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When Obama won and dems took control it was a referendum on republicans

Do the wins last night signal that the majority of Americans are against the policies if this administration? Obama campaigned really hard for these people that lost. If these wins do not, if the repubs make big gains in 2010 will that?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 9:30 AM on Nov. 4, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • YES, it was a signal from independents who voted for Obama a year ago . . . they voted GOP yesterday. Those independent swing voters are key! I predict big gains in 2010 for the GOP!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:41 AM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • (continued from anon 9:41): "according to political expert Larry Sabato, there have only been two occasions when Virginia and New Jersey so thoroughly flipped to the opposite party: in 1993, before the GOP take over of Congress in 1994, and in 2005, before the Democrats took back Congress in 2006." -- http://www.redstate.com/erick/2009/11/03/the-love-affair-is-over-in-2008-independents-proved-they-werent-racist-by-voting-obama-in-2010-independents-vote-gop-to-prove-they-arent-socialist/

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:43 AM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • Well, I think it is at least a push that the people who voted aren't to pleased. Those new governors ran on an "anti-Obama like" big government plateform. Does make you sit up and take a listen.
    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 10:03 AM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • No, The republican won in Jersey BARELY because Corzine was pretty much HATED in that state. He said he would NOT raise property taxes (which were already some of the highest in the nation) and he raised them. He also had that car accident which was BAD publicity for him...No one really liked him

    Again, Christie isn't the best eaither and thats why they were close, but Corzine was going to lose. I'm surprised Obama's people thought it would be a good idea for him to stump for him when there was a good chance that was a losing ticket

    The Hoffman loss and that whole debacle says a few things. 1) republican support behind one candidate then taken away based on the Tea Party HURT them. That seat is a republican one, they normally win it. They showed , publicly, they are at a crossroads which hurt the party
    2) that people DO WANT a DIFFERENT choice. Now is a time when an Independent can get some support
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:18 AM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • Well, I think it is at least a push that the people who voted aren't to pleased. Those new governors ran on an "anti-Obama like" big government plateform. Does make you sit up and take a listen.



    No, they didn't run against Obama. In the exit polls in Jersey and Virginia they showed still more than 50% approval for the President. These races were very regional
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:19 AM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • Oh and it wasn;t just Obama, many congress seats went Dem as well, that;s why it was considered a referendum

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:25 AM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • New Jersey was a referendum on Corzine only. The other elections were referendums IN THEIR LOCALITIES ONLY; many large cities had NO elections or the ones they had were non-partisan.

    Next year. Let's see what happens in 2010. But what I think it will be is a referendum on incumbents no matter what the party.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 10:39 AM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • I think the NY affair should be a wakeup call to the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. The loss doesn't matter as much as the message. Both political parties are under attack from within. The more conservative from each party are making a shift to the Independent Party. I agree with gdiamante, I think ALL incumbents should be worried in the 2010 and the 2012 elections.
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 12:19 PM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • The Hoffman loss and that whole debacle says a few things. 1) republican support behind one candidate then taken away based on the Tea Party HURT them

    Actually Sweet, The people got the man they wanted, shunned the Rhino and barely lost the election. Republicans nor Conservatives have been hurt at all. It's so cool that you care so much though.
    Even though Hoffman lost we didn't end up with Scuzzyfuzzy, and that was a win for the Republicans. She was left of the Democrat on most issues.
    Believe me, Conservatives especially, think we won all the way around. This is not an isolated issue, and it's not over.
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 12:26 PM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • I think we have been going back and forth for years voting Dems out when they don't do what we want and Repubs in and vice versa. If this isn't a sign to people that we need an strong Independent Party in our country, i don't know what is. To date people discount third party attempts at diffferent offices saying they are just spoilers, Lets think about who that theory really helps. The Democrats and the Republicans (how sweet for them).
    Phase3

    Answer by Phase3 at 12:35 PM on Nov. 4, 2009

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