Upset in New York

The news is full of the the stunning upset in the special election of New York’s ninth Congressional district, Anthony Weiner‘s old seat. Republican Bob Turner defeated Democrat David Weprin to gain a seat that has been in Democratic hands since 1923. A key factor in this 40% Jewish district seems to have been Obama’s poor treatment of Israel, which Turner criticized. Also, I believe that this election was seen by many as a referendum on Obama.

It is possible to make too much of a single election, but if I were a Democratic strategist, I would be really, really worried.



Yesterday, I got an e-mail from Jim Messina, the campaign manager for Obama for America.

David —

Remember the claims that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States?

Or that health care reform — a law that brings down costs and improves health care for all Americans — would help “pull the plug on grandma”?

If he had released his birth certificate two years ago, the claims that he wasn’t born in the United States never would have gotten as much attention as they did. I wonder if I told Mr. Messina that I had a bag of magic beans that I would be willing to sell him, if he would believe me. That makes about as much sense as believing that “health care reform” can simultaneously lower costs and improve health care. But, on
to the message.

This campaign isn’t going to wait to find out what’s coming. We’re building a program right now to snuff out these false attacks the moment they start, fight back against distortions of the President’s record, and mobilize our supporters around the truth.

It’s called — and if you have an interest in seeing lies about President Obama countered, you should give it a close look.

Will you visit today and sign up to fight back on the President’s behalf?

Yes, I want to help respond to attacks on the President.

Not right now, but I can donate $5 to fund the 2012 campaign and support this work.

Not right now, but I want to check out

Being a part of is simple. Just visit the site when you see a new attack on the President. If we’ve heard it before, you’ll be able to download all the facts and resources you need to fight back. If we haven’t, you can be the first to let us know about it.

You can also sign up to be on the front lines as attacks develop — we’ll be in touch in the months ahead with new tips for how to spread the truth to your friends and neighbors.

I am so tempted to join attackwatch and see what kind of stories I can make up. Republicans say Obama is a lizard man from Alpha Centauri! They are running ads accusing Michelle Obama of really being a man!

It would be fun but judging from the derision this is attracting, see here, here here, and I’m sure many other places, I imagine that this effort will soon be consigned to the memory hole.

Best of the Web from the Wall Street Journal picked this up too.I wonder if the people who came up this this thought about the probable reactions they would get.

In a related note, President Obama wants to have dinner with me.

David —

Supporters like you are the reason I’m here, and the values we share have always made our organization more than just a political campaign.

So whenever I can, I want to take the opportunity to meet you. Last month, that meant I got to talk to folks in Iowa about small-business opportunities, and sit down with a group of volunteers from around the country who helped build this campaign in their communities this summer.

Today, I want to ask if you’ll join me and three other supporters for a meal and conversation sometime soon.

He’s asking for a donation to his campaign, of course, but you can enter without contributing, so I entered. My chances of winning are about the same as winning a lottery, but it would be fun to meet him, and tell him what I think of the job he’s doing.

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