Let me just say that the Republicans can savor the wins in Virginia and New Jersey. Both election wins were basically handed to them by a Democratic base that was not energized from last year’s incredible presidential victory.
Some will say that this is a “renaissance” for the Republican party. I say, “Guess again!” There are still come serious problems that surround the GOP.
Flat out, there’s no room for moderates in the GOP. Those who follow the “Jacob Javitz” philosophy are ostracized and banished from the party.
Case in point, the Congressional race in the 23rd of New York. The Republican candidate, Dede Scozzafava ran on a pro-labor, pro-health reform platform.
Radical right “wingnuts”, including Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh fought hard to sabotage her candidacy, with millions of dollars going to the Conservative Party candidate, Douglas Hoffman.
Because of the uproar, Scozzafava dropped out of the race two days before the election. The result, Bill Owens becomes the first Democrat to serve Northern New York in Congress since 1855.
This sabotage by fringe right “wingnuts” on moderate Republicans can only play into the hands of the Democrats. Next year’s mid-term elections will probably see the same thing across the country in House and Senate seats. Only this time, the GOP won’t have any control over it and the Democrats may well keep their majority, if not gain more seats.
Talk about, “biting your nose in spite of your face?”