Hoffman win would be great, says … Michael Steele?

posted at 8:11 am on October 31, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Looks like that bandwagon is just about full up now:

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said Friday that a victory by Doug Hoffman, the third-party candidate in the Nov. 3 New York special election, is a win for the GOP.

The actual Republican nominee, Dede Scozzafava, trails Hoffman, the Conservative Party nominee, and Democrat Bill Owens by double-digits according to a recent poll. But Steele argued during an interview with POLITICO that the GOP doesn’t need to worry about Scozzafava’s lagging ratings because Hoffman is essentially a Republican.

“You’ve got two Republicans running in that race. My upside is that one of them will likely win,” Steele said. “We want to be supporting the one that wins.” …

Asked if he would support Hoffman in 2010 if the Conservative Party candidate won the special election and sought reelection, Steele responded: “Why wouldn’t I?”

“Is he a Republican?” Steele asked. “He’s the Conservative Party nominee, but he ran initially as a Republican.”

Before anyone gets too huffy about Steele’s late conversion, let’s remember that the RNC had nothing to do with picking Scozzafava.  That idea came from local party leaders, who anointed Dede Scozzafava themselves in a hurry for the special election.  The RNC’s job is to elect the Republican in these races, so Steele never did have much of a range of options in the NY-23 special election.

Of course, that’s what makes this compelling.  When the national chair of the party says that he’s perfectly happy with another candidate winning, it sends a big message to Republicans in the district, and it’s not “Go Dede!”  In fact, Steele has it right about the next election, should Hoffman win; most Conservative Party candidates also run as Republicans in New York, as party endorsements are not exclusive.  The only reason Hoffman hasn’t done so is because of the decision by county GOP heads to select Scozzafava for the endorsement.

The only people not on the Hoffman bandwagon now are Scozzafava herself and Newt Gingrich.  Must be a lonely place to stand while the parade passes by.


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Scuzzy has a spell on him. She’s changed him into a Newt.
Poor Newt, it’s flooding and he’s stuck all alone on the wrong side of the washed out bridge.

Jeff from WI on October 31, 2009 at 8:16 AM

This limp wristed GOP is too much to bear. If they had AP’s spine and gritty resolve they’d flick this tea party fly off their dead carcass and finish rotting!

Beto Ochoa on October 31, 2009 at 8:19 AM

Yeah, well, Newt’s name also appears on the White House visitor logs. Wouldn’t you love to have been a fly on the wall during that conversation?

He’s gone over to the Dark Side — ever since he sat on the AGW-hoax couch with Speaker Botoxi. He’s dead to me.

ILB on October 31, 2009 at 8:20 AM

o/t: the House will begin debate on Pelosi’s socialized med bill next week. As a Virginian, I will be calling my Congressidjit (Perriello, Dem, 5th CD, VA) who said he really wanted to vote for it & would vote for it if the bill did not provide fed funding for abortions (doesn’t this bill still preserve that or is that one of the Senate bills?).

yall work on NY & NJ until Tues night, then come back & focus on socialized medicine.

those damn commies never let us have a day off.

kelley in virginia on October 31, 2009 at 8:26 AM

while the parade passes by….

yeah, it must suck having to watch the parade go by when you’re driving in your own funeral procession.

Choices.

ted c on October 31, 2009 at 8:27 AM

Ed, respectfully disagree with the “local party” picking the candidate.

http://www.riehlworldview.com/carnivorous_conservative/2009/10/how-the-nrcc-bungled-ny-23.html

HT Red State

Tom

marinetbryant on October 31, 2009 at 8:31 AM

To all Conservatives and Independents who have good hearts and want to run for Fiscally Conservative platforms, PLEASE FIGHT IT OUT IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY PRIMARIES.

Defeat those incumbent RINOs and those fake CINOs.

We are ready to support you all.

TheAlamos on October 31, 2009 at 8:32 AM

Newt, one question… WWRD?

What would Reagan do?

Support the conservative, or support the commie loving baby killer?

Jeff from WI on October 31, 2009 at 8:41 AM

Well, perhaps some in the GOP finally heard the alarm clock ringing.

Newt is still hitting the snooze button.

conservnut on October 31, 2009 at 8:43 AM

Whether or not Hoffman wins in the general election, the conservatives have already won! We won’t stand for the RINO garbage that the RNC and GOP have subjected us to. That’s how we got in this mess! If it takes third parties to at least make them think, so be it. And if they won’t think, then we will pass them by.

Christian Conservative on October 31, 2009 at 8:43 AM

This limp wristed GOP is too much to bear. If they had AP’s spine and gritty resolve they’d flick this tea party fly off their dead carcass and finish rotting!

Beto Ochoa on October 31, 2009 at 8:19 AM

Thanks for the laugh! Too true.

Christian Conservative on October 31, 2009 at 8:45 AM

Reagan would stick his neck out for Doug Hoffman. He stood for bold colors and conservative principles. When conservatism is on the ticket, conservatism wins.

ted c on October 31, 2009 at 8:45 AM

Good job mike hate when the bletway muzzled you. Just remember no more rinos.

PALIN/JINDAL 2012

bessex on October 31, 2009 at 8:46 AM

Teh Fred, then Saracuda.

John the Libertarian on October 31, 2009 at 8:47 AM

No wonder the Republican party is so out of power. They are a day late and a dollar short to this parade. Michael Steele wakes up and says, “hey, cool parade, what up?”

Newt says, “that’s not a parade.”

Hoffman says, “watch my ass run over your candidate, Newt.”

America says, “we’re following Doug…”

Parades.

ted c on October 31, 2009 at 8:48 AM

I’m willing to applaud Steele for doing this, but I’m still not giving the national GOP any money.

BadgerHawk on October 31, 2009 at 8:49 AM

Dede Scozzafava is a true democrat. There is no difference between her voting record and beliefs and 100% of the other elected officials that are democrat. The Republican party bosses in the 23rd district are Republican-Lite or RHINO.

So….this is what we get. Douglas Hoffman will win this thing and send a hammer-gram message to the Republican Party, change or be left behind.

joe btfsplk on October 31, 2009 at 8:50 AM

Teh Fred, then Saracuda.

John the Libertarian on October 31, 2009 at 8:47 AM

One-two punch, the rino dead.

the_nile on October 31, 2009 at 8:55 AM

Dede Scozzafava what the deal with her. Also can’t she see sarah palin is the light in this darkness that called ogabe.

dhs read and come and get me i’m a conservative and not scared to say it.

bessex on October 31, 2009 at 8:57 AM

I am really thrilled about how things are going for the GOP & the conservatives. We will win VA, come close, if not win, in NJ & may even beat Scozzawhatever in NY-23.

However, who in Congress cares? Name one Congressman (other than the hopefully new Cong. Hoffman) that will be moved by our resurgence? This is what is truly alarming.

the Townhalls had no impact except to stall socialized medicine–the new 1,900 bill from Congress is actually worse that HR 3200. Remember the Teaparties where we all chanted “no more bailouts”? well, we are set to bailout out GMAC (again) & maybe UPS.

and didn’t the cash-for-clunker-appliances pass the House already, too?

I don’t know what the answer is. but they are not listening.

kelley in virginia on October 31, 2009 at 8:57 AM

The only people not on the Hoffman bandwagon now are Scozzafava herself and Newt Gingrich.

You forgot about the idiot FRUM

WoosterOh on October 31, 2009 at 8:58 AM

is it good to have everyone anointing him a Republican? Half a dozen of one I guess. Feel bad for the Conservative Party though, he is there guy, not the GOP’s.

WoosterOh on October 31, 2009 at 9:01 AM

I call Frum and idiot, then spell their as there.

Who is the idiot now?

WoosterOh on October 31, 2009 at 9:02 AM

I don’t know what the answer is. but they are not listening.

kelley in virginia on October 31, 2009 at 8:57 AM

People now know they can change the way of the party.

the_nile on October 31, 2009 at 9:03 AM

I don’t know what the answer is. but they are not listening.

kelley in virginia on October 31, 2009 at 8:57 AM

NY-23 is going to be the tea party statement that will rattle a lot of cages. They may not pay attention right now, but by December they will be looking at their own poll numbers and who is lining up against them for the 2010 race.

Believe me, 2010 is going to see a resurgence of conservatism in the GOP. But for many it will be too late and we shall cast them off to be future democraps.

conservnut on October 31, 2009 at 9:06 AM

the Townhalls had no impact except to stall socialized medicine–the new 1,900 bill from Congress is actually worse that HR 3200. Remember the Teaparties where we all chanted “no more bailouts”? well, we are set to bailout out GMAC (again) & maybe UPS.

kelley in virginia on October 31, 2009 at 8:57 AM

I think they did stall things, until now. The elections may give us some more breathing space, and hopefully by next legislative session they’ll be too neutered and worried about Nov. 2010 to try anything. Maybe wishful thinking. We probably need another, bigger march.

OT: Deeds in VA has started new adds. It is ENTIRELY shots from Obama’s 2008 campaign, saying (paraphrase): “Virginians made history by electing Hope & Change in 2008, let’s do it again: vote for Deeds.” Literally NOTHING about Deeds himself. Its so desperate, its hilarious.

Firefly_76 on October 31, 2009 at 9:08 AM

Truman would be great ….said Wilkie?

Too little, too late, Michael. You should be leading the purge not jumping on the last camel in the caravan after it leaves the oasis.

Don L on October 31, 2009 at 9:08 AM

Newt is the expert and we’re not, he knows it all and we don’t. He’s poised and we’re getting in his way. Get the picture now?

Kissmygrits on October 31, 2009 at 9:10 AM

The only people not on the Hoffman bandwagon now are Scozzafava herself and Newt Gingrich. Must be a lonely place to stand while the parade passes by.

Not so fast Ed. Chuckles and Mittens arn’t on the bandwagon either. A point which will hound them endlessly for the 2012 nomination. Sarah Palin created a litmus test and separated herself from the other 3 top names. Bleeding the life out of their future campaigns. Suckers.

Amadeus on October 31, 2009 at 9:14 AM

I think it’s time we make the GOP the 3rd party and voting for them over conservatives is a wasted vote.

A party has to die some time, this is a perfect year to get rid of these liberals taking over the GOP and start fresh. It seems the RINO’s are now the establishment and guys like Jim DeMint are Republicans in name only now since they buck the “leaders” like Newt, McCain and Graham.

cadams on October 31, 2009 at 9:16 AM

“You’ve got two Republicans running in that race. My upside is that one of them will likely win,” Steele said.

Correction: Two liberals and one conservative.

And you Mr. Steele backed one of the liberals! Yes, the largely ill informed public won’t know what has really transpired here. Doesn’t make it less wrong. Or less stupid.

Hog Wild on October 31, 2009 at 9:27 AM

But I respect Newt more than Chuckles and Mittens because they sat on the fence while Newt’rd got out there and stuck his neck out. Albeit got it chopped off for being an idiot.

Amadeus on October 31, 2009 at 9:34 AM

This is how the conservative revolution in going to happen. It ain’t gonna happen from the top down, waiting for the likes of Newt, Lindsay and John to make the changes…..it will be the PEOPLE who elect people like Hoffman and FORCE the leadership to either get on board or get off.

A Hoffman win will send shock waves across America. Tuesday could be a very important night.

tatersalad on October 31, 2009 at 9:37 AM

Maybe the GOP is starting to “get it”. We don’t want their aisle crossing mealy mouth democrat lite candidates. GOP, it’s our way or the highway. Newt needs to go stack BB’s in a corner somewhere and get out of our way.

suzyk on October 31, 2009 at 9:42 AM

And that statement surmises what’s wrong with the RNCC. Idiots.

jbh45 on October 31, 2009 at 9:54 AM

I’m willing to applaud Steele for doing this, but I’m still not giving the national GOP any money.

BadgerHawk on October 31, 2009 at 8:49 AM
+1

Donate here.

OmahaConservative on October 31, 2009 at 9:57 AM

Did huck ever get on?… I don’t care that it has taken some longer than others,I’m just glad they’re uniting!

ohiobabe on October 31, 2009 at 9:57 AM

Did huck ever get on?… I don’t care that it has taken some longer than others,I’m just glad they’re uniting!

ohiobabe on October 31, 2009 at 9:57 AM

Chuckles did not endorse.

Amadeus on October 31, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Interesting poll results at RealClearPolitics.

OmahaConservative on October 31, 2009 at 10:01 AM

Did huck ever get on?…

No Mitt and Huck still havent endorced anyone in this race..

William Amos on October 31, 2009 at 10:02 AM

I’m willing to applaud Steele for doing this, but I’m still not giving the national GOP any money.

BadgerHawk on October 31, 2009 at 8:49 AM

This is becoming a trend with those of us who believe in conservatism. N.Y.23 & N.J. gov. races have my money direct. The NRC has yet to win my confidence.

donh525 on October 31, 2009 at 10:03 AM

No Mitt and Huck still havent endorced anyone in this race..

William Amos on October 31, 2009 at 10:02 AM

They still have their fingers in the wind and their toes in the water. That’s why I will never vote for them. Go Sarah!

donh525 on October 31, 2009 at 10:09 AM

Well, duh. What else is he supposed to say?

SouthernGent on October 31, 2009 at 10:10 AM

but I’m still not giving the national GOP any money.

BadgerHawk on October 31, 2009 at 8:49 AM

I have started to mark return to sender on those appeals instead of $hit-canning them.

OmahaConservative on October 31, 2009 at 10:10 AM

No Mitt and Huck still havent endorsed anyone in this race..

William Amos on October 31, 2009 at 10:02 AM

I’m sure they will after the votes are counted.

Jeff2161 on October 31, 2009 at 10:22 AM

“Is he a Republican?” Steele asked. “He’s the Conservative Party nominee, but he ran initially as a Republican.”

Let me finish that quote for you Michael..
“and it wasn’t in the parties best interest to go with a radical conservative knowing it might draw a stark contrast to this present climate of hope and change”.

katy on October 31, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Chuckles did not endorse.

Amadeus on October 31, 2009 at 10:00 AM

///
Didn’t think so,guess him and the newtster can party together.

ohiobabe on October 31, 2009 at 10:24 AM

party’s…. best interest

katy on October 31, 2009 at 10:24 AM

I can’t deal with the guy’s corn teeth. Call me frivolous.

In this day and age, he should know to whiten his teeth.

TexasBella on October 31, 2009 at 10:25 AM

TexasBella on October 31, 2009 at 10:25 AM

You joking right?

Your country is about to completely freakin’ blow up…the entire world has fallen in love with a G.D. marxist who is destroying the last greatest country of refuge for freedom (who has nice white teeth BTW) and that’s your response?

WTF!

katy on October 31, 2009 at 10:31 AM

I can’t deal with the guy’s corn teeth. Call me frivolous.

In this day and age, he should know to whiten his teeth.

TexasBella on October 31, 2009 at 10:25 AM

I think George Washington was a pretty good leader and President….and oh, by the way, he had no teeth.

tatersalad on October 31, 2009 at 10:39 AM

The only people not on the Hoffman bandwagon now are Scozzafava herself and Newt Gingrich

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who is on Obama White House visitors list.

Anita on October 31, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Dede needs to concede publicly and throw her support behind Hoffman. Steele needs to put in a call, but is he actually a leader or just a mouth?

Dede needs to step out on her own, but that telephone call needs to be made.

dogsoldier on October 31, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Dede Drops out of the race!!!!!!

Wow! Rush was right. “It has begun.”

Nelsa on October 31, 2009 at 10:53 AM

ON Topic:
Someone in the Know says that DeDe just quit the race!
I’m looking for a link confirming that.

annoyinglittletwerp on October 31, 2009 at 10:54 AM

I can’t deal with the guy’s corn teeth. Call me frivolous.

In this day and age, he should know to whiten his teeth.

TexasBella on October 31, 2009 at 10:25 AM

He should get breast implants too.

Spirit of 1776 on October 31, 2009 at 10:58 AM

I’ve got DeDe’s “farewell”speech.
She’s Out!

annoyinglittletwerp on October 31, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Dede Drops out of the race!!!!!!

Wow! Rush was right. “It has begun.”

Nelsa on October 31, 2009 at 10:53 AM

WOOO_HOOO!!!!!!!!!!
Still not sending RNC one penny.

OmahaConservative on October 31, 2009 at 11:09 AM

On Election Day my name will appear on the ballot, but victory is unlikely. To those who support me – and to those who choose not to – I offer my sincerest thanks.

Dede

LOL!

OmahaConservative on October 31, 2009 at 11:11 AM

Ed, said “The only people not on the Hoffman bandwagon now are Scozzafava herself and Newt Gingrich. Must be a lonely place to stand while the parade passes by.”

Make that Newt standing alone.. LOL

As I said before, Rush was right. It has begun!

Nelsa on October 31, 2009 at 11:22 AM

Dede and Newt sitting in a tree…
Ugh!

SKYFOX on October 31, 2009 at 11:26 AM

Dede and Newt sitting in a tree…
Ugh!
SKYFOX on October 31, 2009 at 11:26 AM

Attention Attention: Dede has left the tree….

Nelsa on October 31, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Attention Attention: Dede has left the tree….

Nelsa on October 31, 2009

Did she evolve or fall out?
Just kidding, but where is Newt?

SKYFOX on October 31, 2009 at 11:38 AM

Michael Steele is slicker than Astroglide. While he appeals to me as quite buffoonish at times, I commend him for drawing more attention to the RNC. Howard Dean was a pretty effective spokesman for the DNC. Perhaps the post-Steele RNC is where the promise lies.
***

darkness that called ogabe.

Still with “Ogabe” stuff? Are there any others out there who find this offensive and are willing to express their thoughts? I know many Republicans and some conservatives cringe when they hear stuff like this. Many are just too weak to speak freely. It’s sad that the party once fueled by the vigor of freedom fighters is running on fumes when it comes to issues of race.

I’ve read similar remarks about “Ogabe” hundreds of times here at Hot Air. One idiot actually tried to suggest that because the comparison stemmed from Mugabe’s devaluation of Zimbabwe’s national currnecy. Most others offer no such veil as to their intentions when using the obvious racial-taunt.
The “Ogabe” comments are just the tip of the iceberg. All I’m saying is good thing Barack Obama is not also gay.

The Race Card on October 31, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Just kidding, but where is Newt?
SKYFOX on October 31, 2009 at 11:38 AM

Having lunch with Pelosi or McCain or Graham or Sharpton?
Pick one.

Nelsa on October 31, 2009 at 11:42 AM

I can’t deal with the guy’s corn teeth. Call me frivolous.

In this day and age, he should know to whiten his teeth.

TexasBella on October 31, 2009 at 10:25 AM

Call you frivolous? No I call you vapid and shallow!

ladyhawke53 on October 31, 2009 at 11:45 AM

I’ve got DeDe’s “farewell”speech.
She’s Out!

annoyinglittletwerp on October 31, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Wow! Big news!!!!

I applaud her for stepping aside for the good of her district.

conservnut on October 31, 2009 at 11:45 AM

I’m pretty glad that she dropped out, but that means many of her liberal voters will go back to the democrap Owens. It will be interesting to see the post drop out polls, but with only three days left the only true measure will be the actual polling places.

eaglewingz08 on October 31, 2009 at 12:27 PM

I feel sad that Newt neutered himself on this race. I think hanging around with Al Sharpton and trying to be the repubutante of the media like McCain was, may be leading him over to the dark side. I wonder when Newt will come out for Hoffman?

eaglewingz08 on October 31, 2009 at 12:28 PM

GOP needs some churching up

Kini on October 31, 2009 at 1:33 PM

It is good to see people standing up to the spineless Republican party but I’m not so sure about jumping on the bandwagon of anyone who opposes the Republican status quo. It seems like anyone who stands up to the powers that be, gets a ringing endorsment: the enemy of my enemy is my friend. This is not necessarily a good plan of action. I don’t know much about Hoffman so I sincerely hope they know what their getting. It could end up a bite in the bu**.

kmarie on October 31, 2009 at 1:36 PM