Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Specter and Scozzafava Disappointing, Predictable

Two experiences are lessons for local GOP voters
What happens when Republican voters embrace candidates who fundamentally disagree with our message of limited government and lower taxes? Invariably the uncomfortable marriage results in disappointment and in some cases downright betrayal. So, for those advancing an abandonment of principle in favor of a “bigger tent,” COAST asks GOP voters to look towards real-life experiences in deciding who should be our leaders for the future. Read here about important lessons learned and decisions before us.

Arlen Specter
Arlen Specter was a consistent disappointment for advocates of limited government since he joined the United States Senate in 1980. He cemented his liberal credentials in 1987 by opposing Reagan nominee to the US Supreme Court Robert Bork and opposing the Clinton impeachment in 1999.

Specter fully embraced Washington’s big-spending ways in earlier this year by supporting President Obama’s $800 billion stimulus bill.

In 2004, Specter was challenged in the Republican primary by conservative Pat Toomey, whose primary theme was Specter’s treason on the tax and spending issue. However, (entirely predictably) most of the state and national Republican establishment, including President Bush and the state's other senator at the time, Rick Santorum, closed ranks behind Specter. Specter narrowly avoided a major upset with 51 percent of the primary vote.

Toomey went on to lead the wildly successful Club for Growth that has up-ended tax-and-spend Republicans nationwide.

On April 28 of this year, facing a defeat in a second Republican primary challenge from Toomey, Specter switched parties giving Democrats a filibuster-proof majority in the US Senate.

Dede Scozzafava
In September of this year, President Obama appointed long-time Republican Congressman John McHugh as Secretary of the Army, setting up an election for the open seat in Congress. In July, Scozzafava was selected by 11 Republican Party county chairs located in the New York’s 23rd Congressional district to be the Republican nominee.

In quick succession, Scozzafava was endorsed by the Log Cabin Republicans, the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), the largest labor union in New York State and liberal Democrat blogger Markos Moulitsas, of the Daily Kos.

Fortunately, Doug Hoffman running on the Conservative Party line in New York gave limited government voters a choice in the election.

Predictably, establishment Republicans such as Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and John Boehner backed Scozzafava. The National Republican Congressional Committee spent more than $900,000 to advance Scozzafava’s candidacy. Conservative Hoffman was endorsed by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.

Three days before the November 3, 2009 election, with poll numbers indicating that she was likely to lose in the three-way race, Scozzafava ended her campaign, releasing her supporters to "transfer their support as they see fit.” The following day, Scozzafava threw her support to Democrat Bill Owens, calling him "an independent voice who will put New York first."

Democrat Owens won the race by four percentage points and on November 7 became one of Nancy Pelosi’s votes for the new socialist Heath Care bill.

The choice of Hamilton County Republican voters
Hamilton County’s GOP has been plagued by candidates and elected officials who have embraced higher taxes and spending at every opportunity, including Congresswoman Jean Schmidt who voted in favor of all of Bob Taft’s tax increases, Sharonville Mayor Virgil Lovitt who repeatedly endorsed higher taxes and endorsed liberal democrats for election and Bob Taft himself.

Now, we face an election for an open seat for Hamilton County Commission. Whom should GOP voters support? A candidate with a long record of voting in favor of taxes and spending? A candidate who has endorsed liberal democrats in closely contested races? A candidate who publicly declares: “Just because I am a Republican doesn’t mean anything?”

Or should we favor a candidate who has consistently supported Republcian principles, the Republican Party and Republican candidates?

The choice is ours. Have we learned the lessons of Specter and Scozzafava, or will Republican voters continue to undermine their own cause.


  1. Scozzafava is my type of Republican.

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  3. Congratulations COASTERS & Teabaggers, you turned a solidly red district blue. NY-23 elected a Democrat for the first time since the civil war. Please, please please bring on more Palins & Hoffmans, you will guarantee Democratic majorities for years to come. You are a very small minority in this country.

  4. How are things in Virginia and New Jersey Cincy Capell?
    New Jersey, the bluest of blue states is now as red as the rash on the inside of your fat wife's thighs. Congrats to you and the rest of the Obama worshipers for all of your hard work. Please, Please, Please keep it up. You and your radical left ilk are a very small minority in this country.

  5. Thanks for revealing yourself Jeff Capell, now we know who Bim Turke & Bris Chortz are. I'll spread the word throughout the local blogosphere.

    And let's talk about those governor's races. Corzine was deeply unpopular within NJ, even by the state's own Democratic Party apparatus. They viewed Corzine as an outsider from the start and didn't even mobilize a GOTV effort on his behalf. Corzine did close a 20+ point gap in the polls in the final weeks of the election despite the lack of help from the state's Democratic Machine.

    In VA, Deeds ran to the right, criticizing Obama, HCR (even stating he would opt VA out of the program), coming out against federal economic stimulus packages and generally running against every platform of the Democratic Party. Guess what happened? Dems stayed home and didn't vote. The lesson of VA is clear; Democrats who run to the right in a sad attempt to appease the right wingers do do at their own peril. Democratic voters will not go out to the polls, and of course the right wingers won't vote for a Democrat no matter what they do.

    NY-23 on the other hand is a clear and unequivocal defeat for the Palinista/Teabagger right wing extremist 20 percenters. They lost a solidly republican district when moderate republican voters turned on them and said 'no thanks'. Hopefully you will run more Hoffman's all over the nation, and turn the nation bright blue.

    So long, suckers!

  6. Buck Green = Caleb Faux!

    I'm going to spread the word across the blogosphere!!!!!


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