Palin on Scozzafava’s withdrawal: Now we must unite

posted at 7:09 pm on October 31, 2009 by Allahpundit

Totally true, and precisely Gingrich’s point in endorsing Hoffman so quickly after Team Dede threw in the towel this morning. But there are a lot of Scozzafava supporters who’ll read this tomorrow and wonder why Palin wasn’t worried about unity when she dropped the hammer on their preferred candidate — who, by the way, was her party’s nominee — last week.

Which is a long way of saying that while the message is correct, Sarahcuda may not be the optimal messenger here. Remember, according to today’s Siena poll, Scozzafava voters approve of Obama to the tune of 64 percent. They didn’t poll Palin’s favorable rating, but given this bloc’s center-left tendencies, you can imagine how she’d fare among them.

A Time to Unite

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.

With Congress poised to overhaul one-sixth of our economy with so-called health care “reform” (which is really a government takeover of health care) and with plans to enact a cap-and-tax bill just as our economy struggles to recover, Doug Hoffman will be a voice for fiscal responsibility and common sense in Washington.

We need candidates like Doug now more than ever. In these final days of the campaign, it’s vital that Doug continue to receive the enthusiastic support of those who want to bring common sense to Washington. Let’s help make it happen! You can help Doug by visiting his official website today and offering your support: https://www.doughoffmanforcongress.com/donate3.html

Hoffman, smartly, has been beating Owens over the head with Pelosi references in his attack ads. I wonder if Palin’s high-profile entry into this race is going to earn her the same treatment from Owens in any new ads he might be preparing to try to win over Scozzafava voters. Don’t think so? Check out this new over-the-top fundraising e-mail from James Carville on behalf of the DCCC. Exit quotation: “Help us raise $500,000 in response to Sarah Palin’s fundraising for the tea party nut jobs.”


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Apparently Dede is endorsing the Democrat. Doesn’t that absolutely tell the story?

Here’s my real question. How could Gingrich and Steele support someone like that?

AnninCA on November 1, 2009 at 12:38 PM

Apparently Dede is endorsing the Democrat. Doesn’t that absolutely tell the story?

Here’s my real question. How could Gingrich and Steele support someone like that?

AnninCA on November 1, 2009 at 12:38 PM

To get votes at any cost. To get the GOP tent to cover abortion and government care shills like you.

oceansidecon on November 1, 2009 at 12:49 PM

If Dede endorses Owens and throws the election to him, will the big lie be “Right-wing nuts cost the GOP” or will it be the truth- ” Idiots at local RNC select fake Republican- blow sure win”.

jjshaka on November 1, 2009 at 12:58 PM

If Dede endorses Owens and throws the election to him, will the big lie be “Right-wing nuts cost the GOP”

Yes. Yes it will.

The only thing worse than Newt is a taunting, superior Newt.

SagebrushPuppet on November 1, 2009 at 1:02 PM

If Dede endorses Owens and throws the election to him, will the big lie be “Right-wing nuts cost the GOP” or will it be the truth- ” Idiots at local RNC select fake Republican- blow sure win”.

jjshaka on November 1, 2009 at 12:58 PM

I’m sure the media will try to pin the blame on the “teabaggers”, their new favorite label for conservatives. But the GOP leaders will have major egg on their face if Scuzzy backs Owens, regardless of the election outcome.

Our biggest complaint about Schizo is that she’s a DIABLO. Well, endorsing the Dem would pretty much confirm that.

Doughboy on November 1, 2009 at 1:06 PM

Teabagger has officially replaced neocon in the Left’s Dictionary of Demonizing those who don’t agree with them.

Speedwagon82 on November 1, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Screw the Carvilles and full speed ahead!

profitsbeard on November 1, 2009 at 1:51 PM

And Allahpundit Continues His Jihad Against Sarah Palin.

Clearly, XXXXpundit still does not have the faintest grasp of what independent minded voters want or that his view about politicians is basically a Beltway centered view.

XXXXpundit, try getting a clue about American values of honesty and straight talking and love of freedom and independence from the government.

Michelle M: Why do you keep this guy here

georgealbert on November 1, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Michelle M: Why do you keep this guy here

georgealbert on November 1, 2009 at 1:55 PM

AP has an interesting, often skeptical, take on things. I give Michelle credit for having his voice in the mix along with Ed and herself.

To knock out Obama, Pelosi & Co. it will take more than just a belief that Palin is great and the media is corrupt. AP seems to have a good ear for what works beyond the base.

dedalus on November 1, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Hey teabaggers. Good luck winning the Presidency and taking back Congress with a Conservatives-Only party.

Grow Fins on November 1, 2009 at 2:15 PM

Alert!

Sarah just posted this on Facebook:

Sarah Palin: NJ’s Governor’s Race: Candidate Plays Loose With Facts?

Today at 12:43pm
Despite what candidate Chris Daggett is claiming, I have never contacted him or his campaign. I have never asked him to drop out of the NJ Governor’s race. Now, if a politician is going to play loose with facts like this, the electorate needs to know it.

So, to the good people of New Jersey, please know that Daggett’s claims are false. I’ve never even suggested he should drop out of the race. But, come to think of it…

- Sarah Palin

Oh man……This is going to get good!

gary4205 on November 1, 2009 at 2:47 PM

Hey teabaggers. Good luck winning the Presidency and taking back Congress with a Conservatives-Only party.

Grow Fins on November 1, 2009 at 2:15 PM

Thanks, but with the horrible results coming from the democrats and Obama, it shouldn’t require luck. Running on the opposite side of stupid failed liberal policies is the easiest path to victory.

ray on November 1, 2009 at 2:56 PM

Hey teabaggers. Good luck winning the Presidency and taking back Congress with a Conservatives-Only party.

Grow Fins on November 1, 2009 at 2:15 PM

Well, the filthy lying coward in the White House has been so bipartisan, hasn’t he? His party has worked with Republicans on all the important legislative initiatives like the Stimulus and healthcare reform, no?

Bottom line, moron, the conservatives are just doing what your bastard president and his party are doing? If you are going to be critical of the 9/12 crowd, you need to also be critical of Democrats if you don’t want to be hypocritical.

Standing by for you to denounce the filthy lying coward for shutting out dissenters from his life. …

highhopes on November 1, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Where will NY-23 leave their honey pot? Inside earmarks for their neighbors company or community organizers, or with their Tea Party neighbors and in their own tree? Unity has never been so clearly defined.

FeFe on November 1, 2009 at 2:59 PM

Hey teabaggers. Good luck winning the Presidency and taking back Congress with a Conservatives-Only party.
Grow Fins on November 1, 2009 at 2:15 PM

Hey, Code Pinker, good luck winning the Presidency and Congress with an anti-American Socialist-only par…wait, never mind.

joejm65 on November 1, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Doesn’t the endorsement prove she was just a Dem in Rep clothing? Her support had been shrinking to nothing, so how much is her endorsement worth?

joedoe on November 1, 2009 at 3:50 PM

…while the message is correct, Sarahcuda may not be the optimal messenger here.

What, you can only ask for unity if you’ve demonstrated that you’re willing to compromise on principle? That’s what it would have taken for Palin to endorse Scozzafava.

Of course, she did have the option of simply sitting the race out. And if there had been no Hoffman candidacy, she probably would have.

But Hoffman was a candidate, and even before Palin’s endorsement he was gathering momentum.

The thing about winning is that it’s over the objections of your opponent that you do it. That’s true in politics, sports, and war. It’s also why you can’t “win” a marriage or a parent-child relationship or a friendship. The concept doesn’t even apply.

As far as I’m concerned, it’s silly to say Palin can’t choose the candidate she wants to support and then ask for unity behind him. This isn’t a vote on admitting someone to a country club, it’s a vote about America’s political future, and who will shape it. Damn straight, I want political leaders standing on principle, and asking for unity behind that.

J.E. Dyer on November 1, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Hey teabaggers. Good luck winning the Presidency and taking back Congress with a Conservatives-Only party.

Grow Fins on November 1, 2009 at 2:15 PM

Hey douchebagger.you should’ve grown a brain first. I for one am tired of watching you swim in a left circle.

huckelberry on November 1, 2009 at 4:04 PM

Sarah Palin To NJ Candidate Chris Daggett: You Lie!

http://thespeechatimeforchoosing.blogspot.com/2009/11/sarah-palin-to-nj-candidate-chris.html

gary4205 on November 1, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Does Allapundit ever miss an opportunity to dump on Palin? I think there were a lot of other “Republicans” that also endorsed Hoffman and for good reason!

rcastle on November 1, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Should Mr. Steele decide to step down or conservatives give the party a vote of no confidence by withholding contributions, I think Sarah Palin would be an excellent choice for Chairman of the RNCC. Get her feet wet and see how she does and what direction she’d try to take us.

My only reason for saying this: ‘Bambi would be throwing things through the walls of the Oval Office. Delicious!

24K lady on November 1, 2009 at 4:39 PM

Sarah Palin! Sexy lady! And nice brains too! And plenty of time to work out at the Conservative gym. Gonna kick some serious butt next match.

Cybergeezer on November 1, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Grow Fins on November

Back to your fish bowl, fool!

Cybergeezer on November 1, 2009 at 4:49 PM

profitsbeard

How about Carvillecrats?

Cybergeezer on November 1, 2009 at 4:56 PM

Hey teabaggers…
Grow Fins on November 1, 2009 at 2:15 PM

Upon seeing this term yet once again, I felt that I had to reiterate what I told you (or one of your insect brethern) months ago in a CL rant/rave:

“And, as in most things, please remember that it is infinitely better to be a -er rather than an -ee™; so although I find the use of term somewhat demeaning, I alternately find it amusing because it is used in the wrong context to be truly insulting. Basically, by calling us that, you say that “we” are the top and “you” are the bottom or, in other words, that “WE” are the Dom; as well as portraying us as being primarily homosexual.

I do not think that is exactly what “your side” was aiming for, but that is the result nevertheless.”

Oh Mercy on November 1, 2009 at 4:57 PM

Hehee how’s that uniting working out for ya, buttercup?

benny shakar on November 1, 2009 at 5:46 PM

AP – you have said some d-bag things about Palin in the past, but this one really takes the cake. Palin didn’t turn her back on a candidate that was chosen by the people in a primary process. Dede was chosen by some spineless, entrenched apparatchiks in the GOP. I know you are not that clueless. When Owens himself was positioned to the right of Scozzafava’s stance, that’s telling me something. Too bad the soon to be extinct GOP bosses and the RNC didn’t have the balls to make a stand.

ArmchairEnergist on November 1, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Everyone should cut A-pundit some slack. His favorite candidate drops out of the NY-23 race, and Boobs McCain still won’t ‘Friend’ him on Facebook. He’s just not having a great week.

rmgraha on November 1, 2009 at 6:02 PM

Allahpundit, I have to wonder how that Republican Unity angle is working out for you. Since the RINO dropped out, she’s endorsed the other Democrat in the race, and so we’re left to wonder. What are we supposed to support the Republicans for? Is it for the honor of supporting Party over principal? Is it the idea that Republican Socialism is more paletable than Democratic Socialism?

You support the Republicans blindly Allah, I’ll stick with my Conservative values. Voting for a person because of a letter after their name is childish. It’s the tactic the Democrats always use, and it’s morally and logically bankrupt. It’s how this nation got into the mess it’s in now. Fools on both sides of the aisles who had the same plan, but different means of getting to the end game.

It’s time to change the system all right, and it’s past time to throw the RINO’s back on their side of the aisle, with the other Democrats. If we don’t stand for something, then there isn’t any reason to vote for a Republican, other than asinine party loyalty.

I’m loyal, to the nation, to the conservative values that founded it, and to the conservative principals that have kept it great. Individual liberty and freedom Allahpundit, are the cornerstones of this nations greatness. Not blind support of a political party.

Snake307 on November 1, 2009 at 6:04 PM

Snake307

Go to some other blog you ingrate.

Grow Fins on November 1, 2009 at 6:31 PM

Go to some other blog you ingrate.

Grow Fins on November 1, 2009 at 6:31 PM

2 days left..

the_nile on November 1, 2009 at 6:38 PM

Hey teabaggers. Good luck winning the Presidency and taking back Congress with a Conservatives-Only party.

Grow Fins on November 1, 2009 at 2:15 PM

As long as Obama and the libs are running things, the angst toward them and the RINO’s will carry this country to elect a real patriot in 2012.

Thank you for giving us Obama. In Obama, the despicable nature of the liberal is exposed for all to see and never again will Americans be fooled by a slick talking democrat scum bag.

csdeven on November 1, 2009 at 6:57 PM

Hey teabaggers. Good luck winning the Presidency and taking back Congress with a Conservatives-Only party.

Grow Fins on November 1, 2009 at 2:15 PM

Won’t need much luck if ol’hopey changey keeps screwing up by the numbers.

Fighton03 on November 1, 2009 at 7:00 PM

Hehee how’s that uniting working out for ya, buttercup?

benny shakar on November 1, 2009 at 5:46 PM

so far..so good.

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/11/01/ppp-poll-hoffman-up-big-in-two-man-race/

Fighton03 on November 1, 2009 at 7:04 PM

Remember, according to today’s Siena poll, Scozzafava voters approve of Obama to the tune of 64 percent.

Who gives a rip what they think?

Herb on November 1, 2009 at 9:29 PM

How could Gingrich and Steele support someone like that?

Simple: Party before principles.

For those who think Palin is stupid, reckless, or generally doesn’t know what she’s doing…please re-read the first paragraph before sticking your foot in your mouth. She knows–first hand–that this is what is rotting the GOP from the core. You can either be part of the problem, or be part of the solution. She’s choosing the latter; and like-minded conservatives will receive the lion-share of the votes on the right.

Crazy, I know. Listening to the public. Weird. How Maverickey.

CatsGodot on November 1, 2009 at 9:53 PM

Sixty four percent socialist support for the RINO? Shocking.

AES on November 1, 2009 at 10:54 PM

I want to personally thank Republican Dede Scozzafava for acting so selflessly today in the NY District 23 race.

It was sure selfless all right. Too bad it wasn’t meant to help the republicans/conservatives. What an incompetent, she did the one thing that would sink the guy she was trying to help. Just goes to show, moderates can’t get ANYTHING right. Tell us Dede how does that make you feel? (As if I give a F#*&!)

Pole-Cat on November 1, 2009 at 11:36 PM

My take…

Newt and the “elites” of the party always talk about how they want a “big tent”. They see how the Republican Party is perceived (and the stereotype portrayed/enforced by the State Approved Media) as a party of rich old white men, Christian fanatics, homophobics and hypocrites, and of course don’t forget gun-toting, teabagging racists. They are well aware, of course, that this stereotype keeps many minorities from ever even thinking about the Republican Party. They are desperate to “rebrand” and attract more blacks, hispanics, gays, and other diverse groups into the “tent”. However, rather than fight that stereotype and attract new people with ideas, they want to fight it with appearances: Look, Colin Powell is a Republican, Dede is a Republican, see how accepting and wonderful we are! This is a huge fail, of course, because “real” Republicans can see that these people either endorse very Democrat ideologies, or even endorse actual Democrat candidates, and Democrats see the desperate tactic and are rightly cynical about the sincerity of the Republican Party’s openness, because they are latching onto anyone, trying to be one of the “popular kids”. This tactic just makes the party easier to portray as racist and out of touch.

What these elites fail to see, is that they have bought into the stereotype. They don’t see themselves that way, of course, but they see the conservative movement that way. And we’re NOT that way. I don’t know of any conservative who would want to exclude any person from the party, as long as they were for smaller government, personal responsibility for their actions, and supported the Constitution. I think there will always be debate between the social conservatives and socially-liberal conservatives, but no party has (or should have) a 100% unanimous membership, and it needs to be known that when religion and social issues are brought up, that debate is welcomed, not excluded.

Tea Parties have begun to draw minorities because of the *ideas* represented. There are people from all walks of life who embrace conservative ideals, and who are surprised when they meet a conservative and find that we are not racist, bigot, religious fanatic, gun-brandishing lunatics. Bringing back and communicating true conservative ideas through the grassroots, lead-by-example way is the only way to get more people into the tent. Treating conservatives like the embarrassing relatives who show up for Thanksgiving is not the way to go about it. They need to come back to fiscally conservative values and emphasize the things we have in common: The desire to follow the Constitution, strong national defense, secure borders, small government, individual liberty and property rights, etc. And let newcomers know that we accept them and we welcome debate on the social things we may disagree on. That’s the true “big tent”.
In my opinion.

Boudica on November 2, 2009 at 5:03 AM

Which is a long way of saying that while the message is correct, Sarahcuda may not be the optimal messenger here

When is Palin EVER the “optimal messenger” (to you) AP?

For the life of me, I can’t figure out why you hate her so much.

Squiggy on November 2, 2009 at 6:44 AM

Wait – I just figured it out. It was the turkey, wasn’t it?

Squiggy on November 2, 2009 at 6:45 AM

Exit quotation: “Help us raise $500,000 in response to Sarah Palin’s fundraising for the tea party nut jobs.”

Weak.

Count to 10 on November 2, 2009 at 10:21 AM

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