I have said and written this numerous times — President Obama got elected because he promised that 95% of Americans would receive a tax cut, and because he was cool under pressure while Lehman & the economy collapsed. The 40% of the country that are in the Center-Right heard this message and voted for it. (The two major parties each pull about 30% of the electorate, and the general election is then decided by this 40% in the Center-Right — NB: the Battleground poll, which has been conducted ~13 times over 20 years, consistently finds that 33% of the country considers itself to be moderately to strongly liberal and 66% of the country considers itself to be moderately to strongly conservative, that is why elections are decided by the center-right).
What has happened since then? $1.3 trillion in new deficit spending — quadrupling George Bush’s deficit with soon to be double digit unemployment.
I don’t say this to be partisan or negative. I say it because it is what people are feeling right now. My proof? Corzine dumps $30 million into a re-election campaign against Christie (a mildly chubby, uninspiring candidate who spent $11 million). Even with a 3rd party candidate (usually the death-knell for the challenger), Corzine and his Goldman-Sachs millions failed to win re-election in a State that the President carried with high double-digits.
You want more proof? While the results aren’t final, it looks like over 50% of New York’s 23rd Congressional District did not vote for the winner. While there was a lot of “Main Stream Media” teeth gnashing about the “Conservative Party” candidate being too conservative, he almost took the race even with the Republican candidate Scozzfazza’s last minute endorsement of the Democrat (who is arguably more conservative than Ms. Scozzafazza). The center-right’s influence on this election cannot be missed in these results.
All politics is local, but the country is in the midst of a serious, serious economic problem. This country-wide problem is being played out locally. In short, the majority of Americans are angry and their problems are being ignored. Let’s get back to what the 2008 election was about — 95% of Americans want more money in their pocket and they want the economy back on track.
The Democrats who are running the Country, Delaware, New Castle County, and the City of Wilmington ignore this simple message at their own peril. The more time spent counting mythical “saved” jobs; the more time spent socializing 20% of the economy; the more time spent creating carbon taxes; the more increases in property/gross receipts/Income/Death taxes; the more increases in government fees; the more Democrat losses in 2010.
(NB: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said within the last 24 hours that it is doubtful that there will be a healthcare bill this year. Looks like some of the Democrats are getting it — See the ABC News story here).