Video: The NY-20 Follies continues

posted at 9:23 am on February 26, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

While I’m waiting for the various technical difficulties to get ironed out, why not check in on the special election to replace Kirsten Gillibrand in NY-20?  Jazz Shaw had two great updates yesterday on the race in his backyard.  First, Jim Tedisco has decided that hypotheticals on policy are apparently not germane:

He still refuses to take a stand on whether or not he would have voted for the recent stimulus package, which is bad enough, but now he’s given an entirely new reason for demurring on the question.

Mr. Tedisco said that if he answered the question, he would only encourage Mr. Murphy to pester him about other positions: “It won’t just be this, it’ll be, ‘How would you vote on the war in Iraq?’ Those are hypothetical. Not walking into a voting booth that’s in front of you is not hypothetical. He really could have voted, and he didn’t.

Well, given that Porkulus is an ongoing project that may last ten years or more, Tedisco’s position on this is more than just a hypothetical.  Republicans want to elect someone who will call Porkulus what it is, and more importantly, will work to eliminate the most wasteful aspects of it.  I’d say that the war in Iraq isn’t necessarily a complete irrelevancy either, but Porkulus just got passed a few days ago, while the Iraq vote was more than six years ago.

How hard would it be to say he’d oppose it, anyway?  The lack of an answer seems a little disconcerting for fiscal conservatives looking for an improvement in NY-20.

While Tedisco opted for the unusual tactic of not answering policy questions, though, his opponent Scott Murphy opted to conduct the same kind of campaign.  After the discovery of his strident anti-military editorial from Murphy’s days at Harvard, Murphy seems disinclined to answer any questions about the military now — or even acknowledge the question at all:

As Jazz notes, the editorial would probably get Murphy elected by acclamation in the Big Apple, but not upstate in NY-20. People respect the military and support it through generous enlistments. His elitist dismissal of the military as a racist organization staffed with the exploited poor won’t win him many allies in this district, nor many votes.


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Where does the GOP keep finding these spineless pissants?

Flyover Country on February 26, 2009 at 9:27 AM

His elitist dismissal of the military as a racist organization staffed with the exploited poor won’t win him many allies in this district, nor many votes.

Channel Al Franken.

Limerick on February 26, 2009 at 9:28 AM

How can politicians be bothered by those pesky principles and stupid values. We all know that they should only care about what their elite friends say and who can give them the most money. The chattering classes just need to accept it. Obama won after all.

txaggie on February 26, 2009 at 9:29 AM

Where does the GOP keep finding these spineless pissants?

Flyover Country on February 26, 2009 at 9:27 AM

I found your answer: The Home of Spineless Republicans

WashJeff on February 26, 2009 at 9:32 AM

I found your answer: The Home of Spineless Republicans

WashJeff on February 26, 2009 at 9:32 AM

Excellent . . . lol.

rplat on February 26, 2009 at 9:35 AM

His elitist dismissal of the military as a racist organization staffed with the exploited poor won’t win him many allies in this district, nor many votes.

As a veteran, I’m offended by Murphy’s view that the military is racist, why, this is equivalent to a photo of watermelons on the White House lawn. Offended, I say, and I have a Constitutional right not to be offended.

ATTICA! ATTICA!

Bishop on February 26, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Thomas Jefferson knew why good conservatives do not run for office.

An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens . . . There has never been a moment of my life in which I should have relinquished for it the enjoyments of my family, my farm, my friends and books.

–Thomas Jefferson, 1813

WashJeff on February 26, 2009 at 9:40 AM

Where does the GOP keep finding these spineless pissants?

Flyover Country on February 26, 2009 at 9:27 AM

There are conservatives with spines. Trust me.

Restore Our Liberty

pugwriter on February 26, 2009 at 9:51 AM

I found your answer: The Home of Spineless Republicans

WashJeff on February 26, 2009 at 9:32 AM

Awesome analogy

Bunsin on February 26, 2009 at 10:07 AM

I found your answer: The Home of Spineless Republicans

WashJeff on February 26, 2009 at 9:32 AM

Fantastic photo, WashJeff. This is a thread drift, but does anyone else miss The Far Side? Larson was pure genius.

Back on topic…the GOP has consistently failed to find candidates who can easily articulate a message of strong national defense, fiscal responsibility and basic moral values. As long as we fail to do that, we will be spending our time in the wilderness.

Flyover Country on February 26, 2009 at 10:10 AM

Both of these guys are from NY, nuf said…

Both Liberal with different last initial, an (R) or (D)…

The GOP has no spine, no guts and no gonads…

A shiftless party with a Dem-Lite mentality…

Next…

Mark Garnett on February 26, 2009 at 10:11 AM

WashJeff on February 26, 2009 at 9:40 AM

+10 … exactly.

The moonbats lie around in mommy’s basement, working on that lifelong dissertation that never seems to get finished, with intermittent trips to cANSWER rallies to hate on America.

However: we can no longer allow the children to run the government without oversight. We need to each be vigilant and become active in politics as a civic duty (now there’s a quaint concept), rather than a “career” …. term limits NOW … let’s roll.

ex-Democrat on February 26, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Two loser’s…which shall I choose.

Jed1899 on February 26, 2009 at 10:27 AM

Has anyone ever wondered where all these losers come from that are outside The Post and going to protest outside Fox locations to “protest” the Monkey Cartoon?

Let’s see… hummmmm…

Protests are during working hours…

I got it !!!

ACORN activists, (with MILLIONS from OUR tax dollars and Porkulous), along with welfare queens who should be at work but don’t have time to work because they must protest and get the Gobmit’ cheese…

Nice gig if you can get it… RACE PIMPS and WELFARE QUEENS!

Mark Garnett on February 26, 2009 at 10:43 AM

Pardonme but spineless republicans are the result of a relentless attack for many years by the left. In the process the republicans have learned to capitulate and think that that is the way to win. Once they win office they continue the behavior even though they are surrounded by an ever decreasing number of fellow republicans: duh. The left has learned that they can allow these milk toasts to have a few bones here and there which perpetuates the “power syndrome” that all in Washington strive for and that in turn reinforces the spineless behavior. To prove the point look at the attacks on Newt or Palin to see why there are no profiles in courage to turn too. Next: Bobby Jindal will be under constant barrage because he represents a different, intelligent change and might be successful. The left will not let that happen!!

Pardonme on February 26, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Flyover Country on February 26, 2009 at 10:10 AM

Yup, I miss Farside and Calvin & Hobbes.

And the RNC takes a good Republican like Gov. Palin and completely undercuts her. It’s as if the GOP wants to lose.

rbj on February 26, 2009 at 10:58 AM

It look’s to me like another liberal has infiltrated the Republican Party.

darktood on February 26, 2009 at 11:02 AM

The military is racist? What a racist statement! :)

becki51758 on February 26, 2009 at 11:05 AM

Dean Wormer: GregScott, what is the worst fraternity organization on this campus?

Murphy: Well that would be hard to say, sir. They’re each outstanding racist in their own way.

Dean Wormer: Cut the horseshit, son. I’ve got their disciplinary files right here. Who dropped a whole truckload of fizzies into the swim meet? Who delivered the medical school cadavers to the alumni dinner? Every Halloween, the trees are filled with underwear. Every spring, the toilets explode.

Scott: You’re talking about Delta ROTC, sir.

Dean Wormer: Of course I’m talking about Delta ROTC Murphy, you TWERP! This year is going to be different. This year we are going to grab the bull by the BALLS and kick those punks off campus.
Scott: What do you intend to do sir?
Delta’s ROTC’s already on probation.

Dean Wormer: They are?

Scott: Yes, sir.
Dean Wormer: Oh. Then as of this moment, they’re on DOUBLE SECRET PROBATION!

Scott: Double Secret Probation, Sir?

Dean Wormer: There is a little-known codicil in the Faber College Harvard University constitution which gives the dean unlimited power to preserve order in time of campus emergency. Find me a way to revoke Delta’s ROTC’s charter. You live next door. Put Neidermeyer on it. He’s a sneaky little shit, just like you, right? [Scott nods] The time has come for someone to put their foot down. And that foot is me.

Ted Torgerson on February 26, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Pardonme but spineless republicans are the result of a relentless attack for many years by the left. In the process the republicans have learned to capitulate and think that that is the way to win. Once they win office they continue the behavior even though they are surrounded by an ever decreasing number of fellow republicans: duh. The left has learned that they can allow these milk toasts to have a few bones here and there which perpetuates the “power syndrome” that all in Washington strive for and that in turn reinforces the spineless behavior. To prove the point look at the attacks on Newt or Palin to see why there are no profiles in courage to turn too. Next: Bobby Jindal will be under constant barrage because he represents a different, intelligent change and might be successful. The left will not let that happen!!

Pardonme on February 26, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Great post, needed and deserved a re-print… Well said!

Mark Garnett on February 26, 2009 at 11:11 AM

eek, this is my district! I forgot to pay attention, I kind of thought Sandy Treadwell might try again.

Ann NY on February 26, 2009 at 3:57 PM

ED: LAST LINK NOT WORKING! Think you added an extra http.

In the meantime: Scott Murphy opted to conduct the same kind of campaign.

JM Hanes on February 26, 2009 at 4:08 PM