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There is no doubt in my mind that Newt Gingrich may have  forsaken politics as a candidate  for a new business model. Eschewing the rough and tumble of the campaign trail in favor of seeking media face time to appear to be politically relevant as well as to hawk his extremely profitable lecture, writing and consulting business. Not to say that Newt Gingrich does not have valuable ideas and insight into conservative politics, but it does lead me to question his loyalty to conservatism when he openly endorses a Dede Scozzafava one of the most liberal Republicans that could be found over a Doug Hoffman who appears to be a Reagan-style conservative.

An action which further highlights the major ideological battle which is destroying the modern Republican party. Pitting those who believe that the Party should move leftward towards the independents and blue-dog democrats rather than implementing a conservative platform and asking those of like mind to join us to pursue a conservative agenda.

It appears Gingrich wants to pursue a more inclusive coalition rather than pursue a course of political purity. Will political pragmatism allow the Republicans to regain political power and pursue a conservative agenda or will it force continual compromise, often to the point of becoming a version of democrat-lite?

What Newt said …

“The New York 23 special election is a test of whether we respect local parties and local leaders.”

“There were four local GOP meetings in the 23rd district to decide who the party would nominate. Hoffman and Scozzafava competed in all four. Dede Scozzafava is an elected state representative from the largest county in the district who understands local issues. Doug Hoffman, who does not live in the district, did not finish in the top three in a single meeting. Not surprisingly, the district Republicans picked Scozzafava as their top pick in all four meetings.”

“Considering it was such a unanimous decision, the threshold for the national conservative establishment to try and override their decision ought to be very high.”

“In other words, support from moderate Republican elected officials enabled conservative governance, it did not prevent it. This is a lesson conservatives should keep in mind to counter the impulse to force out from the Republican Party anyone who is to the left of us on some issues.” <Source>

My question for Newt is simple: why should we respect local parties and local leaders when these were the very same people who were part of today’s problem: putting forth positions and politicians who were either corrupt or complacent when it came to supporting Republican ideals and preventing damage to the party.

Sad to say, I supported Arnold Schwarzenegger who appeared to be a Republican. Not only did he turn into a RINO (Republican In Name Only), but among his first acts in office was to appoint the former recalled democrat governor’s lifelong  lesbian chief of staff as his chief of staff. Why he chose a direct conduit to the opposition and a lifelong democrat for this important position spoke volumes about his style of “post partisan” governance. Not only did Schwarzenegger openly aid and abet the democrats in their profligate spending on social experiments, he also signed bogus budgets which papered over serious problems with additional borrowing and accounting legerdemain – borrowing state funds from one department to reduce the deficit. He turned out to be a more wanton fundraiser than his predecessor who was infamous as a political whore.

My personal opinion is to throw the professional politicians and party bosses out – and replacing them with our neighbors and friends. Someone not beholden to the party and the special interests they really represent.

I can understand Scozzafava being endorsed by Newt Gingrich, the NRA, the gay Log Cabin Republicans, New York State United Teachers and Daily Kos founder, far-left activist/blogger Markos Moulitsas.  As you can plainly see, a combination of the usual liberal suspects and the political power players who will coalesce around the nominative front runner.

As a life member (Benefactor Level), I certainly support those who support the Second Amendment. But as a conservative, I can hardly endorse someone who appears to be a RINO (Republican In Name Only) and who votes like a liberal democrat on social issues. Reinforced by the endorsements of a teacher’s union and a major Soros-backed blogger.

While I do not vote in New York, I would recommend Doug Hoffman as a start on sending a message to the political class on both sides of the aisle: you screwed us repeatedly and you will be replaced.

I stand symbolically with Sarah Palin, Governor Tim Pawlenty, Senator Jim DeMint and other principled conservatives in supporting Doug Hoffman.

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I hope that this is the start of something big; a true reformation of the Republican Party towards offering real hope and change to the nation while reversing the toxic effects of a democrat-led Administration and Congress. We do not need the one-party rule which turned the inner cities of Los Angeles, Chicago and Detroit into cesspools of crime and desperation.

We need to return to that Shining City on the Hill.

-- steve


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