Doug Hoffman’s loss in New York-23 is a bitter pill for conservatives to swallow; worse, that narrow defeat reveals the political challenges that remain for conservatives. But the victories of Chris Christie in New Jersey and Bob McDonnell in Virginia are much more troublesome for the left. The Democrats have to be very worried about the overwhelming support for pro-life, small-government principles at the 2009 ballot boxes. Doug Hoffman faced what proved to be insurmountable odds, and he nearly pulled off a victory — losing only because of last-minute, all-out White House intervention. Liberal Maine supported traditional marriage. McDonnell carried Virginia by 20 points, an unequivocal message for those 80 congressmen and 20 senators who represent states that went for John McCain in 2008. In addition, there are 83 Democrats in Congress who won in traditionally-GOP districts on Obama’s coattails in 2008. All those Members have to be worried after Election 2009.
It was not a good night for Democrats, and it could be a deadly blow for ObamaCare. The president AND the vice president campaigned — hard — for the Democratic candidates; they put their prestige on the line. President Obama spoke at five Corzine events in New Jersey, stressing Corzine’s support for the president’s stimulus package and health care reform legislation. The only place that it worked, and it barely there, was in New York-23. Many Democratic congressmen are bound to be thinking about their political future when it comes to ramming through very unpopular legislation (Rasmussen reports that 55 percent of Americans are against ObamaCare), running up the national deficit (Congressional Budget Office estimates that the cost of ObamaCare is now over $1.2 trillion), and supporting an Administration that is on shaky ground with the voting public (Rasmussen currently indicates the president’s job approval rating is a low 46 percent). Pelosi and Reid’s minions must be quaking in their boots at the prospect of voting for higher taxes, health care rationing, cuts in Medicare, and pro-abortion measures that the public overwhelmingly rejects.