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Hope for Non-NY 23 Conservatives

by on November 4, 2009

Imagine if the National Republican Congressional Committee had supported Doug Hoffman from the start.  Instead of throwing money at a left-winger who remained on the ballot after she quit and repaid the organization by endorsing her erstwhile Democratic foe, Hoffman would be running for re-election in 2010 instead of aiming to win a rematch.


Instead, the NRCC wasn’t lucky enough to blunder into victory.  Their failure to inadvertently execute a New Coke/Coke Classic-type success should guide every decision they make through the same Tuesday of next year.  That includes their tactics across the nation in general and within Hoffman’s state in particular.  New York’s conservatives are entitled to feel that his respectable showing should inspire similar candidates who can carpool with him to Washington.  Can both Hoffman and Hoffman-types across upstate win House seats in 2010?


If nothing else, unabashed conservatives might do better than the liberal-leaning moderates indigenous to this region.  This is an opportune moment for the Republican Party to field limited-government candidates.  Based on the national mood, it might pay off in the ballot booths, or at least between the cardboard dividers.


That’s especially if unemployment continues to hover around 10 percent, the war in Afghanistan remains muddled, and two branches of the government join to see if they can spend 100 jillion dollars combined on nationalized health and carbon usage fines.  Voters are looking for genuine conservatives as a welcome alternative to Scozzafava-style stimulus supporters.


There’s no reason to keep inflicting Rockefeller Republicans upon the nation.  Party leaders may as well try to capitalize on the nation’s rising small-government sympathies.  It’s not like the state GOP should worry they might lose even more House elections.


There are formidable obstacles aside from standard concerns regarding whether true-right candidates are viable in the particular districts of a navy state like New York blah blah blah.  For one, there’s the reality that certain Congressional districts are shaped like crescents, not circles.


While the right to a district that’s wider than a two-lane road does not appear in the Constitution, representatives such as Louise Slaughter should nonetheless have to face a more naturally-shaped territory.  Standing opposed to alignments that keep incumbents safe is not a matter of supporting one party or the other: it’s about encouraging circumstances that allow citizens to enjoy a clear choice between the two.  That desirable situation is one not always seen locally for various reasons.


Additionally, Western New Yorkers who seek conservative options could use a slightly less disingenuous local paper.  Specifically, it would be nice to not endure condescending lectures from Buffalo News editor Margaret Sullivan, who has been the paper’s funniest writer ever since Dave Barry stopped contributing his syndicated column.  Her latest gem claims that editorial positions are staffed by reactionaries who will camp out to get the earliest available copies of Sarah Palin’s book from Walmart:

In the 10 active County Legislature races, we are endorsing eight Republicans and two Democrats.


In the Amherst supervisor’s race, we are endorsing a Republican, Barry Weinstein.

It’s not a Republican quota: please refer to it as conservative affirmative action.  And they’re not even done acting like tea partiers:

And in the two countywide races, we are endorsing one Republican and one Democrat: respectively, Philip Kadet for comptroller and John Glascott for sheriff.


So, of the 13 endorsements we’ll make this year, 10 go to Republicans.

Yep, endorsing a Republican for Erie County Comptroller balances out their last pick for President of the United States of America.  And random probability explains how they also happened to back Democrats in each of the four local House of Representative races in 2008.


The paper’s staff apparently forgot to pretend that they were balanced last year.  But things are different now, sort of.  By standing behind 77 percent of Republicans in local elections during an off year, Sullivan is claiming 10 pennies are worth more than five dimes.  That helps explain why their coverage of economic issues is so rotten.


If the News really wanted to come across as impartial, they could stop injecting left-wing junk into news stories.  They could even hire a second Republican.


Even without media assistance, the party ought to finally have the sense and conviction to represent conservative ideals.  Who knows?  Republicans might come across a principled opponent for Slaughter who doesn’t get, well, a synonym for “slaughtered.”



It would also be nice if Brian Higgins had to face an outright limited government advocate, if only for the prospect of forcing the present representative to get a private sector job.  There’s a first time for everything.  Either way, Hoffman shouldn’t have to go it alone next year.



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