Mea culpa. I committed the sin of gloating last night.
I will not gloat about #FL13. I will not gloat about #FL13. I will not… Ah, heck. I am GLOATING!
— WannabeAnglican (@WannabeAnglican) March 12, 2014
For Republican David Jolly beat Democrat Alex Sink in the special election to fill Florida’s 13th Congressional seat, and the temptation to schadenfreude was too great.
I noticed not a little denial from Democrats last night. Yes, a few got it that last night is not a good sign for them. But others were so much in denial it got funny.
Yes, this was a special election. And when conservatives are energized and angry, special election turnouts particularly favor them.
But Alex Sink is a past candidate for governor with high name ID. She and allies outspent David Jolly. And Jolly was not an especially attractive candidate and not the Republican’s first choice. And this district voted for Obama twice.
This special election is not the earthquake Scott Brown’s Massachusetts victory was in 2010. But it still confirms good signs for Republicans in the mid-term elections this year.
Ed Morrissey, in his particularly balanced analysis, points out that Obamacare was a weight around Sink’s neck and it . . . sank her. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) It was the biggest issue of this race, and Jolly was rather
jolly aggressive about it. One of his ads ended thusly:
She supports Obamacare. I don’t. I’m David Jolly, and I approve this message because [we] need someone to look out for our interests, not President Obama’s.
No, not very subtle, but very successful. Obamacare is that toxic.
As if the night wasn’t bad enough for Democrats, this morning’s NBC/WSJ poll, which has a history of being slanted towards Obama, has Obama’s approval down to a new low of 41%. And in said poll, 65% think the nation is going in the wrong direction.
There have not been any reports of torches and pitchforks . . . yet.
I am including this post in my Downfall series because it is appearing more likely that Obama will become the lamest of lame ducks after the November elections.
Downfall is an ongoing series anticipating and tracking what I expect will be the self-destruction of Obama.