I don’t want to get ahead of myself . . . but hold on while I go do a few cartwheels in the front yard.
Okay, I’m back.
So, Democrat Kathy Hochul won the Special Election tonight in New York’s 26th Congressional District – a District that up until tonight had only elected three Democrats since 1857. (Jane Corwin has conceded.) That’s a pretty potent Republican stronghold. But thanks to the overreach by Republicans (do they never learn?!?) and Republican Jane Corwin wedding herself to the Paul Ryan Medicare-killing budget, Democrat Kathy Hochul took the race, 48% to Corwin’s 43%. The wild card was tea party candidate Jack Davis who, if we’re lucky, will take the blame for the loss. That would be a really nice two-fer. But the spin game is already on, with Texas Republican Pete Sessions accusing the Dems of sending in Davis as a ringer: “Republican Jane Corwin ran a hard-fought campaign against two well-funded Democrats, including one masquerading under the Tea Party name.” Come on, Sessions – we wouldn’t pretend to be a teabagger even if it meant we lost every election.
Do the words “poor loser” mean anything to any of you?
The thing is, although Republicans will deny that this win for Democrats in New York was a referendum on the Paul Ryan budget or anything else, we know and they know and we know that they know that it was. In fact, what’s completely predictable is that a slew of Republicans are going to soon follow Scott Brown (who may, by the way, face a challenge for his seat in 2012 from Obama appointee Elizabeth Warren, take the political fallout, and withdraw public support for Ryan’s budget – or, as has recently been the case, give such tepid endorsement of it that the meaning will be clear. Corwin should be a lesson to them – and I believe she will be.
The Ryan budget – piled on top of union-bashing and teacher-bashing and corporate-whoring and city-stealing and getting in bed with Big Oil – represented the “tipping point,” or classic overreach, of the Republican Party. They got a little giddy after the mid-terms, thought the seats they gained meant they were gonna have a date to the prom. They can’t seem to wrap their minds around the fact that they misjudged what they thought was love – it’s prom night, and they’re all dressed up with nowhere to go. And somebody else is dancing off with what they thought was their date.
I’m trying not to get giddy, myself, over this seat that Hochul took in New York. I’m trying not to stick out my tongue and chant, “Na na na na, na na.” I’m waiting, ready to be amused, as I watch how Fox-ready Republicans spin this win. I mean, hell, Karl Rove was on O’Reilly tonight saying that the Republicans had to capture only one more state (can’t remember which one) for a surefire presidential win in 2012 – and it took O’Reilly to remind him that yeah, the Republicans would be in great shape – if they had a candidate.
Never know – maybe they can manufacture some Black Panthers at the polling booths for the occasion.