This morning everyone and their brother has an opinion of what the Owens win in NY23 means. I'll throw in my two cents. I am of a Malkin state of mind:
Conservatives owe NY-23 candidate Doug Hoffman immeasurable gratitude. He overcame impossible odds (single digits just a month ago) to come within two points of defeating Democrat Bill Owens. Hoffman had zero name recognition. National Republican Party officials dumped nearly $1 million into the race on behalf of radical leftist GOP candidate Dede Scozzafava, who then turned around, endorsed Owens and siphoned off 5 percent of the vote with her name still on the ballot after she dropped out.Conservatives won a huge victory yesterday. We showed that we are viable movement that the established GOP must deal with.
Conservatives’ money went to pay for specious attack ads against Hoffman run by the NRCC like this.
Conservatives’ money went to support a GOP candidate who shares the same socialist alliances with fellow SEIU/ACORN/New Party/Working Families Party activist Patrick Gaspard, the Obama White House political director who intervened in the race to secure Scozzafava’s endorsement of Owens.
In 2010 social issues will not be in the forefront. The economy is in the tank and therefore, the economy will be THE issue. Conservatives will be looking closely at candidate's positions on taxes, Cap and Trade, ObamaCare, the Stimulus and programs that have killed employment and added to the deficit. In other words, this is not a good time to belong to the RINO wing of the party.
It is up to the GOP to decide if they want a repeat of NY23 in 2010. Only time will tell if they will take anything away from this loss or if they will wake up and start listening to the base. As I've said before, the ball is in their court.
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