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Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Litmus test: Watching Doug Hoffman's N.Y. 23rd race with great interest UPDATE

Conservatives, Elections

The 2010 elections are being talked about as a possible comeback for Republicans. But even more important are the few early races, such as Virginia and New Jersey's governor races and New York's 23rd Congressional District race. The 23rd, to me, is the most important, because it will be the litmus test on conservatism vs rinoism in the Republican party.

In that November 3rd New York race for the U.S. House of Representatives, the GOP, several key house republicans such as House Minority Leader John Boehner (who I think has been doing a fairly good job in unifying the Republicans against the stimulus bill, etc.), and Newt Gingrich (shame on you, Newt, its stuff like this that totally dilutes any good messages you have) have endorsed liberal State Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava.

Why was she selected? She isn't a Republican in her convictions! She is pro stimulus spending, pro abortion, pro gay marriage, and pro card check. Scozzafava was endorsed by ACORN, need I say more?

Do we really need someone more liberal than Sen. Olympia Snowe in the House? What for? Just to get another "Republican" member who votes with the Democrats? Is it any wonder polls show that 73% of Republicans think the GOP has lost touch with its base?

The 23rd district New Yorkers fortunately still have a choice in 3rd party candidate Doug Hoffman. He is the real conservative and is endorsed by many conservatives such as Former Governor Sarah Palin, former Senators Rick Santorum and Fred Thompson, former Congressman Dick Armey, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Sen. Jim DeMint, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, conservative talk show hosts such as Mark Levin, and the New York Post.

Why is this race important to me, since I live in Wisconsin and he is running in New York?

Because if Hoffman can pull it off, it should put the fear of Tea Party attendees into every Blue Dog Democrat and every Rino Republican. It would be a signal that the sleeping giant of conservatism has awakened and if these Blue Dogs and Rinos vote for any Obamacare reform or Cap and Trade, we are watching and more importantly, we are VOTING!

I really do not favor a 3rd party system, but this case is different: there is no primary for this seat because it is a special election to fill a vacancy. Third party races do sometimes work for the good*. Sen. Joe Lieberman ran as an independent and won. (He of course was the incumbent and had great name recognition.)

But still, this 23rd District is a good test case scenario. If Hoffman loses, what do we really lose? It isn't like Scozzafava would vote with Republicans much anyway.

IF the Democrat wins, same story. The seat is up for grabs again in 2010. Maybe Hoffman will run again, and this time the Republican party might realize that their supporters want a real conservative, not a republican with rino-itis.

New York's 23rd Congressional district is upstate, in the more conservative part of the state: "a district with about 46,000 more registered Republicans than Democrats." (New York state, as I have heard, is much like Wisconsin, where Milwaukee and Madison are liberal, and the remaining parts of state more conservative.)

Hoffman opponents are quick to point out his district went 52% for Obama last year, but I would think reality has since taken the bloom off that hope and change rose. Although Hoffman is not a gifted speaker his "message has clearly resonated with others who are 'fed up,' including Tea Party activists..."

Maybe this time, the 52% who voted for the gifted speaker last November will go for the man of substance? That's the change I am hoping and praying for.

UPDATE: Politico: In shift, GOP leaders embrace Hoffman "In a newly-released poll commissioned by the liberal blog Daily Kos, Hoffman is within one point of Owens, 33 percent to 32 percent, with Scozzafava lagging well behind in third place with 21 percent. ...He [Hoffman] leads Scozzafava 41 to 34 percent among Republicans—a sign that GOP voters are increasingly identifying with Hoffman as the true Republican candidate."


*Abraham Lincoln was one of 4 candidates running for president in 1860. Lincoln won despite not being on the ballot in several states with 40% of the popular vote. He was the first president ever elected from the newly created Republican party.

More reading: NY23: 'Do You Believe in Miracles'?
Tuesday's Elections and the Democratic Agenda
Santorum says Hoffman is practical choice

House Republicans may face a 'civil war' over Scozzafava bid
Thompson on NY-23 race: We're not 'deaf, dumb and blind'
House Republicans may face a 'civil war' over Scozzafava bid
Poll: GOP losing touch with base

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