Beginning of the end?

GOP congressional win in New York also was referendum on Obama

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It was a historic rebuke of the president and perhaps the most ominous special election a White House has ever witnessed.

Bob Turner and his wife, Peggy, celebrate after Mr. Turner won the election to succeed disgraced U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, who resigned amid a sexting scandal. His win marks an ominous sign for the White House.  Mary Altaffer/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Mary Altaffer/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Bob Turner and his wife, Peggy, celebrate after Mr. Turner won the election to succeed disgraced U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, who resigned amid a sexting scandal. His win marks an ominous sign for the White House.

Republican newcomer Bob Turner’s breezy win in Tuesday’s special election to fill the seat of disgraced Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York may be seen in retrospect as a new Lexington – with any luck, the beginning of the end of modern times’ worst presidency.

An overly harsh assessment? Neither dispassionate contemporaries nor the reflective wisdom of history may think so. Under Barack Obama, unemployment has stabilized at record numbers; a record 46 million Americans now live in poverty, a government report out this week says; and while global economies grasp for what used to be U.S. leadership in the world, Israel faces a growing existential threat as the fires of hatred in the Mideast fill the void of what used to be clear and unshakable support from Washington.

And while he talks endlessly about job creation, Barack Obama seeks primarily to take the wealth of job creators, while his minions try to stop Boeing from creating jobs in South Carolina and are raiding a guitar manufacturer in Nashville for processing foreign wood that – get this – the Obama administration argues should have been processed in India instead.

Rather than fulfill the federal government’s first and most solemn obligation – to protect this nation – this president has been suing states for trying to protect themselves from rampant illegal immigration. And the administration is just a few court rulings away from seizing more power than any in U.S. history, by perverting the Constitution to say our government can force us to buy a product (health insurance) and fine us if we don’t.

Now the president, having wasted $800 billion on a failed stimulus – he, himself, inexcusably joked that “shovel-ready” stimulus projects weren’t as shovel-ready as he expected – is demanding of Congress that we throw $400 billion more good money after bad.

The list of grievances, much like those in the Declaration of Independence, goes on. But in short, this government and this administration increasingly no longer has the consent of the governed.

The New York election Tuesday might be the shot heard ’round the political world: Voters replaced the lewd photo-sending Weiner with a Republican in a district that has been Democratic since 1923.

The stunning vote was not only a resounding rebuke of this president’s failed economic policies – even the Democratic candidate ran from Obama as fast as he could – but it also may have been a world-class rebuff, by a heavily Jewish electorate, of his Mideast policies and statements, which have emboldened Arab haters and isolated our democratic ally Israel. When Mr. Obama recklessly suggested Israel should unilaterally retreat to its indefensible pre-1967 borders, a lid was removed on a can of worms.

It remains that whatever support Mr. Obama has left is divorced from economic and political realities, and is either a product of his personal charm or his station as America’s first black president. In either case, personal admiration for the man cannot be translated into endorsements of his extremist ideology, which holds that central planning and government spending are the way forward. A walk through the catacombs of shattered collectivist dreams should have been enough; instead, America has allowed itself to be the guinea pig for yet another utopian, Keynesian experiment in radical-left management theories.

Pray Tuesday’s election is the start of a way out. Pray it’s not too late.

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faithson
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faithson 09/15/11 - 01:08 am
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orthodox jews who are having

orthodox jews who are having a problem with the administration's policies and anti gay marriage people were the driving force behind this defeat. Also an unenthusiastic democratic electorate did not help. Whole lotta politican left in this race to the top... a whole lot. you would be remiss if you thought the electorate today will be the same in '12

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Jon Lester 09/15/11 - 02:08 am
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Sure, the Democrats fielded

Sure, the Democrats fielded an uninspiring candidate, but still, I don't think I'd be too proud of a campaign victory begotten of fear and loathing. And you're wrong about one more point: if you guys get your way, then the worst presidency of modern times is yet to come.

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thewiz0oz 09/15/11 - 04:08 am
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Mr Obama should follow in the

Mr Obama should follow in the steps of another failed Presidency and announce as did Lyndon Johnson in 1968 that for the good of the nation he will not seek re-election. This would allow his party a chance to offer a competitive candidate. Even three years into his office Mr Obama 'doesn't know what he doesn't know' and his Marixst instincts from his ideological background are not applicable to a dynamic free-enterprise system. His model for America is a failed central planning system that has consistently failed world-wide. Cuba is a good example of that as was the format Soviet Union.

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Brad Owens 09/15/11 - 04:57 am
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Now hold on a minute, Let me

Now hold on a minute,

Let me get this right; this guy won because Obama was not a big enough supporter of Israel?

Now, unless I am way off base here, Israel is not part of America and this one congressional seat will not be able to control foreign policy in that department or give Israel "unshakable support."

Also, don't you all think that maybe, just MAYBE Israel's own internal policies have a little bit to do with it's problems? Last time I checked, they are in complete control of their country and set policy for themselves. Not to mention the fact Israel doesn't return "unshakable support" to America without conditions.

Why is it up to us to elect a "pro-Israel" US President? I mean why MUST we show "unshakable support" for Israel? Israel has some pretty messed up policies and they are bigoted towards non-Jewish citizens of Israel.

Why does their system of Apartheid against Palestinians deserve America's "unshakable support?" I think it is disgusting the way we give Israel "unshakable support" when they are obviously wrong.

It also is one of the major reasons that certain Arab and Persian groups and nations do not care for us, we have one-sided policy of "unshakable support" for Israel, no matter what they do. Come to think of it, why do we give Israel "unshakable support?"

I agree with this oped about the Obamacare bill and the wasted $800,000,000,000.00 that stimulated someone but not me.

But all this blaming Obama for the standing Israel has with it's neighbors is pure non-sense.

Let Israel fight it's own battles and let's focus on getting America's problems, like unemployment and poverty solved for ourselves.

I want a President that shows "unshakable support" for the American worker for a change.

Brad

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Riverman1 09/15/11 - 05:02 am
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Bob Turner is the former

Bob Turner is the former producer of the Jerry Springer Show. He's been taking advantage of Democrats for a long time.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 09/15/11 - 06:23 am
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JON LESTER posts, "if you
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JON LESTER posts, "if you guys get your way, then the worst presidency is yet to come." Hey Jon, read the headlines lately? That's already here. And RA, reading your posts reminds me of how the DNC chairman, Debbi Wasserman Schultz, tried to spin this loss when she said, "This has always been a difficult district." She neglected to mention that the district had been in Democratic hands since 1920. Yeah, I'm laughing. Beats watching cable!

carcraft
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carcraft 09/15/11 - 07:12 am
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Yeh' keep spinning the

Yeh' keep spinning the liberal mantras, this was a fluke (Like Scott Brown), had nothing to do with Obama's policies, Palin is stupid etc...Obama has been found several times snubing the leaders of Isreal and it has not gone unnoticed. The Democrats are paying the price for Obma's high handedness.www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/7521220/Obama-snubbed-Netanyahu-for...

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Brad Owens 09/15/11 - 07:13 am
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carcraft, Should we offer

carcraft,

Should we offer "unshakable support" for any nation? I mean, do you agree with every single thing Israel does?

We should never give "unshakable support" to any nation except our own.

This election is an indicator of Obama's problems, I agree and I think he deserves a lot of the scorn for his mis-handling of the economy and shoving that healthcare bill down our throats, but to say we MUST show "unshakable support" for a foreign country or you will pay the price here during election time is a bit odd.

I mean if it were th Chicoms trying to influence an election, would you all be calling for "unshakable support?" At least China owns a large share of our debts and helps support us, not the other way around.

Anyway, I think it is time our elected officials started being a bit more patriotic for America and not other countries that happen to have good lobbys in D.C.

That includes the Saudis and the Chicoms too.

Brad

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seenitB4 09/15/11 - 07:31 am
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Anyway, I think it is time

Anyway, I think it is time our elected officials started being a bit more patriotic for America and not other countries that happen to have good lobbys in D.C.

I can agree with that Brad.

carcraft
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carcraft 09/15/11 - 07:39 am
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Brad- I never say never, but

Brad- I never say never, but tell me, what other country do we have in the region that has been as stable as Isreal and supports our values? The last I checked Americans of Jewish heritage are Americans with a right to vote. Last I checked American Christians that support Isreal are Americans with a right to vote. Shoving things down Americans throats is not the we to do things. Snubing leaders of a nation supported by a large voting block is not smart. Obama has been high handed and naive, Obama's world view is largely ideological and he doesn't seem to grasp the real world. When Sadam rolled his tanks in to Kuwait the Palistinians cheered. Kuwait hired thousands of Palistinians and dumped billions of dollars into the Palistinian cause. Do you really think the Palistinians would be good allies? Saudi Arabia shakes hands with us and gets bows from Obama, yet funds the worst of the fundamental Muslim Madrasses and Mosques from which terrorists come (the majority of the 9-11 highjackers were Saudi). The Saudi regimen is probably one of the most oppressive governments in the world. It is OK to have honor killings, no other religion but Islam can be practiced, women are oppresed and even the wealthy don't like living there. Really want Saudi Arabia as our chief ally in the region? What about Syria? The reality is that Isreal is the best hope for the middle east and Obama really doesn't quite get it. The other choice would be to have no US influance in the region and let every country go there own way. Carter got a peace deal that helped provide some stability to the area. Where would the Region be with out that influance? The next big question is "will the Arab spring" keep the stability Cater helped usher in or is Egypt going to become another fundamentalist Muslim terror factory like Iran?

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carcraft 09/15/11 - 07:46 am
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Brad the ChiComs and

Brad the ChiComs and Indonesians have tried to influence US elections. Read bout John Houng the Ryadi Family and Cllinton. They were back to there old tricks but Haung got caught, raising funds for Hillary Clinton like he did for Bill!

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Vito45 09/15/11 - 08:51 am
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In response to Brad Owens

In response to Brad Owens :"Let me get this right; this guy won because Obama was not a big enough supporter of Israel?"

From The Globe And Mail:

Still, high-profile Jewish political and religious leaders, including the city’s former Democratic mayor, Ed Koch, endorsed Republican Mr. Turner explicitly to express their discontent with Mr. Obama’s Israel policy. The issue figured as prominently as the economy in the campaign.

Democrats tried to play down the role Mr. Obama’s Middle Eastern policies played in the election, but as Michael Powell, who writes the Gotham Extra blog at The New York Times, wrote of a Turner rally: “You could watch a crowd that mixed old Irish and Italians with many Orthodox and Hasidic Jews applaud as [Mr. Koch] and Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a power broker within the Brooklyn-Queens Orthodox population, talked about Israel, Israel and Israel, and President Obama’s alleged disregard for the same.”

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dichotomy 09/15/11 - 09:40 am
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Turner's campaign was

Turner's campaign was targeted squarely against Obama and the Democrat's economic policies. However, being a heavily Jewish district, I have no doubt that Obama's blatant snub of Netanyahu was certainly in the back of the minds of those Jewish voters. Obama has welcomed almost every thug and despot leader in the world to the White House and has thrown them a state dinner, but he sent Netanyahu to the back door. There is a big difference between "unshakeable support" and an overt, ugly snub. The president and his administration showed their true, mean, vindictive nature and it did not go unnoticed among Jewish voters.

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bjphysics 09/15/11 - 09:52 am
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This editorial is described

This editorial is described by Poe's law:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poe's_law

Local Interests
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Local Interests 09/15/11 - 09:59 am
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Given what the Tea party has

Given what the Tea party has done to the GOP, it is entirely appropriate that the GOP now seeks to turn congress into a Jerry Springer episode.

This clown should get along well with Paul Broun. Both are about more stage craft than substance.

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Techfan 09/15/11 - 10:20 am
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The President's comments: Any

The President's comments:

Any final status agreement must be reached between the two parties, and changes to the 1949 Armistice Lines must be mutually agreed to. A viable two-state solution must ensure contiguity on the West Bank, and a state of scattered territories will not work. There must also be meaningful linkages between the West Bank and Gaza. This is the position of the United States today; it will be the position of the United States at the time of final status negotiations.

The imminent Israeli disengagement from Gaza, parts of the West Bank, presents an opportunity to lay the groundwork for a return to the roadmap. All parties have a responsibility to make this hopeful moment in the region a new and peaceful beginning."

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Jane18 09/15/11 - 10:40 am
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Retired, Retired, Retired, I

Retired, Retired, Retired, I really hope one day you will listen to my advice.........do not speak on things you know not(your 5:45a.m. post). You do not know what or when Armageddon is.

Jane18
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Jane18 09/15/11 - 10:57 am
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Until people learn of the

Until people learn of the kinship between the nation of Israel(made up of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin) and America(where so many of the other 10 tribes are, having migrated from Europe), and that they are 'brothers', this constant bickering will go on. Something else, I noticed the word Persians used, today that would be Iranians.

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Little Lamb 09/15/11 - 11:23 am
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Thank you, Techfan, for

Thank you, Techfan, for posting the "president's" comments (I assume you mean President Obama). Let's examine some of them:

1. Any final status agreement must be reached between the two parties. . . . Well, duh.

2. Changes to the 1949 Armistice Lines must be mutually agreed to. . . . This is not likely. The Palestinians are operating today in a pretty good position, particularly in the West Bank. They are receiving humanitarian aid from the United States, Europe and from some Arab countries (although the amounts from the oil-rich Arab states are much smaller than from the U.S. and Europe). Therefore, they don't need to agree to any "armistice lines." This demand from our president is a deal killer, and it explains why our president is no longer participating in any negotiations in the Middle East. There is nothing in it for him nor for the U.S. as long as this demand is on the table.

3. A viable two-state solution must ensure contiguity on the West Bank, and a state of scattered territories will not work. . . . There could be meaningful borderlines drawn in the West Bank that would allow most Israeli settlements to continue and provide for some expansion, as well as allow a cohesive, defendable territory for the Palestinians. But in order to have such sensible borders, Abbas and the Palestinians would have to give up their insane demand of "right of return" to any scrap of land that any Arab ever inhabited (even in a tent) in the past. Abbas' demand for right of return would be like the Cherokees demanding to come back to North Carolina and North Georgia and be given back land they used to hunt and fish on there. There has to be some consideration to acknowledging that some of the land Israel captured by military force low legally belongs to Israel.

4. There must also be meaningful linkages between the West Bank and Gaza. . . . Such meaningful linkages are now possible with the communication technologies we have to day. But if this cryptic demand means that Israel must allow convoys of Arab vehicles driving back and forth across Isreali territory, you have a non-starter here. Just because the president wants the U.S. to have an open border with Mexico does not mean the rest of the world will follow suit.

5. This is the position of the United States today; it will be the position of the United States at the time of final status negotiations. . . . Gosh, I thought our president was in favor of compromise. If he says the United States will not change its position even though the Palestinians and Israel must change theirs, what does that say about our stubbornness?

Look at all those emphasized "musts" up above. Anytime you start a negotiating session with a list of "musts," you are setting the process up for failure. There should be no pre-conditions. Any new idea should be allowed on the table for discussion.

Little Lamb's solution is to annex Gaza into Egypt and call the people there Egyptians. Annex the West Bank into Jordan and call the people there Jordanians. All the rest of the people in the region will be call Israelis (some Jewish, some Muslim, some Christian, some atheists).

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southernguy08 09/15/11 - 11:22 am
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LOCAL INTERESTS, sounds like
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LOCAL INTERESTS, sounds like you bit into some really sour grapes.

carcraft
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carcraft 09/15/11 - 11:32 am
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local interest-given what

local interest-given what Obama has done to the Democrats he would be luck to win even one state if an election where held today. Obama has managed the loss of Ted Kennedy's old seat as well as a seat held by Democrats since 1928. May be it would be better to look to the Democratic party before issuing any derougatory statements about another party and their beliefs!

Techfan
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Techfan 09/15/11 - 11:32 am
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You know what they say about

You know what they say about what happens when you assume? It was Bush, not Obama.

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Chillen 09/15/11 - 11:37 am
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The message has been sent but

The message has been sent but it will not be heard. They have an agenda and they will stop at nothing to move forward with it. Even if it means losing (and losing BIG) in November 2012.

Plus the obama administration is too busy in North Carolina right now. He is talking about his new jobs bill at a green factory who just sent Americans jobs to Latin America.

Oh, and they are a bit preoccupied with the Solyndra scandal. You know, the one where he flushed more than 1/2 a BILLION dollars down the toilet? Oh yes, there will be lots more on this issue. Count on it.

Lets see. $535 million wasted. That could have put 13,375 people back to work for a year each making $40,000. Wow. What a moron we have running this nation.

Techfan
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Techfan 09/15/11 - 11:43 am
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Chillen: When you find a

Chillen: When you find a business that has no costs for the building, construction, equipment, inventory, utilities, etc. and can pay all of it's funds in salaries, let me know.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/15/11 - 11:49 am
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Thanks for clarifying,

Thanks for clarifying, Techfan. President Bush? Thank God he is out of the picture. He was the worst president of the 21st century until Obama came along and took the title away from him.

Techfan
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Techfan 09/15/11 - 11:50 am
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A quick C & P from my

A quick C & P from my response to Chillen's lak of knowledge about Solyndra from yesterday's comment section:
If you bother to read or research you'd know that Solyndra developed solar panels that did not require silicon (a major breakthrough). The price of solar grade rose from $24 per kg in 2004 to $450 in 2008. The average spot price has been around $79 this year. In other words, the price dropped out the bottom on traditional sv technology so Solyndra couldn't compete. If it had stayed in $400-$500 range, Solyndra would still be going strong. That's the risk in any business.

Techfan
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Techfan 09/15/11 - 11:53 am
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That's what happens when you

That's what happens when you continue most of Bush's and the Republicans' policies. Strange how they were so wonderful under Bush, yet they are so bad under Obama.

Techfan
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Techfan 09/15/11 - 11:56 am
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Sorry, that would be "lack of

Sorry, that would be "lack of knowledge". The "C" key is missing from the keyboard.

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allhans 09/15/11 - 12:09 pm
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Reports are that Solyndra

Reports are that Solyndra borrowed many more millions from individual investors, and they have first claim to any funds that are recovered - lots of money down the drain . BTW, reports also say that the plant was making the solar panels using gas fired machinery. Just saying...

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