Was last night’s “stunning victory” for New York Rep.-elect Bob Turner over New York State Assemblyman David Weprin a tell-tale sign of Republicans’ future dominance over Democrats? Or just an anomaly?
Some left-leaning commentators and others in the media are already downplaying the results. But on Laura Ingraham’s radio show Wednesday, National Review columnist Mark Steyn, author of “After America: Get Ready for Armageddon,” offered his own tongue-in-cheek explanation for Democratic excuse-makers: the reappearance of 1920s-era Republicans at the modern-day voting booth.
“It’s tough turf for Democrats,” Steyn said, “because you know [Turner’s district] was Republican as recently as in the Harding administration,” Steyn said. “And so you’ve got a hardcore base of Warren Harding Republicans in their late ’90s and early 100s – who clearly had a very strong turnout yesterday and I think that’s probably what made it difficult.”
Steyn also joked that left-leaning spinners would continue to claim Tuesday’s special election had no broader significance.
“The country is still fully behind the green jobs initiative and ‘son of stimulus,’” he quipped, “and they’re going to ‘damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.’”