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GOP responds to Scozzafava dropping out of race

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) today released the following joint statement from House Republican Leader John Boehner, House Republican Whip Eric Cantor, and NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions regarding the the special election in New York's 23rd Congressional District:

"As the House stands on the cusp of the forthcoming vote on a trillion-dollar healthcare reform measure, it is vital that we unify behind a candidate that will support reining in massive government spending and work with Republicans in Congress to restore fiscal sanity and propose thoughtful measures to get our nation's economy on the right track.

"With Assemblywoman Scozzafava suspending her campaign, we urge voters to support Doug Hoffman's candidacy in New York's 23rd Congressional District.

"He is the only active candidate in the race who supports lower taxes, fiscal responsibility and opposes Nancy Pelosi's agenda of government-run healthcare, more government and less jobs.

"We look forward to welcoming Doug Hoffman into the House Republican Conference as we work together for the good of our nation."

RNC Chairman Michael Steele released the following:
"The Republican National Committee respects Dede's decision to suspend her campaign. This selfless act of releasing her supporters provides voters with the opportunity to unite around a candidate who shares Republican principles and will serve the interests of his constituents in Congress by standing in opposition to the liberal policies of President Obama and Speaker Pelosi.

"Effective immediately, the RNC will endorse and support the conservative candidate in the race, Doug Hoffman. Doug's campaign will receive the financial backing of the RNC, and get-out-the-vote efforts to defeat Bill Owens on Tuesday.

"I appreciate the hard work Dede put into her campaign, and for understanding the political reality of this race. By releasing her supporters she has gracefully placed the Party before her own self interest, and for this she deserves enormous credit and respect."

By Washington Post Editors  |  October 31, 2009; 12:29 PM ET
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the Conservative Party is "All or Nothing',We need more than that!

Posted by: asclepious2 | November 2, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele - You are about as off-base as you can get in this letter commending Scozzafava for her "selfless" act in dropping out of the NY-23 race. With her decision to support the democrat Owens, it looks more like an attempt at revenge, not selfless action.

Posted by: pincheruco | November 2, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the Republican Party has completed its metamorphosis into the Western Taliban. What a bunch of extremist wingnut buffoons.

Posted by: wilder5121 | November 1, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

parkbench, Obama is getting attacked from the left as too conservative, and from the right as too liberal. Which tells me he is in the middle.

He is doing exactly what he explicitly and repeatedly said he would do during the election.

In Virginia, on the other hand, folks are going to be mighty surprised when they find out McDonnell's main interest is in tightening restrictions against abortion, immigrants, and gays, while the roads continue to get worse and worse.

If Americans are so fiscally conservative, and that's it, why did they re-elect Reagan and Bush II in spite of the fact that they ran up the deficit more than any other presidents? Pfft. "Fiscal conservatism" is a facade Republicans hide behind when the *other* party is in power, and drop like a hot potato the minute they are in charge of the budget. To you, fiscal conservatism means "lower my taxes" and that is all.

Posted by: nodebris | November 1, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Most Americans are fiscally conservative. Period.

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Yeah, every single member of your daily audience in the break room at the ol' Hormel packing plant sees eye to eye with you on that fiscal conservativumism thing. So that means all Americans (real ones) are of the same mind.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 1, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Nodebris said:
The Virginia race in no way confirms a trend of Republicans winning by being more conservative. The only way McDonnell is running so well (against a very ineffective opponent, it turns out) is by pretending very hard to be a moderate. If McDonnell ran on his beliefs, he wouldn't stand a chance.

Let's FLIP those words:
The [last presidential election] in no way confirms a trend of Democrats winning by being more [liberal.] The only way [Obama] won (against a very ineffectual opponent, it turns out) is by pretending very hard to be a moderate. If [Obama] ran on his beliefs, he wouldn't stand a chance.

Now that the voters are well aware that they were deceived, and they know Obama's true beliefs, maybe his party "doesn't stand a chance."

Most Americans are fiscally conservative. Period. And they're pissed. Obama is done.

Posted by: parkbench | November 1, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

The spin on Hoffman is so backwards that it should be understood that he was recruited and backed by the people who are least representative of the GOP voters of NY 23. BTW, Hoffman does npt, repeat NOT, live in the NY 23 district. He told the Watertown editorial board early last week that he is not from the district.

The Club for Growth backed him with large amounts of cash and we know where that came from: leeveraged buyouts, private equity deals, and investment banking gone wild. The GOP voters of NY 23 don't understand that Hoffman's backers are from that most hated southern end of Manhattan - Wall Street _ in that most hated southern end of the downstate. And before the Watertown paper's editorial board Hoffman said he knew almost nothing about the local issues in NY 23. So why would you vote for Hoffman if you don't like what's going on in Washington? The Club for Growth only wants less taxes (that means the govt. will have a larger deficit) and less regulation (that means more skullduggery with mortgages, interest rates, etc.) Boy have the conservatives of NY 23 got it backwards.

Posted by: enough3 | November 1, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

If the left's beloved social agenda is put on the back burner by republicans such as McDonnell, well, TOUGH.

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You write like a seventh-grader.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 1, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Someone posted earlier that McDonnell was going to win in Virginia because he's so good at hiding his true feelings, and that this is not indicative of disaffection with the current administration.

Could it not be more obvious that in a horrible economy, with unbelievable job insecurity all around us (except government offices in Washington, of course), with taxes about to go through the roof, with retirements at risk, with the collapse of the housing market, that people just don't care about the left's hot button issues of gay rights, abortion, the abolishment of religion, and so on? It's the left that keeps bringing this crap up.

The winning formula for the Republican Party is to bring back a sense of proportional relevance to political discussion. If the left's beloved social agenda is put on the back burner by republicans such as McDonnell, well, TOUGH.

Posted by: tacheronb | November 1, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

G&T: That's "Have YOU got it backwards."

Typo, or more psy ops? I think the latter.

Have a nice day. Rent the movie, "Enemy of the State." It will tell you who's "winning."

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 1, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

TO: Gold&Tanzanite @ 4:09 p.m.

"ZERO TRACTION?"

Man, have no got it backwards.

The Zelaya revelation is huge, and confirms what I have been reporting (unfortunately from first-hand experience) for nearly two years.

Some "humint" you got. And thou doth protest too much.

I'm sorry but I believe you're a paid troll posting here as part of a psy op (perhaps jobbed out to a contractor?)

Am I warm -- AGAIN?

http://nowpublic.com/world/govt-fusion-center-spying-pretext-harass-and-censor
http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 1, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Seems to me that the GOP is the American version of the Taliban. Conform to their ideology or you're going to get swamped. This sets up a dangerous precedent for the Republican Party in 2010 and 2012. Either you get more conservative or you're out.

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If you want to get a GOP nomination then you're required to adopt positions that will absolutely never win elections.

Works for me. Any way I can help ensure that only unelectable Republicans get the nomination nod?

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 1, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

scriv why don't you just leave out the microwave crap. Once in a while you post something genuinely worth reading but it rarely gets and reading because as soon as we see the post is from you we automatically assume it's just more tinfoil and scroll past. You've been posting this nonsense for over a year and probably a lot longer, it gets zero traction, it always will, why don't you just get practical and quit it.

Thanks in advance. And no I am not in the pay of some fusion center, I get paid to write crap to install crap on PCs.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 1, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Seems to me that the GOP is the American version of the Taliban. Conform to their ideology or you're going to get swamped. This sets up a dangerous precedent for the Republican Party in 2010 and 2012. Either you get more conservative or you're out.

Posted by: ATLGuy | November 1, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

THERE IS A SILENT COUP AFOOT AS MAINSTREAM MEDIA SLEEPS (OR IS SILENTLY RENDERED INSENSATE...)

RE: broadwayjoe's 8:45 a.m. comment about "the Oath Keepers":

A self-righteous, self-anointed "Oath Keeper" Gestapo -- a federal multi-agency coordination "action program" below the radar of naive Dems and the manipulated mainstream media -- is giving the "Zelaya Treatment" to those unjustly targeted as "dissenters," or slandered to neutralize them:

***

GOV'T TORTURES ME WITH SILENT MICROWAVE WEAPONS, SAYS OUSTED HONDURAS PREZ

• Deposed Honduras President Manuel Zaleya confirms the essence what unjustly targeted citizens worldwide -- including this journalist -- have been reporting for years...

...MILITARY, SECRET SERVICES, AND INTEL AGENCIES of many nations, including the U.S., silently assault and torture "targeted individuals," including those regarded as "dissenters" or slandered as undesirables, with debilitating, health-degrading, "slow-kill" electromagnetic microwave and laser radiation weapons systems -- reported to include a nationwide installation disguised as cell towers.

FOR THE REST OF THE STORY:

http://nowpublic.com/world/govt-tortures-me-silent-microwave-weapons-ousted-s-prez

OR (if link is corrupted): http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "Gov't Tortures" and "Gestapo USA."

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 1, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

is Hoffman a libertarian or will he continue the hilarious GOP policy of legislating morality?

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Wow have you been in suspended animation or something?

Any controversy about conservatives legislating morality ended long ago. The new outlook says that anyone reluctant to use government to bring about a Christian Reconstructionist Dominion is weak-kneed and lily-livered. As in fundmanetalist Islam, to Palinite Republicans the idea of NOT legislating their morality is offensive and incomprehensible.

And libertarians? You must be thinking of the sixties or something. The only freedoms that modern libertarians care about are gun ownership and business deregulation. The apotheosis of personal freedom to today's libertarian party is the repeal of Emancipation, because without the right to wage-enslave another human being no man is truly free.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 1, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

The Virginia race in no way confirms a trend of Republicans winning by being more conservative. The only way McDonnell is running so well (against a very ineffective opponent, it turns out) is by pretending very hard to be a moderate. If McDonnell ran on his beliefs, he wouldn't stand a chance.

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The GOP has a really bad habit of deliberately deluding itself and its voters. My classic example is the Dole loss in '96, when a lackluster and uninspiring candidate tried to run as a far-right conservative and when he lost big the postmortem concluded that "we let down the American people .. we weren't conservative enough!"

Nowadays Dole would be purged as a RINO, and even though they GOP has lurched further and further to the right the same "gotta be more conservative" imperative is stronger than ever. It was laughably untrue in 1996 and in 2009, after the decisive election of a bona-fide liberal (or so we thought) only a year ago, it's quite the psychotic belief.

Am ever-diminishing gaggle of hate-crazed extremists continuing to work further over the edge and still telling themselves they represent the center. Like hell they do.

All this chest-beating triumph about yet another lurch further rightward is just more assurance to those of us who prefer the GOP on the outside looking in. No party that sees bigotry and hate as mainstream is ever going to win national majorities. The numbers speak plainly, at 20% party identification and dropping all the time the GOP is becoming more irrelevant than anyone could have predicted a scant three decades after Morning In America.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 1, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

The Virginia race in no way confirms a trend of Republicans winning by being more conservative. The only way McDonnell is running so well (against a very ineffective opponent, it turns out) is by pretending very hard to be a moderate. If McDonnell ran on his beliefs, he wouldn't stand a chance.

Posted by: nodebris | November 1, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

so I haven't posted for a couple of days and I get the "too many submissions blather"?what's the matter Chris have I been too critical of your sometimes inane and unfactual columns? this time my post called out Boehner for saying Pelosi wants less jobs. No politician from either party wants that and it is silly for Chris to post it without pointing this out. If any dem said that about the GOP I would complain too, no poly wants that, not dem nor gop. they have different ideas of how to get job growth going, but no poly wants that.

Posted by: katem1 | November 1, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

John Boehner can't talk about this without trying to get digs in at Pelosi. Like anyone really believes that ANY politician from either party wants less jobs. Another great example of illogical retorts from this man. And as soon as I heard about Palin endorsing Hoffman, I asked, how did she do in this district in '08? Would her endorsement hurt him? and another poster commented on how outsiders, especially ones who are not currently in elected office, actually piss people off, and rally the base. The GOP base may be ecstatic about Hoffman, but the majority of the voters won't be, way too right wing for this district. Palin's numbers from last year will prove me right, I believe. Most people are thankful she didn't get in, and certainly aren't going to listen to her endorsemsnt. Too bad it's a year away from a bunch of Congress elections, cause the GOP might learn a lesson here. Maybe that's what the moderates are hoping, that this will show the "Base" that they are wrong and moderation is needed to win nationally.

Posted by: katem1 | November 1, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

is Hoffman a libertarian or will he continue the hilarious GOP policy of legislating morality?

Posted by: millionea7 | November 1, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Frank Rich's article today provides a link to the latest Pat Buchanan rant. In a sense it is every bit as alarming as Pat's earlier supremacist screed, "A Brief for Whitey," which is oddly never referenced on the shows Pat appears on. This time Pat promotes...the "Oath Keepers."

A PB excerpt:

"In the brief age of Obama, we have had "truthers," "birthers," tea party activists and town-hall dissenters.

Comes now, the "Oath Keepers." And who might they be?

Writes Alan Maimon in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Oath Keepers, depending on where one stands, are "either strident defenders of liberty or dangerous peddlers of paranoia."

Formed in March, they are ex-military and police who repledge themselves to defend the Constitution, even if it means disobeying orders. If the U.S. government ordered law enforcement agencies to violate Second Amendment rights by disarming the people, Oath Keepers will not obey.

"The whole point of Oath Keepers is to stop a dictatorship from ever happening here," says founding father Stewart Rhodes, an ex-Army paratrooper and Yale-trained lawyer. "My focus is on the guys with the guns, because they can't do it without them.

"We say if the American people decide it's time for a revolution, we'll fight with you.""

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?pageId=113463
________

IMO, instead of wasting time blasting BHO for stating the objective fact that Fox News is just a political arm of the opposition, the MSM should be focused on folks like the "Oath Keepers."

Posted by: broadwayjoe | November 1, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

To balance things out a bit, here's an excerpt from the Frank Rich's NYT column today on what the NY-23 race means for the future of the GOP.
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"The more rightists who win G.O.P. primaries, the greater the Democrats’ prospects next year. But the electoral math is less interesting than the pathology of this movement. Its antecedent can be found in the early 1960s, when radical-right hysteria carried some of the same traits we’re seeing now: seething rage, fear of minorities, maniacal contempt for government, and a Freudian tendency to mimic the excesses of political foes. Writing in 1964 of that era’s equivalent to today’s tea party cells, the historian Richard Hofstadter observed that the John Birch Society’s “ruthless prosecution” of its own ideological war often mimicked the tactics of its Communist enemies.

The same could be said of Beck, Palin and their acolytes. Though they constantly liken the president to various totalitarian dictators, it is they who are re-enacting Stalinism in full purge mode. They drove out Arlen Specter, and now want to “melt Snowe” (as the blog Red State put it). The same Republicans who once deplored Democrats for refusing to let an anti-abortion dissident, Gov. Robert Casey of Pennsylvania, speak at the 1992 Clinton convention now routinely banish any dissenters in their own camp."

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/01/opinion/01rich.html?_r=1

Posted by: broadwayjoe | November 1, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

This post is literally the re-typing of a GOP (NRCC) press release.

Are we to believe nobody else had a take on the NY-23 race? What about Tim Kaine? The White House? Harry Reid? Ernest Borgnine? This bias is what Shepard Smith is fighting against at Fox.

Although BroderWorld (of which this space, renamed by some "the Fox," may be a subdivision) is suggesting/hoping Scozzafava's supporters will go to Hoffman, it seems objective analysts like Nate Silver say Scoz's base is largely PRO-BHO and will now likely vote for Owens. Normally when outsiders push out a home-bred candidate to favor their person, there's a backlash and voters support the other guy (see McAuliffe in Virginia). We'll see on Tuesday.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | November 1, 2009 8:16 AM | Report abuse

The GOP seems to ignore what the rest of the country is saying. I have nothing against religion but most certainly do not want anyone from the radical religious right making decisions on my behalf or on
the future of our country.
We have had too many hiding behind religion while inciting hate, anger, fear mongering and division within our country.

Posted by: kathlenec | November 1, 2009 8:15 AM | Report abuse

I finally figured out what this race reminds me of, Jesus it took me hours, it's been at the tip of my brain all day ...

Anyone ever see "Aguirre the Wrath of God?"

The final scene where Aguirre (Kinski) is alone, everyone else is dead, and he's boasting about what a reign he is going to have, marrying his daughter (dead just a few feet away). Ranting nuts and loaded with bluster. That's the GOP.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 1, 2009 1:20 AM | Report abuse

Looks like it'll still be a close race there. It'll be fun if the Republicans lose this.

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They already have lost it. Anyone who thinks Hoffman means anything good for the GOP seriously needs to see a neurologist, it's out of any psychiatrist's hands at that point.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 1, 2009 1:15 AM | Report abuse

Reading the comments on the previous thread .. how very distasteful. Also pretty funny, in a defiantly suicidal sort of way, all the amazingly misguided triumph at another moderate getting the push in favor of a complete nutjob.

I mean, come on people, LOOK at Hoffman. This is a freak and I'm not only talking about his green teeth.

Republicans urging their party over the cliff .. is there any way I can help?

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 1, 2009 1:10 AM | Report abuse

Nate Silver over at 538.com has an interesting breakdown of the new Siena U. poll on the NY-23 race. Scozzafava's supporters in that poll approve of President Obama by more than a 2-to-1 margin (64-31). That would seem to indicate that her supporters are not quite so likely to vote for Hoffman as many may suspect. To the extent that a vote for Hoffman is perceived as an anti-Obama vote, that will not benefit Hoffman.

Posted by: OHIOCITIZEN | November 1, 2009 1:08 AM | Report abuse

all the moderates need to support the democrat.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | November 1, 2009 12:22 AM | Report abuse

MitchinADK should not be "... shocked that the local Republican Party is letting these outside groups take out their candidate": that just has not happened, as a factual matter. Instead, Hoffman has triumphed over Scozzafava in public opinion polls, despite, not the local Republican Party, but local Republican Party leaders (a very different kettle of fish), who clearly misread the mind and mood of the electorate when they imperiously chose a candidate who is evidently closer to Nancy Pelosi in her ideology than to Joe Lieberman, let alone George Pataki. Scozzafava, according to news reports, supports abortion rights, gay marriage, card check, President Obama's fiscally ruinous bailouts, stimulus spending and a host of other measures which, while she has every right to support them, in no way endear her to mainstream Republicans.

One wonders if MitchinADK realizes that no "outside groups" are among those who have been polled in this race. Perhaps he also thinks these "outside groups" are an exclusively Republican or conservative phenomenon. (Does anyone remember thousands upon thousands of union members having been bussed and flown in to battleground states in past elections, by the way, or record spending in recent election cycles by left-wing groups? You could look it up. One wonders if Mitch knew and objected at the time.)

It is not what is anathema to the Party or any wing of it, but what is favored by the voters that counts. The Party supported Dede against Hoffman. The Party supported Arlen Specter against a conservative, too. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins are not going to face challengers supported by the RNC, period. The Republican Party is, in fact, a Big Tent.

This is so despite the efforts of its ideological opponents to demonize the GOP, in the former's limitless zeal to turn this country into the very sort of putative Worker's Paradise that failed in the old Soviet Union, was rejected and overthrown by Poland's Solidarnosc, has had to adopt capitalism in many ways in China, and has failed miserably everywhere it has ever been tried in an unmitigated sense. The Castro brothers in Cuba, Venezuela's Chavez and North Korea's Kim are all having serious difficulty feeding their people. Coincidence, somehow? Only if one is capable of the sort of blinkered self-deception that argues for the proposition that President Obama has already done the necessary minimum in his life to merit having been awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.

Posted by: neopatetic | October 31, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

The lesson is probably that moderate Republican women, and possibly Democratic centrist women as well, have to run with their party base in order to get elected to office. For example Sarah Palin first came to public attention in Alaska by attacking what she called the "old boy" network of Republican conservatives, but when she was picked for national office she instinctively understood that she had to join the “old boy” network she hated and run as a conservative. That's probably what Palin was telling Dede Scozzafava when she endorsed Doug Hoffman.

Posted by: chrisbak52 | October 31, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

This is good news for John McCain!

Seriously could the GOP shrink any smaller? The purity test teabaggers will drive it to the extreme right of American politics. Look for lots of teabagger challenges to GOP House members, in 2010 primaries and general elections.

I hope moderate GOP women see what happens to a female candidate who tries to run as a moderate, having been chosen by her party as the local candidate. Any other ladies looking to get taken down by ambitious national politicians and crazy rightwingers?

Who's next?

Posted by: TeddySanFran | October 31, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

While MS Scozzafava has "dropped out" of the race, her name is surely still on most of the ballots, or in fact on all the ballots since there isn't much provision for removing names from computer ballots, and printed ballots are obviously unchangeable.

So what happens when the bulk of the 23rd's Republican cohort votes for her anyway?

And better, what would it mean if she were to finish second in the race?

And there is that nagging question, is it true that Hoffman doesn't actually live in the district that keeps getting posted?

The can't lose candidate is Owens because HE exceeds expectations by being on the ballot

Posted by: ceflynline | October 31, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

MitchinADK, I agree with you. She was the locally chosen candidate in the GOP primary. The local members of the GOP felt she represented them and their district best. Now they have a bunch of deep-pocket, noisy outsiders telling them they aren't capable of choosing their own candidate.

If I were an active member of that District's GOP I would be mad. They're being bullied.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | October 31, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

OK! Now the meaning of the 23rd is, so what?

Provided, of course, Hoffman wins and doesn't run into residency problems.

IF he loses, He undoubtedly has a whole bunch of excuses prepared about how Scozzafava should have considerred the good of the Party etc.

Hoffman can end up in Congress, but in one sense he can't win anything. If he goes to Congress he is just another road bump on the highway to recovery and health care. When he loses he is just a victim of ACORN.

The Dems gain because there will certainly be more Hoffmans out there itching to take down their local RINO.

Does Boone and Crockett keep points calculations for Political Trophy heads?

Posted by: ceflynline | October 31, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Mitch, where do you live in NY? Also what are people saying about this up there?

Posted by: AndyR3 | October 31, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

This is even better the Hoffman winning straight up (which he hasn't done yet BTW)! The moderates in the GOP should all be thinking about becoming independents after this. I personally hope Vice President Biden is on the phone to Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe to extend an invitation to have them join the democratic party, or at least caucus with us.
Thank you Sarah Palin and Tim Pawlenty for driving your party to the extreme right.

Posted by: AndyR3 | October 31, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

The GOP long ago sold out to get the religious right vote. They pandered to the 2nd Amendment fundamentalist, anti abortionist and to some extent the racist of this country. At that time it was to get additional votes from this large groups that had a small voice in the GOP Party. Now those groups are the GOP. The true GOP disappeared with the election of George W. There are no intellectual leaders and all the candidates for any office from local to Federal are just cookie cutter robots, there is no difference from one GOP candidate or office holder. There are still many registered Republicans that are hoping for a rebirth of the true GOP, but in the mean time they vote as independents. Sad that what was once a proud party is now lead by the likes of TV and Radio Shock Jocks. As a Progressive I am in full support that the GOP continues to be the party of No, and look forward to Palin in 2012.

Posted by: garage | October 31, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

This won't make much difference right now but it IS a victory for conservatives who really despise Republicans who act (and vote) like Democrats! May it be the first of many elections just like it. Do you think Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe will manage to get the message too?

We can surely hope that the "leaders" of the Republican Party have gotten the message. NO MORE namby, pamby, wishy, washy, weak Republicans!! Can you hear the base now Michael Steele?

Posted by: OregonStorm | October 31, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Looks like it'll still be a close race there. It'll be fun if the Republicans lose this.

Posted by: MagicDog1 | October 31, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I live in the 23CD and I'm a little shocked that the local Republican Party is letting these outside groups take out their candidate. The Press has ignored the fact that Hoffman doesn't even live in the District. He lives in Lake Placid. Given the size of the District (the largest CD east of the Mississippi) you would think they could find a candidate who lives there.
But lets just recognize what this is about: Republican Presidential politics and the purity of the party. To elect an Olympia Snowe Republican (up here they're still referred to as Rockefeller Republicans) is anathema to the Palin/Armey wing of the party.

Posted by: MitchinADK | October 31, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Amazing! I am waiting to see what others have to say about this. If Hoffman wins does that mean Palin's nominated for prez in 2012?

Posted by: m_richert | October 31, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I can hear Michael Steele's sigh of relief from up here. Wonder how much GOP lobbying there was behind the scenes for Scozzafava to drop out and if there was some sort of deal.

Posted by: mnteng | October 31, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

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