Conservative/G.O.P. split in the process of occurring? (Part 2)

Deke Rivers is amongst the many bloggers to discuss turmoil that has occurred in the New York state 23rd congressional district, with Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava suspending her campaign as Conservative Party candidate Douglas Hoffman started to get the support of many (former?) Republican operatives who seem wedded to the identity of being “Reagan Republicans.” Even Republican chairman M. Steele, who said just last week that he stood with Scozzafava. But since then, he has since recanted that statement. The Republican national committee now supports Hoffman.

Is this a suicide pill strategy by the G.O.P.? By endorsing Hoffman and sending hundreds of thousands of dollars his way, the inexperienced candidate may soon find himself drawn into their web. Becoming an actual Republican would weaken the Conservative Party, who would lose their star candidate. And the G.O.P. would continue its seemingly inalterable lurch to the hard right all the while.

Perhaps it’s not that simple. What Are You Looking At? ponders if the G.O.P. is planning a second edition of its 1994 “Contract [on] America,” and the ultimate numbers guys at fivethirtyeight.com point out that the voters in New York’s fighting 23rd who like Scozzafava also like Obama, but dislike Hoffman.

We’ll find out soon how this race turns out, but the evolution goes on.

(Wait, did I just say Republicans can evolve? Really?)

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Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.

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