, that’s true, but the new carve up will make things a lot more difficult for Democrats, and they know it.

Some Democrats are falling out of love with the lockstep shuffle

Last night on twitter, Jonah Goldberg wondered when the #nypostheadlines entries would begin, and some did fly around, but I think most of us believed the Post would deliver a classic this morning.

So, this was a disappointment:

Really, New York Post? A stunning political repudiation that began with a social media scandal of impressive proportions and ended with the loss of a seat held for nearly 100 years, and that’s all you’ve got?

I wish I could photo shop. I’d add these headlines to your photo:









Mickey Kaus had a great one last night: JEWS CHOOSE BLUES LOSE!

I’d love to see what you guys can come up with.

And another fun game — or at least I enjoyed it — what will be different at the White House, after NY-09, and the reality that Obama cannot simply count on the Jewish vote? #Afterny09:

Next Obama Speech: “Let’s be perfectly clear, I look at these job numbers and I could just plotz! What schmendrick wrote this healthcare bill?”

WH Breakfast Menu: Blintzes and a nice seltzer

WH Press Sec’y Jay Carny: to WH Press Corps, tomorrow? “So, how’s by you?”

New White House Christmas Tradition: Ordering Chinese!

Defending Israel: “Nobody puts Bibi in the corner!”

Michelle’s New Dress Designer: Rami!

Obama’s new golf partner: Shecky Greene!

Obama refers: to Adam Sandler as “an artist of staggering genius.” (well…he sort of is)

Play along!

By the way, a congressional seat was up for grabs in Nevada, too, in the second district — where McCain barely eked out a win in 2008. It went GOP by a margin of 22%. The Democrats are saying this is not a repudiation, but certainly if they’d won those seats, they’d be claiming them as validation. I’m thinking there is a lot of pacing going on in the White House and in Harry Reid’s office. Indeed a “rough news day”. And in some ways, a new one.

One more thing: Does anyone else remember in the months after 9/11, Ari Fleisher telling folks should be “careful” in how they speak (which, when you think about it, is what the Politically Correct class has been telling us for decades, now) and the press and left going ballistic about that? Remember how Tim Robbins made a big, fancy speech (at, if I remember rightly, the baseball Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown Nationa Press Club!) about “a chill wind blowing through America”? Remember that? Remember all the unimpeded speeches, uncensored plays and books warning that Americans were being silenced, intimidated and oppressed? That “chill wind?”

Well, you know…it’s feeling pretty damned chilly now.

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  • Liz

    Can’t top your headlines – all great!

    Tim Robbins talked about the “chill wind” at the National Press Club. Yep, just couldn’t get his message out. Totally censored, that guy.

    [Thank you! I don't know why I thought it was Cooperstown. I will fix! -admin]

  • Doc

    Instapundit is referring to Obama as President Millstone. I hope that catches on.

  • http://humanlife.net Dan Kennedy

    The White House reaction will only send the message that the president didn’t get the message. This reaction will ultimately hurt Obama. American’s will determine that the only way he will get the message is to vote him out in 2012.

  • http://none m charenton

    pitch poifect; congrats.

  • http://jscafenette.com/ Manny

    Post headlines:

    Weiner Screws Dems
    Turner Overdrive
    Obama Left Holding the Weiner
    Jews Brooze
    POTUS Putz
    Wham Bam Thank You Mam

    Sorry if I got a little risque. ;)

    Looks like Obama is a sure one termer. That new jobs retread plan was probably the nail in the coffin. He’s got nothing left but speeches.

  • tempus fugit

    The Post’s headline writer – the one who came up with “Axis of Weasel” died recently. The new guy isn’t up to speed yet apparently.

  • Richard Johnson

    Yep, it’s starting to look as if there will be a GOP President come Jan 20, 2013, and perhaps he/she will have a stronger GOP majority in the House and a slim majority in the Senate.

    Will the GOP be able to turn things around in 2 years, as they clearly expected Obama to do? Or will we see the excuse machine start on Jan 21?

    Personally, I am hoping that the Tea Party/GOP alliance wins big in 2012. I’d enjoy seeing them have a 75 seat majority in the House and a 65-35 majority in the Senate, with someone like Bachmann or Perry in the White House (Bachmann/Perry ticket, perhaps). Then let the clock start ticking, and let the public judge accordingly come 2014.

  • Frank

    How about: JEWS TO OBAMA: DROP DEAD!

  • Doc

    Richard, what on earth led you to believe the GOP “clearly expected” Obama to turn this country around in his term. Anyone paying attention knows that they feared Obama, Reid, and Pelosi would make things far worse, which is exactly what happened.

  • Barbara Peters

    My understanding is that President Obama won NY-09 only by 55%. This area has been in transition for a while. It is moving from Democrat to conservative. I believe there is a large Orthodox population in this area. I also believe, but I am not sure, that some in that community supported Carl Paladino for NY Governor, at least in the early stages of the campaign. My personal opinion is that this vote was based on the administration’s position on Israel and not on the economy.

  • Ben David

    It wasn’t Israel – it was gay marriage.

    Weprin’s support for the stealth vote on gay marriage in the NY State Assembly enraged traditional Jewish voters. Broadsides against Weprin – signed by a long list of prominent rabbis – were posted in religious synagogues. Here is one:


    “It is therefore forbidden according to Torah law to vote for, campaign for, publicly honor, fund, or otherwise support the campaign of NY Assemblyman David Weprin…”

    I was hoping to see a religious blog like yours emphasize this angle – which the lamestream media is obviously downplaying.

  • Gregg the Obscure

    Dems kosher no more

    Gay marriage? Dem divorce!

  • Robert Labnge

    Reminds me of an ancient SNL skit from the Reagan era. Tim Kazurinsky appeared on “Weekend Update” to slam the Post for their bland headline about the death of Yuri Andropov, “ANDROPOV DEAD.”

    “This isn’t the New York Post I’ve come to know and love,” he said, offering up alternative headlines, such as “REDSKI DEADSKI” or “LENIN GETS ROOMMATE.”

  • http://stixblog.com Stix

    GOP Spanks The Weiner for the headline

  • adam

    Jostling Jews Jab Gerrymandered Jester.

  • adam

    Or Weiner’s Wan Wind-up Wacks Weeny Weprin

  • http://desperateirishhousewife.blogspot.com Susan Vigilante

    Something about D. Weprin just wasn’t quite kosher.

  • Rich Fader


  • don singleton

    I did the Photoshoping you wanted but I can’t find your email address. Email me at donsingleton@cox.net and I will send them