UPDATE: Well I take back everything I said. Scozzafava today threw her support to the Democratic candedate Owens.
“I am supporting Bill Owens for Congress and urge you to do the same,” she said. “In Bill Owens, I see a sense of duty and integrity that will guide him beyond political partisanship. He will be an independent voice devoted to doing what is right for New York. Bill understands this district and its people, and when he represents us in Congress he will put our interests first.”
Independent voice? Plus, hey Newt, she signed a “no tax” pledge. My guess is, Owens isn’t on board with this one either. Hat tip on this one goes to the SO Son who writes:
Shouldn’t this spur Repub’s to see how messed up their party is? This woman was a dem the whole time and now we can all see for what it is.
I agree and here’s why. Her pro choice stance is a non starter with me for most candidates, but that isn’t what makes her a Dem, and while it would influence my vote, it would not so many other conservatives and libertarians. Her stance on card check does. No Republican, none, can support this bill. Otherwise … well, you’re a Democrat.
We now return you to the original post.
At the UCONN game but wanted to bring your attention to Dede Scozzafava dropping out of the race in New York’s 23rd District. The RINO’s withdrawal might leave room for Doug Hoffman to step in as the conservative independent who will no longer be branded a third party spoiler destroying chances for Republicans.
Hot Air was speculating 18 hours ago. As the folks at Red State point out, while this is good for conservatives, it’s not for Republicans. And like it or not, this is a TWO party system.
Take this as a one time event and a major mistake by out of touch beltway Republicans. Our game should be to send a message to the establishment, not start a third party.
Note (by Steve), this post was cleaned up and edited by me since Jim had trouble posting from the game. I’ll also add the following…
I agree the events of today should not be an indicator a third party is the way to go. I’d much rather the party stalwarts like Newt Gingrich learn from the wave that swept over New York’s 23rd in what really amounts to about three weeks.
But, we have a problem with Scozzafava’s suspension of her campaign. The election starts in about 60 hours and her name will still be on the ballot and absentee voters have obviously already voted. This may turn into a legal battle with claims of voter disenfranchisement. If it’s close, Democrats could claim many absentee voters who chose Scozzafava would have chosen Democrat Bill Owens.
If you thought the Franken mess in Minnesota could not happen again… well… I think we will see that type of mess again.
I guess for now we’re waiting to see of Scozzafava officially endorses Hoffman and goes to work for him during the last hours of the campaign.