I think it’s safe to say that I’ve been completely enthralled with watching what’s been happening in Upstate New York. The 23rd district of New York has no one representing it in the US House of Representatives. Which is why there’s going to be a special election on Tuesday, November 3rd. As is usual with any election, there is a Democrat and a Republican running for the seat. Only this time, both of those candidates were liberals. Enter Doug Hoffman, a lifelong Republican who was sick of the closet liberals hiding in the GOP closet. He entered the race as an Independent, for the Conservative Party.
Everyone knows that third party candidates don’t stand a chance of winning elections, right? Right? Maybe not. Mr. Hoffman picked up steam quickly, even though the odds were stacked against him. He was operating on a shoestring budget, and the Republican machine (specifically Newt Gingrich and the National Republican Congressional Committee) endorsed Ms. Scozzafava, the Republican candidate.
This has been fascinating to watch, because it’s the first time that we’re seeing Tea Party Principles being put into practice. MSNBC can dismiss us with crude name-calling comments. The Speaker of the House, the 2nd in line for the Presidency, can call the movement AstroTurf, not real grassroots activism. The President himself can tell us to get out of his way. The media can completely ignore a 9/12 March on Washington, which was attended by at least 8 people. Or maybe over a million. Counting is hard!
The race in New York is proof that us liberty loving Americans are not in the minority. We are not Democrat haters who only care about having Republicans in office. We are simply sick of our elected officials trying to run our lives for us. They do not give us our rights, God does that. The government can only protect those rights. Doug Hoffman is an ordinary man, but he understands that the Constitutional principles of limited government. After all, a government that can give you everything can also take it all away. When Doug Hoffman began getting substantial numbers in the polls, it showed Washington that Conservatism is not a fringe movement. It is a snowball, and baby, it has just begun to roll down the hill.
The Washington Elite are getting scared. I think the liberals hiding in our GOP closet are the most terrified, and they should be. Dede Scozzafava has certainly been acting like a scared mess of a person. She called the cops on a reporter that had the audacity to ask her about some of her liberal positions. She set up a ridiculous press conference in front of one of Hoffman’s campaign offices, which ended up as a horrendous photo-op that did her no favors.
Yesterday, October 31st, she finally picked up her toys and went home. She officially withdrew herself from the election, saying,
It is increasingly clear that pressure is mounting on many of my supporters to shift their support. Consequently, I hereby release those individuals who have endorsed and supported my campaign to transfer their support as they see fit to do so. I am and have always been a proud Republican. It is my hope that with my actions today, my Party will emerge stronger and our District and our nation can take an important step towards restoring the enduring strength and economic prosperity that has defined us for generations.
You know, I actually grew a little bit of respect for the lady. She seemed to understand that due to some of her liberal positions, many of the Republicans voting in the election would be forced to choose between her or the more conservative Doug Hoffman. She took one for the team when her numbers kept slipping, removing herself from the race and almost ensuring a win for Hoffman.
That respect lasted almost 24 hours, right up until she endorsed the Democratic candidate Bill Owens.
Halloween is over. I guess Dede Scozzafava has finally taken off her Republican costume.