The Democrats Shot Themselves In The Foot
Although Phil Goldfeder won his Assembly election against Republican Jane Deacy by 55 to 45 percent, it is clear that Democratic bigwigs like Joseph Crowley (who might well be our Representative this time next year) and Vito Lopez made a mistake by choosing the candidates for last week’s special election rather than allowing the electorate to vote in a primary and then a general election to chose those who represent us. The mistake was particularly horrendous in the Congressional race to replace the disgraced Anthony Weiner where Crowley chose David Weprin, a man who does not even live in the district in which he ran. He was perhaps the most boring interview we did during the election cycle and it is clear why he got no traction against Turner and lost the election. The Republicans are spinning Turner’s win as a reprimand to President Barack Obama over his treatment of Israel and his fiscal policies. “We have lit the candle today, and soon it will be a bonfire,” Turner said at his victory speech. “We’ve been asked by the people of this district to send a message to Washington – and I hope they hear it loud and clear.” The Democrats discredit that idea, saying that Turner got the votes of lots of people who do not believe in the Democratic values. Both are probably right. People are angry at the president and his inability to get the nation going. Many Orthodox Jews deserted Weprin, himself Orthodox, to vote for Turner over the issues of same sex marriage and the president’s treatment of Israel. Crowley would have done much better allowing the electorate to choose the candidates. People are angry and frustrated about the way our incompetent and fiercely partisan Congress functions. Its approval rating hovers in the teens. The president is not doing much better in his own approval numbers. Perhaps it’s time for the art of compromise to rear its head in Congress and for the partisan politics at any cost to end. Foisting even more bumbling and partisan candidates on the electorate no longer works. It is clear that the Democrats shot themselves in the foot in the recent Congressional special election. They had best do better next time around.