The Republican candidate in the race to replace Republican Congressman John McHugh, who resigned to become Secretary of the Army, dropped out of the race yesterday. A well-financed carpetbagger running on the Conservative line and with solid wingnut support (Palin, Limbaugh, Forbes, Club For Growth, Gun Owners of America, Pawlenty) had made it impossible for Dede Scozzafava – basically conservative, but pro-choice and pro-gay-rights – to win.
Today, Scozzafava endorsed the Democrat in the race. It will be fun to watch the Republicans who were praising her for her “strength” and for putting “principle above politics” yesterday scrambling to recover today.
Obviously, I hope the endorsement helps pull the Democrat in the race over the finish line. But even if the Conservative wins – now with the full support of the RNCC – the message to centrist Republicans is clear: you’re not wanted. Whether by skill or by luck, Obama’s bipartisan gesture in appointing a Republican to a senior post has helped his opponents self-destruct.
Rumors that the GOP is going to rename itself the Tea Party Party could not be confirmed as of press time.
Update: Link to endorsement story fixed by Andrew Sabl.