Has NY 23 Become The Wake Up Call The GOP Has Needed

Doug Hoffman the Conservative Party candidate is poised to take a Republican seat in the New York 23rd Congressional District. The GOP candidate Dierdre Scozzafava, whose credentials were not much better than the Democrat running dropped out and endorsed the Democrat which changed the entire picture in this key 2009 race. The RNC and many prominent Republicans endorsed Dierdre Scozzafava just because she was running on the GOP ticket placing party above principle which has been a problem for Republicans for several years.

Michael Steele stated that he supports Doug Hoffman in his bid and never supported the candidate chosen by the local Republican party. Newt Gingrich who initially supported the GOP candidate has since changed his support to Hoffman. Now the RNC is running radio ads supporting Hoffman urging voters in this key race to support conservative values, ideas and the Conservative party candidate. Following is an example of one of the radio spots.

“Whose side are you on?

The Pelosi/Patterson tax and spend train wreck? Or do you believe in Republican conservative values, like thrift, personal responsibility, and family. Let’s tell the liberals, enough is enough. No more bailouts, taxes and budget busting spending. It’s time to create jobs, with proven conservative ideas like lower taxes. Let your voice be heard, join the movement to bring real conservative change. Tell the politicians, no more, we won’t let you bankrupt America. We need conservative leaders who stand up for our values. Fight Back! Vote conservative, it matters like never before.”

Has this embarrassment for the GOP in the New York 23 finally become the wake up call that the party has needed for years ? And if so is the support they are showing for the conservative candidate prove that the Republican party is heeding the wake up call ? Conservative candidates are already mounting challenges to strong well known GOP candidates gearing up for primaries prior to the 2010 election. On of the most prominent challenges faces Florida’s Charlie Crist who openly supported Obama’s stimulus package angering conservatives yet still supported by the GOP.

The GOP leadership has long bought into the idea that the only way the party can win is to cater to liberal elements in the party and those elected in Congress have regularly caved into Democrat style policy of expanding government and spending like drunken sailors. Doug Hoffman’s run in New York proves that even in this most liberal of states, Americans are tired of liberal politics and are reaching out for conservative ideas and values. If the GOP is truly taking heed to this wake up call then the party stands to make great gains in 2010. If not and politics as usual continues with the GOP, conservative may totally abandon the party that has abandoned them leaving a void in the midst and a possibility of Democrats continuing as the majority party despite the fact that the majority of the country disagrees with Democrat policy and liberal ideas.

Ken Taylor  The Liberal Lie, The Conservative Truth