The conventional wisdom among Beltway Democrats today is that the defeat of a conservative ballot measure in Mississippi over abortion, and one in Ohio over union rights, is a defeat for the Republican party, its tea party base, and that the results signal rough-going in 2012.
Not so fast say Republicans.
Sean Spicer, communications director for the Republican National Committee, is out today with a memo that provides a different reading of last night’s election results.
Here’s the memo that landed in the inbox of interested parties this morning:
Good morning, a lot of a people are attempting to read into last night’s results as we head into 2012. Republicans had a great night and a great month. Last night we picked up seats in the Virginia House and took control of the state Senate, won the Mississippi governor’s race and we will win the majority in the Mississippi House for the first time since Reconstruction. In New Hampshire, candidates who favored lower taxes won in 11 of 13 city races. Earlier this month Bobby Jindal had a resounding win in Louisiana and millions of dollars in tax measures went down with a thud in Colorado. Even in areas where Democrats are seeing success there is a telling phenomenon: Democrats don’t want to campaign with Obama.
But most telling of all was in the battleground state of Ohio where Ohioans voted down a state collective bargaining initiative but overwhelmingly voted to repudiate one of Obama’s signature first term policies in Obamacare. Sure, Republicans hoped to win the collective bargaining issue in Ohio but there will be other reforms brought forward by Republican leaders to control spending because in poll after poll Americans are looking for fiscal responsibility. Despite a nearly $30 million effort by Democrats and Labor to win a collective bargaining initiative, 180,000 more Ohioans voted “yes” to repudiate Obamacare than “no” collective bargaining:
· A significant number of Democrats support repealing Obamacare in a bellwether presidential state; and
· Even with all this talk of labor enthusiasm in Ohio, 180,000 more Ohioans voted on the anti-Obamacare issue
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