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View Diary: NY-26: Why Democrat Kathy Hochul's win is not easily minimized (52 comments)

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  •  What my mother saw (10+ / 0-)

    She lives in the district, and has been a Republican most of her life, BUT....

    She does NOT like the people who are the current stars of the party or the direction the party is going in.

    She saw a lot of angry seniors turning out where she voted (Batavia, Genesee County).

    She was voting against Corwin because Corwin is Anti-Choice. Medicare may or may not have been a factor for my mother, but the issue of Choice definitely is.

    My mother has held local political office in her time as a Republican. My parents used to have Barber Conable and his wife Charlotte over from time to time.  These are the kind of people who used to be the backbone of the Republican Party - there's no place for them now.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Sun May 29, 2011 at 05:46:15 PM PDT

    •  Same here (5+ / 0-)

      My folks were terrified of the YAF'ers and Birchers of the Goldwater era; Reagan was "that actor from California" whom they supported in the 80s only because of Bush (similar to the folks who voted "for Sarah not him!"). It's harder and harder and harder for them to be enthusiastic about voting Republican. My folks loathe their Republican state legislators in NJ as a bunch of "hacks", but there's no Dem bench to mount any kind of serious opposition (yet).
      My mom is burned out on the anti-Obama demonization saying, "He's just not that bad!"

      •  That's the hidden story of many elections. (3+ / 0-)

        Too many voters don't pay attention to state elections, so the state ends up with conservative legislators determined crush unions, disenfranchise the poor, and keep women from having abortions.

        Note how in the Special Elections in NY (NY-20, NY-23, and NY-26)  the Republican candidate was in the NY State assembly.

        That's a good background to have in running for Congressional Office.

        We need to work on electing more Democrats to state seats.  It prevents passage of laws that infringe on people's rights and well being,  and it gives useful experience as a stepping stone to higher office.

        HylasBrook @62 - fiesty, fiery, and fierce

        by HylasBrook on Mon May 30, 2011 at 08:07:13 AM PDT

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    •  This seems to be the story of Reps in much of NY (0+ / 0-)

      or the whole north east for that matter.
      I think a factor in Hochuls win was also that the time was getting ripe.
      Yes it is the most republican area of NY-state, but that doesn't mean it hasn't been slowly blueing (or in this case turning purple) like the rest of upstate. And having first a third party candidate spending all his energy on smearing Corwin and then an appealing dem candidate with the right issues was just what it took to get enough disgruntled old time republicans to cross the line.
      This has not made it a blue area, but the days of rep hegemony is over, also post Corwin, Davis and Medicare-debate, I think.

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