Gingrich endorses Hoffman

posted at 2:03 pm on October 31, 2009 by Allahpundit

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). There isn’t much time left before the election and there are bound to be hurt feelings among Team Dede’s Republican loyalists, most of whom probably aren’t all that conservative anyway. To avoid my nightmare scenario of her voters breaking for the Democrat or staying home (and I’m not the only one who thinks it’s possible), every last Republican with an ounce of sway needs to push them to get over it ASAP. Here’s Gingrich setting the tone, no doubt with Romney and Huckabee soon to follow:

Gingrich made the announcement via Twitter shortly after the Republican Party nominee Scozzafava announced she was releasing supporters from their commitment to back her.

“Scozzafava dropping out leaves hoffman as only anti-tax anti-pelosi vote in ny 23 Every voter opposed to tax increases support doug hoffman,” Gingrich wrote on Twitter. (Tweet shown as it appeared)

Boehner, Cantor and NRCC chief Pete Sessions endorsed Hoffman shortly after Scozzafava’s announcement this morning and Steele quickly followed on behalf of the RNC. The big holdout for the moment is Scozzafava herself, who deserves some time to absorb the blow — but not much, given that the polls open in less than 72 hours and the Democrat, Bill Owens, is already making a play for her supporters by talking up how honorable she is.

Here’s video of her in the aftermath of the announcement. (post cont’d below)

A word to the wise: Don’t put much stock in that eyepopping PPP poll that’s going around. It’s based on a partial sample of just 200 interviews; with a number that small, the margin of error is probably in double digits. And a word to the wise for Rick Santorum, who’s hoping that third-party challenger Chris Daggett will take a hint here and drop out in New Jersey, freeing the way for Chris Christie: According to PPP, it ain’t Christie who’s the second choice for Daggett supporters.

Update: Hoffman reaches out:

“I’m certainly going to extend my best wishes to her,” says Hoffman. “The assemblywoman made a very difficult decision for the good of the Republican party. I hope to reach out to her by the end of the day and thank her for making this decision. It’s important for her supporters to know that I’m the conservative Republican in this race. We all need to make sure that we don’t have my Democratic opponent going to Washington.”…

“I will value a relationship with her, using the knowledge and experience she has to help me in representing this district,” says Hoffman. Working with Scozzafava, he adds, is akin to working with all Republicans to help forward conservative and fiscally-responsible policies. “In the last week, I’ve had many senior Republicans come to my aide and endorse me,” he says. “Over 25 congressional Republicans have helped and endorsed me, plus numerous presidential hopefuls.”

Note that, in “releasing” her supporters this morning, Scozzafava pointedly didn’t ask them to vote for the conservative.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Comment pages: 1 2 3

Dear RNC,
Now will you stop ignoring us?

redwhiteblue on October 31, 2009 at 5:08 PM

Probably not, but if we take out a few more…

jwp1964 on October 31, 2009 at 5:11 PM

You guys will dump on him

I’m certain that a fair percentage of posters here are female. Down here in the deep south, we solve the gender issue by using the term ‘folks.’ FWIW AP

Have a Fig, Newt on me. Don’t choke on it though, as I don’t do the Heimlich on LOSERS.

GnuBreed on October 31, 2009 at 5:19 PM

Go Sarah!

profitsbeard on October 31, 2009 at 5:24 PM

Scozzafava dropping out leaves hoffman as only anti-tax anti-pelosi vote in ny 23

Hey Newt, Hoffman was the only one the entire time you jack ass

cadams on October 31, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Allah, this must be a sad day for you. I assure you that there are many more days like today for your Newty predictions that we conservatives are going to hand over the mid term elections to Barackopolis and his maxist party for insisting that the GOP should field coinservatives and even when they field moderates; a workers’ party ACORN endorsing Margaret Sanger award winning Card check supporter should not be the nominee of a party that claims to represent conservatives. Accordinng to Gallup, there are over 40% of conservatives in America and according to the recent ABC poll, only 20% of Americans identify with the GOP. You do not need to be a “conservative” blogging from the basement to understand that the GOP is not being embraced by most conservative unless of course you are Allahpundit.

julian on October 31, 2009 at 5:46 PM

Can you hear us now? Get a clue rino’s.

huckelberry on October 31, 2009 at 5:54 PM

Dear Newt:

Can you spell i-r-r-e-l-e-v-a-n-t?

At least have the common sense to keep your mouth shut after having completely messed up on this one.

Mr. Speaker: You have clearly demonstrated why it was more important to support the real conservative candidate, and risk losing, than to simply win at the cost of flushing our values down the toilet.

Unfortunately, Newt has, almost naturally, gravitated toward the “moderate” wing of the GOP that thinks Democrat-Lite is an acceptable strategy.

seanrobins on October 31, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Ha, Newt you are a little late to the party! The bar is closed.

conservnut on October 31, 2009 at 6:11 PM

I hope a witch never turns me into a Newt.

But maybe we ought to start calling this guy Neutered.

LegendHasIt on October 31, 2009 at 6:30 PM

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

How would electing a democrat stop the democrats?

xblade on October 31, 2009 at 6:36 PM

Newt who? That dingleberry is so yesterday.

David in ATL on October 31, 2009 at 6:37 PM

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

How would electing a democrat stop the democrats?

xblade on October 31, 2009 at 6:36 PM

Oh, that’s right, we could win with another Snowe/Collins Republican. An “R” next to one’s name means squat if they vote with the “D’s”

Jeff from WI on October 31, 2009 at 6:58 PM

A Hoffman win is a win for the unborn.

Jeff from WI on October 31, 2009 at 7:00 PM

Newt, don’t go away mad. Just go away.

wildcat84 on October 31, 2009 at 7:18 PM

THIS IS OUR PARTY!

If you are a lib, go join Obama.

wildcat84 on October 31, 2009 at 7:27 PM

… his support for Scozzafava was always strategic, driven more by stopping the Democrats next year than stopping Hoffman …

And what good would that have done if she is another Olympia Snowe or Arlen Specter?

What good is being an R if there’s no substantive difference from the D?

powerpro on October 31, 2009 at 7:48 PM

“40% of citizens is consoivative. Nyuk nyuk nyuk.”

Akzed on October 31, 2009 at 7:51 PM

Anyone else think this hurt Newt to endorse Hoffman? After two weeks of brow-beating carried out by conservatives, Newt has to have a taste of humble pie, and swallow hard.

Hope he understands the fact that conservatives knew better than he did from the start which makes him essentially irrelevant in our eyes.

Nice to have known you Newt. Don’t let the door hit you where the good Lord split you.

MrAndMrsSmith on October 31, 2009 at 8:37 PM

Oh, that’s right, we could win with another Snowe/Collins Republican. An “R” next to one’s name means squat if they vote with the “D’s”

Jeff from WI on October 31, 2009 at 6:58 PM

Agree 100%.

RINO’s are no different than the libtards….they have no core principles other than getting elected.

David in ATL on October 31, 2009 at 8:42 PM

There is no room in our tent for impostors – and this is what Newt has shown himself to be. He is a traitor, the Benedict Arnold of conservatives, who’s only goal is to destroy us from within by embracing the enemy of our beliefs.

Leave you old fool. Leave now and don’t look back. Take Huckawho, Mitt, Snowe, Collins and the other impostors you represent and go bang on Sen. Specter’s door – maybe you’ll find solacement and sympathy in that house. But not here, not ever again in our house.

The time for party-building and singing Kumbaya has long passed. This is a fight for the future of this country. Your party loyalty has no benefit to us, and will only serve to disrupt our goal: Remaking this country into it’s once glorious self. Just like it was – before you and your ilk stained it’s fiber.

Be gone!

NumberTwo on October 31, 2009 at 9:24 PM

The RINO Party’s elites will have ears as big as Obama’s after we get done pulling them to the Right!

chickasaw42 on October 31, 2009 at 9:28 PM

You guys will dump on him as a johnny-come-lately…

AP

Of course we will. Just like this:

GFY Newt, you RINO schmuck. You supported the GOP candidate because after effing up the most powerful wave of conservative support the electorate has given the GOP in half a century, you have developed a new strategy — act like a Democrat. Enviroweenie stupidity, pro-abortion, and new-age blather.

And AP is eye-to-eye with the new social-liberal GOP platform. So don’t give us this strategery crap – she was your girl. That’s fine. Hoffman is the conservative, and hats off to the Republicans who could see that clearly, like Palin.

Jaibones on October 31, 2009 at 11:15 PM

Hoffman has been the only anti tax anti Pelosi candidate from the beginning.

single stack on October 31, 2009 at 2:47 PM

Bing.

Jaibones on October 31, 2009 at 11:23 PM

If, as Allah suggests, Scozzafava’s supporters (or the 64% who approve of O’Bonehead) break for Owens, doesn’t that confirm what conservatives have all said from the very beginning — that she is a liberal, and will be voting with Nancy Pelosi and not John Boehner?

Or are her supporters all supposed to be idiots?

Jaibones on October 31, 2009 at 11:28 PM

Good old Newt, a day late and a dollar short.

Wasn’t he just blsting Sarah Palin for endorsing Hoffman?

LewWaters on November 1, 2009 at 1:41 AM

Yeah, AP. Most of what I heard from the GOP prior to the election last year that garnered us O as Prez was the need for a “strategic” and “electable” candidate and we ended up with McCain (whom I did not vote for during the primary.). In case anyone is listening to us (and they’d better start) the vast majority of us right leaning individuals are growing tired of political strategy and would really like the privelege of voting for people who stand for something. People have jumped all over Hoffman for his lack of experience. People have jumped all over Palin for her lack of experience. I can tell you right now, I’d rather have someone in office with a lack of experience who ADMITS it than someone who blows rosy smoke out his arse, gets elected, then has to think for 8 or 9 months about a strategy for war meanwhile his generals (vastly more experienced in war, mind you.) are telling him what he needs to do–and all this while leaving troops dangling in a war zone without reinforcements and without materials necessary to do the job! How about a little honesty!! It’s refreshing.

Driefromseattle on November 1, 2009 at 3:44 AM

Newt Gingrich is a day late and a dollar short once again. This is becoming a habit with him.

Percy_Peabody on November 1, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Strategic???????????????

You have GOT to be kidding me.

ahahahahahaa, now THAT’s funny!

Something tells me we could do without Newt’s strategy for a while.

gordo on November 1, 2009 at 9:52 AM

Open mouth.

Insert Crow.

Munch.

themistocles on November 1, 2009 at 10:37 AM

BREAKING: Newt Gingrich Endorses Isaac Newton. “It probably doesn’t make sense that those apples are doing that on their own, I guess.”

Jim Treacher on October 31, 2009 at 3:49 PM

Heh.

Put yourself in the “Newt Gingrich For …” organization, being bombarded with emails from people that you have viewed as your hard-core support for the past 15 years, only now they are mocking you as a pansy, a RINO, a liberal nitwit, and promising that they will never support anything you do ever again.

Wonder how many conservative staffer resumes are flying around the beltway today?

Jaibones on November 1, 2009 at 10:40 AM

We’re not dumping on Gingrinch as a johnny-come-lately. We’re dumping on him because he’s a has-been.

He’s so 1994.

SagebrushPuppet on November 1, 2009 at 10:56 AM

themistocles on November 1, 2009 at 10:37 AM

Eat Crow, Newt!

The sight of those two lizards on the same couch telling us how we had to embrace the suck of Global Warming/Crap and Tax is what did it for me…

2ipa on November 1, 2009 at 10:58 AM

It is nice to see folks standing up to the “We need to be more like Democrats” Republicans this year. Finally, folks are waking up to the fact that the establishment Republicans have moved too far left but still expect you to give your precious vote to them anyway. Principle over party, folks. It is YOUR vote, not some has-been like Gingrich’s, he has no right to it, and neither do Republicans who don’t represent our values.

quax1 on November 1, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Hey AP scuzzy giving her support to Owen……Whose side are you on?

Will you be walking the neighborhood with Al and Newt or sitting on the sofa with Nancy?

Soros money is deep and big.

nondhimmie on November 1, 2009 at 11:38 AM

I think when the Party in NY23 picked her Obama seemed to be on the assent and liberalism the wave of the future. But that turned out not to be the case.

Remember right after the election last fall? The GOP was so disheartened. Scozzafava probably looked like the type that could win in that environment. But environments evolve.

My my how the wind changes… must be global warming.

petunia on November 1, 2009 at 11:53 AM

When Hoffman wins,then Newt and his other Rinos try to take credit, then what? Time to be ready for that, it will happen. He will go on all the talking head shows and crow how he and other little R’s picked and supported him and how the republican party is making this big come back, blahblahblahblah….putz-can u hear us now?

TEXASLEGAL on November 1, 2009 at 12:39 PM

This just in, Newt endorses Chuck Norris against anyone
else.

Obligatory Chuck post whenever choices have to be made (real or imagined).

Fuquay Steve on November 1, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Note that, in “releasing” her supporters this morning, Scozzafava pointedly didn’t ask them to vote for the conservative.

Proving she wasn’t a true GOP candidate, and could care less about what is happening in Washington.

Nalea on November 1, 2009 at 1:07 PM

Be gone!

NumberTwo on October 31, 2009 at 9:24 PM

Gee I bet that attitude goes a long way to getting the communist out of the Whitehouse. Good luck with that gracious attitude. Ever hear of good sportsmanship?

If you sound like this when you win…

petunia on November 1, 2009 at 1:08 PM

The big holdout for the moment is Scozzafava herself, who deserves some time to absorb the blow

Well she never cared to give the very late term fetus time to absorb the blow, now did she.

Maybe now she knows what it is like to be chosen for extermination for the simple reason she was just an unwanted lump of cells subsisting off the body politic.

Anyhow lets unite.

Hey Dede, get your blubbering face on TV and endorse Hoffman. OK. Do it now.

Geochelone on November 1, 2009 at 1:25 PM

Note that, in “releasing” her supporters this morning, Scozzafava pointedly didn’t ask them to vote for the conservative.

Why would she? She is at least as far Left as Dear Leader.

Nathan_OH on November 1, 2009 at 1:26 PM

Sorry, Gingrich is a twat.

He indulged the liberal cancer that is trying to kill the GOP. He underestimated the antipathy that REAL Republicans feel for RINOS. He underestimated the support for real conservatism in the party membership. He got his fingers badly burned and now he’s just trying to get the toothpaste back in the tube.

Win or lose, the Hoffman turnaround means that McCainism died with McCain and Gingrich can suck our collective balls.

uptight on November 1, 2009 at 1:50 PM

McCainism died, yeah now we need to remove McCain. McCain needs to be voted out of office by conservatives. You know the ones he stabs in the back when ever convenient to HIS agenda. I will vote here in Arizona for J.D. Hayworth if he goes the primary route.

jainphx on November 1, 2009 at 2:04 PM

I voted for Scozzafava before I voted against her.

percysunshine on November 1, 2009 at 2:07 PM

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

Nonsense. I’m dumping on him for putting pandering (what you erroneously call strategy) ahead of principles. There is more to being a Republican than being an anti-Pelosi vote and Scozzofava’s advocacy of card check, abortion, and the legitimization of homosexuality as a lifestyle choice all made her the wrong choice for NY-23 and America. What the *&^% don’t you get about that?

highhopes on November 1, 2009 at 2:49 PM

McCainism died, yeah now we need to remove McCain.

jainphx on November 1, 2009 at 2:04 PM

I wouldn’t go that far but the left wing of the party got a reminder that they are the ones causing defeat after defeat by their intolerance of the GOP base. There was little in Scozzafava that was in synch with the base and the leadership figured that out the hard way.

Now, it is time for all you left-of-center Republicans in NY-23 to STFU, put your principles aside and vote for Hoffman. Can’t do it? Now you know how I felt when you bastard foisted McCain on me and then told me I had to STFU and be unquestioning and uncritical of a rat bastard political traitor.

highhopes on November 1, 2009 at 2:53 PM

Newt. Eat some crow please. thanks!

–US Citizens.

ted c on November 1, 2009 at 3:46 PM

Oh boy, check the headlines…….

Scuzzyfarvabeans just endorsed the Democrat……and this is the POS Newt wanted us to support ??

I’m getting to the point where I think both parties are in cahoots with each other, and really don’t give a damn about us “un-washed masses”.

Jerome Horwitz on November 1, 2009 at 4:00 PM

So if Hoffman wins, will Dede run against him next year as a Democrat?

SouperConservative on November 1, 2009 at 4:12 PM

Newt can begin to redeem himself not just by endorsing Hoffman, but by admitting that he was dead wrong in withholding that endorsement from the beginning. As should now be blatantly apparent since Scozzafava has endorsed the D.

evergreen on November 1, 2009 at 3:49 PM

Now, it is time for all you left-of-center Republicans in NY-23 to STFU, put your principles aside and vote for Hoffman. Can’t do it? Now you know how I felt when you bastard foisted McCain on me and then told me I had to STFU and be unquestioning and uncritical of a rat bastard political traitor.

highhopes on November 1, 2009 at 2:53 PM

Exactly. Frum et al keep whining about the big tent while demonstrating their intolerance for the right base. It’s latent guilt for having sucked up to Obama and foisted McCain on us, but do they get it now?!? Hmm??? Bueller???

evergreen on November 1, 2009 at 3:52 PM

highhopes on November 1

I’m a right winger and I wish you would STFU. You may be the most principled conservative on the planet but at some point you’re going to want to win.

mike_NC9 on November 1, 2009 at 6:03 PM

I’m a right winger and I wish you would STFU. You may be the most principled conservative on the planet but at some point you’re going to want to win.

mike_NC9 on November 1, 2009 at 6:03 PM

Mike, I was wondering what do we vote for? Voting against Democrats is one thing, can’t I accomplish that voting for the American Communist Party candidate? Can’t I accomplish the goal of voting against Pelosi by voting for an independant that has no chance of winning? Why should I vote for the Republican, who has the same policies as the Democrat? Strategic think you all claim is the important goal. PFUI. We’ve seen what happens when we vote Republican just because. Newt and the boys were not bad when they had a Democrat to oppose in the White House.

When they had another “Republican” in the White House, it was spend like there’s no tommorrow, trample civil liberties, and tell the Conservatives to shut up or the Democrats will win. What’s the difference? Could the Democrats have violated the 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendment in the PATRIOT ACT too? Sure they could, and did. I can’t think of one thing that the Republicans acheived that the Democrats didn’t want too as well.

Amnesty for illegals? Who led the charge? Bush and McCain. Waiting until they had lost the majority to bring up drilling in the US? Why the Republicans obviously would rather use production of domestic energy sources as a political ploy instead of the National Strategic issue it is.

So Mike, you’ll excuse me if I don’t jump on your bandwagon. It’s a little crowded with all the Republican First Lemmings who claim party should trump principals. I’ll wait until you Republican First guys figure out what you are in favor of, you know, what your for, before I consider following you. So far, I can’t see much to support in your party either. Perhaps I’ll vote against the Democrats by voting for Mickey Mouse.

Snake307 on November 1, 2009 at 6:14 PM

You guys will dump on him as a johnny-come-lately

You’re damn right I will. Seriously, what has this shrub done in the past few years to really advance conservatism? Oh yeah, nothing. Newt will continue to do what’s best for Newt.

SG1_Conservative on November 1, 2009 at 6:44 PM

I’m really upset with Newt over this one. He and Hannity beat the conservative drum weekly over stuff like this–Reagan principles, lower taxes, American taxpayers, “back in 1994″ and yada yada yada–but now, when there is a true opportunity to back a conservative, he falls short–WTFO?

ted c on November 1, 2009 at 6:47 PM

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).

And what was that strategy? That Scozzafava was a reliable vote against the Democrats. That has blown up in your face, as you were told it would.

Does having a Master Plan justify deceit? Why can’t we have open elections for sincere candidates? Why MUST Republican politics be about telling the right lies at the right time to the right blocs?

Chris_Balsz on November 1, 2009 at 7:38 PM

Can we please scrape this old barnacle off our hull now? Newt personally broke every plank of the Contract with America

.
Beginning in 1996, he started kneecapping every real conservative from the Congressional Class of 1994. Newt had to resign from Congress in disgrace. He started what George Bush finished – the destruction of the Republican Party.
Newt is like an old tinker who shows up every spring with a cart full of lead pots painted silver. Why are we still buying them? How ’bout we wise up already before our country goes down the tubes.

rootabaga on November 1, 2009 at 7:43 PM

Gee I bet that attitude goes a long way to getting the communist out of the Whitehouse. Good luck with that gracious attitude. Ever hear of good sportsmanship?

If you sound like this when you win…

A gracious attitude? What part of “fight for the lifeblood of this country” approach don’t you understand? Pussyfooting around with the likes of Rinos is not how we ensure our success. Throwing the rat bastards out is how we’ll win.

And, we fully intend on winning – regardless of what others think of our attitudes.

NumberTwo on November 1, 2009 at 8:03 PM

Another area that worries me about Newt. I think he is a little naive. On page 32 of the 2009 edition of Real Change he comments how Andy Stern of SEIU understands world markets, and the need for union members to be competitive.
.
Newt what are you smoking?

Dasher on November 1, 2009 at 9:57 PM

I’m concerned with how Newt is acting. I liked “Contract with America” which the Dems turned into “Contract on America”.
Looks like his strategical thinking is coming up short.
I think appeasing to the progressives is stupid, we must educate them, not agree with them.
I like many of Newts ideas, but his strategy stinks.
It seems to me if we have 60% Conservative, or Libertarian leaning, we need to define the Republican party as such.
We really need to start dismantling all the laws restricting Liberty and Freedom, both for the Individual, and for the Economy. Many ex-communist central planning country’s have now embraced the idea of a Free Markets.
CATO Institute is doing a great job of showing us the way forward to Freedom. NOTE- “USA is not the most free country in the world any more” We have given up our freedoms, and prostituted the Constitution . If they get Cap and Trade, Public Option Health Care, and BHO gets a second term, the USA will be on the bottom of list of free nations. You see, our home grown communist in the USA , had a free ride, benefiting from our capitalistic society, if they grew up in a communist country, then they would know the truth. Obama had a free ride also, his Communist Mother and Father supporting and educating him. Now they can destroy the country if we don’t stop them.

Ed Laskie on November 2, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Too little, WAY too late Newt.

nelsonknows on November 2, 2009 at 1:52 AM

I’m concerned with how Newt is acting. I liked “Contract with America” which the Dems turned into “Contract on America”.

The TRUTH is Gingrich has been fibbing about the Contract with America for 15 years…he didn’t write it
Larry Turner, Dick Armey, Bill Paxon and bob Walker wrote the Contract with America and Gingrich has been claiming HE DID.

nelsonknows on November 2, 2009 at 1:56 AM

Too late Newtie. We’ve seen the real you, and we don’t like it.

Mr. Grump on November 2, 2009 at 6:32 AM

Newt is probably the greatest politician in America when it comes to articulating a position (without the aid of a government paid TOTUS) but he totally lacks the integrity and principles of a simple Joe the Plumber.

Who needs a Brutus walking behind you? I nominate him for the John McCain, “My Friends Across the Isle” award.

Don L on November 2, 2009 at 7:32 AM

I’m just glad Newt can’t go on FOX or any other channel now and tell Sarah Palin she needs to “bone up” or presume to speak for Republicans. The party has a new standard bearer. American Thinker has been all over this race, but here’s their latest. C4P has it on their site.

New York’s 23rd Congressional District has become the site of a showdown between RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) and conservatives. The conservatives are winning — but the RINOs are not being gracious in defeat. Now the RINOs are showing how much party unity means to them. They have no loyalty to conservatives; why should conservatives have any loyalty to them?

The latest showdown came when ultra-liberal State Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava became the Republican candidate in that district. The ACORN racketeering arm, the Working Families Party, backed her. Yet the Republican old guard backed this useful idiot. Newt Gingrich backed this tool. The name “Republican” was all that mattered to them. Not principle.

But Sarah Palin, a true conservative, instead endorsed Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman. And so did other conservatives. The Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, said: “Electing Doug Hoffman will send a clear message that cannot be denied: conservatives must stand on principle.” Oklahoma gubernatorial candidate Mary Fallin said that Hoffman had “reminded Americans everywhere that principles come before party affiliation.” Kansas senatorial candidate Todd Tiahrt explained the choice: “The Republican Party is either going to return to the party of fiscal responsibility and consistent conservative principles as it was under Ronald Reagan or it will continue down the path of ‘sporadic moderation.’”

And Saturday, the Arctic Fox had the last laugh: Scozzafava dropped out of the race, saying: “In recent days, polls have indicated that my chances of winning this election are not as strong as we would like them to be.” Palin responded generously, writing: “I want to personally thank Republican Dede Scozzafava for acting so selflessly today in the NY District 23 race. Now it’s time to cross the finish line with Doug Hoffman so that he can get to work for District 23 and the rest of America.”

[...]

But now it’s time to clean house. Newt and his ilk will be relegated to the dustbin of history, and deservedly so. Enough with the old, in with the true!

Nothing happens for decades, and then decades happen in a day. So it was with 911, and so it is with Barack Obama in the White House. This terrible compromise between the RINOs and the conservatism is over. In any compromise between individual rights and collectivism, collectivism profits. It’s all on the back of the individual. Basta!

The new Republican partiers – Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Allen West – these people are our future. The RINOs belong to the past. It is over for them. It’s over for the Newts, for Romneys, the Steeles, the David Keenes, the Norquists, the Lindsey Grahams. Scozzafava’s failure was just the beginning. You ain’t seen nuthin yet. It is time to kick the RINOs to da curb.

alliebobbitt on November 2, 2009 at 8:11 AM

And what was that strategy? That Scozzafava was a reliable vote against the Democrats. That has blown up in your face, as you were told it would.

Does having a Master Plan justify deceit? Why can’t we have open elections for sincere candidates? Why MUST Republican politics be about telling the right lies at the right time to the right blocs?

Chris_Balsz on November 1, 2009 at 7:38 PM

The conference call between Rahm Emanuel and Dede Scozzafava tells me everything I need to know about her. I was totally unsurprised when she endorsed Owens. I thought, ‘Good. Halloween is over, and the masks drops.’

alliebobbitt on November 2, 2009 at 8:16 AM

Newt big argument was that she pledged to to vote against the Cap and Tax bill. As if that means something. First of all, liberals lie! Obama promised that 98% of us would see a tax cut. He has tried his best to get a tax hike in Cap and Tax and ObamaCare, not to mention many other taxes on the way. Second, even if she votes against Cap and Tax, they wil slightly change the bill and then she will vote for it. How many ObamaCare bills have they written so far??? Did Dede promise to vote against every possible version? Did Dede allow the doctors to put an explosive chip in her head that allows the people to trigger if she breaks a promise?

jeffn21 on November 2, 2009 at 8:43 AM

This must be the first step in a long journey to get our country back from the democrats AND republicans. Conservatism has been dormant too long. Even most republican leaders ignored this situation until they had to accept its inevitable conclusion. If Obama wins, America loses. Its really that simple.

volsense on November 2, 2009 at 9:01 AM

In a classic scene from a ’50s western, Sarah and Newt are about to square-off in front of the saloon at high noon, hands poised over their holstered .44s. When the smoke clears there will be only one to decide the future of Elephant Gulch for years to come.

The crowd is beginning to gather, eagerly awaiting the long overdue shoot-out. High-noon will come with the closing of the polls tomorrow and for better or for worse the issue will be decided. The sherrif, the preacher, the shop owners and most of the good citizens of Elephant Gulch are hoping that youth, skill and principle will win the day.

drewas on November 2, 2009 at 9:55 AM

Something tells me ol’ Newt was pounding back the shots before he decided to Twitter his endorsement. He needs to get on Greta, or call up his buddy Hannity and make a public announcement. Twitter isn’t sufficient.

TQM38a on November 2, 2009 at 10:53 AM

Democrats by voting for Mickey Mouse.

Snake307 on November 1, 2009 at 6:14 PM

That may cost you the Drak vote.

SKYFOX on November 2, 2009 at 12:07 PM

In a classic scene from a ’50s western, Sarah and Newt are about to square-off in front of the saloon at high noon, hands poised over their holstered .44s. When the smoke clears there will be only one to decide the future of Elephant Gulch for years to come.

The crowd is beginning to gather, eagerly awaiting the long overdue shoot-out. High-noon will come with the closing of the polls tomorrow and for better or for worse the issue will be decided. The sherrif, the preacher, the shop owners and most of the good citizens of Elephant Gulch are hoping that youth, skill and principle will win the day.

drewas on November 2, 2009 at 9:55 AM

Gila Monster Gingrich is down in the dust, clutching a smoking revolver and a perforated left foot.

Chris_Balsz on November 2, 2009 at 12:11 PM

You guys will dump on him as a johnny-come-lately…

Come on Allah! Gingrich was wrong, bottom line. Brilliant men of high intellect remain human. Even thought they assign themselves some sort of god-like infallibility the fact is that they err just like all of the rest of us. And when they err they simply admit it. And in some cases, apologize. Its called humility. Something this generation knows little of. Remember? “Humble yourself and you will be exalted. Exalt yourself and you will be humbled”. Gingrich wants back in the good graces of Conservatives? He needs a bit of humility and he’ll be re-admitted instantly. Truth is we need him. But not in his present state. Darvin Dowdy

Darvin Dowdy on November 2, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Comment pages: 1 2 3