Saturday, October 31, 2009


This is a good sign for true conservatives who want a return to the conservative base. We have been asleep at the wheel while both parties have taken drastic steps to the left. We have counted on congress and government to do the things they were elected to do, and in the process have created a monster.

This monster is on the verge of taking over our freedom and 'Fundamentally Transforming America'. Most Americans, in their wildest imagination, were not hearing what this man was saying, and over the last few decades, the left has been laying the groundwork for this takeover.

We cannot continue to conduct our lives and not be involved in our government. Power is a sickness, which is why our Founding Fathers constructed our Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Bill of Rights in such a way as to prevent absolute power. But, if we do not watch government and protect it, we will lose it.

RedState reports this Breaking News:

by Erick Erickson, October 31, 2009

In New York's 23rd Congressional District, Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava has withdrawn from the race, leaving only the conservative, Doug Hoffman, versus the Democrat, Bill Owens.

The Republican Establishment in Washington, D.C. spent over $900,000.00 to elect Dede Scozzafava, who today abandons the race.

How much more impact could that money have had if the GOP had listened to its base?

Relationships between the Republican establishment in Washington and the conservative movement are in rubble. Thanks to Pete Sessions, Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, NOT Doug Hoffman, there is new inspiration for a third party movement to challenge the GOP - a movement that will only help the Democrats.

Good men in the GOP are now going to be challenged in primaries because of the ill-will the NRCC has generated in New York's 23rd Congressional District.

Make no mistake about it, the NRCC and the RNC must shoulder the blame for this fiasco. As has now been reported and confirmed, it was the Beltway Elite who pressured the New York GOP to choose Scozzafava.

I have said all along that victory for the GOP base in NY-23 was a Scozzafava defeat. We should, however, rally to Doug Hoffman and help him win. Notwithstanding that, the time is now to be magnanimous in victory, but we must demand accountability.

Someone, more than one person, must be fired for the Republican botching of NY-23. Heads must roll lest this happen again.

And John Cornyn and the National Republican Senatorial Committee better be paying attention, see e.g. Charlie Crist v. Marco Rubio in Florida.

Sincerely yours,

Erick Erickson