Scozzafava’s True Colors

Scozzafava’s departure from the NY-23 congressional race should come as welcome news to Republicans and conservatives alike.  The great concern was that a Republican and a Conservative candidate would split the Republican vote and allow for a Democratic victory.  Although Hoffman’s views were arguably more Republican than Scozzafava, the Republican nominee, the Republican R label attached to Scozzafava would draw heavily from three types of Republicans:  Republican only voters, liberals, and the uninformed. Now, even though her name will remain on the ballot, she should only attract a scant number of votes.

Today Dierdre Scozzafava once again showed her true colors.  Rather than endorse the Conservative, Republican-leaning, Doug Hoffman, she instead encourages her followers to vote for the Democrat, Bill Owens.  Although she remains true to her liberal principles, clearly these are not the values of Republicans or conservatives.  To a vast number of Republicans, there is no greater betrayal than for one of their own to unite with the Democrats.  Now that Scozzafava is out of the race, I’m guessing that most upstate New York Republicans are breathing a sigh of relief.  I just hope they learned something from this experience and insist on nominating true conservatives, not RINOs.

One Less RINO

Well…I got home from work this evening and browsed the news.  What did I find?  Senator Specter of Pennsylvania has switched from the Republican to the Democratic Party.  Really his departure comes as little surprise.  After all, I would hardly classify him as a limited government conservative.  Remember, he was one of three Republicans who voted for Obama’s “stimulus package”.  He faced a conservative primary opponent his last election and only garnered 51% of the vote.  For the 2010 election, polls indicated that Pat Toomey (Specter’s 2004 and 2010 challenger) stood an excellent chance to defeat the senior Senator.

When it comes to the important issues of the day, I found myself disagreeing with the Senator on: abortion, affirmative action, immigration, McCain/Feingold campaign finance reform, and the minimum wage.  In order to achieve victory, the party must be about principles and the Constitution.  It is clear that both the Republican Party and the people of Pennsylvania can do better than Senator Specter.

True, this move causes the Democrats to nudge ever closer to the 60 filibuster-proof majority, but I think he will be as much a problem for the Democrats as he was for the Republicans.  Hurrah!  We now have one less RINO!