November 4, 2009

NY-23 post-mortem

Filed under: General politics — Alexander Omega @ 1:31 pm

Seems to me there are three lessons for the GOP to be drawn from their loss in NY-23.

1. Get it right the first time. Party elites tried to foist a leftist candidate on the base. When the base rebelled and Scuzzyfavor proved a fool to boot, they doubled down. If they’d backed Hoffman from the beginning and spent the $1m they gave to Scuzz on his campaign (instead of mostly against him), they’d have won.

2. Candidates matter. Scuzzyfavor proved she was obviously not a good candidate by any stretch. However, I’d been hearing that Hoffman wasn’t a great candidate either. Soft-spoken, ineloquent, not much of a campaigner. It seemed in the end that voters liked the idea of Hoffman more than Hoffman himself. They’re still a little too smitten with used car salesman types to reliably vote for normal guys. Also, it probably didn’t help that he actually lives slightly outside the district in question after 2001 gerrymandering.

3. DIABLOs are not blindly loyal to the party. Why then should conservative Republicans be? For years, the GOP has told conservatives to back for centrist and leftist Republicans out of loyalty. Thus, they received Bushes, Doles, and McCains. As this election proves, that’s a losing strategy. Obviously, there was the Scuzzy backstabbing. More than that, though, it appears a number of non-conservative GOPers voted for Owens over Hoffman. If DIABLOs don’t buy into party unity, exactly why should conservatives?

In short, what the GOP needs to become is a decisively, unapologetically conservative party. Trying to be a “me, too” party only delivers victory to the Dems.


November 2, 2009

NY-23 analysis

Filed under: General politics — Alexander Omega @ 9:52 am
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Over the weekend, leftist GOP nominee Dede Scozzafava withdrew from the NY-23 race. She then promptly endorsed the leftist Dhimmicrat.

Predictably, the AP and other so-called “news” organizations started crying loudly that this proved there was no room in the GOP for “moderates.” (I won’t dignify the opinion piece they pass as news with a link.) Get back to me when the Dhimmicrats have even one conservative – excuse me, “moderate” – in their Congressional caucus.

At any rate, this looks like a (smallish) win for Palin in positioning for 2012. She was the first to endorse Hoffman. Pawlenty eventually followed, but only after a “I don’t really know anything about the race” gaffe; makes him look like an opportunist. Gingrich lost big with his appeal to the wisdom of local party bluebloods. Romney neither hurt nor helped himself with his non-position.

There’s an avalanche coming. It’s up to the GOP to decide if it wants to be part of the landslide – or if it wants to be buried.

UPDATE: Politics Daily reaches a similar conclusion.

October 30, 2009

Quick blurbs for 10/30

Filed under: General politics,Sarah Palin — Alexander Omega @ 10:59 pm
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Overtaken by events: “The demands of Palin-bashing are incredibly time-consuming, of course. But still.”

Wondering about Levi Johnston. Make no mistake: he’ll be in rehab within a year and basic cable reality TV the year after that.

October 23, 2009

GOP elites, base at odds

Filed under: General politics — Alexander Omega @ 6:18 pm

Rasmussen has a new poll:

Just 15% of Republicans who plan to vote in 2012 state primaries say the party’s representatives in Congress have done a good job of representing Republican values.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 73% think Republicans in Congress have lost touch with GOP voters from throughout the nation. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided.

I’m guessing that 15% is the left-wing/blue-blood GOP, while the 12% are the moderates.


Filed under: General politics — Alexander Omega @ 9:16 am
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From James Taranto:

Once–until, oh, a year or so ago–the left used to insist that dissent was patriotic. Now that they are in power, they are indignant at the discovery that their power is not absolute. What a strange and insular bunch they are.

October 22, 2009

A kindergarten mentality

Filed under: General politics — Alexander Omega @ 3:51 pm

Yes, the Obama administration actually said this:

We kept ourselves from … responding, `I am rubber, you are glue,'” Dunn said.

UPDATE: Shut up, they explained.

October 21, 2009

Bogus poll alert: Gallup

Filed under: General politics — Alexander Omega @ 1:26 pm

Gallup has a new poll that purports to show Sarah Palin’s popularity has undergone a “slide,” according to the headline.

As always with all things Gallup, though, it pays to pay attention to the poll internals. They note that this is a poll of “


Filed under: General politics — Alexander Omega @ 11:04 am

Turns out the Energy Star rating is given to most applicances on the honor system.

But don’t worry: the government will be much more careful when they oversee your health care!

October 10, 2009


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October 9, 2009

You are either with us or with the terrorists

Filed under: General politics — Alexander Omega @ 6:29 pm

This is scummy even by historically low Dhimmicrat standards:

“The Republican Party has thrown in its lot with the terrorists – the Taliban and Hamas this morning – in criticizing the President for receiving the Nobel Peace prize,” DNC communications director Brad Woodhouse told POLITICO.

After spending eight years trying to find someone – anyone! – to challenge their patriotism, the Dhimms have spent the last eight months trying to find anyone whose patriotism they won’t challenge…

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