Nel's New Day

May 24, 2011

Progressive Tipping Point

Filed under: Uncategorized — trp2011 @ 8:46 PM

Today may be the tipping point toward democracy in the United States. Today a progressive won District 26 in New York for the U.S. House of Representatives. After former Rep. Chris Lee was discovered looking for dates on the Internet by sending photos of himself naked to the waist, he resigned. Gov. Andrew Cuomo called a special election for today. The four candidates represented the Republicans, the Democrats, the Greens, and the Tea Party. (Some people say that the Tea Party candidate was really a past Democrat ringer. Who knows.) Democrat Kathy Hochul won.

The amazing part about a Democrat win is that New York District 26 is traditionally staunchly Republican. Jane Corwin, the Republican candidate, was so convinced that the election would be close that she got a court order barring the certification of a winner if that were true. It wasn’t. Hochul won the election with 48 percent of the votes; Corwin trailed with 42 percent. No problem. It took only 15 minutes to declare the winner of the race.

The conservatives campaigned last year on the platform of finding jobs for people and saving them money. The minute that they stepped into office, they attacked legal abortion and voted to eradicate Medicare. Nothing about jobs or helping people–just giving money to corporations and the wealthy.

Republicans are saying that the results of one district doesn’t really count, but no event happens in a vacuum. The tipping point of the conservatives’ hypocrisy may have arrived. This may be the country’s “new day.”

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