Dick Armey endorses Hoffman, too

posted at 9:33 am on October 23, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

It looks as though Sarah Palin has begun a hot new trend among Republican activists — endorsing a non-Republican.  Dick Armey, who runs one of the major Tea Party organizing efforts, endorsed Douglas Hoffman yesterday in the special election in New York’s 23rd Congressional district.  It comes as another blow to Republican Dede Scozzafava, who has imploded over the last week:

On Thursday, Dick Armey, former House Majority Leader after the 1994 Conservative Revolution went to New York’s 23rd Congressional District to endorse and campaign for Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman.

The special election, which will be held Nov. 3 to replace former Congressman John McHugh, has unusually important significance for conservatives.  Democrat Bill Owens, and Dede Scozzafava, a Republican who is more liberal than Owens, have been challenged by Mr. Hoffman, a conservative candidate that has captured the support of national leaders like Dick Armey, who’s organization FreedomWorks planned the 9-12 Tea Party rally in Washington, DC.

“We [Republicans] win when we are us. We lose when we are Democrat lite,” he told Redstate.com editor Erick Erickson.  “We attract people by being small government conservatives,” Big Government Republicans, I would tell the Republican Party leadership it cannot win if it insists on recruiting and supporting candidates out of step with the voters.”

Ms. Scozzafava announced she supports Obama’s Stimulus Bill, she is an advocate of Card Check and holds liberal positions on social issues like abortion and homosexual marriage.  The Weekly Standard reports that, if elected, Scozzafava may switch to the Democratic Party for the 2010 elections.

“Listen to Ronald Reagan,” says Armey.  “Reagan said good policy is good politics. My position is to support the candidate who supports policies good for America. That’s what Reagan did too.”

Armey said he does not think the establishment within the Republican Party really understands the mood of the country right now. “There is a sharp difference between now and November. If we knew then what we know now, I doubt Obama would have been elected,” he said.

That statement directly rebuts his former colleague Newt Gingrich, who claimed that Ronald Reagan would have endorsed a pro-choice liberal over a conservative in a special election, too.  Armey focuses on policy rather than party label, which in this case is not terribly difficult to do.  While Scozzafava may not be as far left as some of her detractors argue, she’s certainly no conservative or even a moderate.  What’s more, she’s simply inept — hardly a quality that will rally the conservative base in NY23.

Allahpundit noted last night that Palin’s endorsement carries some moderate risk to her standing if Hoffman loses, especially if he comes in third.  Armey’s endorsement helps Palin, giving her some indirect support, and puts pressure on conservatives within the GOP to follow suit.  Expect Hoffman to collect even more donations and gain more energy from Tea Party enthusiasts in the next two weeks.

Update: This was apparently an open secret before yesterday; I’ve gotten Twitter messages on it since posting this, which point out that Armey actually went public before Palin.  Armey’s press folks only sent the release out this morning, though.

No one can doubt that this is a very public shot across the bow from the Tea Party movement to the GOP, regardless of timing.  Message to the party leadership: Scozzafava is why 73% of Republicans think you’re out of touch.

Update II: Fred Thompson beat them both to it on Tuesday (via The Poolbar on Twitter).


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JamesLee on October 23, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Uh, I seriously advise against aping DKos behavior. Look where it’s getting them on the Democratic Party Holy Grail known as Health Care Reform. Except in extreme circumstances (like Ms. Scuzzofava), that is to be avoided.

Which gets me back on point: You know what a win for Doug Hoffman (which I’d say he has about a 75% chance of doing right now, thanks to Sarah) does, don’t you? It pretty much takes Karl Rove’s (and by extension, GW and Jeb Bush’s) operating political philosophy and kicks it to the curb.

Which if you think about the Republican Party’s historical paradoxes, is a move that is overdue. Karl Rove had all the numbers behind him; he had all the voter trends behind him; he even had certain historical examples like William McKinley behind him.

Too bad Karl never came to the realization that there was a reason why McKinley’s successor is on Mount Rushmore instead of McKinley. The conservative movement is only starting to come to grips with Karl Rove’s ultimate failing.

BradSchwartze on October 23, 2009 at 10:47 AM

Rush Limbaugh spent considerable time talking Doug up on his show today.

mankai on October 23, 2009 at 10:34 AM

yesterday’s show?
which hour?

ted c on October 23, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Dunno… I saw it at Hoffman’s site and it struck me.

mankai on October 23, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Tea Parties Call on GOP to “Dump Dede”October 22, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

While the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition endorses values and not candidates, choosing instead to focus on education and action, it is clear that in the NY-23 race for Congress, there is only one candidate that embodies the traditional American values for which the Tea Party movement is fighting. The only acceptable candidate is Doug Hoffman.

Because the Tea Parties are about action, the most powerful action Tea Partiers could take is to donate time or money now to the Doug Hoffman for Congress committee and/or go to the District and volunteer on the campaign.

We are extremely disappointed that the Republican Party (and leaders like Newt Gingrich) has missed the message of the Tea Parties and continues to take conservative voters for granted. We applaud all courageous statesmen (Fred Thompson, Michelle Bachmann, and Dick Armey) and call on other GOP officials to put America’s values over traditional, often corrupt and morally bankrupt, power structures.

Scozzafava is an imposter in this election insofar as she does not fit the values of the district or the center-right country. The honorable move would be for her to remove herself from a race she cannot win. In choosing not to do this, she and her supporters are casting their lot for party loyalty as opposed to loyalty to conservatism or to the prosperity of their country.

Tomorrow, beginning in St. Louis at noon, several tea party cities will publicly demand GOP denunciation of the nomination of Dede Scozzafava and demand support for conservatism. We will call upon all Republicans to either join us or stand against us.

We ask that all Republican officials decide now: do they stand for principle and limited government or are they party loyalists? They or the voters decide, it’s their choice.

http://www.nationwideteapartycoalition.com http://www.dumpdede.com

ted c on October 23, 2009 at 10:51 AM

the crackpot wings view of the Palin endorsement:

Sarah Thumbs Her Nose at Republicans
Posted by Lew Rockwell on October 23, 2009 08:35 AM

Palin endorses a Conservative candidate over the Republican in a NY congressional race. Since she says her choice is for a “strong national defense,” he must be a warmonger (like the Dem and Rep, of course), but it’s still good news. The more the merrier. As for the Republicans, this is the way their party ends, this is the way their party ends, this is the way their party ends, not with a bang but a simper.

He’s happy that, even though they are evil murdering scum(Palin included), they are killing off the GOP in his view. Which is good for his allies on the Far-Left, as that would help the DNC if it happens.

jp on October 23, 2009 at 10:51 AM

BadgerHawk on October 23, 2009 at 10:09 AM

Maybe you should ask Karl Rove that question, as all the current GOP is doing for the moment is aping his electoral philosophy.

The Republican Party will do the right thing when it comes to their next slates of candidates in ’10 and ’12, after all other options have failed.

BradSchwartze on October 23, 2009 at 10:51 AM

1 hour Mr. Gingrich. 1 hour away from decision point.

tick tock tick tock.

ted c on October 23, 2009 at 10:52 AM

Game time indeed…

MONEY, BOOTS ON THE GROUND, VID CAMS EVERYWHERE…

WE START HERE…THIS IS WHERE IT STARTS…THIS IS WHERE HISTORY WILL RECORD EITHER A DEFEAT OR VICTORY..EITHER WAY..this is where we start…our country gets taken back one election at a time…win or lose….out Alinsky these commie Alinsky bastards….we have our line of departure…we have our orders t attack…THIS IS IT…gird

JJKRN on October 23, 2009 at 10:53 AM

ted c on October 23, 2009 at 10:06 AM
joedoe on October 23, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Absolutely. Go shoot him a few bucks, people. This is going to be my response throughout the next couple years, at least. No money is going to go to the umbrella orgs. Local, local, local.

And I will be responding to each both-hands-out request from the RNC, etc. Hand-written replies telling them why the envelopes contain no money. I won’t be shredding them–they can do that when it comes back in their mail.

hoosiermama on October 23, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Lock and load fellas. Doug Hoffman, Sarah Palin and others who have endorsed his candidacy have launched forward toward the beach. They are now like the 82nd Airborne heading to Nijmegen, Bastogne and other darkened drop zones over France. They are like the 2nd Battalion Rangers firing ropes up over the cliffs at Point du Hoc. One rope after another, one Ranger after another, some will fall, others will climb, and eventually–the guns will be silenced, the assault will press forward, the beach secured and the breakout maneuvers shall commence. We shall seize this country back. D-Day is upon us…. Wipe the sweat from your brow and get in the game.

Air raid 1200 today. Air Marshal Dana Loesch leading attack formation. 1145–weapons free.

ted c on October 23, 2009 at 10:58 AM

RINO Scozz goes under Tea Party bus today.

Two can drive a bus.

ted c on October 23, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Mark Davis says he will fill in for Rush Mon but will not bring up NY-23.
Ha! He thinks !

Marcus on October 23, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Take that, Newtie.

Percy_Peabody on October 23, 2009 at 11:01 AM

RINOs soon to become extinct. They are now an endangered species. There is no bag limit, road hunting is allowed. You get a reward if you can bag a Dem and a RINO with one shot. (rhetorically speaking of course.)

ted c on October 23, 2009 at 10:03 AM
Happiness is a warm gun.

/rhet

TXUS on October 23, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Should be able to pretty much just run them over, as they like to hang out in the middle of the road anyways…should be real easy to find them. Like the saying goes..only thing in the middle of the road is road kill.

TheVer on October 23, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Uh, I seriously advise against aping DKos behavior. Look where it’s getting them on the Democratic Party Holy Grail known as Health Care Reform. Except in extreme circumstances (like Ms. Scuzzofava), that is to be avoided.

No, not really saying that. Just saying that we do have to stand up to the party when they give us Scuzzos and the like.

Don’t take this the wrong way, but the Kossacks, by and large, no matter how idiotic, wrong, or illogical they might be, do have their values, and they do stand up for them. The difference is that what THEY want is to dismantle everything that made this country great, letting individuals rise and fall on their own merits, and replace it with big brother nanny state tyranny. ‘Cause that’s only FAIR, you know?

So no, don’t emulate the hard leftists and their tactics, but as any military commander knows, one must know and understand the enemy (rhetorically speaking), how they operate, and analyze what works and what doesn’t.

JamesLee on October 23, 2009 at 11:07 AM

This will look brilliant if it works, but it will look stupid if the Democrat (Owens, I think) wins because the conservative votes end up being split.

Did anyone see the new poll which shows Corzine now winning in NJ?

Jimbo3 on October 23, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Palin
Thompson
Armey
Bachmann
Forbes

…Hoffman has some serious heavy hitters in what was a completely unknown race only a couple weeks ago. Credit to Fred Thompson and Michelle Bachmann for getting out in front and to Palin (major endorsement), Armey and now Forbes for creating what could be a tidal wave of big name support. With Palin and Armey in, it is now safe for any Republican to jump in this thing.

Originally I had hoped for a strong showing for Hoffman, figuring the Democrat would win and Hoffman could take him out in the general election in 2010. Now I really do believe Hoffman has a chance of winning this thing outright.

Daemonocracy on October 23, 2009 at 11:19 AM

This will look brilliant if it works, but it will look stupid if the Democrat (Owens, I think) wins because the conservative votes end up being split.

Did anyone see the new poll which shows Corzine now winning in NJ?

Jimbo3 on October 23, 2009 at 11:13 AM

New Jersey always comes home to blue in the end. They are corrupt morons who like to be bent over (excuse the language).

That race is a different story though, The third party should make some sort of agreement with Christie and bow out. Hoffman never got his primary and is rebelling against the political machine while Daggett is fighting a battle he can never win and playing spoiler. Even if he were the republican nominee he probably wouldn’t be able to take out Corzine, an incompetent but well funded candidate.

Daemonocracy on October 23, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Oh and I almost forgot, big time props to Michelle Malkin for shedding light on all this and fighting the good fight!

Daemonocracy on October 23, 2009 at 11:26 AM

If Hoffman’s contributions make a dramatic upturn, that alone will send out a message. It will be a national statement, because many of us contributors are geographically distanced from New York. In fact, I live in the southeast and that could be considered the other side of the world as far as New York is concerned. lol

joedoe on October 23, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Palin
Thompson
Armey
Bachmann
Forbes

…Hoffman has some serious heavy hitters in what was a completely unknown race only a couple weeks ago. Daemonocracy on October 23, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Don’t forget Mark Levin, He’s been all over it.

edgehead on October 23, 2009 at 11:34 AM

The RNC is pitiful. How can they request donations when they support an Obama “lite” candidate? Even should Owens win because of the fractured vote between Dede and Doug the important thing is that Doug comes in second. The next round will be in Doug’s corner. If Doug wins this time it will be the start of a push to get the RINOS out of the way. They have screwed us royally every time we thought we had a win. ObamaCare is dependent upon the RINOS, so they must get a clear message that any support they give to the DEMs will be the end of their political career.

Big Nicholas on October 23, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Newt was my political hero (alongside Reagan). He started to lose me when he gave in to the “global warming” fools.
Very sad, but in my mind, Newt is no longer a part of the Conservative movement.

edgehead on October 23, 2009 at 11:38 AM

http://www.nationwideteapartycoalition.com http://www.dumpdede.com
ted c on October 23, 2009 at 10:51 AM

YES!

http://biggovernment.com/2009/10/23/tea-party-to-gop-dump-dede-and-the-rinos/#more-19950

ted c on October 23, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Double YES!!

LEBA on October 23, 2009 at 11:41 AM

RINOs soon to become extinct. They are now an endangered species. There is no bag limit, road hunting is allowed. You get a reward if you can bag a Dem and a RINO with one shot. (rhetorically speaking of course.)

ted c on October 23, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Happiness is a warm gun.

/rhet

TXUS on October 23, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Should be able to pretty much just run them over, as they like to hang out in the middle of the road anyways…should be real easy to find them. Like the saying goes..only thing in the middle of the road is road kill.

TheVer on October 23, 2009 at 11:07 AM

What a gaggle of yokels.

It’s too bad that average Republicans have a problem embracing conservatism. Abortion and gay marriage are states’ rights issues. My personal revulsion or feelings about either issues do not change that. Those are but two of the myriad arbitrary outrages contemporary Republicans seem to half-cock themselves over.

Many Republicans seem willing to cast off so many RINOS. It would seem that many need to recalibrate their meters before they go picking off viable and important members of their own herd.

The Race Card on October 23, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Dick Army left congress because he told colleagues he wanted to make millions as a lobbyist.

Spathi on October 23, 2009 at 9:38 AM

As oppossed to staying in congress and making millions off the taxpayers like Queen Nancy, and her minions….

lovingmyUSA on October 23, 2009 at 12:06 PM

redridinghood on October 23, 2009 at 10:07 AM

o run an ad using this info–it will make some on the fence repubs think twice…Do you have a link?

lovingmyUSA on October 23, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Supposed to say hoffman needs to…

lovingmyUSA on October 23, 2009 at 12:17 PM

The Race Card on October 23, 2009 at 12:02 PM

I agree that we need to carefully pick and choose the Rhino’s that we choose to support…that’s why it is important to know what they stand for, what are their priniciples. But sometimes there are such glaring examples of DIABLO’s that we can not, and will not allow them to pollute the party anymore.
How can you tell us to suck it up and vote for this caricature of a Republican woman? So far, it seems your only reasoning for voting for her is that she has an R behind her name.
If I missed your explanation before, I’m sorry, but I have been reading your comments, and I find arguments against our reasoning, but no reasons from you for voting for her.

lovingmyUSA on October 23, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Dick Army left congress because he told colleagues he wanted to make millions as a lobbyist.
Spathi on October 23, 2009 at 9:38 AM

Got a problem with the public making money?

As oppossed to staying in congress and making millions off the taxpayers like Queen Nancy, and her minions….

lovingmyUSA on October 23, 2009 at 12:06 PM

The Liberals go after people in the public, but don’t consider what the Congress and their families rake in for earmarks and perks. Queen Nancy and her husband have made plenty during her term in the House…..how about sharing your riches with us, Nancy?

yoda on October 23, 2009 at 12:26 PM

The RNC is pitiful. How can they request donations when they support an Obama “lite” candidate?

Big Nicholas on October 23, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Scozzafazza is no Obama lite. She’s easily as radical as he is.

MarkTheGreat on October 23, 2009 at 12:33 PM

What a gaggle of yokels.
The Race Card on October 23, 2009 at 12:02 PM

With your nose so high in the air–you might get a nosebleed. I’ll take a redblooded alpha male any day over your meterosexual “man/boy”.

Funny, you tell us to have a big tent and accept Rhino’s, then you make fun of a segment of the “party”. Seems like you only want certain people under that big tent. Sounds like you want those of us in the cheap seats to just vote yes and STFU…

lovingmyUSA on October 23, 2009 at 12:34 PM

That picture looks like a cross between Code Pink an Miss Piggy…Code Piggy…

right2bright on October 23, 2009 at 12:49 PM

right2bright

LOL

beachgirlusa on October 23, 2009 at 1:12 PM

spathi

Wrong, Junior. Armey left Congress because he was forced out from his post as House Majority Leader by that back-stabbing weasel, Tom DeLay, who coveted Armey’s position and influence and did everything he could to undermine him almost from day one of the new Republican Congress in 1995. When Armey retired was a black day for the Republicans in Congress. Things started going downhill for them almost immediately and it was all because of the greed and lust for power of one man, Tom DeLay.

Percy_Peabody on October 23, 2009 at 1:36 PM

LOL

beachgirlusa on October 23, 2009 at 1:12 PM

Thanks, and not often is a gal cuter now then at 17…

right2bright on October 23, 2009 at 3:32 PM

This will look brilliant if it works, but it will look stupid if the Democrat (Owens, I think) wins because the conservative votes end up being split.

Did anyone see the new poll which shows Corzine now winning in NJ?

Jimbo3 on October 23, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Another little trollie wakes up.

Mr. Grump on October 23, 2009 at 3:46 PM

Will the GOP dump Dede? Unlikely.

Will the GOP squeeze off her money if everyone tells the NRCC etc. that their contributions are going to SarahPAC, etc. instead if they keep funding DRANOs* like Dede? Yeah, I think they would.

JEM on October 23, 2009 at 7:03 PM

Newt is smart, but, like the other career republican politicians, he has sold out. He needs to go.

texanpride on October 23, 2009 at 7:05 PM

he (Newt) will be put to political pasture.

I think Newt opened the pasture gate sitting on the couch with Pelosi pumping global warming and he just closed the gate behind him backing the liberal Dede in NY-23.

RJL on October 23, 2009 at 11:48 PM

Newt has had his time in politics. Save your money and my money and do not run for President in 2012.

yoda on October 24, 2009 at 6:25 AM

For a while I was thinking that come 2012 Newt would probably be my first choice for the nom, followed by Palin, even though I completely and absolutely support Sarah (and now I learn also Fred! and Dick) over his position on Scozzafava. However, it looks like this will become major enough that who wins or loses NY23 may dramatically affect the chances of those who endorse. I’m rooting for Hoffman of course, which I think means I’m probably indirectly rooting for Palin ’12 over Newt. And that’s fine with me. It was colossally inept of Gingrich to endorse a character like that. I still respect him, apparently unlike many of the commenters here, but I think it’s warranted that he receive some damage over something so hotheaded.

OneGyT on October 24, 2009 at 10:43 AM

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