Republicans won two governors’ races, which is characterized by the press (customarily known as the liberal media) as a “sweep.” “GOP sweeps gov races,” says Politico. “Christie win completes GOP gubernatorial sweep,” says CNN. “McDonnell Leads GOP Sweep,” says the Roanoke Times. “GOP Sweep,” says the Associated Press, the Houston Chronicle, The (SC) State, the Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Wilmar (MN) West Central Tribune, et alia.
TV economist Larry Kudlow talks about “The Economics of a Three-Race GOP Sweep,” adding to the Christie and McDonnell victories that of Doug Hoffman, who was defeated, but forget it, he’s rolling. “It could doom the so-called health-care reform that has become a symbol of the leftward-tilting, big-government, economic-control policies emanating from Washington,” Kudlow proclaims.
In non-official liberal media outlets, the news is even worse for Obama and the Democrats. NewsMax says the “Obama freight train… ran squarely into a political brick wall.” Fox News says the election was a “troubling turn for President Obama” and quotes McLaughlin Group blowhard Tony Blankley, who says “The public is getting really scared of [Obama’s] policies.”
FrontPage declares “The Obama Revolution Is Over,” and that Conservative Doug Hoffman’s defeat is “a sign that traditionally conservative policies and candidates enjoy broad support in the district.” Glenn Harlan Reynolds, aka Instapundit, tells the New York Post that “the Obama magic has faded” and that if Obama “were the political marvel he was thought to be, these races wouldn’t have been contests, but walkovers,” thus proving “Obama wasn’t ready to be president when he ran in 2008” and “Obama has shrunk.” He also cites the “seemingly quixotic third-party run by Doug Hoffman.”
David Paul Kuhn reminds us of the “Warning to the GOP” headline after the 1981 elections, but we expect we’re among the few paying attention.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 4, 2009