Amazing that the only thing that the Feisty DNC chair could say was that the 9th Congressional District in New York is, “a very difficult district for Democrats”. She must be Kidding, Democrats have a 3 to 1 Democrat advantage in the distinct and The Cook Political Report has assigned it a PVI of D+5.
There is NO objective block of information that would suggest that the district who hasn’t gone GOP since 1923 is a “Difficult District for Democrats”. Conclusion: Democrat Spin
See the Election Results Here
White House 2012 puts it this way:
Last night’s win of Republican Bob Turner in the special election to replace disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner was a truly loud message to President Obama and Democrats. And while it does not necessarily mean that President Obama is surely going to be defeated in 2012, the fact that a Republican won this traditionally Democrat district with a 3 to one Democrat to Republican registration ratio in the heart of liberal New York City does mean trouble for Democrats.
In the video below the newly elected Congressman explains why he believes he won.
Turner is correct.
Normally winning the Democrat nomination for anything in this district is tantamount to winning the election. The only reason that was not the case this time was because voters are angry and wanted to let President Obama know that. Most important here is that this is a district heavily populated by a large Jewish constituency. Traditionally, the Jewish vote has mainly gone to Democrats but in this particular election, many Jewish voters came out to make it clear to President Obama that they oppose his policies involving Israel.
This will be a problem for the President in 2012. There is little he can do between now and then to reclaim favor among a substantial portion of the Jewish vote. Unless the President does a total 180 degree turn on many of his Israel related positions, he will have a hard time reaching the 270 electoral votes needed to win reelection. The Jewish community will not easily forget President Obama’s disrespect of Prime Minister Netanyahu when he withdrew from a meeting to eat dinner and left the Prime Minister waiting for the President to finish his meal. And more importantly than that, Jews will not simply ignore President Obama’s request for Israel to return to its 1967 borders which prohibit Israel from properly defending itself.
In the New York 9th District, “there is a large number of people who went to the polls tonight who didn’t support the president to begin with and don’t support Democrats — and it’s nothing more than that.”
Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 in comments published in the New York Times
Debbie Wasserman Schultz downplays meaning in New York special election loss
Republican Bob Turner’s stunning victory in a New York special congressional election on Sept. 13, 2011, has Democrats scrambling to offer explanations for their pre-presidential election year defeat.
The leading defense is that the result in New York’s 9th district is an isolated event — the combination of local issues, a less-than-strong Democratic candidate in David Weprin and the lingering baggage of the 9th District’s former congressman, Anthony Weiner, who resigned after admitting to sending inappropriate messages to several women via Twitter and Facebook.
Party leaders also contend that the district — which has been held by a Democrat since 1923 and where Democrats hold a 3 to 1 registration advantage — apparently isn’t that Democratic.
Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz offered the de facto Democratic rebuttal in interviews with the the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.
“It’s a very difficult district for Democrats,” the Journal quoted her as saying. The paper noted that Wasserman Schultz said the Democratic margins in the 9th tend to be the second lowest of all the districts in New York City.