A congressional race in New York’s 23rd District has sparked some interest lately because it took a turn for the weird when the far right decided it didn’t approve of the GOP’s candidate, a moderate, pro-choice, pro-gay marriage (ie. “capable of winning”) Republican named Dede Scozzafava. Instead, the teabagger wing endorsed conservative independent Doug Hoffman, and has been urging conservatives to vote for him over Scozzafava. (Hoffman was also endorsed by the Family Research Council, so that tells you how much batshit is piled up on the floor of his cave.)
For reasons that are a total mystery to me since she’s no longer even in politics, the teabaggers have been waiting anxiously for Sarah Palin’s endorsement, which came tonight when she announced (via Facebook, of course) her support for their nut guy Hoffman:
Former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin on Thursday endorsed Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman over Dede Scozzafava, the Republican Party’s choice, in the special election for New York’s 23rd congressional district. [...]
Scozzafava has been plagued throughout her campaign by grassroots conservative activists who have questioned her credentials, and Palin is the latest in a slew of prominent national conservatives who have weighed in for Hoffman.
I wonder if the GOP is learning a lesson here about what happens when you pander to a psychotic base with ideological tunnel vision. It doesn’t matter that it might be politically expedient to have a moderate candidate in this district; Teabag Nation seems to believe that people who couldn’t bring themselves to vote for the McCain/Palin ticket last year will suddenly do a 180 and vote for a Family Research Council-certified ultraconservative nutbar. And even if Hoffman is beaten like a gong, it probably won’t faze them.
If this is the harbinger of a third political party then it must be true that the US doesn’t know Canada exists most of the time, or they’d already know how that might work out.
(Image swiped from DU, text added)