Quote IconNews anchors are so scared of being called partisan—note the point above about insulting the South—that they wouldn’t dare engage in a similar sermon about, say, torture at Abu Ghraib or the bombing of Cambodia. That sort of lecture is partisan, and tiresome, and negative, and preachy. It says something pathetic about American political discourse that (legal) sexual misbehavior is one of the few things that it is OK to get furious about.

Bob Schieffer Hates Anthony Weiner, Confirms Status as Grumpy Old Man. By Isaac Chotiner. 

Quote IconIn his earnest, widely discounted quest for the mayoralty, with its attendant rehash of his dalliances, Anthony Weiner may finally be proving that he cares about something beyond Anthony Weiner. There wouldn’t appear be much reason to put himself through all of this, were he simply the vain popinjay I had for so long taken him to be. Yes, it may be that he craves redemption, or just attention, or that his thirst for power is stronger than his sense of shame. But I think I’m okay with that.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Weiner by Reid Charlin.

GOP candidate Bob Turner defeated Democrat David Weprin by 6 points last night in the special election to replace ousted Representative Anthony Weiner in New York’s 9th Congressional District. TNR’s Assistant Editor Eliza Gray was on hand in Queens to cover the special election. Here’s her take on the run-up to yesterday’s events.

While voters showed fears about overspending, jobs, and the economy, coupled with strong feelings about sparing entitlements like Medicare and Social Security from cuts, Republicans warned that what transpired in yesterday’s election portends just a glimpse of what may come in 2012. The GOP is claiming the special election in New York’s 9th District was a referendum on President Obama’s policies.

At a results party, Weprin refused to concede, promising supporters a “long night” until absentee and paper ballots came in. Democrats had hoped their last second, union-backed efforts would push them over the edge, but the numbers were grim from the start. As the results came in, it was clear Weprin never had a chance to catch up, garnering only 47 percent of the vote (to Turner’s 53) and showing that Weprin’s deficit was too big to overcome, even with a last ditch voter turn-out effort.

So what does this mean for Democrats? Will an unpopular President Obama be a liability for Democrats nationwide in a 2012 general election? There’s plenty of time yet for that to be decided.

Courtesy of Talking Points Memo

Polls opened this morning in New York’s 9th District to pick Anthony Weiner’s replacement. Despite the district’s 3:1 ratio of Democrats to Republicans, Democrat David Weprin trails GOP nominee Bob Turner 50-44 in most recent polls. So, why are Democrats losing Anthony Weiner’s seat?
Weprin’s problem is holding onto Democrats and some Independents, accounting for his lousy numbers in what should be a safe Democratic seat. Locally Weprin is relatively unpopular, and his favorability numbers are at 41-41 in the district.
By contrast, Turner’s favorability ratings are sky-high at 48-34 at just the right time. Voters think Turner is running a more positive campaign, and the perception of Weprin as unelectable continues to snowball as his favorability numbers continue to dip district-wide.
That may not be the whole story. Weprin continues to drop, even in areas where he once led comfortably. For example, his lead with Jewish voters has collapsed from 21 to 6 in just the last month.
It may not just be a local issue for Weprin. Another major factor behind Turner opening up a massive lead prior to election day is the national factor of President Obama’s weak standing in the district, given voters’ dismal outlook on the economy. With Obama’s approval rating in the low 30’s, it remains hard for Democrats to win open seat races in places where Obama is that unpopular.
Barring an unexpected turn of events today, it appears that this race is the one the Democrats may just have to file in the loss column and move on.
Courtesy of Talking Points Memo
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Polls opened this morning in New York’s 9th District to pick Anthony Weiner’s replacement. Despite the district’s 3:1 ratio of Democrats to Republicans, Democrat David Weprin trails GOP nominee Bob Turner 50-44 in most recent polls. So, why are Democrats losing Anthony Weiner’s seat?

Weprin’s problem is holding onto Democrats and some Independents, accounting for his lousy numbers in what should be a safe Democratic seat. Locally Weprin is relatively unpopular, and his favorability numbers are at 41-41 in the district.

By contrast, Turner’s favorability ratings are sky-high at 48-34 at just the right time. Voters think Turner is running a more positive campaign, and the perception of Weprin as unelectable continues to snowball as his favorability numbers continue to dip district-wide.

That may not be the whole story. Weprin continues to drop, even in areas where he once led comfortably. For example, his lead with Jewish voters has collapsed from 21 to 6 in just the last month.

It may not just be a local issue for Weprin. Another major factor behind Turner opening up a massive lead prior to election day is the national factor of President Obama’s weak standing in the district, given voters’ dismal outlook on the economy. With Obama’s approval rating in the low 30’s, it remains hard for Democrats to win open seat races in places where Obama is that unpopular.

Barring an unexpected turn of events today, it appears that this race is the one the Democrats may just have to file in the loss column and move on.

Courtesy of Talking Points Memo

Quote IconFirst, ignore everyone making fun of your name. Most people with a handle that is also a nickname for one’s privates do not wind up in the middle of a sex fiasco. (True, a couple of well-known Dicks have come a cropper here, but, like you, they were victims of linguistic coincidence.) The nature of your transgression (for which you’ve apologized tearfully and endlessly, God knows) indicates several things. For one, being in your 40s may not have allowed you to gain the tech savvy necessary to understand that any message or picture sent through so-called “social media” has the capacity to duplicate itself with the instinct of a rabbit and the speed of light.

Margo Howard’s advice for Anthony Weiner at TNR.