Despite the fact that Obama’s job approval rating is reported to be near 54%, this did not translate into Democrat victories in either Virginia or New Jersey last night. In fact, according to polls, his approval ratings with regard to the economy, health care, and the war in Afghanistan are all below 50%. Last night Bill O’Reilly asked Karl Rove to comment on the outcome of the Virginia races (which had just been called for the Republican candidates) as well as the still-uncertain outcome of the Governor’s race in New Jersey. The ever-balance-mindful O’Reilly attempted to minimize the import of the Republican victories in Virginia, stating that “Everybody knew this was going to happen. The polls had (McDonnell) way, way up.” Not so fast, Bill. As Rove correctly pointed out, McDonnell’s election as Governor in Virginia illustrates an important fact:
“Think about this. This was a state that went for Barack Obama by six percentage points, and the margin right now for Bob McDonnell is 28. That is a 34-point swing. That means a third of the state moved away from the Democrats and moved into the Republican column in a big turnout.”
Indeed. Let’s not forget that one year ago we were being told by Democrat operatives and the leftist media that Virginia’s choice of Obama, an ostensibly “post-racial” candidate, signaled a “national realignment” in favor of center-left policy and away from conservatism. McDonnell’s victory puts the lie to that assertion. Not long after the above-referenced exchange between O’Reilly and Rove, we learned that Chris Christie had defeated John Corzine in the NJ gubernatorial race.
As surely as night follows day, we will now be treated to a steady drumbeat of reality-denial and spin from the “dinosaur media” as they attempt to transform what is a clear repudiation of current Democrat policies into an unfortunate anomaly without broad implications. We will be told that Creigh Deeds made a fatal mistake by failing to align himself with Obama and his policies early in the race, echoing the administration’s talking points which were put forth almost two weeks ago.
In similar fashion we will hear that Obama’s multiple visits to New Jersey to stump for John Corzine were valiant and loyal efforts to save a campaign that after all had become mired in allegations of corruption. This of course ignores the fact that Corzine had the assistance of ACORN, the National Education Association, the local media and approximately $30 million of his personal fortune in one of the bluest of blue states. To spin Christie’s victory as anything other than a stinging rebuke to the hard-left direction the Obama administration and Congress have taken since January is laughable.
The economic malaise and high unemployment gripping the country with no end in sight has Americans rightly concerned that Washington’s “solutions” are only making things worse. No amount of phony GDP numbers or pronouncements by the President and his advisors that “the recession has ended” or that we have “stepped back from the brink” can instill confidence in voters who see an ugly economic reality staring them in the face. The results of Tuesday’s elections illustrate this, and Democrats (particularly the Blue Dogs) ignore it at their peril.