Happy Halloween one and all! An afternoon edition of the daily rhino this day, and it finds me reporting some news from upstate New York. Dede Scozzafava, the Republican running in the hotly contested race in N.Y. 23rd district suddenly decided to drop out of the race, opening the race up for conservative front runner Douglas Hoffman.
A video from last week, where she calls out Mr. Hoffman and the lack of debates.
This situation is both good and bad for the Republicans. On the positive side, if Mrs. Scozzafava had decided to stay in the race, it could well have split the republican/conservative vote in a district that has voted republican since before the civil war, and given the race to Democrat Bill Owens. This move fairly well cements the race for the conservative candidate. Only by splitting the race between Scozzafava and Hoffman did the Democrat, Mr. Owens stand a chance.
On the negative side for the republicans, this looks for all the world like she felt the need to back out of the race due to the external influence exerted by members of the far right fringe, most notably Sarah Palin and a man who only recently joined the fringe, Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty. Does it mean that every race where the local candidate does not meet the far rights criterion will be pounded into submission, subverting the will of the local members of the party?
This very much does look like a shot across the bow for every moderate Republican in America, telling them that regardless of the will of the local party, they will make you follow their will. They may well believe in small government, and hate the heavy, oppressive hand of Government, but they work with a very heavy hand themselves.
The word hypocrisy comes to mind.
BTW, i went with the anagram midget Vampires here instead of Dede Scozzafava because that name doesn’t have much in the way of anagrams that make much sense. I like my anagrams to make at least a LITTLE sense.
How much sense “Gimp met adviser” makes I leave to you. 🙂
In more New York news, Dominic Carter, the #1 anchor at NY1 news has lost that #1 position because he “name dropped” at a hearing, hoping to have charges dropped against him in a case where he allegedly beat his wife, an allegation that he and his wife both now deny. His bosses found out about his name dropping the same way the rest of us did, by reading the newspaper. They were not amused, seeing how it violates journalistic principles, and summarily dropped him.
For his part, Mr. Carter’s wife says she lied when se said it was he who beat her, and now blames a day laborer whose name she doesn’t remember. But that doesn’t make it right for him to drop names in court to pull his ass out of the fire. And the best part is that he claims he wasn’t name dropping, he was trying to explain to the judge the sensitivity of the situation.
Ya, sensitive as far as keeping him employed and out of jail. There is NO reason to tell a judge you are friends with the D.A. in my eyes that doesn’t involve trying to save yer bacon.
That’s about it from here, except to toss out a quick “LET’S GO YANKEES” out here. Later!
Today’s Nuggets, Via wikiquote: Hypocrisy in anything whatever may deceive the cleverest and most penetrating man, but the least wide-awake of children recognizes it, and is revolted by it, however ingeniously it may be disguised. Leo Tolstoy
I am sure that in estimating every man’s value either in private or public life, a pure integrity is the quality we take first into calculation, and that learning and talents are only the second. Thomas Jefferson