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Normally Liberal Friendly Northeast Is Not Looking So Friendly To Democrats in 2010

Bookmark and Share    Throughout its recent history, the Northeast has not generally been friendly to Republicans but in recent years it has been downright unfriendly to them, and in Congress, Northeastern Republicans are now almost extinct.

Comprised of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the six New England states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Vermont, the Northeast sends a combined total of 83 representatives to Congress, or about 20% of the total representation that the country has in the House of Representatives. Of those 83, only 13 are Republican. States like Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island have not even a single Republican representing them in the House.

It was not always that way.

Much more political parody did once exist, but over the course of the last two decades, all parody was lost. Coincidentally, this decrease in Republican representation correlated with a decreasing growth of population in the Northeast. The region has been losing many residents to the South and to the West and as a result, not only are their fewer Republican representatives in that corner of the country, with less population, there are fewer congressional districts as well.

Between the 1980, 1990 and 2000 censuses, states like New York lost 10 congressional districts. In 1980 they lost five seats, in 1990 they lost three more and in 2000 they lost another two. The declining growth of population took the Empire State from 39 seats in 1980 to 29 seats in 2010.

New York was the hardest hit but most all the of the Northeast lost seats. New Jersey has lost 2 seats and Pennsylvania saw a decline of 6 seats.

Now with the region already having one of its lowest ever percentages of representation in the Capitol, after the 2010 census figures come out, they are expected to lose even more representation.

But another change may also be sweeping the region.

As resentment towards the Democrat controlled government increases, the anger is even seeping into the normally liberal friendly Northeast.

In states like Pennsylvania, not only are Republicans likely to maintain their hold on the six seats they currently occupy, but they are on the verge of picking as many as six new Republican seats. While in New York, in addition to the paltry two Republican seats that are in their column now, they are looking at picking up as many as 8 new Republican seats.

But the gains are not limited to the states with the largest delegations.

Rhode Island which has two seats could see a seat change in the district currently held by Senator Ted Kennedy’s son, Patrick.

After representing his Rhode Island district, now for eight terms, Patrick Kennedy woke up one morning to a WPRI-News 12 poll that stated the results showed him to be in for the race of his life with only 35% of the voters saying that they would vote for Patrick Kennedy again.

Since then, Patrick Kennedy has announced that he is retiring and not running for a ninth term in Congress.

South of the Ocean State, Connecticut is spicing things up with more than just nutmeg as they find two seats heavily in play and likely to swing in favor of Republicans. And North of the Ocean State, the Bay State of Massachusetts which sent a wave change sweeping through the nation after Republican Scott Brown won Ted Kennedy’s old Senate seat, they may elect two new Republicans to Congress.

Of the two congressional seats occupied by Democrats in the Granite State, New Hampshire voters are looking to likely replace incumbent Democratic Carol Shea-Porter and pick up the Democrat seat that is being vacated by Congressman Paul Hodes, who is seeking the US Senate seat that is held by retiring Republican Senator Judd Gregg.

In New Jersey, one seat looks likely to change hands and go to the G.O.P. but as many as two more could follow.

The changing face of the congressional makeup of the Northeast is a powerful sign of things to come nationally. It is the strongest region for Democrats in the country but in the 2010 midterm elections it will produce some of the weakest results possible for Democrats. They are results that put the fear of God into them when they look at Republican strongholds such as the South and the West.

Add to that bad numbers and lagging prospects in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states and what you have is a Democrat Party that is running for cover. Unfortunately for them, it looks like the leader of their Party, President Barack Obama, won’t be able to provide that cover. In fact, it would seem that he is why they need it in the first place. Just ask Creigh Deeds of Virginia, Jon Corzine of New Jersey and Martha Coakley of Massachusetts. All of them used Barry in their campaigns but now after sound defeats at the hands of the voters, they will all probably be among the first to tell you that if you want any chance of winning, keep the President as far away as possible.

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antdrinkThe term Northeast liberal has just taken on new meaning.

New Hampshire, the once lone conservative oriented state in the Northeast’s storied New England region has just been introduced to a proposed legislative initative that would set new standards. It is not a speed limit or New York style ban on fatty food. It is a drinking limit that would be aimed at consumption in bars.

The measure would limit bar patrons to one alcoholic beverage an hour with a maximum of four drinks a sitting and it is a sad commentary of the times which signals an even sadder direction that we are headed in.

New Hampshire has always been a special place for me. It’s rustically quaint, New England elegance and country charm combined with its revolutionary era held beliefs in independence and freedom have always made New Hampshire stand out to me.

Unique in many ways, New Hampshire used to be one of the most distinctly political states in the Northeast. More often than not, the state legislature was controlled by Republicans, who were led by Republican Governors and aided by representatives in Washington who were also Republican. Few, if any states in the Northeast, saw as many prolonged periods of time where both of their United States senators were Republican.

New Hampshire was indeed very different from the rest of the Northeast.

Residents of the Granite State held a rock hard belief in conservative oriented leadership, that led to a government that was less intrusive and less restrictive than most.

I would come to appreciate all of this about New Hampshire ever since my first experience there. It was hallmark occasion for me. I had been hired to work on my first presidential campaign and after driving for hours through the night from Canarsie in Brooklyn, New York, I was just crossing into New Hampshire when the first rays of the new dawn’s sun sparkled and glimmered over a crystal like, ice coated, roadside sign that said “Welcome to New Hampshire. Live Free or Die.”

Despite the cold temperatures, I felt warm and at home.

In the days to follow, as the presidential primary unfolded, I was won over by the people of New Hampshire.

Between every Notch from Dixville to Zealand and the North White Mountains and Great North Woods to its southern sections of Portsmouth and Seabrook in the Seacoast region and Nashua, Concord and Manchester in between, I found the people of New Hampshire to be polite, gracious, fair-minded, open and independent. I also found that they took their politics seriously and they took their citizenship and all the rights that came with it even more serious.

But years later, New Hampshire is changing.

Many Northeast urban dwellers have sought a less congested and, less expensive way of life. Many of them have moved to New Hampshire where such an existence was once possible. With no state sales tax or income tax, New Hampshire lived up to their, “live free, or die” motto and it slowly captured the minds and imaginations of many disaffected regional residents. But with their move from out of state urban centers in to New Hampshire suburban centers, many of the new, New Hampshire residents brought their failed urban center political thinking with them and began to influence New Hampshire politics.

That influence has helped to jeopardize the very freedom that New Hampshire emphasizes. So much so that the state is beginning to change drastically.

Liberal bureaucrats appointed through the, new to New Hampshire, thinking of relatively new legislative leaders, are chipping away at the Granite State’s freedom. It is a fact made quite clear by this public consumption limit being discussed by New Hampshire’s chief liquor law enforcement officer, Eddie Edwards.

The Edwards’ discussions about legislative consumption limits are absolutely senseless and unrealistic and a perfect example of government overreaching and ineffectiveness. Yet the recent decade’s wave of new era liberal thinkers in New Hampshire government will provide some legs to the initiative.

Perhaps the only roadblock to its final passage is the enforcement angle.

How does such a measure get enforced? Does the state hire a new legion of bar watchers who take time stamped photos of each patron, every time they purchase a drink?

Whether the initiative passes or not , it is a sign of things to come and the liberal thinking which expands the size and scope, of government, makes it more unwieldy and expensive and ultimately more of a burden on freedom and obstacle to it.

On its current course, New Hampshire is becoming more and more like most states. It is slipping away from being the “live free or die” state and into the “live the way we tell you or else” mentality of liberal based policies.



A police officer pulls over a Kennedy who’s been weaving in and out of the lanes. He goes up to the guy’s window and says, “Sir, I need you to blow into this breathalyzer tube.

“The Kennedy says, “Sorry, officer, I can’t do that. I am an asthmatic. If I do that, I’ll have a really bad asthma attack.”

“Okay, fine. I need you to come down to the station to give a blood sample.”
“I can’t do that either. I am a hemophiliac. If I do that, I’ll bleed to death.”

“Well, then, we need a urine sample.”
“I’m sorry, officer, I can’t do that either. I am also a diabetic. If I do that, I’ll get really low blood sugar.”

“All right, then I need you to come out here and walk this white line.”
“I can’t do that, officer.”

“Why not?”
“Because I’m drunk.”


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