The shotgun wedding is officially off.
You guys will dump on him as a johnny-come-lately, but (a) his support for Scozzafava was always strategic, driven more by stopping the Democrats next year than stopping Hoffman and (b) as her most prominent Republican supporter, this is the most important endorsement Hoffman could have right now aside from Scozzafava’s (or maybe Snowe’s or Collins’s).
Yes, it’s kind of Allahpundit’s job to dampen any news that puts smiles on the faces of hardcore conservatives. Rabid Hot Air readers (like myself) know that’s just sort of what he does.
I’m not dumping on Newt as a johnny-come-lately, I’m dumping on him as representative of what no longer works in the Republican party. This has been a vehement, consistent point I’ve been hammering home here and on Planet Kruiser for a while, even more so since my experiences at Western CPAC two weeks ago.
Let’s be clear, I’m not one of those conservatives who is always prattling on about RINOs. In fact, this, I believe, is the first time the term has ever appeared in a blog post of mine. I have no problem with moderates in the GOP. What I don’t like is the idea that conservatives must be abandoned in the name of “electability”. It’s a load of garbage that’s been fed to us from party operatives, Democrats and the media. See anything wrong with taking advice from that group, kids?
Since last February a rather rapid shift has been taking place on the Right. Conservatives who used express their displeasure with the GOP by simply staying home on election day (see: 2006 & 2008) decided to get out of the house and start putting faces and voices on our angst at Tea Parties.
Nobody but us got it. Elected officials and GOP party insiders ignored us. With no support at all from within the ranks of establishment Republicans, the Tea Party movement has battled an unceasing barrage of lies and attacks from Democrats at all levels, the MSM and every entertainment industry lefty thought-barfer in America.
Despite the 24/7 exhortations to go away and let our elected officials decide what’s best for us we’ve managed to increase our ranks and grow stronger.
The problem in NY-23 wasn’t the voter demographics of the district, it’s that the NRCC is so out of touch and unimaginative that those demographics were all they could focus on.
The argument is always that the desperately needed moderates won’t be attracted to a conservative candidate, which is a truck load of manure we can no longer allow the GOP higher-ups to dump on us any more.
In reality, the GOP has the most success when it preaches AND LIVES the principles of fiscal conservatives. When moderates or cross-over Democrats vote for a Republican candidate it is almost always because their wallets told them to do so. (I’ve got a whole manifesto going on in my head about this but it’s a gorgeous Saturday afternoon so it will have to wait…) The GOP has gotten creamed in the last couple of national elections because, on fiscal issues, the Republicans on the ticket were indistinguishable from the Democrats.
Despite Janeane Garofalo’s protestations to the contrary, the Tea Party movement has been all about taxes and spending.
Where Newt and the NRCC went off the rails was in trying to convince us that a Republican candidate who wanted to spend our money just like a Democrat was the only way to go in NY-23. Exactly how in the hell does that help once said candidate gets to Washington. Newt? Anyone?
The momentum arrow on the Right runs from the ground up now. Newt didn’t (maybe still doesn’t) understand that. Neither did (do) the GOP party operatives. Whether Doug Hoffman wins or loses is almost irrelevant at this point. What’s important is that the alleged party elite begin to grasp the New Republican Order and decide they might want to win future elections by backing the correct candidates from the beginning.
Maybe, just maybe, we can get them to leave the 1980′s, step into the 21st century and take a look around.