Hoffman Bid Shows Conservative Muscle

The Democrat response to their recent election-day thumping is rather incredulous. For instance, while Sarah Palin phoned in her support for conservative US Congress candidate Douglas Hoffman in upstate New York, Obama made five personal appearances on behalf of Democrat incumbent governor Jon Corzine in New Jersey. Yet when Hoffman lost, the media said it was a big defeat for Palin. But when Corzine lost they said it was not a defeat for Obama but that the New Jersey election was all based on local issues.


Wouldn’t it seem like it was the other way around if you thought about it rationally?


The 2009 election was a big victory for resurgent conservatism and Republican core values, something that conservative true believers have been predicting since Obama’s election. Because we know that Democrats always overreach and shoot themselves in the ballot.  And we know that the liberals are terrified that conservatism will rebound and counter the radicalism of the Democrats with pragmatic and widely appealing limits on government.


The surprisingly strong showing of accountant and businessman Hoffman in New York state’s rural 23rd congressional district really proves how strong the conservative movement is, while the media and the White House have played his electoral loss as a weakness.


Here is why Hoffman’s showing was part of an evolving pattern of growing strength for conservatives, even though Hoffman lost the race by 3.5 points (49% of the vote for Democrat Owens to 45.5% for Hoffman):


Hoffman entered the race only two months before election day on the third-party Conservative ticket. By the time he entered the race and was known, the Republican party had rallied around super-liberal New York state assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava and had given her $900,000 to work with. But between the time of his joining the race and election day, Hoffman had pushed Scozzafava out of the race entirely with his popularity.


This is a sign of strength, not weakness.


If this same scenario had happened in, say, 2005, Hoffman would have pulled down perhaps 4% of the vote. That Hoffman ended up with 45.5% is astounding and a real sign of the times.


But the media do not want Americans to recognize what happened – that in a short time a conservative came out of nowhere and practically won – but only what did not happen – that Hoffman did not win. This is classic media spin.


The 23rd district went for Obama in the 2008 election by 5 points, so it is no longer the Republican bastion that it had been and that has been portrayed by Dems. The 23rd is like many rural districts in America that are no longer nearly as conservative as they once were because liberals today can move out from the cities, live in rural areas, teach at community colleges and state colleges in small towns, and can make a living through the internet or through the advanced communications and transportation systems available to all Americans today.


Now consider the following:


*That Hoffman not only pushed Scozzafava out, but did so without a big organization. This is indicative of the strength of the New Conservatism, that his candidacy would flower primarily by word of mouth and internet.


*That most of Hoffman’s strength was driven by newly-aroused conservatives whom the media marginalize repeatedly. What these media do not want to admit is how widespread and mainstream is opposition to Obama. Just look at the Republican victories in New Jersey and Virginia. A recent Rasmussen poll showed that a whopping 58% of those polled think that it is very likely that the next president will be a Republican. This is a sign of strength, not weakness.


*That much of the media and public discourse in 23rd district population centers like Potsdam, Canton and Plattsburgh (with New York state university campuses), Ogdensburg, Massena and Watertown, are pro-Democrat like much media in America. Owens was endorsed by the Watertown Daily Times and the Syracuse Post-Standard, the big paper in the region. He also was endorsed by the SEIU union, the people who beat up town-hall protesters last summer.


*That academics in state universities and in community colleges all over the district certainly made a public stand for Democrat Owens. That vice president Joe Biden even flew in for Owens. That many of the public school teachers throughout these areas have been radicalized against conservatives by the unions, with the New York State United Teachers endorsing Owens.


*That Scozzafava threw her support to Democrat Owens two days before the election. That Scozzafava, even after withdrawing from the race still got 5.5% of the vote, which would have helped Hoffman to win if he had gotten it instead.


Yet Hoffman still came close, a sign of strength.


If Republican leaders had held a primary and allowed the voters to pick their candidate instead of forcing Scozzafava on them, things would have been very different. Imagine if Hoffman had won a primary in July and had been given the $900,000 that the Republicans had given Scozzafava. He would have won easily. Imagine if Hoffman were on the mainstream Republican ticket, which would have increased his appeal much more than a third-party presence.


And when Hoffman runs in 2010, as he says he is going to, he will win if the Republicans do not sabotage him again. Because disenchantment with Obama will be stronger than ever.


Hoffman was criticized for being too focused on Washington and national issues like the debt, tort reform and a flat tax, that he was not involved enough in local issues. This is a typical  criticism coming from liberals who don’t believe that their local officials should handle local issues, but that all issues should be addressed from Washington.


Yet Hoffman was controller for the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics and helped it to be profitable. And he has contributed to his communities through his lifetime of business acumen – not politics. Which does not count among liberals, of course.


And the criticism of Hoffman as too Washington-centered is a Democrat’s way of thinking about a congressman. Because liberals think that they send people to Washington to get money and marching orders for the home district while today conservatives want to send their congressman to Washington for the opposite reason – to stop Washington from taking that money in the first place.


In Florida, Republican governor Charlie Crist, who is running for the US Senate as a ‘moderate’, said that he agreed with Obama’s stimulus because its monies helped the state of Florida to pay its bills. Yet this is more of the same thinking.


In other words, why does not the state of Florida just raise its own state tax rates to raise its own money? Why do federal taxpayers all over America – including those in Florida – have to send extra money to Washington to get it back to Florida to pay Florida’s bills?


This is the way liberals think – that all money belongs in Washington and is distributed from there. That is why conservatives like Hoffman have become active, and why conservatives do not like Crist but support conservative Marco Rubio. And that is why conservatives made a rebound this year and will continue to do so next year, and for many years to come.


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