Focusing on the campaign in New York’s 23rd Congressional District as if it were the only election conducted last week, leading Democrats from the White House on down tell us that the GOP is a divided party, beholden to its far right extremist fringe. Well, those people peddling that partisan nonsense weren’t paying much attention to events on the other side of the state.
In Westchester County (where Obama snagged 63.39% of the vote last fall), Republican Rob Astorino ousted Democrat Andy Spano, winning more votes than did Congresman-elect Bill Owens and erstwhile Republican Dede Scozzafava combined. In Nassau County where Obama ran one point ahead of his national percentage, voters this week returned the County Legislature to Republican control. Guess, everyone in in the Empire State (outside its far northern reaches) is becoming extremist.
And it wasn’t just the Empire State.
Republican Barbara Comstock’s ousted a Democratic incumbent in an inside-the Beltway Virginia Delegate district. Republican Joan Orie Melvin won a seat on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Not to mention other Republican victories in Obama jurisdictions.
So, if the GOP is so divided and so beholden to its extreme wings, how did Republicans manage to do so well in these jurisdictions which went overwhelmingly for Obama last fall?