(LA Times) – The gulf between the moderate and conservative factions of the Republican Party appeared to spread Sunday when the Republican former candidate in a contentious congressional race endorsed the Democrat.
Scozzafava’s decision infuriated Republicans who had stuck with her, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
He told the AP that he was disappointed and “deeply upset.”
“How could she have accepted all that support?” he said, adding later, “I’m very, very let down because she told everybody she was a Republican, and she said she was a loyal Republican.”
Gingrich now backs Hoffman — who had sought the Republican nomination, joining the Conservative ticket after his bid failed.
(LATimes quote, by way of Weasel Zippers.)
Newt Gingrich isn’t a rosey-lipped maiden; to the contrary, he’s a man with years of experience intensely involved in a range of the political: issues, behaviors, campaigns, legislative events and strategic planning.
So it is difficult — extremely so — to even imagine that he’s shocked and awed at the manipulations taken by Dede Scozzafava and the allegedly “local” “Republicans” in the New York Congressional 23rd District campaign in which Scozzafava was hoisted as the Republican nominee while declaring numerous policy perspectives that affirmed routine, Democratic Party platform fare. Most of us voters among the Right were, however, shocked and awed when the likes of Newt Gingrich endorsed Scozzafava.
We voters nationwide were not only shocked and awed that Scozzafava was nominated in the first place, but that, worse, she was endorsed by the GOP via Party-handlers among Republicans, by persons with the national scope of that held by Gingrich, specifically.
There’s no excuse, no explanation, for these endorsements other than they represent a group among the GOP who were and might remain asleep-at-the-wheel, but certainly out of touch with most voters in the Right (although there is always the dreadful possibility that certain operatives within the GOP use the GOP to rally support for the Democratic Party goals, which appears to have been the case with the Scozzafava nomination).
The endorsements of Scozzafava were inexcusable in any context except that some key Republicans endorsed wretchedly rejectable Leftwing issues by way of supporting Scozzafava’s candidacy on the GOP ticket.
However, voters on the Right (on the Right on issues) are supporting the Conservative in that campaign — Doug Hoffman (Conservative Party) — because he’s offering the one candidacy through which Conservative issues are being respected and represented. Scozzafava withdrew her candidacy and then endorsed — to no one’s surprise — the Democratic Party candidate in that same election — Bill Owens — who is now Hoffman’s lone opposition.
Gingrich’s implausible explanation — quoted above — is a weak, insipid response. If he’s been so easily misled by the likes of Scozzafava, what does that say about Gingrich’s abilities? Or is he again misleading the rest of us, as Scozzafava (among other Democrats) has attempted?
The Left continues to deceive. Even when it involves registering as Republican, running for office and garnering RNC support, as Scozzafava has done, including millions of dollars from the RNC, the Left continues to deceive. However, it’s a wan and vain response by Newt Gingrich to indicate he’s “disappointed” in Scozzafava — who merits a more awful redress than meekly worded declarations of awe.
She cheated; treat her like a cheater. But Gingrich? Fooled easily or easily fooling?
Related, and very interesting reading, from Red State: