Saturday, October 31, 2009

One Step Forward, One Step Back

For whatever it’s worth, Dede Scozzafava--Republican candidate for New York’s 23rd Congressional district--dropped out of a fierce three-way race today between herself, Democrat Bill Owens, and Conservative Party member Doug Hoffman.

Scozzafava had been doing poorly in local polling, plus had been taking a beating from out-of-state Republicans who saw her record as too liberal, preferring to back the staunch-right Doug Hoffman who is now the probable winner of next week’s election.

As to whether this proves true or not, as a non-New Yorker I don’t care much. Yet the circumstances by which so many Republican carpetbaggers jumped onto Hoffman’s bandwagon is very much a sign of a GOP badly trying to find itself by banking hard right – which will do nothing to attract those pesky centrist voters the party needs in national races.

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