BREAKING: NY-23: GOP Admits Defeat, Scozzafava Drops Out

From upstate NY’s Watertown Daily Times:

Dede Scozzafava, the Republican and Independence parties candidate, announced Saturday that she is suspending her campaign for the 23rd Congressional District and releasing all her supporters.

The state Assemblywoman has not thrown her support to either Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate, or Bill Owens, the Democratic candidate.

Ms. Scozzafava told the Watertown Daily Times that Siena Research Institute poll numbers show her too far behind to catch up – and she lacks enough money to spend on advertising in the last three days to make a difference. Mr. Owens has support from 36 percent of likely voters in the poll, with Mr. Hoffman garnering 35 percent support. Ms. Scozzafava has support from 20 percent of those polled.

To have a Republican candidate–who is running to replace a Republican incumbent–drop out due to lack of support and money is a massive, epic failure on the part of the Republican Party.

Really, it’s hard to overstate how much of a defeat this is for the GOP. Scozzafava started this race with a significant lead; for her to wind up trailing both the Democrat and a third-party challenger so much that she has to quit the race entirely makes hers one of the most disastrous campaigns in recent history.

It’s hard to say how Scozzafava’s resignation will affect the election. It’s probable that some of her supporters were conservatives who will switch to Hoffman, but it’s also likely that some of her supporters won’t back someone as right-wing as Hoffman and will instead vote for Owens. With only three days left until the election, though, I don’t think anyone can say for sure how things will go from here.

No matter who wins, though, the Republican Party has already lost. This is a humiliating defeat for Michael Steele and company, though I don’t doubt that RNC staffers will be working through the weekend trying to find some way to spin this failure.

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NY-23: Doug Who? (UPDATED)

ABSENTIA

The special election in NY’s 23rd Congressional District has become defined by the right-wing infighting between supporters of Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava and backers of Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman.

Despite the fact that Scozzafava is more conservative than your average New York Republican, the right has deemed her insufficiently conservative and are instead flocking to Hoffman.

My question is, who is the real Doug Hoffman? Do any of the people flocking to his candidacy really know all that much about him? Or are they simply backing him in order to stick it to a Republican Party they have also deemed to be insufficiently conservative? Is the right trying to make this race step 1 in an ideological purge of the GOP?

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Supporting The Troops

This morning, President Barack Obama traveled to Dover Air Force Base to personally welcome home and honor some of our fallen soldiers:

Obama Fallen Soldiers

Remember that image. Keep it in mind whenever anyone on the right accuses Obama of being anti-American or hating the troops or putting soldiers’ lives in danger by ‘dithering.’

And then remember that George W. Bush—the President we’re not supposed to talk about—never did this. Despite sending several thousand young men and women to their deaths, Bush never bothered to welcome them home in person or attend a single military funeral.

President Obama is on the verge of making a decision on Afghanistan that could result in more of those flag-draped coffins coming home. He should be thinking long and hard about whether or not that’s a price America should pay.

Take a look at that picture again. That‘s being tough. That‘s being Presidential: personally facing the potential consequences of your actions.

Just something to keep in mind…

Finally, Here’s Evidence Of A Republican Comeback…Right?

Here‘s a recent Gallup poll that some on the right have been circulating as proof that the GOP will make a comeback in 2010:

Conservatives continue to outnumber moderates and liberals in the American populace in 2009, confirming a finding that Gallup first noted in June. Forty percent of Americans describe their political views as conservative, 36% as moderate, and 20% as liberal.

So conservatives outnumber liberals by 2:1–that has to be proof of an impending Republican victory, right?

Well…

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Gingrich 2012?

Apparently, Newt Gingrich is considering running for President:

On C-SPAN this morning, Newt Gingrich was asked if was going to run for president in 2012.

Said Gingrich: “Callista and I are going to think about this in February 2011. And we are going to reach out to all of our friends around the country. And we’ll decide, if there’s a requirement as citizens that we run, I suspect we probably will. And if there’s not a requirement, if other people have filled the vaccum, I suspect we won’t.”

Newt Gingrich for President? Really?

Newt Gingrich, who hasn’t held elected office in 11 years?

Newt Gingrich, the first Speaker of the House to be disciplined for ethics violations?

Newt Gingrich, whose ethics problems led to him being forced out of office by his own party?

Newt Gingrich, who admitted to having multiple extramarital affairs?

Newt Gingrich, who admitted to having multiple extramarital affairs while going after Bill Clinton for his extramarital affairs?

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Philip Spooner Speaks For Me

Philip Spooner is an 87-year-old World War II veteran and lifelong Republican. He has four children–including a gay son–and earlier this year he spoke in favor of gay marriage at a hearing in Maine:

Maine is one of only 6 states where gay marriage is legal, but there is a ballot initiative–coming up to a vote on November 3rd–that could once again eliminate gay marriage in that state.

Watch the video, because Philip Spooner encapsulates exactly what the fight over gay marriage is about: our rights as Americans. It’s about upholding the values our nation was founded upon, the values many good young men and women died to protect.

It is written in the ink of our forefathers that “We hold these truths to be selfevident, that all men are created equal.” Philip Spooner understands those words–perhaps better than most of us–and I think it’s time we all followed his lead and stepped up to defend our basic American rights.

Abraham Lincoln was not a slave, but he stood up for the rights of slaves; Woodrow Wilson was not a woman, but he stood up for the rights of women; Lyndon Johnson was not a victim of segregation, but he stood up for those who were.

And I am not gay, but I will stand up for the rights of those who are.

Want to take action yourself? Visit the Vote No on 1 website at ProtectMaineEquality.org.