Turner Takes It

Arnold Ahlert is a former NY Post op-ed columnist currently contributing to JewishWorldReview.com, HumanEvents.com and CanadaFreePress.com. He may be reached at atahlert@comcast.net.


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One of Weprin’s final ads was particularly tone-deaf. It showed a plane with the words “Bob Turner For Congress” on the side heading towards buildings. The ad was aired two days before the 10th commemoration of 9/11. It was quickly pulled, but it nonetheless incurred the wrath of Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn), who crossed party lines to endorse Republican candidate Bob Turner. “Right before September 11th, this is the most irresponsible, despicable behavior. As a New Yorker, as a Democrat, I am calling on the other side to not just remove it as commercial, but I am asking for an apology to New Yorkers–it is Chutzpah, ultimate audacity,” he fumed.

Hikind’s endorsement of Turner, as well as that of former Mayor Ed Koch, who also crossed party lines to support the Republican, reflected the other significant issue in the race. In a letter to The New York Times, Koch noted that his support for Turner was “intended to send a message to President Obama that he cannot throw Israel under the bus with impunity.” Hikind echoed that sentiment saying he also wanted to “send a message to President Obama about his failed, disastrous economic policies and his reckless policies toward Israel.”

Both men were referring to Mr. Obama’s May 19th speech in which he contended that Israel should retreat to its pre-1967 borders in order to facilitate a Middle East peace agreement. The New York Post‘s John Podhoretz noted that while the “Jewish vote may be decisive in this one district, the Jewish voter is another matter” with respect to the 2012 election, in terms of both fundraising and the swing states of Pennsylvania and Florida. Podhoretz contends that a switch of one-third of the Jewish vote in either or both states, or Jews not voting at all, would make Mr. Obama’s re-election virtually impossible. Irony number two: Weprin is an Orthodox Jew, and Bob Turner is a Catholic.

Another issue that may have cost Weprin some votes from Orthodox Jews was his support for the gay marriage initiative approved by the state legislature.

In some last minute intrigue, the Washington Times reported late Tuesday afternoon that the Turner campaign, fearing vote fraud, intended to have the ballot impounded immediately after the polls closed. “Last night [Monday] we filed with one of the judges and then today we were attempting to serve Weprin. We served the board of elections last night to this morning. I’m not too sure of the timing of it,” said Turner campaign manager E. O’Brien Murray. “There’s been significant evidence of election fraud occurring. There have been in at least five occurrences of deceased individuals receiving absentee ballots, which cannot happen legally. Other people who have not applied for absentee ballots have received ballots, which is against the law in New York State. They haven’t even applied for them, but they received them,” he added.

At 11:30 PM, the Associated Press cited “problems” with reporting results. The AP noted that last year, New York replaced outdated lever-operated voting machines with paper ballots and optical scanners, which take longer to process.

In the end, it didn’t matter. Shortly before midnight, both The Atlantic and the Washington Post gave the election to Turner. With over half the districts reporting, Turner was leading 53 percent to 47 percent over Weprin. Nate Silver of The New York Times tweeted, “A crude extrapolation from borough-wide results would have Turner winning this by about 10 points.”

A crude extrapolation is something Democrats are likely to attempt in order to downplay the significance of this loss. No doubt they will say a special election doesn’t hold much significance with respect to the broader picture. Yet considering how much they were willing to read into New York’s last special election, when Democrat Kathy Hochul defeated Republican State Assemblywoman Jane Corwin in New York’s 26th Congressional District by a 47-42 percent margin, such attempts will ring exceedingly hollow.

Bottom line: Democrats may be in more trouble than they imagine heading into 2012. And it’s becoming clear the primary source of that trouble is the man occupying the Oval Office.

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  • angel

    Obama, being an extreme Marxist ideologue that he is, find himself in a quandary, he has many speeds but no reverse. This is may be his undoing. He has bet heavily on his ideology wining the day and it is becoming obvious the reaction of the public. I talk to many people and the mood is not good out there anything that smacks of socialism or the Left in general. This mostly unremarkable individual lacks the intelligence or political skills of a Bill Clinton. Obama is too rigid a personality to pivot to the center. Any such tactic would be viewed by Obama as a sellout.

    • idffisgisil

      i am a real socialist. obama is not a socialist. please stop calling him that

  • Chezwick_mac

    Sweet music to my ears. Read it and weep, libs! And prepare for much more of the same next November. It looks increasingly like Barry is a one-termer.

  • davarino

    Thank you mr. wiener, and I am sure we will thank mr obama as well, next year……snicker

  • StephenD

    Geshhh, the silence from the left is deafening. Remember when they won the election in upstate NY? Man, you'd thought they just elected an emperor! After all, it was in a traditionally Repub. area. It must be a referendum on the Tea Party!
    Now, with the Tea Party link established in a historically Dem. area and he wins anyway…what do they have to say? I LOVE it! The pendulum has swung so far left it needs to swing equally to the right for a while. I hope there is a clean sweep in 2012 and we take the Senate too.

  • http://apollospaeks.blogtownhall.com/ ApolloSpeaks

    OBAMA, THE TURNER VICTORY AND 2012

    Click my name at townhall.com to read the most unusual piece on the blogosphere about Turner's upset victory.

  • alexander

    and BaraHussaOba will do EVERYTHING not have 2012 election ……. because it will be a landslide bigger than Reagan's!!! :):):)

  • mrbean

    Uf Prez Obama dun don'ts gets relected, den dah bruthas and dah sistas gonna riot in dah streets uf awl dah cities jus like Watts cause weez hate whitey, Yassah!

  • Steve Chavez

    New Yorkers finally got tired of NAKED WIENERS ON GLUTEN FREE BUNS AND WENT FOR NY STEAK!

    YES, DEMOCRATS outnumber Republicans three to one and JEWS are predominantly Democrat BUT THEY SWITCHED because they saw the treatment of ISRAEL AND NETANAYU BY OBAMA and his base like those who aid terrorists like Hamas, Hezbollah, and his INACTION IN SYRIA, a proxy of IRAN, while aiding in the Arab Spring that so far has proven to be ANTI-ISRAEL!

    AMERICAN JEWS, whose voice has been taken over by FAKE JEWS and who are the vocal minority, ARE FINALLY SEEING THE TRUTH about this FRAUD PRESIDENT who only supports the Jews, like his FAKE AIPAC speech, only to gain their votes while holding out his hand for donation$!

    "FAKE JEWS" or JINOS, Jews in Name Only? Aren't Rev. Jackson and Rev. Sharpton FAKE REVS or Revs. in Name Only? There are many FAKE JEWS who support groups like CODE PINK AND THE "AUDACITY OF HOPE" Hamas flotilla ship, BDS/ Boycott Divestment Sanctions, and ISM/International Solidarity Movement whose ultimate goal is the DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL. All this on top of Bloomberg snubbing any religious reference at Ground Zero but then his support for the Ground Zero Mosque. They remember too that Jews and Israel are a main part of the 9-11 Truthers conspiracy theory that is also a main base of Obama and the Democrats.

    I CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY ANY JEW WOULD BE A DEMOCRAT knowing that most Democrats are connected to, supported by, and funded by groups who aid and seek the DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL!
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  • Brain

    People of upstate new york are simply tired or NYC politics. I think it's time for a 51st state and NYC can take Rockland County, Orange County and Yonkers with it. Stop leeching off of us and stop scaring our businesses away.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    The Democratic Party will shrink to the amount of leftists infesting it and
    Americans who love America and had been Democrats will resurface in
    some political form that supports America and reviles the leftist/communist
    insurgents that have been ruining the Nation…..Things are changing for
    the better but there is a long way to go………………………………William

  • jacob

    RIGHT ON, GENE …!!!

    Have you heard anythig from Senator BROWN, who replaced KENNEDY in
    Massachussets ???

    Seems after his ride on Air Force One with OBAMA, everything is hunky-dory
    to him, right ??????
    Did he turn him into another RINO ???
    It surely looks like