Re: Election Day in New York.
This whole Scozzafava mess opened my eyes to something. In this very space, I have implored Newt Gingrich to run for the office of President of the United States, praising him to the heavens all the way.
But you know what? Newt's insistence that Scozzafava was a 'reliable vote for Boehner' overrode her ideology (which is a Bloomberg-like, iron-fisted, yet supposedly-enlightened-nannyist liberalism) made it impossible to see just where the republican in her was. Okay, so she's pro-life, but the rest of it was pure crap: supporting gay marriage, in favor of Card Check legislation, and so forth. It appears that when Newt made his endorsement, he was either misled as to who Scozzafava is (hardly possible, given his intelligence), or was simply rubber-stamping someone the New York Republican Party (itself an organization akin to a circular firing squad)
considered 'republican enough where it counts'. It would appear the overriding qualification for that endorsement was who Socozzafava might have caucused (and voted) with, had she been elected. On what, exactly, her vote was reliably Boehner's, is still unexplained.
If Newt was THAT cynical that he would simply endorse someone who was flying under false colors for the sake of a vote or two, or in the name of 'Bigger-picture-Republicanism' at the expense of real principles, then he just lost a lot of my respect.
Someone has got some 'splainin' to do, methinks.