Saturday, October 31, 2009

Shake, Rattle and Roll: 'Gingrich Endorses Hoffman', Plus, 'Conservatives Send Message to GOP'

The GOP establishment's definitely getting a shake-up! This calls for some be-bopping:

Okay, from CNN, "Gingrich Endorses Hoffman":

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who came under fire from some conservatives for endorsing Dede Scozzafava in next week's special Congressional election in New York, is now backing Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman.

Gingrich made the announcement via Twitter shortly after the Republican Party nominee Scozzafava announced she was releasing supporters from their commitment to back her.

"Scozzafava dropping out leaves hoffman as only anti-tax anti-pelosi vote in ny 23 Every voter opposed to tax increases support doug hoffman," Gingrich wrote on Twitter.
Also, Dana Loesch has a major essay, "Scozzafava Quits Race; Conservatives Send Message to GOP":

This race was the bellwether race, a civil war between conservatives and the Democrat-lite within the Republican party. I've been following the announcement and fallout all morning over at Dump Dede, the website I created as a catalog of news on the race - and also as a way to encourage the GOP to serve country over self. I think it was a gracious move for Scozzafava, though it is telling that she didn't endorse Hoffman on her way out.

A couple of weeks ago
Neil Cavuto asked me about the contention between tea partiers and the GOP due to some of my earlier sentiments. My response was that the GOP had developed a habit of not offering a clear choice in many elections, and that's what elections are all about, right? Choice? I pointed to the contentious race in New York's 23rd district where the GOP were actually campaigning against conservative candidate Doug Hoffman, who had been rejected by the GOP elite in New York. Days later I held a press conference with Bill Hennessy on behalf of various tea parties across the country to tell the GOP to "put up or shut up" and endorse conservatism. We took some serious heat from the GOP for it, too. Several Missouri candidates did so and as conservatives across the country revolted, more and more conservatives within the GOP stood to be counted.
More at the link.

Plus, check all the commentary at
Memeorandum; see, especially, Jimmy at The Other McCain, "NY-23: Gingrich Endorses Hoffman," and Allahpundit, "Gingrich Endorses Hoffman."

Added: William Jacobson, "Doug Hoffman Is Scaaary!":

Expect a full-out media blitz by the Democrats in the last three days of the campaign to portray Hoffman as the reincarnation of Timothy McVeigh.


Dave said...

Once Newt gets that omelet pried from his face, he should consider returning to teaching history.

All that time inside the beltway has damaged the man.