Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Election day perspective

First Read makes the case that people should be careful about claiming that GOP wins in the Virginia and New Jersey gubenatorial races would amount to a "no confidence" vote for Obama:
For starters, how much does Creigh Deeds losing in Virginia say about Obama, when the president’s approval rating in the state is at 57% among registered voters and 54% among likely voters, according to the most recent Washington Post poll? And if Jon Corzine’s favorable rating in the Quinnipiac poll was at 38% back in March (near the height of Obama’s honeymoon), and it’s at 39% now, how does that say much about Obama and his popularity/presidency? Likewise, if Democrats are able to split the races by winning in New Jersey or even pull off the upset in Virginia, does that mean Obama’s presidency is on easy street? Absolutely not. In short, these races say much more about Deeds/McDonnell or Corzine/Christie than they do about Obama.
AND IN MAINE, heavy turnout is being reported with a proposition on the ballot that would overturn the state legislature's passage of a same-sex marriage law.

In Washington state, voters are also being asked to vote to approve or reject a recent legislative expansion of domestic partner benefits that would create marriage-like civil unions for gay and lesbian couples.

Hopefully activists in Maine and Washington learned some lessons from last November's passage of Prop. 8 in California...

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Blogger TomS said...

It is a sad day in Maine...and for the rest of us.

I wish matters of civil rights were not put to popular vote.

6:33 PM  

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