Take yesterday's NYT opinion piece (please!), for example. Republicans who are conservative are Stalinists, according to Rich; he just can't understand why conservative Republicans wouldn't support a RINO for congress. After all, she's a moderate (your opinion may vary). Even though he states "one statistical measure found her voting record slightly to the right of her fellow Republicans in the Assembly", there are plenty of "statistical measures" that show her as out of the mainstream of the Republican Party.
Scozzafava suspended her campaign yesterday because she was coming in 3rd place, behind both the Conservative Party candidate and the Democrat. At that time she freed her supporters to vote for whichever candidate they deemed best. I cannot find where I read that, and FoxNews reported something a little different:
Scozzafava's team pulled the plug on the campaign after viewing the Siena poll, sources told Fox News, adding that there was no pressure from the National Republican Congressional Committee or the Republican National Committee.
Ken Spain, a spokesman for the NRCC, said Scozzafava will now release her supporters to vote for (Conservative Party candidate) Hoffman.
Guess what's being reported today!
Since announcing the suspension of my campaign, I have thought long and hard about what is best for the people of this District, and how to answer your questions. This is not a decision that I have made lightly.
You know me, and throughout my career, I have been always been an independent voice for the people I represent. I have stood for our honest principles, and a truthful discussion of the issues, even when it cost me personally and politically. Since beginning my campaign, I have told you that this election is not about me; it's about the people of this District.
It is in this spirit that I am writing to let you know I am supporting (Democrat) Bill Owens for Congress and urge you to do the same.
That, Frank Rich, is why Republicans and other conservatives couldn't support her. She's not a Republican or a conservative at all. She just wore the label so she could get elected in a strongly-Republican district. I'm glad she was exposed.
I hope the national Republican Party is watching.
And Frank Rich is a fool.
Update, 11/2/09: Talk about a sore loser (and she didn't even lose, she quit)--Scozzafava is doing robo-calls for Owens, the Democrat. The Republicans dodged a bullet this time.
Lefties are saying that Scozzafava shows there no room in the GOP for a moderate. I say it shows there's no room in the GOP for a Democrat. BTW, how welcome is Joe Lieberman, the Democrats' 2000 vice presidential candidate, in the Democratic Party?