It appears that while Michael Steele, Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and the rest of the RepubliCons' loud-mouth "leadership" were making public appearances, yammering away on their Big Media platforms, bashing Obama for using a teleprompter, and generally providing a warm and safe hovel for the basest and most vile instincts known to upright mammals, Democratic leaders were doing something entirely different . . . you know, the "winning elections" thing.
And now even the conservative corporate media can't gussy up this degree of f'ugly . . . CNN reports that Scott Murphy is now polling ahead of Jim Tedisco for New York's 20th district.
Poll shows Democrat has edge in NY 20A month ago, Jim "It takes me several weeks to make the wrong decision about the stimulus bill" Tedisco was up by 12 points in polling regarding the replacement of Sen. Kristen Gillibrand's old seat in New York's 20th district. Heck, I seem to recall that before that, Tedisco was polling 15-20 points ahead of Scott Murphy . . . which makes perfect sense because upstate New York is redneck as all fuck. I'm not a local, but my brother used to live in the area, and we are talking One. Room. Schoolhouses. (Literally.)
"(CNN) – Four days before a crucial special election for a House seat, a new poll suggests the Democrat in the race is gaining momentum.
A Siena College Research Institute poll of likely voters in New York's 20th congressional district indicates that Democrat Scott Murphy leads Republican Jim Tedisco by a 47 percent to 43 percent margin. That's a switch from two weeks ago, when Tedisco had a four point lead in a Siena poll and from one month ago, when Tedisco led by 12 points."
The district, hitherto, has been a deeply conservative one, held by RepubliCons for many many years. And when then-Representative Gillibrand got "the call" from Gov. Paterson to leave her district behind and serve in the Senate, most observers, quite rationally, believed that the seat would again swing Republican. Tedisco had a huge name-recognition advantage, and it was kind of a given that he'd probably run the table during the campaign.
Gosharoonies. Now it doesn't appear that Tedisco is running the table at all. Perhaps the tables have turned, and are now running him. This speaks to a problem that the RepubliCons have these days. Their most well-known "leaders" are not politicians at all, but professional bloviators like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Newt Gingrich. These guys make millions going on TV, shrieking about dictatorships, teleprompters, or whatever else gets stuck up their asses while they're heckling and cat-calling from their seats in grandstand. While this pastime has been terrifically lucrative for them personally, it appears that it doesn't actually help the 'Cons much in the political arena . . . you know, the "winning elections" thing. Or at least, it doesn't help them win elections any more.
These people own the corporate media, and they STILL can't help but face reality: Scott Murphy, over the course of about six weeks, has erased a 15-20 point polling deficit, and now leads in a race which, by all accounts, the Republican automatically has a huuuuuuuuge advantage. While Newt Gingrich demagogued over his paranoid delusions of an Obama "dictatorship," and Michael Steele tried the most brazen public CYA-job in history, the DNC quietly, and professionally, bought up some airtime, linked Murphy with the highly popular President, and eviscerated a huge polling deficit.
For my part, I say good luck with the current strategy, GOoPers. Please stay the course. It's working! Ha ha!
But in all seriousness, I'm afraid the RepubliCons more of these precious moments ahead of them: