In a shocking move Dede Scozzafava, the GOP’s pick to run for Congress in New York’s 23rd District, has stepped down just days before the election. She claims that this is the right thing to do for the Republican Party and since she is running in third place in the polls, she decided to quit. Being the cynic that I am, I am willing to believe that the GOP leadership pressured her to step down for a number of reasons:
1. They realized that they made a huge mistake in picking her.
2. They realize that they will not win with Democrat-lite anymore.
3. They need to save face and do not want to admit that a bunch of grassroots Americans have more power than they do to affect real change in America.
4. They want to keep the Democrat out of office and realize that there best chance is Hoffman and want to ensure he gets more votes by garnering the votes of Scozzafava’s supporters. Although I believe those people lean to the left.
The Atlantic is reporting:
Republicans will derive two lessons from the results of this race. One is that the activist base of the party is becoming increasingly powerful in the one area that had eluded them: candidate selection. Other conservative Republicans may now feel more comfortable if they decide to challenge incumbents in primaries. Democrats, believing that Republicans will conservatize-themselves to death demographically, will take this as a positive trend for the long-term. The second lesson is that populist, regular guy candidates win in supposedly “moderate” districts.
All I have to say is, “Good riddance.” The Republicans better have learned their lesson.