Art offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist.
GET LIVE RESULTS ON NY-09 HERE.
11:30PM- 51PCT TURNER (R), 49PCT WEPRIN (D)
11:45PM- 53,47. Brooklyn is going huge for GOP tonight. Brooklyn.
12AM- AP CALLS RACE FOR TURNER. GOP WINS BIG- QUEENS AND BROOKLYN GO RED TONIGHT!
The results are flooding in from the special election we did not have to have nor needed at this moment. But thanks to Minority Leader Pelosi and the pious DNC former chair Tim Kaine here we are.
The district carried Obama by 55pct in 2008, so before the Obama folks online claim racism just remind them these same voters voted for Obama a few years ago. What has changed is Obama has become radioactive with a 31pct approval rating in NY-09. A district which also is 3 to 1 Democratic! Queens and part of Brooklyn comprises the district, a large number of Orthodox Jews live here who still usually vote Democratic as part of the New Deal coalition.
But tonight we have another body blow to t he Democratic Party and it is a VERY bad one. Losing this seat, at the heart of New York City, home to so much party history, will be terrible. Weprin’s GOP opponent Turner effectively turned the race into a referendum on Obama, his weakness on the economy and smeared POTUS on being “weak” on Israel. And it appears to have worked.
The seat has been held by Dems since 1923. And those who say “well voter shave no choice, they will vote Obama because the GOP is too scary.” Well tonight voters have shown they will go GOP even if they in the past voted Democratic. Time again for tough questions.
Appropos reading for tonight from Matt Stoller: party crisis.