The polls are showing that the American public blames Republicans more than it blames President Obama for the nation’s problems.
Yet, when citizens went to the only polls that count on Tuesday, they issued a stinging rebuke to the current inhabitant of the White House.
Democrats lost Anthony Weiner’s (previously Chuck Schumer’s) Congressional seat in New York by around 8%. Their candidate in Nevada, running in a toss-up district, got crushed by 22%.
When James Carville looked at the results one word kept popping into his mind: “panic.” It’s time, Carville said, for the White House to panic and to effect a drastic change of course.
Does Obama have it in him? I doubt it. Right now he seems more interested in being loved.
Yesterday Democrat Barry Sternlicht, CEO of Starwood Capital declared: “We elected a community organizer that’s acting like a community organizer.”
For those of us who live in New York, the Congressional race in the 9th District was the most compelling. You have a heavily Democratic district that had not sent a Republican to Congress since 1923.
Moreover, the district contains a large contingentof orthodox Jews. While orthodox Jews tend to be far more conservative than their Reform co-religionists, they still tend to vote Democratic.
After African-Americans, Jewish voters were Obama’s staunchest supporters in 2008. The fact that George Bush was arguably the most pro-Israeli president in American history and that Barack Obama had significant ties to people who were virulent opponents of Israel—think Jeremiah Wright and Rashid Khalidi—did not make very much of an impression in those heady days.
Now, times have changed. While the New York Times and other liberal organs are trying to rationalize the defeat of the Jewish Democrat David Weprin at the hands non-Jewish Republican Bob Turner, Dan Senor has offered an excellent review of the Obama policy toward Israel. Link here.
In truth, no one should have been surprised that Barack Obama, faithful adherent to every trendy leftist belief, should have believed that the fault for all the problems in the Middle East was Israeli intransigence.
That Obama and his administration would have treated the Prime Minister of Israel with disrespect and even contempt should not have shocked anyone.
By now it is clear that Obama’s standing in the Jewish community has seriously declined. He has suffered a severe loss in Jewish financial support.
Whether other Jewish voters accept that they were duped by Obama in 2008 remains to be seen.