Now I absolutely give up. You’ve got to be kidding me Sarah, Not Republican Enough?
NY State Assembly Representative Dierdre Scozzafava is the Republican running in the State of New York’s 23rd U.S. Congressional District special election that is being held on November 3, 2009. Her challengers are Bill Owens (Democrat) and Doug Hoffman (Conservative).
Now what have become interesting about this special congressional race is not the candidates necessarily, but who has endorsed the candidates, in particular the Republican and Conservative candidates.
Side-note: This is a conservative district in New York, but I guess since the Republican Party is so unpopular or have aligned itself with the extreme and outrageous that it’s more politically socially acceptable to cast yourself as a Conservative instead of a Republican. That’s like having a Liberal candidate instead of just calling themselves a Democrat. Whatever floats your boat.
Newt Gingrich and other state Republican leaders and notables have publicly endorsed the Republican, Dierdre Scozzafava. She enjoys the usual support from the N.R.A., Newt Gingrich, Congressional Republicans and NY State Republican leaders. This is typical and expected. She’s a Republican and they support the Republican candidate. I see nothing out of the ordinary politically in my opinion.
But then we have Sarah Palin who weighs in via Facebook Notes “Sarah Palin: Support Doug Hoffman” by taking a political swipe at her fellow Female Republican Dierdre Scozzafava more so than the typical jab at the Democrat when she said…
Quote from Sarah Palin’s Facebook Page:
Doug Hoffman stands for the principles that all Republicans should share: smaller government, lower taxes, strong national defense, and a commitment to individual liberty.
Political parties must stand for something. When Republicans were in the wilderness in the late 1970s, Ronald Reagan knew that the doctrine of “blurring the lines” between parties was not an appropriate way to win elections. Unfortunately, the Republican Party today has decided to choose a candidate who more than blurs the lines, and there is no real difference between the Democrat and the Republican in this race.”
Side-note: Umm Dick, you don’t say that the Republicans have already lost. That’s called speaking defeat before they’ve even had a chance to win or lose.
Not only Sarah Palin, but that Dick Army is even going against his own party’s candidate. This brings up some interesting questions I think Republicans and Conservatives should be asking themselves.
- So why are some Republicans going against other Republicans? Sarah, I’m not even a Republican and I know the 11th Republican Commandment by the very person you referenced, Ronald Reagan during his 1966 Gubernatorial Campaign, “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.”
- Sarah I know you are not suggesting that there is a Republican political machine that props up unworthy Republican candidates for office?
- The important question for New York Republicans/Conservatives to be asking or finding an answer to is this. Who do Republicans believe in this race; the Republican or the Conservative?
Who do you think is benefiting from all of this? I dare you to make a politically strategic guess.
Normally I would try to inject some level of consideration, logic and even some political strategy into the equation, but what’s the use. The people who look up to Sarah Palin will not listen anyway and the people who support Newt Gingrich will only be suspicious of anything I have to say anyways, even though we agree on this point. I wish you well in your decision.
To my fellow Democrats, gently inject the question of the obvious division within your opponent’s campaigns but answer it by not focusing in on your opponents political ideological split, but what you have to offer.
Some may get upset with me, but I’m not attacking the GOP, your fellow conservatives/republicans are. The strategy I’m suggesting is not new, but hasn’t been perfected by any party. I’m just making a suggestion.