FLASHBACK: Liberals Mocked GOP for Overreaction to VA, NJ Elections in ’09

By NTK Staff | 11.08.2017 @9:08am
FLASHBACK: Liberals Mocked GOP for Overreaction to VA, NJ Elections in ’09

After Democrats celebrated big victories in Virginia and New Jersey on Tuesday, may commentators read into the results as a referendum on President Trump’s first 10 months. But it’s important to remember that liberals mocked conservatives for the exact same overreaction when the GOP swept the two states in 2009, the first year of President […]

After Democrats celebrated big victories in Virginia and New Jersey on Tuesday, may commentators read into the results as a referendum on President Trump’s first 10 months. But it’s important to remember that liberals mocked conservatives for the exact same overreaction when the GOP swept the two states in 2009, the first year of President Obama’s presidency.

“Saturday Night Live” ran a skit the Saturday following the 2009 election, spoofing Fox News’ coverage of the state elections.

Declaring the election night an “end of an era,” SNL’s Kristen Wiig played the part of Greta Van Susteren. The host prodded her analysts and reporters to declare the election the end of Obama’s presidency, and they were more than happy to oblige.

“Greta, on election night, the voters of Virginia spoke loud and clear. A state Obama carried in ’08 is now back in the hands of the Republican Party. I do believe we’ll all remember where we were the night Bob McDonnell took back the state house,” Shepard Smith (Bill Hader) said in an over-dramatic fashion.

Later, Smith broke down the results from the New Jersey gubernatorial race, where Republican Chris Christie won: “Greta it was more bad news for Barack Obama, as New Jersey went to Republican Chris Christie, and that was the death knell for the Obama administration.”

“It’s official, Greta, no he can’t!” Smith declared.

The analysts of the skit did not react with any more modesty than Smith and Van Susteren. Karl Rove (Bobby Moynihan) proclaimed Obama “a lame duck.”

And Juan Williams (Kenan Thompson) listed all of Democratic New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine’s shortcomings but came to the conclusion that “New Jersey thinks Barack Obama is a bad president.”

The segment then cut to Glenn Beck (Jason Sudeikis) for his take on the election.

“You know I couldn’t sleep Tuesday night because in my neighborhood, people were pouring into the street and honking their horns in celebration of the return of freedom,” Beck claimed. “They were screaming and yelling and banging on garbage cans, letting their neighbors know, it’s safe to come out – that loving America is legal again!”

Despite the decisive results in 2009, Obama went on to win reelection in 2012, and the president’s party kept control of the Senate until 2014. Perhaps Tuesday’s results will not be the bellwether that Democrats hope to see.

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