Dede Scozzavava was the New York Republican 23rd Congressional District nominee who was endorsed by the N.R.A., the NY GOP establishment and even Newt Gingrich in a special election held November 4th for that district. To provide some context, this is a district that has remained in Republicans hands since the Civil War. So this election should have been a walk in the park for the average Republican. But then there was Sarah Palin.
Now I know a few of you reading this just said under your breath, “Oh No, what did she do?” Well I’m not coming against Sarah Palin, so put your verbal nooses down. She did this one all by herself, no Democrat needed.
If Sarah Palin would have practiced her campaign propaganda the Republican in this special election may have won, but it was Sarah Palin who said that the Republican candidate in this special election wasn’t conservative enough and when on to endorse the ‘Conservative’ candidate Doug Hoffman in addition to Tim Pawlenty, Michael Steele, Rush Limbaugh, Mike Huckabee, Dick Army and the nut jobs who follows him (no pun intended).
So Mrs. Scozzafava eventually dropped out of the election days before it was to be held and endorsed the Democrat, Bill Owens. So you can imagine the outrage from the far right that brought on, but that’s not the end of the story. On Veterans Day Mrs. Scozzafava was a guess on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” when she was giving the GOP a hint with this warning to her fellow Republicans and its ‘leadership’.
“Republicans have an ideology that is really not based on any sort of substance that can move an agenda forward, that can really help people in this country. I don’t think it’s good for the health of our party. Any party that just tries to purge members that might have any sort of independent thinking, eventually will run itself to very much of a minority status. I think any sort of party has to be willing to solve the problems have to look at things sometimes differently. And you do have to drive towards some sort of consensus building.” – State Rep. Dede Scozzafava (R-NY)
No disrespect to Dede Scozzafava, because in my opinion she was being honest in her criticism of her own party. Warning the GOP that ‘the political house is on fire’ and to stop blowing oxygen and just put the fire out is a plea made by many. The Republican Party is in trouble in all directions. To persist on purging its moderate membership as a political strategy is like providing oxygen to a house fire, eventually the house will burn to the ground.
The Republican could have and may have rightfully won this congressional seat that’s been held by Republicans for the past 150 years if national Republicans, especially ones like Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and Dick Army would have kept their mouths shut and let her do what she does. So in a partisan moment I would like to do the rare act of thanking Sarah Palin, Dick Army, Michael Steele, Rush Limbaugh and all of the others who helped elect a Democrat in New York’s 23rd Congressional District. Keep up the good work.
References & Inspirations Politico – 11/12/09 “Dede Scozzafava: GOP not based on substance”