Mark J. Koenig

RNC/Steele/Gingrich: Party Over Principle

Posted on October 28 2009 1:51 am
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Candidates for New York's 23rd Congressional District

Last night Bret Baier of Fox News Channel’s “Special Report” reported that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is apparently pleased at the situation in New York’s 23rd congressional district, where the 3-way race is being forecast by some analysts as a probable victory for Democrat candidate Bill Owens.  According to Baier, the White House is preparing to spin this as an endorsement of President Obama’s policies should it come to pass.  Analyst Jeff Birnbaum of the Washington Times, asked to comment, said this:

“Hoffman says he’s fighting for the heart and soul of the Republican Party.  He may be actually pulling out the heart of the Republican Party.”

Birnbaum’s comment speaks to the fact that Hoffman’s candidacy and the support it’s received from prominent Republicans has set up a fight pitting traditional conservatives against those in the Republican Party who appear to seek victory at any cost.  For those who haven’t been following this race closely, the seat was vacated by Republican Congressman John McHugh, recently confirmed as Secretary of the Army.  Under New York’s election rules, a special election must be held to fill it.  The race has drawn national attention because Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava, while chosen by the state’s Republican leadership and endorsed by both the Republican National Committee and Newt Gingrich among other prominent Republicans, is being challenged by third-party candidate Doug Hoffman, running under the banner of the Conservative Party of New York.

Hoffman has garnered the endorsements of several nationally-prominent Republicans, including former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Tim Pawlenty – Governor of Minnesota, and former U.S. Senators Fred Thompson and Rick Santorum.  Given the fact that Scozzafava has won the endorsement of ACORN, Planned Parenthood, and NARAL, one has to wonder why the RNC and by extension its Chairman, Michael Steele would be supporting such an extreme liberal candidate.  Owens, the Democrat candidate, has actually been running ads attacking Scozzafava for the tax increases she supports, and attempting to portray her positions (rather credibly) as to the left of his.  Gingrich’s endorsement also causes the mind to reel. Attempting to defend said endorsement, Gingrich stated the following:

“If you seek to be a perfect minority, you’ll remain a minority.  That’s not how Reagan built his revolution or how we won back the House in 1994.”

Sounds persuasive, as many of Gingrich’s pronouncements do, until one examines the facts and in so doing, exposes his clever sophistry.  The truth is that Ronald Reagan did not seek to include liberals or leftists of any stripe in his Republican tent, as is so often claimed by those such as Gingrich, who wish to promote the idea that in order to win, the party must embrace a more “diverse” base.  On the contrary, Reagan insisted on adherence to conservative principles and essentially told those who could not uphold them to take a hike.  Gingrich’s formulation invites disaster, as we saw in the last presidential race.  McCain, the poster boy for “bi-partisanship” went down in flames.  With the current crop of radicals, communists, and Mao-sympathizers now surrounding and advising Obama along with their fellow-travelers in the Democrat Party, we cannot afford to elect to Congress more Republicans-in-name-only, let alone candidates such as Scozzafava, who might as well be liberal Democrats.

Quoting Ronald Reagan from his speech to CPAC in 1975:

“A political party cannot be all things to all people.  It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency, or simply to swell its numbers…It is time to reassert that principle and raise it to full view.  And if there are those who cannot subscribe to these principles, then let them go their way.”

Recent polling indicates that 40% of Americans now self-identify as conservative, while 36% call themselves moderates.  At a time when the conservative movement is on the ascendance, much of the Republican Party leadership appears to be distancing itself from the very principles that will save it.

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