We live in interesting and perilous times, and nowhere is this more evident than the freaky little sideshow going on in upstate New York.
Moderate Dede Scozzafava, endorsed by GOP leadership, was challenged by 3rd party conservative candidate Doug Hoffman, handpicked by the teabaggers and godbaggers for his medieval views on social issues. Other than a 15th-century keyhole-peeping fetish, Hoffman has little to offer the district since he doesn’t live there and doesn’t even know the area. But that didn’t stop some GOP bright-lights like Sarah Palin from breaking ranks and endorsing him and causing a near civil war within the GOP. After all, what’s more important? The economy or what goes on in citizens’ bedrooms?
The Hoffman juggernaut, driven by big money from the opportunistic insurance lobby whores behind the teabagging rallies, fired up on truckloads of Jesusbucks, and primed with some exquisite ratfucking that would have made Richard Nixon proud, proved impossible to pass:
The Republican candidate for a vacant New York congressional seat suspended her campaign after her lead in polls evaporated and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin endorsed a rival in the three-way race.
Republican assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava said she was stepping aside after being “outspent on both sides.” Her withdrawal may hand the traditionally Republican seat to a Democrat in the Nov. 3 special election and leave the Republican Party with just two seats in New York’s 29-member House delegation.
The spineless GOP caved and threw their candidate under the bus to pacify the teabaggers, and now, emboldened by the taking of their first electoral scalp, the whacko fringe is already stomping around thumping its chest and making demands:
And why not? The Teabaggers are, after all, “the New GOP”:
Big Darkness come soon for GOP moderates. On a more interesting historical note, this might be the first time that a safe Republican seat goes to the Democrats because the GOP ratfucked its own candidate.
UPDATE: Scozzafava endorsing the Dem in the race?
In her statement Saturday morning, the assemblywoman explained the reasons behind her decision: “It is increasingly clear that pressure is mounting on many of my supporters to shift their support. Consequently, I hereby release those individuals who have endorsed and supported my campaign to transfer their support as they see fit to do so.”
During the day Saturday, she began to quietly and thoughtfully encourage her supporters to vote for Democrat William L. Owens.
(h/t for update – LGF)
UPDATE II: More at DJ. Owens may be a moderate, but it remains to be seen if he’s moderate enough that Republicans will be able to stomach voting for him. (Bad habits die hard.) On the other hand, if they’re pissed enough at their party being bullied by the lunatic fringe, they just might “go rogue”, eh?
Investment tip of the day: Popcorn futures.
UPDATE III: 538 weighs in.