NY-23: Newt Gingrich for Scozzafava

Friday, October 16, 2009 at 10:25 am

The former Speaker of the House bucks the tide somewhat and endorses the GOP candidate in New York’s special election. The statement comes with typical Gingrichian hyberbole:

The Republican Revolution in 1994 started very much like what we see today. Like then, our country is reeling from misguided liberal policies, high taxes and out-of-control spending. This special election in New York’s 23rd Congressional District could be the first election of the new Republican Revolution, but we need the momentum to get it started.

If Republicans hold the 23rd district they won’t actually gain anything, but Gingrich realizes that a Democratic gain, even if it came narrowly as a GOP and Conservative Party candidate split the majority vote, would cut hard against the positive GOP narrative of the past few months.

In other news, Gingrich endorses “rising conservative star Liz Cheney’s” half-baked idea of sending an American soldier to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. (Neither Cheney nor Gingrich would be eligible, neither having served in the military.)

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Comment posted October 16, 2009 @ 11:05 pm

And what about the blatant hypocrisy of Conservatives? In 2006, Tom DeLay unexpectedly resigned his seat, which left the Republicans without a candidate on the ballot.

The Libertarian Party had a fine candidate in Bob Smither, a conservative local crime fighter hero, who pledged to “Caucus with Republicans,” if elected.

Despite enormous pleas and begging from local libertarian Republicans, the Houston/Ft. Bend County GOPs decided to run a ridiculous write-in campaign for Shelly Sekula-Gibbs.

Of course, it was predictable. Democrat Nick Lampson clobbered her. Smither still ended up getting 6%. He could've won, if it were not for the stubborness of Conservatives locally AND nationally (numerous appeals were made to Erick Erickson and RedState to no avail.)

And now the Conservatives want moderate and libertarian Republicans to back their 3rd party Conservative candidate?

I'd probably otherwise support Hoffman over Scazzofava were it not for the hypocrisy on 3rd parties by Conservatives – okay to back a Conservative, but not a Libertarian.

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