My obsession with NY-23 is probably getting tedious by now, but for those of you looking for a little good news might be interested in this column in the local media:
When I talk to GOP stalwarts — the kind of folks who are generally supporting Mr. Doheny — they express open skepticism about their ability to partner with the tea party activists who are supporting Doug Hoffman.
Nine out of eleven county committees have backed Mr. Doheny, often uncorking harsh criticism on Mr. Hoffman, his familiarity with their communities and issues.
Will they pivot to support Mr. Hoffman enthusiastically if he wins? It’s hard to imagine.
For the non-obsessed, Hoffman is the teabagger who lost last year’s special election to Democrat Bill Owens when Republicans in that R+1, historically Republican district split their votes between Hoffman and Republican nominee Dede Scozzfava. Doheny has been endorsed by the Republican establishment, and he and Hoffman will square off in the primary. Hoffman already has a third-party Conservative line on the ballot, so if Doheny wins the Republican primary, we’ll almost certainly see a replay of the special:
After last year’s disastrous special election effort, personalities, philosophies, and egos have become bitterly entangled.
Both sides seem firmly committed to their fratricidal battle, despite the threat of permanent marginalization.
If the Republican Party isn’t already dead as a political force in New York State, the teabaggers are putting a stake through its heart, burning it, and salting the earth so nothing
with will grow.