Scozzafava Nation

Last week, we learned that some RNC members will push for the passage of a purity resolution at GOP’s winter meeting in January.

The resolution lays out ten ideological points that all Republican candidates must adhere to. If any candidate differs on more than 2 of those points, they will get no support whatsoever from the RNC. Here are the points:

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Winner To Loser: Embrace Your Base

Successful Gubernatorial candidate Tim Kaine gives some retrospective advice to failed Gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds:

Kaine said the key to victory for Democrats in a highly competitive Virginia is recognizing that party members need not be “apologetic” about their affiliation to find success. He noted that about 200,000 more people voted in the Democratic primary for president on a frigid February day in 2008 than cast ballots for Deeds this year, and said McDonnell successfully spooked Deeds by suggesting that Virginians had grown anxious about the Democratic agenda.

“I think the issue of being nervous about the Virginia electorate was overdone and I think Creigh did exactly what the McDonnell campaign hoped he would do, which was distance himself from the president and national issues,” Kaine said.

[Emphasis mine]

The absolute worst thing Democrats can do in 2010 is to abandon their core values.

Democrats lost in 2002 and 2004 because they ran away from their beliefs and tried to act like Republicans. Democrats won in 2006 and 2008 because they embraced  and ran on progressive ideals.

I live in VA and I can tell you that Deeds ran an abysmal campaign–it was something you would expect a Democrat circa 2002 to have run. He ran away from his party, away from progressivism and away from his President; Deeds ran a soft, weak campaign steeped in ideological capitulation.

Embracing your base vs. running away from them makes the difference between winning and losing.

Democrats can’t allow themselves to be cowed by the right. Why do you think conservatives are always concern trolling about Democrats being too liberal? It’s because they want to scare Democrats away from progressivism, because weak Democrats create Republican majorities.

Want proof? Just ask Governor-elect Bob McDonnell. I bet he could tell you all about it.

FL-SEN: The GOP Civil War Rages On

Undaunted by their epic failure in NY-23, conservatives are looking to scozzafava Florida’s 2010 Senate election.

Incumbent Republican Senator Mel Martinez is retiring that year, leaving his seat open. The Democratic candidate will be (in all likelihood) Congressman Kendrick Meek; the GOP primary will be between Governor Charlie Crist and FL House Speaker Marco Rubio.

Even though Gov. Crist is a pretty strong favorite to win both the GOP primary and the general election, the right has decided that  they will do everything they can to keep him from winning the Republican nomination.

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NY-23’s Aftermath: One More Vote For Health Care Reform (UPDATED)

Newly-elected Rep. Bill Owens says he will vote for the Democratic health care reform bill:

Rep. Bill Owens (D-NY) can be counted on as a “yes” in this weekend’s expected vote on the House Democrats’ health care bill, announcing his support in a press release.

This legislation will reform the insurance industry and provide increased access to affordable healthcare without taxing healthcare benefits, cutting Medicare benefits or raising taxes on the middle class, and that is exactly the direction we need to go,” said Owens. “There are still changes I would like to make, including raising the payroll exemption for small businesses, but like I said last week, there is a fundamental need for reform and we must act with a sense of urgency.”

[Emphasis mine]

Let’s give credit where credit’s due–this vote for health care reform really belongs to Sarah Palin and the teabaggers.

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Tomorrow Never Dies (Though Perhaps It Should)

Even though I’ve been writing a lot about NY-23, there are several other major elections going on tomorrow–namely, the gubernatorial elections in VA and NJ.

It’s doubtless that, no matter how those elections turn out, some people are going to try to argue that the results indicate how the 2010 elections will play out.

But is there really any kind of reliable correlation between the gubernatorial elections in VA and NJ and the following year’s Congressional elections?**

Well, let’s take a look:

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Conservatives Self-Immolating In Upstate NY (UPDATED)


There goes the big tent...

Conservatives are tearing themselves apart in the special election in NY-23. They’re being pulled between two right-wing candidates, thus giving the Democrat an unexpected boost in this traditionally Republican-leaning district.

Here’s the background: Republican Congressman John McHugh was tapped by President Obama to become Secretary of the Army, so this election will determine who will take his seat in Congress and finish out the remainder of his term.

The Democratic candidate is attorney Bill Owens, while the Republican candidate is State Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava. There is also a third-party candidate, the Conservative Party’s Doug Hoffman.

Right-wingers have soured on Scozzafava, portraying her as too moderate for their tastes. Because of that, many of them are now flocking to Hoffman; in fact, some conservatives are going as far as urging the GOP to drop Scozzafava and back Hoffman.

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