Democrats Humiliated in NY-9

Having absorbed one the the most humiliating defeats in recent political history, Democrats nationwide are left picking though the disastrous showing in New York’s 9th Congressional District and wondering where it’s all gone wrong. They don’t need to look much further than 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Even before the polls closed, the recriminations – something short of panic, and considerably more than mere grumbling – had begun. On a high-level campaign conference call Tuesday afternoon, Democratic donors and strategists commiserated over their disappointment in Obama. A source on the call described the mood as “awful.”

“People feel betrayed, disappointed, furious, disgusted, hopeless,” said the source.

Aw, what a shame. Now they’re starting to realize how the rest America feels, chafing under the insufferable arrogance and recklessness of the Obama administration.

A senior Hill Democratic aide was more direct in attempting to explain the New York loss: “The approval ratings for the guy at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue cratered.”

A Turner consultant, Steve Goldberg, validated that assessment: “It was all Obama — not even a thought of anything else.”

Indeed, spin as best they can, the obvious can no longer be avoided, try as they may. The crazy thing is many of the Democrats muttering about Obama are upset he hasn’t gone far enough left. Coupled with the visceral hatred they have for all things Republicans, it leads to absurd statements, such as this drivel from Henry Waxman.

“The Republicans want us to repeal the 20th century, the New Deal, the Fair Deal, to turn us back to the robber barons running the country, and to eviscerate the environmental and other regulations to protect public health and safety,” said Waxman. “And to cut spending in ways that would be very harmful to people who rely on government.”

Somehow he forgot to mention Republicans also beat their spouses, abuse little children, and want to throw grandma out in the street. But the day is still young. Don’t forget, it’s the GOP’s responsibility to “reach out” and work toward “compromise” with these people.

While Jewish voters in the district resoundingly rejected Obama’s harsh anti-Israel policies, it’s quite evident Obama’s abysmal economic record was on the minds of voters, and it’s not just a local thing in New York City. Americans nationwide just aren’t buying what Obama’s peddling.

A majority of Americans don’t believe President Barack Obama’s $447 billion jobs plan will help lower the unemployment rate, skepticism he must overcome as he presses Congress for action and positions himself for re- election. The downbeat assessment of the American Jobs Act reflects a growing and broad sense of dissatisfaction with the president. Americans disapprove of his handling of the economy by 62 percent to 33 percent, a Bloomberg National Poll conducted Sept. 9-12 shows. The disapproval number represents a nine point increase from six months ago.

It’s quite evident the “blame Bush” mantra so prevalent the past couple of years has reached its expiration date. As Debbie Wasserman-Schultz famously said back in June, “We own the economy.” Indeed you do. Yet having now fully morphed in Sergeant Schultz, last night DWS clumsily claimed this about a district held by Democrats since 1923: “It’s a very difficult district for Democrats,” ignoring the fact a Republican hadn’t cracked 40% there in a generation. This was a seat held since back in the 1970s by Democrat stalwarts Geraldine Ferraro, Charles Schumer and then Anthony Weiner, none of whom ever faced a serious challenge.

But leave it to Debbie Downer to try her best to come off looking like a complete idiot. Make no mistake, this loss, coupled with the blowout win by Mark Amodei in Nevada, has left Democrats reeling. Having been rebuked by Jewish voters, how do they possibly win them back, other than more scare tactics?

This is a preview of what President Obama might face in his re-election campaign with a demographic group that voted overwhelmingly for him in 2008. And it could affect the electoral map, given the battleground states—such as Florida and Pennsylvania—with significant Jewish populations. In another ominous barometer for the Obama campaign, its Jewish fund-raising has deeply eroded: One poll by McLaughlin & Associates found that of Jewish donors who donated to Mr. Obama in 2008, only 64% have already donated or plan to donate to his re-election campaign.

The Obama campaign has launched a counteroffensive, including hiring a high-level Jewish outreach director and sending former White House aide David Axelrod and Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to reassure Jewish donors. The Obama team told the Washington Post that its Israel problem is a messaging problem, and that with enough explanation of its record the Jewish community will return to the fold in 2012.

Oh, so it’s just a messaging problem? Well, Jewish voters have gotten the message, alright, and they know who their friends are.

Obama isn’t one of them.

At this juncture, Obama can do nothing but lurch further left since if his hard-left base abandons him he may not even survive a primary challenge. Plus, his failures are now having a drag on fundraising efforts. He needs the far left for their money.

The Republican National Committee raised $8.17 million last month, surpassing the Democratic National Committee’s $5.5 million and registering its best August ever for a nonelection year, according to RNC officials.The RNC finished August, traditionally a slow fundraising month, with $9.3 million in cash on hand and $15.9 million in debt. The DNC’s August haul was reported Monday by Reuters, which attributed Democratic officials as suggesting that the committee’s low numbers were a result of President Barack Obama’s focus on reaching a deal with Republicans on the debt ceiling.

Obama himself installed DWS to head the DNC, so she’s pretty much as big a failure as he is. So let’s hope they stick it out together. Between their efforts the GOP could pick up filibuster-proof majorities next year, not to mention the White House. Meanwhile, as they comb through the wreckage, Democrats might also want to begin erecting firewalls in California. They awake from Tuesday’s nightmare to read this:

Concern about the  economy has pushed President Barack Obama’s approval rating below 50 percent in California, a state assumed to be an easy win for him in next year’s presidential election.Obama carried California in the 2008 election but Field Poll findings released on Wednesday show he is having trouble in the most populous U.S. state, where most disapprove of his handling of the economy and just 46 percent of registered voters now support his performance as president.   

It is the first time since Obama took office that his approval rating has slipped below 50 percent in the poll, which showed an 8 percentage point decline since June.