Ed Koch Commentary The Coming Political Tsunami By Edward I. Koch

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Koch_EdwardIrving-standing I Predict a Republican Victory of Tsunami Proportions on November 2nd.
For the last six months in various public forums, I have said that Republicans will take both the House and Senate.  Most political observers, citing statistics from various states, continue to say that, while it appears certain that the House will go Republican, there are too few Senate seats in play for a Republican takeover.  Further, many pundits state that Democrats will preserve their control of the Senate because the Republican Party has undermined itself by fielding whacko and semi-whacko candidates from the “Tea Party” wing or otherwise offering inferior candidates, e.g., Christine O’Donnell in Delaware, Rand Paul in Kentucky, Sharron Angle in Nevada, Linda McMahon in Connecticut and Carly Fiorina in California.

Without being able to cite statistics that support my view, I nevertheless predict the Republicans will also take the Senate.  Imagine what the Republicans could have done if they had really good and visionary leadership.  But they don’t.  Indeed, in New York State, the Republican Party is seen as a bad joke, totally leaderless and without candidates who can win, despite new corruption allegations involving the Democratic Party in Albany.  Take, for example, gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino.  He has disgraced the Republicans with his antics and ridiculous statements and is trailing by double digits in the polls.  The Republican candidates running for the two Senate seats now held by Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have had little impact and are given no chance of winning.  Jay Townsend, who is running against Chuck Schumer, is totally unknown and unfunded, and running against a Senator who is known everywhere and is held in high regard.  Joe DioGuardi, who is running against the recently-appointed Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, is unable to engender major support at a time when incumbents appear to be bearing bulls-eye targets on their backs.
New York State notwithstanding, I predict that mounting anger around the country will carry Republicans to victory in both Houses of Congress.
Why would intelligent voters leave the Democratic Party that they endorsed so heavily two years ago in the 2008 presidential election?  The reason is obvious – deep, deep disappointment in the record of President Obama.  The President has wasted many opportunities in his term to date, and has lost by his own admission almost every battle for the hearts and minds of the electorate in pushing through Congress monumental legislation that he signed into law.
Why did the President and Congress insist on reinventing the wheel when it came to health care coverage?  Weren’t there prototypes in Europe and elsewhere developed and used for more than 50 years with proven track records that could have been used as models?  Did the President and Congress have to terrify people who had insurance coverage in order to provide coverage for the additional 32 million Americans covered under the new law?  Couldn’t those without insurance have been attached in some way to the Medicaid rolls?  Why did the President and Congress sell out to the prescription drug companies and strip Medicare of the right to negotiate volume discount purchases that could have saved U.S. taxpayers more than a trillion dollars over ten years?  What rankles most for many, including me, is why have there been so few criminal prosecutions of those who are responsible for having brought the U.S. economy to its knees, destroyed the nation’s prosperity and caused millions of Americans to lose their homes, their jobs and a substantial portion of their retirement savings?  Why when looking at Obama’s cabinet and advisers, do we see the faces of those who many hold responsible for the economic debacle?
It is for these reasons, I believe, the coming November tsunami will roll across America and give the Republicans, who are undeserving of the honor, control of both Houses.  The American public is enraged and wants to punish those who have been in charge of the country.  They know those who will replace incumbents may be as bad or worse, but they also believe they can’t do any greater damage.  They are willing to put up with them until the next election to teach our elected representatives a monumental lesson — that public service is an honorable profession and must be performed competently and honestly.
We are an optimistic, generous people, who believe in fairness and justice.  And we will be heard.

The Honorable Edward Irving Koch served New York City as its 105th Mayor from 1978  to  1989. His e-mail address is: eikoch@bryancave.com

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  1. This is such a great comment. Cuomo has been at the heart of the problems for years either in Washington at HUD or in Albany. How many politicians has he indicted and put away during his years in office? I can’t think of one. Now he wants to be Gov to clean things up? What has he been doing for the past 4 years? I agree the only good Democrat is a defeated Democrat. Time to give new faces a chance to lead. Vote against anyone currently in office. They all have to go.

  2. The NYC Democratic Party evil empire:Sheldon Silver law firm contributes $200,000 to attorney general candidate Eric Schneiderman.Sheldon Silver appointee Tom DiNapoli, has his own pay to play operation of $340,000 from law firms doing business with the comptrollers office.The only good Democrat is a defeated Democrat.

  3. There are more crime stories in the Democratic party than there were on 1940s radio programming.Andrew Cuomo I am shocked,shocked that is corruption in the Democratic Party.Only Andrew knows what evil lurks in the hearts of the Democratic controlled state senate. The only good Democrat is a defeated Democrat.

  4. You got that right. The guy is like a parrot.
    Maybe he should get his Republican buddy Phil
    Amicone to take him out to get a lapdance.

  5. Jack, guess what we know that. We all read newspapers, we all have T.V.’s and computers. We don’t need you to come on here every day like the town crier with the same old ad nauseum schtick. Sorry dude your a bore.

  6. Journal News endorses Schneiderman and the New York Post today, exposes the corruption involving lobbyist firm,the AEG casino,Schneidermans ex Cunningham who is his defacto campaign manager.The Jnews also endorsed Hevesi last time around at least they are consistant with the quaulity of their endorsements.Andrew Cuomo where are you.The only good Democrat is a defeated Democrat.

  7. Andrew Cuomos ad,”I can’t believe whats going on in Albany” sounds like the line in the Casablanca movie,”I can’t believe there is gambling going on here”.Cuomo has been the chief legal officer in the state for the last four years and his whole life has been Albany politics.The only good Democrat is a defeated Democrat.

  8. Yeah Treacy your right. But guess what…the same thing has been going on right under your nose in Yonkers with this Republican regime. Seems every time a Republican gets caught with their greedy hands in the cookie jar you crawl back under your rock. The only good incumbent is a defeated incumbent.

  9. The Democrats in NYS taxed and spent over the inflation rate and $9 billion over the the tax revenues coming into the budget.NYS population has dropped 1.6 million since 2000.Jobs moving out of the state were 408,000 from 1993-2007 and those were the good economic times.And according to the polls NYS is going to continue to have the corrupt NYC Democratic machine running Albany.The only good Democrat is a defeated Democrat.

  10. When you elect a president backed by Marxists you get a Marxist pushing a Marxist agenda.If you reelect Democrats,Cuomo,Cousins, DiNapoli,Schneiderman,Gillerbrand and Schumer you keep the Obama marxist agenda in place. the only good Democrat is a defeated Democrat.

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