Audio: Scozzafava’s robocall for Owens

posted at 5:29 pm on November 2, 2009 by Allahpundit

Listen here. This isn’t all she’s done for him, either: He asked her to swing by an event at the VFW and she merrily obliged. A forlorn John Boehner wonders where it all went wrong:

The top-ranking House Republican told reporters on Monday that he regrets having supported former GOP House candidate Dede Scozzafava…

“This lady clearly has as agenda that’s different than most Republicans; she was out there promoting herself,” House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said, noting that he has encouraged all members of the GOP conference to support Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman.

Way to piece it together, JB. The irony here is that it’s moderate Republicans who’ll end up being the big losers from Scozzafava’s betrayal. Not only does she make them look untrustworthy (or rather, more untrustworthy than before) but increasingly it seems like they’re not even going to get Hoffman’s scalp as a consolation prize. Check out this eye-popper from the crosstabs to today’s new Siena poll:

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Hoffman’s favorable rating among Scozzafava voters is now 35/41, a 20-point gain in just two days (it was 15/57 on Saturday). By comparison, Owens’s favorable rating among them has shifted from 19/50 on Saturday to … 20/52 now. Clearly her supporters are breaking towards the conservative — or were. The question is what her stumping for Owens will do to those relative support levels.

Here’s the RNC’s new ad for Hoffman, by the way. The word “conservative” figures prominently.


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I’m generally fine with the big tent approach, but no tent would’ve been big enough to cover DeDe.

PackerBronco on November 2, 2009 at 6:33 PM

He is a weak, feckless leader that is incapable of articulating conservative principles. He supported Scuzzy from the beginning, not Hoffman.

Blarg the Destroyer on November 2, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Apparently you haven’t been keeping up with what JB has been doing in the House lately. He’s the strongest voice we have against the lefty Obamabots and their agenda.

But that is what is wrong and just what I said. He (Boehner) chose party over principle.

Big Orange on November 2, 2009 at 6:21 PM

JB did not “choose party over principle”…Remember, before all the hoopla, no one knew a “NY-23″ even existed, much less who was running. Boehner didn’t knowingly endorse Scozzy…he simply didn’t back Hoffman, since he wasn’t running on the GOP ticket.

JB realizes Hoffman is the right choice, and endorses him now. Don’t see the problem with that.

JetBoy on November 2, 2009 at 6:36 PM

*oops….quote fail…

JetBoy on November 2, 2009 at 6:37 PM

p.s. I predict a Hoffman/Scuzzo rematch in November 2010.

BuzzCrutcher on November 2, 2009 at 5:55 PM

No way. Scuzzofalafel is toast. No one will trust a turncoat. You can buy her off for a while if it serves your purpose but she won’t win your affection for a betrayal – even if you’re the beneficiary.

Ironically, her best response would’ve been to support Hoffman, hope he loses and then she becomes a viable candidate for 2010; but she’s a loser and has no future in politics.

PackerBronco on November 2, 2009 at 6:38 PM

Boehner endorsed Scuzzyfever.

But he was redeemed by Sarah, and is now on the Sarah/Hoffman bandwagon.

I am willing to forgive Boehner, but not Newt.

Norwegian on November 2, 2009 at 6:23 PM

John Boehner does not need redemption from Sarah Palin.

JetBoy on November 2, 2009 at 6:38 PM

As Rush Limbaugh said… she’s guilty of wide-spread bestiality. She has screwed all RINOs, current and future.
And that’s a good thing.

Enoxo on November 2, 2009 at 5:36 PM

So right. And what he said Pelosi killing the Blue Dogs, and how PETA should get involved… classis Rush.

TXUS on November 2, 2009 at 6:39 PM

The fact that the Republicans chose her over Hoffman says volumes about what Boehner and other party leaders thought. He has no spine at all. He is a perfect example of what is wrong. He could have gotten behind Hoffman from the start but he went with Gingrich and Steele.

Big Orange on November 2, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Boehnor had absolutely nothing to do with picking her. Maybe he SHOULD have interfered, but who could have imagined the local GOP leaders would be this f*cking stupid?
And people generally don’t like interference from “outsiders” (just ask Newt …)

BuzzCrutcher on November 2, 2009 at 6:39 PM

This is part of the bigger problem with Republican leadership–that Boehner supported her in the first place. Should we re-gain of the House, I would NOT want Boehner to be Speaker.

varnson on November 2, 2009 at 6:40 PM

John Boehner does not need redemption from Sarah Palin.

JetBoy on November 2, 2009 at 6:38 PM

I guess that’s why he sent her multiple ‘THANK YOU!’-messages over Twitter right after Sarah gave her blessing for his Health Care speech.

Norwegian on November 2, 2009 at 6:43 PM

This is part of the bigger problem with Republican leadership–that Boehner supported her in the first place. Should we re-gain of the House, I would NOT want Boehner to be Speaker.

varnson on November 2, 2009 at 6:40 PM

Speaker Michele Bachman has a nice ring to it.

TXUS on November 2, 2009 at 6:43 PM

JoeinTX:

“Thank goodness the GOP leaders have enormous grasp of the obscenely obvious, er, in hindsight.”

Only if Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney don’t count as GOP leaders, since both of them are still in hiding on this.

Brave, brave Sir Robins, both of them.

And for those who hype their credentials as conservative leaders, compared to Sarah Palin: heartache.

David Blue on November 2, 2009 at 6:44 PM

But that is what is wrong and just what I said. He (Boehner) chose party over principle.

Big Orange on November 2, 2009 at 6:21 PM

Well, he is a PARTY LEADER, so that may have something to do with it.

Boehner has his shortcoming, but the decsion to blow a bunch of money on Scuzzy was made by the RNC and the RNCC, neither of which Boehner leads.

BuzzCrutcher on November 2, 2009 at 6:44 PM

Automated Message by Conservatives for the 2010 and 2012 elections:

(*phone rings*)

“Hello”

(cankles voice in drawn out hiss)

“Sssssssscooooooozzzzzzzzzzzzaaaaaaafffffffffaaaaaaaavvvvvvaaaaaa…!”

Conservative landslide win!

Seven Percent Solution on November 2, 2009 at 6:45 PM

I guess that’s why he sent her multiple ‘THANK YOU!’-messages over Twitter right after Sarah gave her blessing for his Health Care speech.

Norwegian on November 2, 2009 at 6:43 PM

Oh, dear lawdy…Saint Sarah must give her blessings…

A “Thank You” for agreeing with Boehner’s Health Care speech is hardly “redemption”. Boehner has been working his arse off over health care, not only fighting ObamaCare, but coming up with a GOP proposal to fix what needs fixing, and highlighting what works.

Palin had nothing to do with it.

JetBoy on November 2, 2009 at 6:46 PM

JetBoy on November 2, 2009 at 6:36 PM

And that is a problem. He is a weak leader. He threw his support behind a pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, pro-card check, tax raising Democrat running as a Republican.

You say he is the strongest voice we have right now. I agree with you, and that is the problem. He, along with Michael Steele, need to submit their resignations on Wednesday and let real conservatives run the show.

Blarg the Destroyer on November 2, 2009 at 6:47 PM

Who cares about principles? Neither of the two parties! All they care about is maintaining their power and the 2 party system.

Resolute on November 2, 2009 at 6:48 PM

I’m generally fine with the big tent approach, but no tent would’ve been big enough to cover DeDe.

PackerBronco on November 2, 2009 at 6:33 PM

If you’ve ever been to Africa, it’s hard to throw a tent over a RINO.

TXUS on November 2, 2009 at 6:50 PM

But Scooooooooooozafava is the MODERATE REPUBLICAN WHO CAN WIN ELECTION FOR REPUBLICAN, RIGHT?

LIKE SNOWE COLLINS ETC.

MODERATES ARE ACIDS TO CONSERVATIVE IMAGE. NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

TheAlamos on November 2, 2009 at 6:53 PM

Oh, dear lawdy…Saint Sarah must give her blessings…

A “Thank You” for agreeing with Boehner’s Health Care speech is hardly “redemption”. Boehner has been working his arse off over health care, not only fighting ObamaCare, but coming up with a GOP proposal to fix what needs fixing, and highlighting what works.

Palin had nothing to do with it.

JetBoy on November 2, 2009 at 6:46 PM

Are you a Catholic?

Americannodash on November 2, 2009 at 6:54 PM

Wow, Hoffman’s numbers are really moving. I hope he wins this thing by a big margin. That would send a message. Of course, whether or not anybody in the RNC would actually understand the message is a different issue . . . .

AZCoyote on November 2, 2009 at 6:55 PM

John Boehner: Scuzzyfever has my FULL support

Eh, it wasn’t for Sarah, Boehner would be a dead man walking right now.

Norwegian on November 2, 2009 at 6:58 PM

What do you want to bet that she shows up on Odumbo’s guest list?

ultracon on November 2, 2009 at 6:58 PM

Are you a Catholic?

Americannodash on November 2, 2009 at 6:54 PM

Yep…Not sure what that has to do with anything tho…

JetBoy on November 2, 2009 at 7:05 PM

John Boehner: Scuzzyfever has my FULL support

Eh, it wasn’t for Sarah, Boehner would be a dead man walking right now.

Norwegian on November 2, 2009 at 6:58 PM

That doesn’t show that Boehner was campaigning for her…only that Fort Drum, in her district, would be of importance. That’s why he would put her on the ASC if she won.

Scozzafava said Fort Drum, which encompasses a large part of the congressional district, is vitally important to her constituents, and said Boehner’s desire to put her on the committee shows he recognizes its importance.

He’ll do the same for Hoffman I presume.

JetBoy on November 2, 2009 at 7:08 PM

JetBoy on November 2, 2009 at 7:08 PM

And some people call us the Stupid Party…

Get a grip man. Boehner blew it. He failed conservatives and conservatism with his support of Scuzzwuzzy. How hard is that to see?

Blarg the Destroyer on November 2, 2009 at 7:13 PM

All Boehner does is carry huge stacks of Democrat paper around Washington, drop them on desks and podiums with a thud, and exclaim about how big they are. What a dunce.

jay12 on November 2, 2009 at 7:16 PM

Yep…Not sure what that has to do with anything tho…

JetBoy on November 2, 2009 at 7:05 PM

As a catholic you should know better then to call her a saint. Stop calling Sarah Palin a saint. She is an American who speaks with conviction of the core principles of life, liberty & the pursuit of hapiness. When you call her a saint all it does is weaken any statement provided by you. Let’s wait for when the Pope decides she is worthy.

Americannodash on November 2, 2009 at 7:18 PM

John Boner!!!—No Duh!! What the hell–
Leaders who follow instead of lead end up with NY pigeon doo doo all over their camera mugging profiles.
Time to stop following your RINO elites from NY and DC and start heading home to listen to your constituents. Maybe you would have backed the right candidate from the start.
Or start following the lead of the new bloods (Palin, Phawenty, instead of the country club’s ass kissers like Newt!

chickasaw42 on November 2, 2009 at 7:18 PM

The irony here is that it’s moderate Republicans who’ll end up being the big losers from Scozzafava’s betrayal. Not only does she make them look untrustworthy (or rather, more untrustworthy than before) but increasingly it seems like they’re not even going to get Hoffman’s scalp as a consolation prize.

Consolation prize? Every single republican “moderate” should be made to stand in the corner with a dunce cap, and write “I am not a socialist statist” 500 times on the blackboard. Oh, is that raaacist?

rmgraha on November 2, 2009 at 7:26 PM

Hey Newt–see if you can borrow the “Reset Button” from Hilary.

chickasaw42 on November 2, 2009 at 7:41 PM

The irony here is that it’s moderate Republicans who’ll end up being the big losers from Scozzafava’s betrayal. Not only does she make them look untrustworthy (or rather, more untrustworthy than before) but increasingly it seems like they’re not even going to get Hoffman’s scalp as a consolation prize.

Zackly. Lets hope Hoffman wins by more than the skin on his teeth, well its not skin, more like a film of bacterial growth or something.

Geochelone on November 2, 2009 at 8:05 PM

Boehner would have done a lot better if a couple of weeks ago he spent some time on HotAir…we are not a bunch of posters fiddling around.
We are the backbone of the conservative movement.
Many of us have differing opinions…but we can all analyze.
He, and others, need to spend a few hours a day, cruising through the posts…we were right on Bush, McCain, Palin, Hoffman. Right on the tea party’s, right on health care.
Get you nose out of Newt’s butt, and read what the real people are saying.

right2bright on November 2, 2009 at 8:42 PM

Question: Isn’t Scuzzy the epitome of what Glenn Beck has been talking about with regard to how there is no difference between the Dems and the Reps? The parties are one and the same. They want to keep each other in power and keep out anyone who’s not in the loop. Or else clearly she was a Demo dressed as a Rep just like Snowe and Collins are in the northeast. Time to clean house and get some new blood in there. Amen!!

ranzofola on November 2, 2009 at 8:55 PM

Nothing says Vote For Me! quite as loudly as a 265 pound, butch-haired woman in a pink pantsuit.

She’s all yours, DNC.

Jaibones on November 2, 2009 at 9:32 PM

Zackly. Lets hope Hoffman wins by more than the skin on his teeth, well its not skin, more like a film of bacterial growth or something.

Geochelone on November 2, 2009 at 8:05 PM

Yeah…I really hope there is some money left over from the campaign for a good, industrial strength cleaning.

Jaibones on November 2, 2009 at 9:34 PM

JB realizes Hoffman is the right choice, and endorses him now. Don’t see the problem with that.

Too bad that someone in the NRCC didn’t realize that before they sank a cool $900K into Scozzadoozy’s campaign. And they want the opportunity to right the financial ship of state? maybe they ought to think to do some due dilligence first, and showing they can spend their own money wisely before asking to manage the country’s?

I R A Darth Aggie on November 3, 2009 at 9:31 AM

I wonder how a big a carbon footprint this obese woman has?

TrickyDick on November 3, 2009 at 1:45 PM

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