For the left to spin the Scozzafava meltdown as a sign of Republicans making moderates feel unwelcome in the party, they must ignore several facts about her nomination and the support she received from local and national units of the GOP. After county GOP chairs in upstate New York tapped the liberal Assemblywoman as the Republican candidate, the RNC and NRCC readily rallied to her cause, sending in money to the campaign and staffers to the districtsd.
So, clearly the party establishment was really to rally round a “moderate.” It’s the grassroots that revolted.
But, would the grassroots have revolted had Ms. Scozzafava been a “moderate” of the Giuliani school, liberal on social issues, conservative on fiscal and national security ones? Or, how would a Cheney-like candidate have fared, conservative on all issues, but gay ones?
Having followed the tea party movement and participated in some of its rallies, I believe we’d be looking at an entirely different race today had Dede Scozzafava been a “moderate” of the Giuliani-Cheney school. Had she embraced the ideas of the tea party protests and stood strong against the spendthrift “so-called stimulus,” the tea party activists wouldn’t have protested her candidacy.
As I’ve said before, it’s the federal spending, stupid.