I’ll leave it to other conservative bloggers to analyze the angry ramblings of left-wing bloggers and pundits now that liberal Republican Dede Scozzafava has suspended her campaign for election to Congress from New York’s 23rd District. Those posts (and column) I’ve read focused not on actual arguments conservatives have been making against the “stimulus” and “card-check” supporting Republican nominee, but on the antics of the conservatives make in the realm of their liberal imagination.
Had Ms. Scozzafava come out against the “stimulus” and card check, had stated clearly she opposes congressional Democrats’ big-spending initiatives and supported free-market reforms similar to those House Republicans have offered, she would not have seen her poll numbers sink as they did and likely would have stood a strong chance at being elected to Congress. Even if she were more liberal on social issues.
This is not about a far right takeover of the GOP. This is not about purging the party of those who differ from its mainstream on social issues. It’s about the spending, stupid.
Government spending has skyrocketed in the nine months since Obama took office, despite that Democrat’s campaign promise of a “net spending cut.” If Dede Scozzafava had put some significant distance between herself and the President’s free-spending Democrats, she would not have seen rank-and-file Republicans desert her in droves. Nor would independent voters be flocking to the Conservative candidate.
And since so many of our critics on the left quite often seem to ignore they points we make, let me repeat myself, borrowing a manner of speaking from the 1992 Clinton campaign, it’s the federal spending, stupid.
FROM THE COMMENTS: Major props to Alex in Denver for boiling our argument down:
Apparently, according to Senatus, one must be focused entirely on gay political issues to be legitimately gay. Sexual attraction to the same sex is not enough. Frankly one of the things I love about this blog is the recognition on the part of the authors that sexual identity is not the same as political identity. That leads to some tough choices: the post about endorsing Hoffman is an example. Ideally we gays who also support economic freedom and strong national security wouldn’t always have to parse our interests that way. However, that interest parsing, prioritizing, and selecting from among imperfect choices is precisely what makes this blog interesting to read.