Tonight, in the special election to replace Weiner the Perv, Republican Bob Turner defeated Democrat David Weprin. Most of the votes have come in, and Turner is currently leading Weprin by 54%-46%.
It was pretty impressive when Massachusetts sent Republican Scott Brown to the Senate, but with two Republican governors (Weld and Romney) in its recent past, and the fact that it is easier for a candidate of the opposite party to appeal to an entire state rather than just a single congressional district (think a Republican trying to get elected in Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco district versus getting the whole state of California to approve him) I would say that Turner's win in New York City is even more impressive. Anthony Weiner was one of the most leftist members of the House, and Obama won that district in 2008 with a comfortable 55% of the vote.
Don't get me wrong though; never ever count out the cult-like following who will vote for Barack Obama next year no matter how destructive and/or incompetent he is. This election in New York may or may not be an indicator of how the 2012 election will go, but I can assure you that Obama will not go quietly. If you think he can lose on his record, keep in mind that Franklin Roosevelt was president during sustained periods of 20+% unemployment, yet the voters kept sending him back three more times.
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson