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Posted by on Oct 16, 2009 in Politics | 7 comments

Newt Hearts Dede

Well, I guess we can say that Newt Gingrich is no longer a conservative since he endorsed Dede Scozzafava:

In a major coup for her campaign, Republican Dede Scozzafava today will pick up the endorsement of Newt Gingrich, one of the nation’s leading conservative figures and the architect of the “Republican Revolution” in the mid-1990s.

“The special election for the 23rd Congressional District is an important test leading up to the mid-term 2010 elections,” Gingrich said in a statement to supporters. “Our best chance to put responsible and principled leaders in Washington starts here, with Dede Scozzafava.”

And, like clockwork, Erik Erickson over at Red State claims Gingrich has ended his hopes for 2012:

Today Newt Gingrich endorses Dede Scozzafava in NY-23. This follows his 2008 endorsement of very liberal Wayne Gilchrest in MD-01, who went on to lose his Republican Primary and then endorsed the Democrat in the race.

Make no mistake about it: Gingrich no longer wants to nor can he be seen as a conservative. He is a political opportunist. But, as Bill Kristol notes this morning, “The GOP establishment complicates the Republican and conservative comeback strategy.” Newt Gingrich wants to be part of that complication.

Now, some might rightly say that perhaps Gingrich did not know. He sees the GOP leadership lining up behind Dede and he felt obligated. That could not be further from the truth.

In fact, for the past several weeks there has been an aggressive effort among conservatives to keep Newt on the sidelines. He, instead, decided to pee on the movement.

Newt endorsing Scozzafava aligns him with Markos Moulitsas who declared Dede the most liberal candidate in the race.

Oh, please. You know you are dealing with lunatics when people start claiming that Newt Gingrich is not a true conservative.

And no, it is not the GOP establishment that is hindering the Republican comeback, it is extremists like Erikson who back “purist” long shot candidates who have no chance in hell at winning at the expense of mainstream conservatives that are wrecking the comeback. But it’s hard to see that when you are blinded by conceit.

Crossposted at Republicans United
H/T: Real Republican Majority

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  • EEllis

    It really is a joke. Dede is very conservative on all but two real issues. Gay marriage and abortion. the funny thing is those two have little to no effect on anyone’s day to day life. Abortion will not become illegal because of her no matter her beliefs. Gay marriage…… I’m just tired of hearing about it. Hell just get the government out of that argument already.

  • JeffersonDavis

    If the GOP goes in this direction, to support fiscal and ideological conservatives, it could change the whole system.

    The only problem is, that a huge number of Americans are social-conservatives. The DNC already abondoned them. If the GOP abandons them as well, it will most-assuredly lead to a viable third party push. These people are already teetering on the edge, and this may just tip them over.

  • Actually the Republican establishment IS part of the problem.

    Scozzafava supporters blame her cash crunch on the Washington Republican establishment, which they contend has not embraced her campaign enthusiastically. They specifically point to Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, whose committee has been virtually absent from the race and hasn’t yet donated any money, with just weeks to go before the Nov. 3 special election.

    “Chairman Steele hasn’t put up a cent, not even the obligatory $5,000,” said a New York-based GOP operative. “There’s been no support from the RNC. Democrats are going all out for this race. Everyone’s in the same direction.”

  • Leonidas

    Good for Gingrich. Fiscal Conservatism is the future the GOP needs not a bunch of social conservatives.

  • superdestroyer


    The problem is that Dede is not really a fiscal conservative unless you believe that government can tax its way to a balanced budget. She is a political insider who will do whatever the Democrats want her to do. Anyone who will give militant homosexuals whatever they want will always vote for higher taxes and more spending.

  • DLS

    Fiscal conservative, and right-sizing Washington, is out of fashion, sadly. Were it to materialize I would believe the GOP would earn more respect among many (even if they lost the social conservative crowd).

  • DdW

    Love it!

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