Politico reported on a speech Rick Perry gave last night. Like many, he seems to believe that the NY-9 special elections were a "referendum" on the President.
"Last night's election results sent signals that President Obama will be a one-term president," Perry said to applause.
The Texan was particularly enthused about the results in the Brooklyn-Queens district.
"For the first time in almost 90 years there is going to be a Republican representing that part of New York City," he said. "I just think that's awesome."
To me, this seems half-right. It does send a message to the White House- but it's not exactly the message we need. The District Niners weren't voting Republican because they suddenly started reading the Federalist Papers. The District Niners haven't been listening to Rush, or hanging out on Ricochet. They weren't voting against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. They weren't voting against the bail-outs and stimuli. They weren't voting against Solyndra.
They were voting against Obama's treatment of Israel.
This district gave us Chuck Schumer and Anthony Weiner. They are big-government types. But they also care about Israel- that's great, but it isn't going to get Obama out of the White House.
I hope I'm wrong- and judging by the fact that Peter Robinson wrote a piece with the opposite opinion, I probably am. But I really feel that this special election is not and cannot be a proper representation of the American electorate.
I think we still have a lot of work to do- after watching the Congressional Black Caucus' "Magical Tea Party Defamation Tour", and then seeing them be able to just viciously attack the Tea Party without consequence, I'm still very worried about the political climate.
Mark me down as an NY-9 skeptic.