New York faux-Republican congressional can’t-idate Dede Scozzafava takes a double-hit today, one from the Washington Times, another from the Wall Street Journal. Also taking a hit from the Times are the milkweed “leaders” of the congressional GOP, past and present, who back Scozzafava. And now it turns out that Weekly Standard reporter John McCormack, all but accused of being a stalker by the Scuzzy-fava campaign, had a tape recorder going during the polite questioning for which the Scuzzies sicced the police on him — and, lo and behold, he never once yelled at the candidate, forcing a retraction from her smear-job-specialist/press aide. Just as a simple, objective observation having nothing to do with who should or should not win that special election, it’s safe and fair to say that Ms. Scozzafava has had two extremely, amazingly, incontrovertibly awful days. For that matter, so have Pete Sessions and the NRCC gang who can’t shoot straight and who have wasted tens of thousands of dollars of ad money attacking the Conservative candidate, Doug Hoffman, rather than attacking the Democrat, whatshisname Owens, all on behalf of a candidate so far out of the Republican mainstream that she is to the left of Owens and whose dealings with respected conservative media are decidedly gauche.
UPDATE: National Review’s editors weighed in as well.