How the Republicans can lose by underestimating their strength.
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Just What the Doctor Ordered
It is a matter of judgment as to when, but sometimes third party candidates and even spoilers are necessary to discipline a hopelessly wayward Republican Party. Also next month is a special election in New York to fill the seat of Republican Rep. John McHugh. Sneaking away with the Republican nomination for the seat, despite strong local opposition, is ultraliberal state Rep. Dede Scozzafava. She even has past ties to ACORN and the ultraleft Working Families Party. Her election would only help the Obama leftists, as the media heralds her as the new, modern Republican, and she votes for the Obama neo-socialist agenda.
Fortunately, the New York Conservative Party is running a true Reagan Republican, Doug Hoffman. The latest poll: Scozzafava 20.3%, Democrat Bill Owens 17.3%, and Hoffman 17.0%. Reagan Republicans, free market conservatives, tea party patriots, traditional values conservatives (Scozzafava is pro-choice and pro-gay marriage), nationwide, need to pour resources into this race. Seriously, I am like Paul Revere at Lexington and Concord here. A win by Hoffman would be a political jolt that would help conservatives in the Republican party nationwide.
Congressional Republicans underestimate the grassroots anger that will not tolerate support for President Obama’s leftist agenda. Any Republican who votes for the Obama/Democrat health care takeover will be marked not just for a primary challenge, but, if necessary, for a third party spoiler with the express purpose of driving the apostate from office. If enough Senate Republicans vote for Obamacare in the end, then a national third party will be started, and the Republican Party will implode. At a minimum, don’t be surprised if an Independent Conservative Party is started in Maine in the next few months.
The same goes for those Republicans who are sufficiently uninformed on the issue to vote for cap and trade. That is why Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) badly hurt his chances to win the open Illinois Senate seat next year by voting for the ridiculous, unjustifiable House cap and trade bill. Even environmentalists opposed the bill riddled with special interest loopholes. Though the bill would take us all the way back to 1907 by ultimately trying to reduce fossil fuel use by 83%, even radical environmentalists admit it would only slow temperature increases by an absurd 9/100ths of one degree. Conservatives in Illinois need to meet and coalesce around a true Reagan alternative to Kirk, who is running as a McCain poster boy.
Hang Together, or Hang Separately
The battle for the future of America is in the Republican Party. Conservatives, tea party patriots, taxpayer activists, even free market libertarians need to join the fight over whether we will have a Reagan Republican party, or a McCain Democrat party, or a dysfunctional party whose vote is hopelessly split by third party spoilers. The threat to our country is now more serious than ever. If we don’t figure this out, we will lose our country, and the world will enter the New Dark Ages.
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