Axelrod Explains Democrat’s Defeat In FL Election

On Tuesday Florida held a special election to fill the seat left by Republican Rep. C. W. Young when he died of colon cancer this past October.

The choices to replace him were Republican David Jolly and Democrat Alex Sink. Sink was sunk, but not by much.

Much of the campaigning on Jolly’s part revolved around attacking Obamacare, so it’s logical to believe his victory was given him due to his voters’ displeasure with that law.

David Axelrod, formerly President Obama’s Senior Advisor, was on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Wednesday morning to give an explanation for Jolly’s victory that might initially sound like spin.

He said that Jolly won not because Democrats or Independents voted for him, but rather because his Obamacare attacks motivated Republicans to actually come to the polls, which is something Republicans have been relatively lazy at doing since the 2012 presidential election.

Axelrod noted that by a margin of 25 points, the majority of Independents actually supported Alex Sink’s position on Obamacare, not David Jolly’s.

This is in keeping with the national mood overall. Most people support fixing Obamacare, not repealing it. Rush Limbaugh, on his radio program Wednesday, even acknowledged this sad fact.

How can most Americans support merely fixing the law instead of totally repealing it? Because—and I’m sorry to sound like a liberal here—most Americans are idiots, and most Americans are actually liberal. Even self-described moderates are liberal by the standards of 20 and 30 years ago.

Acknowledging this may be painful, but it can only do harm to ignore it.

I don’t care that Jolly won mostly Republican voters and that he didn’t manage to convince Independents and Democrats. I don’t care that he won simply by inspiring Republicans to go to the polls on Election Day. If he won by railing against Obamacare and that was enough to make Republicans vote for him, I certainly won’t complain. He won, and that’s good enough for me.

It does highlight the necessity for actually voting, however. It helps when Republicans have a candidate who can motivate voters, but even if you don’t feel motivated to vote, you still need to. As long as more Republicans vote than Democrats, Republicans can take back Congress. That’s a simple statement, but it’s true; that is all that is needed.

But please do not overestimate Americans. Denying that they’re mostly liberal isn’t going to help Republicans or conservatives in the least bit.

But please do not overestimate Americans. Denying that they’re mostly liberal isn’t going to help Republicans or conservatives in the least bit.