Mid-terms: some silver linings


By Jennifer Lipman
November 4, 2010
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So, the mid-terms have been and gone. As predicted, what was once blue is now stained red. The Democrats lost big and President Obama is no longer the messianic figure he once was.

And as has been widely trumpeted, this is just about the worst result for the Democrats since 1948. But, looking back to the election of that year, it’s worth noting that people seem to have more confidence in Obama than they did in Harry Truman.

Because despite having been president since 1945, it was considered so unlikely that Truman could win of his own accord that one paper actually went to press (before the results came in) touting a victory for his opponent.

Red faces all round for the Chicago Tribune, and their “Dewey Defeats Truman” headline.

But it’s two years until Obama faces reelection, and despite the numbers it’s way too soon to write him off. Plus, not everything that has come out of the mid-terms is bad.

For one, Rich Iott – better known as the dude who still thinks dressing up as a Nazi is a good idea – was resoundingly beaten. Longtime congresswoman for the Democrats, Marcy Kaptur, kept the Ohio seat with 59 per cent of the vote.

For another, in the New York gubernatorial election Andrew Cuomo had no trouble seeing off Carl Paladino, a slightly bizarre Tea Party Republican who sent mail out smelling of “eau de two-day-old chopped garlic” as a way to slam his opponent.

Paladino, of course, is the very same man who went to a strictly Orthodox Jewish area and slammed homosexuality, saying “I don't want [my children] brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option - it isn't.”

Another friendly Tea Party fellow, one Rabbi Nachum “surfer” Shifren, also lost his bid for a state senate seat. Perhaps it was because he was too busy standing on the same platform as those friendly folk from the English Defence League to build support in California.

In general, it seems to have been a good result for equality. There are now four openly gay congressmen (with the election of David Cicilline in Rhode Island, three of them are Jewish).

True, the number of women elected is expected to fall for the first time in three decades, but the daughter of Sikh Indian immigrants is the new Governor of South Carolina, despite a campaign marred with sexism and racism, and Alabama has just voted in its first ever black congresswoman.

And I’d rather any day that a genuinely good male candidate won an election over a woman (Meg Whitman, in California) who spent $140 million of her own money on the campaign (in a state with a $20 billion deficit).

Most of all, take comfort in this. Sarah Palin, at present, is not in office.

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Anthony Posner

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 15:58

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tsam,
My view is actually the opposite to Walt amd Mearsheimer. American Jewry sided with Israel's enemies. Their thesis is total rubbish.


Anthony Posner

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 16:00

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tsam,

What's your fetish with the dead Jewish Marc Bolan?


telegramsam

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 16:01

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Anthony, you were using their argument, that Jews control who gets into the White House. What does that make you? You are the Weakest Link. Goodbye.


Anthony Posner

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 16:13

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telegramsam,

You are a repetitive pop song. You can't be a compere on a game show. You must come to terms with your lowly status.

American Jews should realize that they might well be able to determine who gets into The White House. And that will be something that I will continue to stress. Of course, people like you who are Obamad, might not want to hear that because you want a President that "engages" with Israel's enemy, Iran. Best to have an American Jewry that is compliant; one that does not recognize that it can be instrumental in changing things.

The message to American Jewry should be clear... "Get together and chuck Obama out!"


Anthony Posner

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 16:13

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telegramsam,

You are a repetitive pop song. You can't be a compere on a game show. You must come to terms with your lowly status.

American Jews should realize that they might well be able to determine who gets into The White House. And that will be something that I will continue to stress. Of course, people like you who are Obamad, might not want to hear that because you want a President that "engages" with Israel's enemy, Iran. Best to have an American Jewry that is compliant; one that does not recognize that it can be instrumental in changing things.

The message to American Jewry should be clear... "Get together and chuck Obama out!"


telegramsam

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 16:19

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So Jews should act as one, Anthony? That's yet another antisemitic trope. "Them Jews, all the bleedin' same, just looking out for themselves." You can add that to Jews controlling who gets into the White House. You really are as good (bad?) as your Jewishly illiterate mate Avraham (where is he? He seems to have disappeared along with his musings) when it comes to showing yourself up.


Anthony Posner

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 16:28

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tsam,

Oprah told blacks to vote for Obama. Was that another racist trope?

You are irrational and stupid.


Anthony Posner

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 16:33

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Of course, many of American black civil rights organizations also suppported Obama. It happens in a democracy.


telegramsam

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 16:34

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Oprah never said that the black vote in NY and CA controlled who got into the White House. That would have been racist. You said that the Jewish vote in NY and CA controlled who got into the White House. That's antisemitic. Do you believe that Jews control the banks, the media and Hollywood, too?


telegramsam

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 16:35

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You're are digging yourself deeper and deeper into a hole, Anthony. You'd best stop before you reach Australia.


Anthony Posner

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 16:42

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You can come up with any rubbish that you like. eg Israel= Iran= a plate of hummus.

People on this blog have read your nonsense. I can't imagine that many people have fallen for it but you never know.

Let me state my case:
I believe that New York and California are important swing states. And American Jews in these states should vote in unison to chuck Obama out. If that makes me racist, antisemitic or whatever in your eyes, then so be it. Because it doesn't bother me in the least. It just makes me more aware that I am onto something important.


telegramsam

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 16:59

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Anthony, read what you write: Jews should vote as one to control who gets in or is chucked out of the White House. I've rarely heard anything more antisemitic. You really must believe that Jews control Hollywood, the banks, the media and are "all the bleedin same" and just look after their own. The only thing you are on to is being dubbed the new Homer Simpson of the JC Blogs, now that Avraham appears to be dearly departed.


Yvetta

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 17:07

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Why are you so down on Ms Palin, Ms Lipman? She is a good friend to Israel.

Your obsession with the EDL is wearing thin.

I recommend this article to you:
http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/10/why_do_jews_vote_for_their_ene.ht...
Why Do Jews Vote for Their Enemies?
By James Lewis


Anthony Posner

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 17:08

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tsam,

You can dub my comments and blogs.. racist/anti-semitic/Nazi etc. I actually prefer it when you do, because it seems to suggest to me that you really don't like what I am writing. So then I know that I am onto something worthwhile.

But I post my comments, under my own name, for other people to read. They will come to their own conclusions about their validity and political implications.

I just you as a foil to try and explain my reasoning. In that regard, I sincerely thank you for your help.


telegramsam

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 17:11

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Sure, Anthony, if you want to continue expressing anti-semitic view, be my guest. Your reasoning is crystal clear: you believe Jews have acted as one to get someone into the White House. That's what the antisemites say too.


telegramsam

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 17:12

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Yvetta, Palin couldn't place Israel on a map.


Anthony Posner

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 17:19

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tsam,

I have stated my case. Like anybody else, you can draw your own conclusions.


telegramsam

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 17:24

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Indeed, I have. And the conclusion is that you agree, broadly, with the view that Jews qua Jews can control who wins an American election.


Anthony Posner

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 17:25

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tsam,

If you believe that my comments are anti-semitic you can of course flag them as offensive. The moderator will then have to decide whether you have a point. Let's see what happens.


telegramsam

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 17:27

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Why should I flag them? If I do so they may be removed. That's what I don't want. I want all and sundry here to see the depths to which you have plumbed.


Yvetta

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 17:27

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I see Kahina posted the link before I did - "great minds, etc"
T'sam, why do you deduce that Avraham has "departed"?


telegramsam

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 17:31

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Have you seen him today, Yvetta? Most of his musings appear to have disappeared too. Perhaps he'll be back aprés le weekend


Anthony Posner

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 22:23

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Tsam,

You "write" re my comments.

"Why should I flag them? If I do so they may be removed. That's what I don't want. I want all and sundry here to see the depths to which you have plumbed."

Well if they are so anti-semitic then my comments will be removed by The JC whether you flag them or not.


Anthony Posner

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 22:31

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Tsam,

Of course, the real irony is that your "Israel=Iran=a plate of hummus" is the sort of nonsense that real anti-semites love to hear.

But then there are so many ironies that it is often difficult to know where to start.


amber

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 00:31

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tsam, what an assumption about Palin. She has an Israeli flag in her office.

Much better we have an "intellectual" Alinskyite bankrupting America like Obama, eh?

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