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RNC/Steele/Gingrich: Party Over Principle

October 28, 2009

Candidates for New York's 23rd Congressional District

Last night Bret Baier of Fox News Channel’s “Special Report” reported that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is apparently pleased at the situation in New York’s 23rd congressional district, where the 3-way race is being forecast by some analysts as a probable victory for Democrat candidate Bill Owens.  According to Baier, the White House is preparing to spin this as an endorsement of President Obama’s policies should it come to pass.  Analyst Jeff Birnbaum of the Washington Times, asked to comment, said this:

“Hoffman says he’s fighting for the heart and soul of the Republican Party.  He may be actually pulling out the heart of the Republican Party.”

Birnbaum’s comment speaks to the fact that Hoffman’s candidacy and the support it’s received from prominent Republicans has set up a fight pitting traditional conservatives against those in the Republican Party who appear to seek victory at any cost.  For those who haven’t been following this race closely, the seat was vacated by Republican Congressman John McHugh, recently confirmed as Secretary of the Army.  Under New York’s election rules, a special election must be held to fill it.  The race has drawn national attention because Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava, while chosen by the state’s Republican leadership and endorsed by both the Republican National Committee and Newt Gingrich among other prominent Republicans, is being challenged by third-party candidate Doug Hoffman, running under the banner of the Conservative Party of New York.

Hoffman has garnered the endorsements of several nationally-prominent Republicans, including former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Tim Pawlenty – Governor of Minnesota, and former U.S. Senators Fred Thompson and Rick Santorum.  Given the fact that Scozzafava has won the endorsement of ACORN, Planned Parenthood, and NARAL, one has to wonder why the RNC and by extension its Chairman, Michael Steele would be supporting such an extreme liberal candidate.  Owens, the Democrat candidate, has actually been running ads attacking Scozzafava for the tax increases she supports, and attempting to portray her positions (rather credibly) as to the left of his.  Gingrich’s endorsement also causes the mind to reel. Attempting to defend said endorsement, Gingrich stated the following:

“If you seek to be a perfect minority, you’ll remain a minority.  That’s not how Reagan built his revolution or how we won back the House in 1994.”

Sounds persuasive, as many of Gingrich’s pronouncements do, until one examines the facts and in so doing, exposes his clever sophistry.  The truth is that Ronald Reagan did not seek to include liberals or leftists of any stripe in his Republican tent, as is so often claimed by those such as Gingrich, who wish to promote the idea that in order to win, the party must embrace a more “diverse” base.  On the contrary, Reagan insisted on adherence to conservative principles and essentially told those who could not uphold them to take a hike.  Gingrich’s formulation invites disaster, as we saw in the last presidential race.  McCain, the poster boy for “bi-partisanship” went down in flames.  With the current crop of radicals, communists, and Mao-sympathizers now surrounding and advising Obama along with their fellow-travelers in the Democrat Party, we cannot afford to elect to Congress more Republicans-in-name-only, let alone candidates such as Scozzafava, who might as well be liberal Democrats.

Quoting Ronald Reagan from his speech to CPAC in 1975:

“A political party cannot be all things to all people.  It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency, or simply to swell its numbers…It is time to reassert that principle and raise it to full view.  And if there are those who cannot subscribe to these principles, then let them go their way.”

Recent polling indicates that 40% of Americans now self-identify as conservative, while 36% call themselves moderates.  At a time when the conservative movement is on the ascendance, much of the Republican Party leadership appears to be distancing itself from the very principles that will save it.

  1. Jack Hampton permalink
    October 28, 2009 5:48 am

    This a great post and goes right to the point. It is the actions of the Republican party leadership if you can even call it that which has put the country in it’s current condition and them in the minority. You cannot be all things to all people Gingrich would have people abandon all principal to elect another Arlen Spectre or worse. The Republican party has lost it’s direction and if it does not return to it’s basic guiding principals is doomed. With out Hoffman who Gingrich should be supporting why would a person of integrity vote for either of the other canidates?

  2. jac mills permalink
    October 28, 2009 5:56 am

    Well said, Mr Koenig. When Michael Steele became chairman of RNC, I thought we might get some change, a new direction with purpose and hope. I was wrong. Now Newt Gingrich is disappointing, also. I saw a clip of Newt at one of his book signings where he said the nomination of Scozzafava is the right one, adhering to party lines.

    They are all comfortable in their shells, I am afraid. Where is the American backbone, the no-nonsense guts? Certainly not in Washington, D.C.

  3. David Forsmark permalink
    October 28, 2009 7:40 am

    After yesterday’s polls, it turns out that it’s not even Party over Principle, but that Principle may win DESPITE Party! It would be the best smackdown. Can’t wait to hear Matthews/Olbermann/Parker/Sullivan explain how Palin/Limbaugh/Beck wins a New York Congressional seat over the supposed middle majority, if it happens.

    • Jack Hampton permalink
      October 28, 2009 10:26 am

      That would be a great lesson for the Republican party.

  4. Jack Samwell permalink
    October 28, 2009 8:04 am

    I lost interest in Gingrich long ago. How much integrity can a conservative have that very publically caluminates against someone for committing adultery in office (Clinton) while he is doing the very same thing at the time. It comes at no surprize to me that he is willing to engage in the same sort of duplicity in the business of political elections.

    I’ve also wondered how Gingrich could sit next to pols like Clinton in a foreign policy organization, the Council on Foreign Relations, when in political life they claim to be so much at odds. There are so many discrepancies like this that politics really looks like a punch and judy puppet show.

    • David Forsmark permalink
      October 28, 2009 8:41 am

      While your point is well taken, Jack, I prefer Ginchrich’s hypocrisy in moral matters to the liberal approach of tolerating everything. Should Newt have ADVOCATED adultery because he was having an affair?

      As the French moralist Francois de La Rochefoucauld said, “Hypocrisy is the homage which vice pays to virtue.”

  5. Jack Hampton permalink
    October 28, 2009 10:31 am

    Mr. Forsmark
    I would have to agree with that as well. I also remember reading the admonition of another Frenchman De Toucville in reference to the morals of the nation and how it would effect it’s future.

  6. Jack Samwell permalink
    October 28, 2009 11:27 am

    My comment was meant as an in house of criticism of the republican party. I didn’t mean to suggest or imply that liberal pols or ideology was in any way superior.
    I’m just questioning why we should tolerate this moral flaw in our republican party leaders (like the liberals do with their leadership). There is nothing wrong with listening to his speeches , i just don’t think he has a right to lead any longer. There are others more trust worthy and should be given higher consideration in decision making.

  7. Mr.GJG permalink
    October 28, 2009 12:59 pm

    We should tolerate neither hypocrisy (Newt) nor anything goes (liberals).
    Why do we have to settle for the lesser of two evils?
    I think Newt is a brilliant mind, but of questionable character who does more good behind the scenes.
    I think he’s backing the wrong horse on this one and needs to swallow his pride and do what he has to know is the right thing.

  8. Len Powder permalink
    October 29, 2009 10:16 pm

    The race in NY’s 23rd district is separating the wheat from the chaff. Newt and the Republican Party are out of touch with Regan’s principles and with what is happening in the country today. The time has come to clean house in the Republican Party, including Michael Steele and Newt Gingrich. Principles are more important than people. If we learned nothing else from Obama’s election let it be that the agenda of the statists will not be derailed or defeated by anything besides conservatives dedicated to preserving and restoring our founding principles and values. The Scozzafavas and Lindsey Grahams of the party can follow the turncoat Arlan Specter to the side of the statists. The new Republican Party has no use for their masquerade anymore.

    • In the Know permalink
      November 2, 2009 8:05 am

      Update, Scofazza endorses the DEM!…In a singing voice, In the Know says….I see your true colors shining through….The Rep. party needs to pay attention to leftist infiltrators.

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