Thursday, November 5, 2009

Despite Upstate NY Loss, Right Wingers Press On For Ideological Purity

One of the shrinking group of moderate Republicans, Dede Scozzafava, was pushed out as a candidate for New York States' northernmost Congressional district by right-wing forces that included Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, The Wall Street Journal and The Weekly Standard. They favored Conservative Party candidate Douglas L. Hoffman, who lost to Democrat Bill Owens (left).

So what's the conclusion of the coalition behind Hoffman, the first Republican to lose the area in generations? Is it time to moderate the GOP's message and not subject candidates chosen by party districts to primary challenges? Here are two characteristic comments:

“To the tireless grass-roots patriots who worked so hard in that race and to future citizen-candidates like Doug,” [Sarah Palin] wrote on her Facebook page, “please remember Reagan’s words of encouragement after his defeat in 1976: the cause goes on.”

...Other conservatives, too, were not deterred by the New York defeat. Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, a conservative organization that strongly supported Mr. Hoffman, said that conservative activists intended to play a role in Republican primary and general elections next year and that it was just as important to keep unacceptable politicians out of Congress as to help others win.

May "the cause go on" for these true believers in their effort to root out "unacceptable politicians." With only 20% identifying as Republicans, the lowest since 1983, let them continue their quest for ideological purity.

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