NYT: Democrats scored an upset in one of New York’s most conservative congressional districts on Tuesday, dealing a blow to the national Republican Party in a race that largely turned on the party’s plan to overhaul Medicare.

The results set off elation among Democrats and soul-searching among Republicans, who questioned whether the party should rethink its commitment to the Medicare plan, which appears to have become a liability as 2012 elections loom.

Two months ago, the Democrat, Kathy Hochul, was considered an all-but-certain loser. But Ms. Hochul seized on her Republican rival’s embrace of the proposal from Representative Paul Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, to overhaul Medicare, and she never let up.

Full article here – Thank you Sarah T 😉

President Obama: “I want to extend my congratulations to Congresswoman-elect Kathy Hochul for her victory in New York’s 26th Congressional District. Kathy and I both believe that we need to create jobs, grow our economy, and reduce the deficit in order to outcompete other nations and win the future. Kathy has shown, through her victory and throughout her career, that she will fight for the families and businesses in western New York, and I look forward to working with her when she gets to Washington.”


Steve Benen: … I can’t help but notice that the month of May has been awfully kind to the Democratic Party. Last night, in a major upset, Buffalo-area voters elected a Democratic congresswoman in a ruby-red district that never elects Democrats. The driving issue of the campaign: the Republican agenda in Congress …. it’s the latest in a line of recent victories.

* New Hampshire: Last week, there was a special election in a state House district where Republicans have dominated for years. The Democratic candidate won in a landslide, even after a local town clerk illegally required photo IDs to vote.

* Florida: Also last week, Jacksonville was home to a high-profile mayoral race, and the state GOP touted the election as the first warning shot of the 2012 cycle. Instead, voters elected Democrat Alvin Brown – Jacksonville’s first African-American mayor – stunning the Republican establishment statewide.

* Wisconsin: Three weeks ago, there was a special election in a Wisconsin state Assembly district that has been represented by a Republican for 16 years. In this case, the Democrat won by eight points.

* Maine: Two weeks ago, there was a special election to fill a vacancy in the state Senate, in a district that has been very competitive in the recent past. In this case, the Democrat won by a crushing 2-to-1 margin.

…. the Republicans would be wise to take a moment to realize Americans aren’t buying what the GOP is selling. Indeed, it looks an awful lot like buyer’s remorse is the most common public sentiment.

Full post here

GOPolitico: President Obama’s grassroots army, Organizing for America, played a significant supporting role in efforts to amp turnout for Kathy Hochul in yesterday’s big special election win, according to Democratic sources.

OFA’s New York chapter – joining other national groups like the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee – manned phone banks and dropped campaign lit, and some even went door-to-door in the heavily Republican upstate district.

…Tuesday’s win is critical for Obama’s 2012 narrative: That reckless Republicans are intent on wrecking Medicare – and can be stopped if Democrats band together. Just like in ’08.

OFA-NY hosted 22 phone banks in the district and in other parts of the state over the 12 days leading up to Tuesday’s election … the group also made 3,402 in-person contacts with voters out of a 53,000-contact door-knocking efforts led by local Democrats, unions and Hochul’s own field organizers.

And OFA used its vaunted email list to recruit volunteers, text likely voters and push blog posts and news stories favorable to Hochul – and whacking Republican Jane Corwin, who lost by a slim four points in a tight three-way race to replace shirtless and seat-less former GOP Rep. Chris Lee.


13 Responses to “wow…….”

  1. 1 Fred
    May 25, 2011 at 7:21 am

    good morning Chip and TOD family

    may GOD guide;protect and bless the President as he has a very important day today and the First Lady too.

    GOD bless you all here

    congratulations Ms Hchul 😀

    • 2 DreamChaser57
      May 25, 2011 at 7:27 am

      Good Morning to you Fred, Chipsticks & TOD Family!

      Ms. Hochul did a splendid job with her capaign, congrats to her and her team for a decisive victory.

      MSM is like an alternate universe, the matrix if you will – I am so thankful for this site…..this is the real world

  2. 4 sjterrid
    May 25, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Good morning Chipsticks and TOD family. It’s fantastic news that Kathy Hochul won the special election in New York. I agree with you DreamChaser57, she and her team did a fantastic job.

  3. 5 gn
    May 25, 2011 at 7:52 am

    This is a demonstration that when we can get people to focus upon the core of the GOP’s ideas and governing philosophies, the American people reject them. Without a national media providing copious amounts of spin and giving cover to the GOP, a deeply unpopular policy was laid bare, and voters chose to hold Republicans accountable. Congrats to the new Rep, as well as the voters who rejected such a destructive plan!

  4. 6 anameti
    May 25, 2011 at 8:08 am

    This is amazing, hope the winning streak continues.

    • 7 UT Austin Liberal
      May 25, 2011 at 8:27 am

      Amen… when I heard that Kathy Hochul had won NY-26 I was up jubilating. Thank goodness. I hope Dems don’t lose this golden opportunity. This is really big. She took Jack Kemp’s seat. Repubs have held this seat for over a century. This is as big as Scott Brown winning our beloved Ted Kennedy’s seat (May his beautiful soul rest in peace… loved him to pieces) Repubs on Morning Joe are trying to play this win down. It’s a BFD. Dems in the house now only need 24 seats in 2012 to gain control of the House of Reps. And please Lord.. let them retain the Senate.

    May 25, 2011 at 9:00 am


  6. 9 Andogriff
    May 25, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Exactly right UT… may this wonderful trend continue in the House AND the Senate. Fabulous news about Kathy Hochul! Hopefully a taste of things to come in 2012… thanks for the info Ms.Chips, and for all the incredible coverage of the last few days with our president in Europe.

  7. May 25, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Its a great victory but it also means that the Repubs are going to double down on their lies and spend tons more money. Its going to get really nasty.

  8. 11 Claire
    May 25, 2011 at 9:44 am

    I was so happy with the results last night! Thank goodness, this is a start. We have to recapture the House and get more voices in the Senate.

  9. 12 Sue in Minnesota
    May 25, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Woot! Congratulations Kathy Hachul, and thanks to the people of NY-26 for waking up, smelling the coffee and delivering the vote. No room for complacency, the President and the country need reasonable, serious and inclusive representatives. Our young people especially need to engage because their future is what is at stake.

    With all the horrible weather ripping through the country, my thoughts and prayers to all who were in harms way. Do we know of anyone from this community that may have been directly affected, my hope and prayer is that all are safe and secure wherever they may be. Oh, and Eric Cantor….go F yourself!

  10. 13 GGail
    May 25, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    These small ripples of Democratic successes has to rise into a tidal wave. TOGETHER.WE.CAN.

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