Florida Loss Spells Doom for Democrats

floridaThe defeat of an Obamacare-loving Democrat in a closely watched special election in the Tampa area ought to give comfort to Republicans aiming to control both houses of Congress after the upcoming elections in November.

On Tuesday, Republican David W. Jolly had mainstream journalists across the nation popping Prozac as he polled 48.52 percent in the special election in Florida’s 13th congressional district, triumphing over Democrat Alex Sink who garnered 46.64 percent and over Libertarian Lucas Overby who received 4.84 percent of the votes, according to still-unofficial results.

No matter what they say publicly, Sink’s loss is terrifying to careerist Democrats. President Obama’s party desperately wants to talk about something other than Obamacare now that it’s becoming increasingly clear that they have no chance of retaking the House and are very likely to lose control of the Senate.

The FL-13 race was the Democrats’ to lose. “This wasn’t some random battle; the deck was stacked for Democrats, yet prevailing political fundamentals pushed the W into the Republican column,” notes Townhall political editor Guy Benson.

As even left-leaning Politico observes, the Democratic Party is in chaos right now:

A few Democrats are advocating a drastic rhetorical shift to the left, by criticizing their own party for not going far enough when it passed the law in 2010. Other Democrats plan to sharply criticize the Affordable Care Act when running for re-election. Many plan to stick to the simple message that Obamacare is flawed and needs to be fixed —a tactic that plainly didn’t work for Sink. Taken together, the Democratic Party is heading into an already tough election year divided — instead of united — on the very issue Republicans plan to make central to their campaigns.

Going into the FL-13 vote three days ago, Democrats already had a seemingly impossible task ahead as they lost control of the narrative.

Before Election Day this week, Republicans characterized the vote as a referendum on Obamacare, a program that Democrats across America have been scrambling to distance themselves from. Jolly promised to press for repeal. Sink, who had high name recognition with voters after running for governor in 2010, defended Obamacare in principle but said parts of the program needed to be fixed.

Sink also came across as callous and out-of-touch to left-wingers when she offered a one-percenter’s rationale for supporting so-called comprehensive immigration reform.

The reforms are important to America because “we have a lot of employers over on the beaches that rely upon workers and especially in this high-growth environment, where are you going to get people to work to clean our hotel rooms or do our landscaping?” she said, channeling her inner Ebenezer Scrooge. “We don’t need to put those employers in a position of hiring undocumented and illegal workers.”

Pundit Stuart Rothenberg previously declared the contest to be a must-win for President Obama’s party.

“Since most nonpartisan handicappers and analysts have for years expected this seat to go Democratic when it became open, a Republican victory would likely say something about the national political environment and the inclination of district voters to send a message of dissatisfaction about the president,” Rothenberg said. “And that possibility should worry the White House.”

Although a Republican replacing another Republican as a result of a special election shouldn’t necessarily be headline news, both parties “nationalized” the race and poured vast resources into it. When the GOP defined the contest as a referendum on Obamacare, the mainstream media did not object because in their cavernous echo chambers Obamacare is considered to be a great idea that is only running into trouble because of flawed implementation. Many journalists saw Sink as a shoo-in because they viewed the prospect of Obamacare repeal as an electoral non-starter.

As the often sensible Noah Rothman of Mediate opined, this was “[a] real-world test case … in which a Democratic politician running in a swing district, a candidate who did not have a vote for the [Affordable Care Act] to defend, ran against her Republican opponent’s pro-repeal stance. She lost.”

Sink was sunk, Rothman wrote, despite the PR shortcomings of her ultimately successful opponent. Rothman continued: 

If there was a singular issue on which the special election in Florida’s 13th turned, it was the debate over the value of the repeal of the [Affordable Care Act]. What’s more, the pro-repeal message won in spite of the flawed nature of the messenger. Sink lost to a Republican who should have logically underperformed a generic Republican. Jolly, a 41-year-old lobbyist and Washington insider in the midst of a divorce (who is presently dating a 27-year-old former coworker of Jolly’s) represented the perfect candidate from a Democratic perspective. In theory, he should have been easily framed, polarized, and made toxic. It did not turn out that way.

Democrats apparently underestimated just how toxic Obamacare, which is causing suffering from coast to coast, was (and continues to be) to ordinary Americans.

And after the torpedoing of Sink, for whom the professional Left had such high hopes, Democratic office holders are in denial.

White House press secretary Jay Carney dismissed out of hand the suggestion that the hated Affordable Care Act doomed the Democratic standard-bearer in Florida.

“Any fair assessment of the role that the debate about the Affordable Care Act played reaches the conclusion that, at best for the Republicans, it was a draw,” Carney sniffed. “And I think that’s evidenced by the fact that the Republican candidate himself didn’t even mention it in his victory speech.”

But the day before the vote a nervous White House political director, David Simas, reportedly called journalists to feed them the don’t-you-even-think-of-blaming-Obamacare party line in advance in case Sink failed to win. The official narrative formulated on Monday declared that the health care law wasn’t a big factor in the special election.

With Jolly’s victory, it is even more certain that Obamacare will be a huge issue in congressional elections in November. Republican candidates may even draw lessons from the race and build on the things that Jolly’s campaign did right.

Meanwhile, Democratic National Committee boss Debbie Wasserman Schultz, herself a Florida congresswoman, has managed to convince herself that the results in FL-13 somehow constitute some kind of moral victory for the Democratic Party.

“Republican special interest groups poured in millions to hold onto a Republican congressional district that they’ve comfortably held for nearly 60 years,” Wasserman Schultz said in a rushed reaction statement.

“Tonight, Republicans fell short of their normal margin in this district because the agenda they are offering voters has a singular focus – that a majority of voters oppose – repealing the Affordable Care Act that would return us to the same old broken health care system.”

While Wasserman Schultz’s cute little trivia point that Democrats managed to shave about 10 percentage points off Republican Young’s 2012 vote tally happens to be true, it really doesn’t matter. It is an apples-to-oranges comparison.

The special election was called to replace Rep. C.W. “Bill” Young, the longest serving Republican in the House of Representatives, who died in October at age 82. Young was a cardinal, Capitol Hill slang for an especially powerful lawmaker who chairs a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. (Young had previously been chairman of the full committee for six years.) From his defense subcommittee perch, he was in a position to hand out favors and bring home the bacon for his Gulf Coast district with greater ease than the typical federal lawmaker, making him virtually invincible in elections. Whenever he faced the voters, he rarely dipped below 60 percent in the popular vote.

But after representing the 10th congressional district for 20 years, he was redistricted last election cycle into a less reliably Republican district. The 13th congressional district that he was elected to represent in 2012 is a swing district, one that went for President Obama in both 2008 and 2012.

So of course the GOP vote percentage was bound to go down, especially with a new Republican candidate not all that familiar to the voters. Like a magical curse, the perks and power of incumbency — media attention, voter goodwill, franking privileges — all vanish when the incumbent dies. If a Republican candidate other than the unusually interesting Jolly had run, there is good chance that person would have beat Sink by more than Jolly’s two percentage point margin.

But wait — there’s even more bad news for Democrats.  According to NBC News:

Barack Obama and his Democratic Party are facing difficult political headwinds less than eight months before November’s midterm elections, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Obama’s job-approval rating has dropped to a low point of 41 percent, never a good position for the party controlling the White House; By a 33 percent to 24 percent margin, Americans say their vote will be to signal opposition to the president rather than to signal support, though 41 percent say their vote will have nothing to do about Obama; Forty-eight percent of voters say they’re less likely to vote for a candidate who’s a solid supporter of the Obama administration, versus 26 percent who say they’re more likely to vote for that candidate[.]

Obamacare is shaping up to be a decisive — if not the decisive issue — in the midterm elections that are now just under eight months away.

If FL-13 is a bona fide bellwether, maybe there is hope for America after all.

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  • herb benty

    Get your freedom surfboard and ride over the commies, yeah-hooo!

    • Headed4TheHills

      Interesting mental image I had just now, herb. Surfin’ along, fins thunking into Demo heads.

      • herb benty

        Ha, ha, thats better than what I envisioned!

  • antioli

    I have heard that there was a libertarian running in the election that may have taken votes from the Republican causing his majority to be a little less than it should have been. It may just be a rumor

    • Raymond_in_DC

      The article notes that Libertarian Lucas Overby “received 4.84 percent of the votes, according to still-unofficial results”. Reports I’ve heard don’t say whether he was taking more from the otherwise Democrat or Republican tally.


        The observable tendency has been for a Libertarian candidate to draw more from the Republican than the Democrat, which is logical if we assume that Libertarian voters are in fact trying to preserve some of their liberty (not a safe assumption). In some districts it might be less clear, because many Libertarian voters suffer from the delusion that Social Conservatives are trying to diminish their freedom (they’re only correct in this if they mistake libertinism for liberty, which many do).

    • 8ball

      I too noted that Mr. Benson ignored the negative role of the Libertarian.

  • RAM500

    The Republican high command is ingenious enough to throw away the 2014 opportunity.
    By the way, the Democrats frequently use “libertarian” candidates to siphon off Republican votes.

    • CarlMM

      The Democrats even fund a libertarian and they will as their main strategy so the only way to defeat them is to expose those ties and hidden agendas and their fundraisers.

      • macktoid

        Conservatives should then start funding parties to place on the ballot to siphon “progressive” votes away from normal Democrat voters…Anyone have any catchy monikers for said party?

        • Phil McMorrow

          the Amerika First Party? Too patriotic sounding.

        • republicc

          Simple. Call it the progressive party.

      • pfbonney

        Democrat Terry McAuliffe winning the Virginia governor’s race, against Tea Party-backed Ken Cuccinelli last November is a good case in point.

        Although I can’t find the article where I read that Democrats funded the Libertarian candidate, I did find the one describing the negative impact the spoiler was having on the race – “PARISI: No room for a spoiler”.

        The Libertarian candidate, Robert Sarvis, was polling 21% in conservative southwestern Virginia.

      • DB1954

        Personally, I think Soros and company sent Ron Paul a wad of cash, with or without his knowledge.

    • DB1954

      They’ve also planted a few candidates in the Tea Party groups.

  • DLeeC

    The Republicans need to stop fighting with each other especially the Tea Party vs. the Rinos. Use that to our advantage instead, like Paul Ryan said, “it’s like a family reunion,” since we are the real Party of Diversity instead of trying to defeat each other. The ultimate goal is to defeat the Democrats. It’s fine to run against each other but to then shake hands for the greater goal.

    You don’t see the Democrats fighting against their own who associate with the Communist Party, Democrat Socialists, Socialists and the more moderate wing do you? Well, then again, there is no moderate Democrats and if there are, they’re still in the closet. Did you know many members of the DP are also members of the Democrat Socialists of America?

    The Democrats are winning the propaganda war and have brainwashed America into believing that it’s more taboo to be in the Tea Party than it is to be in the Communist Party.

    • remmy

      The democrats strategy has been/will be to demonize both the Republican Party and the Tea Party through propaganda and lies.

      A third party candidate, usually financed by the democrats, always pulls votes from the Republican Candidate.

      Bevin will weaken McConnell in Kentucky giving Grimes an opening to take the seat in the general. If Bevin were to win he won’t beat Grimes.

    • lillymckim

      Maybe you should be saying this to John Boehner and Mitch McConnell who have publicly declared a war on the Tea PartyTypes who BTW vote Republican. They handed the Republicans a win in 2010 with a shellacking we haven’t seen in 40 years to regain the House.
      Now The Tea Party Types are treated like red headed step children?

      Let it begin with those in the Republican Party who are using the media as their pulpit, Chamber Money, & Big Union money, let it begin with those who have “publicly” gone after the Tea Party to stop the division.

      • pfbonney

        “Maybe you should be saying this to John Boehner and Mitch McConnell who have publicly declared a war on the Tea PartyTypes who BTW vote Republican.”

        Yes. I ran across a post recently that blamed the Tea Party for staying home and allowing Obama a second victory rather than voting for Mitt Romney.

        I told her I had no idea what she was talking about. I’m a Tea Partier and I voted for Romney. He is a decent, honorable and capable man.

        But he was a person who failed to capture the imagination of the people who ended up sitting out the election.

        Blame it on the establishment for not providing us with someone who could get out the vote, not those of us that are politically active and voted for at least a half a loaf.

        • NAHALKIDES

          Right – we Conservatives turned out and voted for Establishment-man Romney, but 2012 has to be the last time we do that. We need to insist on a Conservative for 2016, and if the Establishment won’t listen, we need to stay home and let the Democrat win – otherwise, the Establishment will continue to run losers in 2020, 2024, etc. forever.

          • truebearing

            But to do what you suggest is an automatic defeat and the end of representative government in this country. Do you realize how close we are now to totalitarian rule by the Left?

            Romney lost precisely because of your strategy. You would do well to recalibrate your logic.

          • NAHALKIDES

            No, Romney lost because he was Establishment; that is, he was too bland and not different enough from the Democrats. We Conservatives did turn out for him. But we can’t do that any longer, or the Establishment will never consent to a Conservative standard-bearer, and we’ll lose as they pick the next Romney, McCain, Bush, Dole, etc.

          • republicc

            I voted for Romney in 2012. I had no choice. But I will have a choice in 2016. If the Rino’s steal the nomination away once again, I can vote 3rd party, since after 8 years of Obama, no one but a true libertarian conservative can rebuild this country.

          • pfbonney

            “…no one but a true libertarian conservative can rebuild this country.”

            That’s what I say. I’m not as sure that any will ever get elected, but Reagan got elected, and in a landslide.

            A libertarian conservative can think outside the box – in the right direction, unlike “Change-we-can-believe-in” Barack Obama, and “”Re-inventing-Government” Al Gore, who considered re-inventing government to be simply gutting the US military, not long before the 9/11 attacks.

            That person sure will have a lot of work to do to get us back on track.

          • 1Indioviejo1

            I realize how close we are to totalitarianism, but I would let the S**t hit the fan before I vote for another RINO. Ever.

        • JacksonPearson

          In the 2012 elections, Tea Party conservatives didn’t intentionally stay home, instead, they were sit on by the IRS. Obama was fully aware of what the Tea Party did in 2010, so he made sure they didn’t hurt him in the 2012 general election.

          In short, Obama was illegally elected in 2012 PERIOD

          • Pat M Costello

            11, 846 comments ??

            LMAO !

            How many computer chairs is that ???


        Exactly – what well-meaning types like DleeC need to understand that the Republican Establishment is the first obstacle standing in the way of a Conservative defeating a Leftist in the next Presidential election.

      • DB1954

        You should have read Ann Coulter’s latest column. She defended Mitch McConnell as a solid convervative. For my part, I believe her.

        • 1Indioviejo1

          Ann Coulter can go to Heck. She is also a Chris Christie admirer

        • http://subversioninc.com Matthew Vadum

          Coulter has sold out. She used to be ga-ga over Chris Christie too.

    • pfbonney

      “The Republicans need to stop fighting with each other especially the Tea Party vs. the Rinos.”

      The liberal MSM, likes to play up the diversity of ideology within the Republican Party (such as displayed at the recent CPAC convention and chronicled by a female AP reporter, who’s name I forget) as “infighting”, and certainly, to a degree it is.

      They don’t see it as a plus that the Republicans can include such diversity under a big tent. Under their tent, they throw out anyone who doesn’t march in lockstep with them (as chronicled especially well in Tammy Bruce’s book, “Thought Police”).

      But, yes, we do need to put our differences aside for a period of time and focus on getting a super-majority in the House and at least a simple majority in the Senate this mid-term election.

      • Boots

        It’s incredibly difficult to put differences aside when the Chamber of Commerce corporatist branch of the Republican Party is singularly focused on amnesty as a payoff to the Chamber of Commerce. They really don’t seem to care if they drive the base off at the cost of blowing a golden opportunity. I wish I were wrong but every time you turn around House leadership (Ryan/Boehner) are floating the idea that “immigration reform” will get done this year. If that happens they’re promoting a civil war within the party in an election year. They’ll call us racist even though we understand the Senate version will hurt poor and minorities the most. We’re racists because we understand “immigration reform” will suppress wages and increase unemployment? This is proof they really do care more about business than they do about the poor… and that they hate a large part of the base.

        • pfbonney

          Yes. It was easier for me to SAY we need to put differences aside than it is for me to actually do it. Even I have to admit that.

          But somehow, for us to win, we have to find some way to do it. Otherwise, it seems we’ll continue to be on the outside looking in as the Democrats continue to plunder and weaken our country.

          • Boots

            Instinctively I know you’re right. How ever, I also understand in the long run the Republican party is done if we get the Senate’s version… so… do we die slowly or quickly? I’ll vote Republican no matter what because I’ve been burned by too many blue dog Democrats. The Republican leadership at least has to stop openly attacking the base until we’re through the election..

        • DB1954

          They’re also risking another kind of civil war–in the country.

          • Boots

            Which has been the goal of the left… which is to Balkanize the country. The left do not want a strong America. While Republicans recognize the poor don’t contribute much to a strong economy (the poor just don’t spend that much… lousy customers) apparently the beltway Republicans have decided donor money is more important than engendering upward mobility and creating a stronger middle class. I never thought I’d see the day the Democrats, Republican establishment, and Chamber of Commerce would be allied to attack the poor.


      I strongly disagree – this is the time for the Tea Party and Conservatives generally to fight back against the Establishment/RINO Republicans who have been waging war against them for some time now. What Establishment-man Paul Ryan means is, “Conservatives, give us your votes, but don’t you dare challenge our control of the Party, even though you outnumber us and the GOP can’t win without you.” These Establishment clowns are content to manage the Welfare State and couldn’t care less about reducing the size of government or, incidentally, saving the country.

      Also, note that Establishment control of the Party has brought us only disaster, with the Welfare State always growing until it’s now about to overwhelm us all and with losses in the popular vote of every Presidential race since 1988 with the exception of 2004, when Social Conservatives saved the day for Establishment-man G. W. Bush by turning out in droves. Only Conservatives can mount a winning (which means ideological) campaign against the Democratic Left; the Establishment cannot and will not do so. David Horowitz addressed this point in an article that was called something like “Why Republicans Need the Tea Party” (unfortunately I don’t have a link for it, but it’s here on FPM somewhere). Note that the best Establishment-man we could have had was Mitt Romney, and he lost too. So will Establishment-types Jeb Bush or Chris Christie should we be foolish enough to “unite” behind them.

      I myself have addressed the need to fight the Establishment first, and the need for Libertarians who truly care about liberty to join us Conservatives (see A Plea for Disunity and Incivility and Libertarianism Minus Conservatism = 0 if you’re interested).

      • pfbonney

        “Why Republicans Need the Tea Party”

        Seems like I remember that article. I’ll have to look for it.

        The big tent that I prefer IS the one where we Tea Partiers lead, but include the RINOs. We just have to figure out how to make it happen.

        Something we haven’t been able to do so far.

      • truebearing

        I agree with much of what you say. The Republican leadership has been poor and they have treated the Tea Party like a bastard stepchild, but the way to change that is by overthrowing the leadership, not boycotting critical elections. Conservatism isn’t the lockstep Left. We have diverse political beliefs within the cline of conservatism. We need unity, and hopefully with libertarians, to defeat the evil Left.

        Horowitz also said we need to unite, and no one group or person gets to define that unity. We all need to understand the exigencies of unity on the Right if we are going to defeat totalitarian leftist rule.

      • truebearing

        I agree with much of what you say. The Republican leadership has been poor and they have treated the Tea Party like an unwanted stepchild, but the way to change that is by overthrowing the leadership, not boycotting critical elections. Conservatism isn’t the lockstep Left. We have diverse political beliefs within the cline of conservatism. We need unity, and hopefully with libertarians, to defeat the evil Left.

        Horowitz also said we need to unite, and no one group or person gets to define that unity. We all need to understand the exigencies of unity on the Right if we are going to defeat totalitarian leftist rule.

        • The March Hare

          Yes, I agree. That is why you fight hard in the primaries and then support the candidate in the general election, not walk away and let the democrats have it because you didn’t get the most conservative. The democrats are always planting the seeds of party rebellion in the minds of republican voters to get them to walk away from the general election. Just another one of their many ploys to win.

        • NAHALKIDES

          The problem is that uniting behind the Establishment is self-defeating. They gave us a whole line of losers, and they don’t want to fight to Left anyway. Only uniting behind Conservative leadership can save us. Therefore, if the Establishment manages to rig the game again, and nominates someone like Jeb Bush, I’m staying home. The GOP Establishment must submit to Conservative rule, or give up the idea of ever winning.

      • http://subversioninc.com Matthew Vadum

        I read and tweeted “Disunity.” Wonderful stuff. You clearly get it.

        • NAHALKIDES


      • http://subversioninc.com Matthew Vadum

        I have written articles along the same lines at American Thinker: http://www.americanthinker.com/matthew_vadum

        • NAHALKIDES

          I’ll take a look at them.

  • http://batman-news.com chuckie2u

    I would think those who work for a living are fed up with both parties and their own self importance. Hopefully they will throw out every liberal running for office.We have had five years of social policies rammed down our throats that have killed jobs and Obamacare is the finishing touches. You can bet the bank the policy wonks in Obamacare will see to it those over 70 will start having limited access to medical care( Think an 80+ Grandma in an extended care facility). I can also see Obamacare paying for sex change operations in the near future. We are now a Socialist country and it isn’t going to get any better.

  • remmy

    Apparently Sink recently moved into this district in order to be eligible for the election.

    All these New York and New Jersey democrat pensioners move to this Florida district to avoid the high taxes in their home states and still vote democrat.

    • Phil McMorrow

      Only the brain dead vote for a (D). Debbie Wasserman Schultz. I rest my case.

      • curmudgeon

        To be a self-identified Democrat these days you must have some of these traits:

        1) Authority issues – Stems from “Why don’t you love me Daddy?”. The government is ‘big brother’ paranoia. ‘You can’t tell me to say the Pledge of Allegiance”, etc. The government is “censoring me”.

        2) Intelligence issues – Liberals argue based on emotion rather than logic or reason. When corned in debate, they automatically attack the messenger or ignore the facts when confronted with reality.

        3) Hatred issues – many liberals Hate — with a capital H. They hate the USA, they hate the military, they hate corporations – you know … the things that made America into the most free, most successful country on Earth.

        4) Faith issues – many Democrats don’t believe in God. They view religious people as hicks with a mythology fixation. If you don’t believe in God then there is no consequence for your actions.

        5) Moral Relevance issues – Hey, you don’t question my perverse lifestyle and I won’t question yours. They believe the USA is ‘occupier’, an ‘empire’, and equate our troops as terrorists and terrorists as ‘freedom fighters’.

        6) Racial Issues- Democrats tend to be racists. They believe that minorities NEED their help and incapable of bettering themselves without public assistance. They then take minority groups for granted in elections by demanding party loyalty for the trillions in public welfare programs they lavished on them over the past 4 decades.

        7) Lastly, and most sadly; Democrats only provide criticism and not solutions to issues affecting Americans.

        Stolen from another source, not my original. Thought it made thins clearer regarding the low information democrat voter class.

        • Phil McMorrow

          Thank you for that. It’s a keeper.

          • curmudgeon

            Thanks Phil, I stole it from some one with a better wit than mine some time ago and thought it was fitting to post here. I wish I could give the author proper credit.

    • pfbonney

      I believe he moved back into this district. He used to be Chief of Staff for the now-deceased Rep. C.W. “Bill” Young.

      And, yes, Democrats move away to escape the high taxes they voted in, only to continue voting in high taxes in the places where have escaped to.

      It makes sense to them, I guess.

    • DB1954

      They’re also winning local elections. A New York City real estate tycoon now owns/controls the city commission in my town. They’re going to raise local taxes to the moon to pay for their ginormous government plans.

    • curmudgeon

      As has been previously noted, you cannot fix stupid. These are the democrat by birth, not by choice voters who leave the womb with a “D” tattooed in the center of their foreheads.

  • Hass

    “Republican David W. Jolly had mainstream journalists across the nation popping Prozac as he polled 48.52 percent”

    Does that mean they’ll head to Sweden for euthanasia if the Republicans win both?

    • truebearing

      It’s hard to say, but there is hope.

  • WackoTurds

    As far as I’m concerned, there was the loss of a great headline associated with this race:

    Sink Sank, A Jolly Win

    Oh well, WTF reads newspapers any longer anyway?

  • lillymckim

    The head lines on the front page of the Orlando Sentinel had “Apopka mayoral races” yes Apopka Fl and buried the David Jolly Tampa Fl win on page 8 under “other races”.

    • WackoTurds

      Sheesh…..I submit you cancel them.

  • pfbonney

    “Florida Loss Spells Doom for Democrats”

    We do need to be careful here, though.

    As Karl Rove said in his March 13th article, “GOP, Beware of Tuesday’s Victory”, while ObamaCare is a potent issue that hurts Democrats badly, it isn’t sufficient in itself to win any given election this November.

    He credits Mr. Jolly’s win in his swing district to not simply saying he was going to repeal ObamaCare and leave it at that, but to replacing the program, and to serve as a check-and-balance to Obama, not just support (or oppose) him, which worked well for him with the large number of independents there in other words, he tailored his campaign to the local needs.

    He also a number of other good points that I believe Republicans would do well to heed, but I’ll leave it to those interested to google it.

    I was under-confident before we Republicans won big in 2010, and overconfident before we lost in 2012. Being pleasantly surprised is the better deal, in my view – Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

  • Randy Townsend

    The beautiful irony behind this is that Republicans are going to campaign on the evils of Obamacare (successfully, IMHO), even though it will not be repealed. Obama will veto any effort to do that and unless the Reps have the #’s and the will to overturn a veto, it stays. Dims have no bullets to fire here, and they know it. Let’s hope the voters don’t get stupid (and the R party doesn’t get stupid, either).

  • veritaseequitas

    Now, hopefully, the GOP can stop stabbing Conservatives in the back, they can present a united front, and the House and Senate will be ours.
    but who kn9ows? This is not the time to rest on any laurels.
    No matter what utterances fall from the lips of the left, our resposnse should be ObamaCare, ObamaCare, ObamaCare. It is a tactic of the left to hammer home a point, we should adopt it.

    • DB1954

      It suits me just fine if EVERYONE would stop stabbing themselves in the back. That includes Tea Party types. Yes they do. Don’t tell me otherwise.

  • truebearing

    Watch out now. Obama and the Communist leadership are going to triple down on voter fraud and every concievable means to win in the fall. Now is when we will find out just how ruthless they are.

    • Atikva

      We already found out in 2012, actually I am not even sure M. Obama was re-elected.

      And Mr. Putin will be more than happy to let him on the latest techniques in place for the upcoming Ukraine referendum, as the tradition so dear to Stalin (“voters decide nothing. People who count the votes decide everything”) must not go to waste.

    • DB1954

      They’re already in operation in Texas.

    • Ben

      Despite being dead since 2008, the mummified body of a 49-year old
      Detroit woman was recorded voting in the 2010 Michigan gubernatorial

      Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/03/11/mummified-body-in-detroit-somehow-manages-to-vote-after-death/#ixzz2w2R540Nt

      • curmudgeon

        Detroit=democRAT No surprise there.

      • Pat M Costello

        Daily caller, National Enquirer…. LMAO!

        Try your sister’s diary, next…

    • curmudgeon

      Believe it. The cemeteries in Chicago are likely already coughing up their dead.

      • Pat M Costello

        Whatever you need to tell yourself, to feel better about your FAILURES….

  • Realist

    “Going into the FL-13 vote three days ago, Democrats already had a seemingly impossible task ahead as they lost control of the narrative.”

    This is the only sentence in the whole article that I find incomprehensible. In a world where libcult (democRAT) operatives in the media control about 98% of that media, how is it even remotely conceivable that the democRATs “lost control of the message”? If that statement really is true, then it can only mean one thing: Large sections of the electorate actively sought out media that was not libcult dominated. Assuming that it is true and voters ACTIVELY did an end run around the libcult media, what percentage of the sought-out media was web based and how much was Fox and the miniscule other conservative outlets?

    The possibility that voters are now so distrustful of libcult media that they ACTIVELY seek out non cult news outlets is the biggest story of the year. IF it is true. I know the RINO machine isn’t discussing this and I would think them as fearful of this possibility as the libcult dems are.

  • Richard

    The author of this article did not mention the fact that Sink, who appeared to dispise the NRA and the 2nd amendment, got an F rating from the NRA, which motivated gun owners to vote against her.

  • Degrasso

    GOP:Don’t hang your hat on OCare..better get a large force of volunteers….

  • DB1954

    When Alex Sink served as Florida’s state Superintendant of Education, she shifted the state teachers’ retirement fund into high risk investments, a blunder she later attributed to her chief assistant. Somehow she pulled back that decision so that the teachers’ retirement fund was saved and is still solvent. She even admitted that it was a huge mistake, but that was before she launched her elected political career for Governor and this time for Congress. Her husband was the Democrat nominee for governor before she was. This woman is nothing but a loser.

  • Ellman48

    Scott Brown won Ted Kennedy’s Senate Seat in MA. So what? Republicans were still the minority (especially since RINO’s supported Obama and Reid). Obama was still re-elected and Republicans ended up with a pathetic weakling as Speaker of the House. Let’s not set ourselves up for similar disappointments based on one election, please!

  • Ellman48

    “We don’t need to put those employers in a position of hiring undocumented and illegal workers.”

    Yes, it’s unfair to employers to hire ‘undocumented and illegal workers’ so let’s give them documents and make them legal. Question: is it fair to American workers to have to compete for jobs with foreigners who won’t even speak the English language, necessitating signs in Spanish everywhere we go? Why are we so concerned with ‘fairness’ to invaders and employers but so callous and indifferent to Americans, so many of whom are unemployed or given up looking for work? This is not about ‘fairness’. It is about crass politics!

  • Ellman48

    “Jolly, a 41-year-old lobbyist and
    Washington insider in the midst of a divorce (who is presently dating a
    27-year-old former coworker of Jolly’s) represented the perfect
    candidate from a Democratic perspective”

    What the hell is wrong with the Republicans? Jolly is the best they could do in Florida’s 13th District? Don’t get your hopes up Republicans! You may have just gotten lucky this time.

  • Ellman48

    “Obama’s job-approval rating has dropped to a low point of 41 percent…”

    It’s incomprehensible to me that his job approval is not at 21%. What in the world has the man done that is good for America as opposed to his base and constituents? It’s scary to think that 41% of Americans would vote for someone like him no matter how incompetent and inadequate! Frightening or not, that appears to be the reality in American politics today.

    • Pat M Costello

      Where’s congresses ??

      LMAO !

      Hint 13%….

  • 1Indioviejo1

    The bad news for Republicans is that they omit the 800 pound Gorilla, immigration. I believe that any Republican who shows interest in an immigration accommodation is going to lose. Conversely any Republican who comes out strongly against Amnesty, Obamacare, and the Keystone pipeline will win. Drill Baby, Drill is a jobs program. Just look at the Dakotas.

  • Shel_Zahav

    Debbie has it all spun the right way. The Democrats were wonderful in this election.

  • American1969

    I’m not going to get my hopes up just yet.

  • BagLady

    Seems to me that the American Left have fallen hook, line and sinker for the PR Department. It was quite apparent to most of us very quickly that they had been taken for idiots by a sociopathic judas who heartlessly went about his master’s bidding without every getting ‘personally’ involved.

    Granted, he took over at the worst possible time but, like his female counterpart in the West, Christine Lagarde (or the ‘yes’ lady — see Sargozy) he has no interest in those he kills or ruins. His health bill benefits no-one but the corporations and banks that put him there.

    In the meantime Christine is running around Europe dangling carrots in the noses of a bunch of corrupt ‘politicians': off the hook if you sell off your assets at knock down prices to our chosen accomplices: Goldman Sachs and Cibeles Investors (George Soros, John Paulson et al) for example. Spaniards living in social housing are rather worried that their new landlords are the richest people in the world waiting for their investment of $67,000 per house to rise in the next bubble. In the meantime what will happen to their rents next year?

    Does Christine care?

  • rogerinflorida

    In my opinion he wasn’t the best, Kathleen Peters was, but I voted for Jolly anyway. The whole democratic party effort smelled of arrogance, what we rubes and hicks in the District thought was irrelevant, what was necessary was for us to return a completely reliable democratic party hack (Alex Sink) to Washington to join the Obama/Pelosi/Reid team.
    Well guess what? Pinellas county voters elected a rep. who is going to represent the residents of Pinellas county first.

  • popseal

    Nothing is beneath or beyond KING PINOCCHIO’s machine. As much as I’d like the end of the king’s career and agenda, my hope is balanced with caution. Nothing is beyond that machine or the Three Monkey Media that keeps it in business.

  • curmudgeon

    Perhaps the time to water the “Tree of Liberty” once again?

  • nimbii

    Alex Sink also referred to illegals as necessary for menial tasks in the hospitality industry. Like Saturday Night Live toilet monkeys….

    We should not let that noblesse oblige condescension to illegals pass by the boards. It should be center stage in the immigration battle sure to be alive and well in the election cycle.

  • DireMouse

    “Republican victory would likely say something about … the inclination of district voters to send a message of dissatisfaction about the president,” Rothenberg said. Send a message?!! No, send the swine packing, the hell with messages. It’s all optics to these guys. The reality is that the leftist swine need to go, need to be gone. No need for messages, sheesh.