WASHINGTON (CNN) - As the special election got underway in New York's traditionally-Republican 20th congressional district, House Minority Leader John Boehner seemed to downplay his party's chances of reclaiming what he called a "Democrat seat."
GOP state assemblyman Jim Tedisco once held a comfortable lead over Democratic candidate Scott Murphy, but the race has tightened in recent weeks, and both national parties have poured resources into the contest. In the race's closing days, Tedisco's campaign was sharply critical of Murphy's support President Obama's stimulus plan, but Boehner told reporters Tuesday the district's vote should not be seen as a referendum on Republican policies in Washington.
"It is going to be a very close election, but it's between those two candidates up in New York. I hope Jim Tedisco wins," he said - but, he added, "it is a Democrat seat. President Obama won this seat during the presidential election last fall."
Boehner is a loser, probably will be responsible for losing the seat.
So now Republicans can't win any seats currently held by Democrats and they're willing to concede in every district Obama won in the election in November? That's awesome!
News flash, Boehner: you're supposed to downplay expectations before something like a primary race or a debate or a new poll number, not the ACTUAL ELECTION! Downplaying your result in an actual election is like losing the Super Bowl and saying "well, they're better than we are, we weren't supposed to win this game anyway."
When are we going to get the details of the GOP's alternative budget?
Does anyone know why John Boehner is orange? Just curious.
Anyway, this is devastating for the GOP. NY 20 should be solidly Republican.
Boehner gets more pessimistic with every passing day. He even looks like a tired dog
GOPer-speak translation: If GOPers win the seat, it would be an indictment of the President's stimulus package (their position when the race polls showed it going their way). If the GOPers lose, it is not an indictment of GOPers Washington obstructionist policies – it is a meaningless Democratic win.
Isn't it amazing how the GOPers try to frame everything in a context whereby it is always a win for them, but never a loss for them. So, now in addition to being gutless, the GOPers are also now clueless.
Is he really that stupid and does not know Republicans far outnumber dems in this district? It is not a Dem seat and the House minority whip should know that. So why lie?
Although this is a strong republican area am hoping the voters are as sick of the republicans antics as most of us are. The do nothing but obstruct tactics are not what these politicians were elected to do.
They must start putting our country, not party, first but most do not
seem to acknowledge this. The only way for our country to survive
is to get these hypocrits out of office.
Wasn't it the GoP who said this WAS going to be a referrendum on 2010?!
These guys are clueless ...
He can't lower my expectations of him.
More lies from Congressman Bonehead, I mean Boehner. This election is in a very heavy republican district, it's not a democrat seat as he lied about. He also said if the democrat wins it should not be seen as a "referendum on Republican policies in Washington". Sorry Rep. Bonehead, but that's exactly what it will be if the democrat wins in this republican district. The sad part of this story is that it shows just how stupid Rep. Bonehead and the rest of the GOP think the American people are, and no matter how many times the GOP has lost races, they still just don't get it. The American people time and time again all across our great country have overwhelmingly rejected the GOP failed policies and their tactics. One more thing, Rep. Bonehead will be gone in 2010 too.
"Boehner told reporters Tuesday the district's vote should not be seen as a referendum on Republican policies in Washington." That's funny because you and Michael Steele were saying about how important this election was to the Republicans. So much so that you poured tons of money into it.
Hey John! Can't wait to see your budget proposel tomorrow...
Boehner is a CLOWN, this guy has ran his mouth so much, he has NO credibility at all. I think John Boehner spends too much time focusing on his tan line and his hair than working with the President in cleaning up his party's economic mess!!
Boehner is the capitan of the Titanic.
Him and the whole Republican party are going down thanks to their backward, evil, right wing agenda and party nuts like Palin, Limbaugh, Bachman, Cheney, Bush, Gingrich, McCain, etc.
Not a sane or smart one in the whole lot!!
How can you get lower expections of politicians? They're already Lawyers......
Spin, spin, spin .... Anything but the truth. Exile is a lonely, lonely place.
Listen to George Hamilton not try to cover his butt on the NY20 congressional seat. this guy makes me sick ,where is your blue folder senator.
I wish the Republican congress members who do not have any electorate attachment to open state elections campaigns would attend to their own affairs. Being from Minnesota – I personally am so tired of the Texas senator opening his mouth and weighing in the the MN senate recount. It would actually be something if they would try to do something to help the entire country instead of their buddies..
So, the "majority" of Americans have that opinion of Democrats? I don't get it. If the "majority" have that opinion, then why did the Republicans get crushed in the November elections. Oh, are you one of those people who think that LOSING an election means that you actually won it?
Boehner, McConnell and Cantor......what good are they are doing for all of America ?