Image via Wikipedia
The Daily News’ endorsement of Turner vs. Weprin is the equivalent of the New York Times endorsing Palin vs. Obama. Bob Turner is the Republican running for the seat vacated by disgraced Democrat Anthony Weiner. David Weprin is the Democratic contender for that seat and should be a shoe-in in the solidly Democratic district. Normally, a Republican would be doing well to get 25% of the vote. Polls show Turner at 40%.
The point is not who will win this race; that will probably be Weprin. The point is, it is indicative of the level of discontent felt by hard-core Democrats about the political leaders of their party. The national implications are very significant. Ronald Reagan was once a Democrat and later said “I didn’t leave the Party. The Party left me.” As the Democratic Party accelerates it’s leftward turn it is leaving more and more of its people behind and some of them are beginning to realize it.
Today is Labor Day. May God bless the working man and woman. They are the apple pie, motherhood and are the foundation of all that is good in America. Whether they pound a hammer, push a pen, birth a baby or cart away the trash they are the heart and soul of this great nation. They are exceptional; and yet the current Democratic Party leader is telling them there is no such thing.
Who said the Democratic Party is the working man’s party? The Democrats did, that’s who. Wrong again!
- BARACK OBAMA ON HIS WAY TO HELP
When Anthony Weiner, the former Democratic congressman of Facebook fame resigned in disgrace, it was a foregone conclusion that his replacement would be another Democrat. Only one in four voters in his district is registered as Independents or Republicans. Nonetheless, it is turning out to be a race in this super-solid Democratic district that gave birth to Sen. Schumer and other leading Democrats. The reason is broadly held feelings of deep disgust for Barack Obama among working class Democrats. It’s a local situation with national implications.
From today’s New York Times
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.”
Working people can be quite forgiving of a leader’s mistakes when they believe the leader is doing his best. People will endure a great deal of hardship from a leader who is with them in it. But even then, there is a limit. When working people see themselves as on a sinking ship and you yell “I’m here to help” as you speed by in your yacht, you have lost them.