Given that this is a moderate district (Obama won with 52 percent of the vote in 2008, Bush with 53 percent in 2004 and former Rep. McHugh repeatedly won easily as a moderate), a third-party conservative candidate has a slim chance of actually winning the seat.
What's more likely: Hoffman derails Scozzafava's chance at winning, handing the Democrat Owens a victory and House Democrats another seat on Nov. 3.
Okay, that is a possibility. What if that happens? What if we follow the courage of our convictions and it results in a loss? I'm not saying that he will lose or that the Democrat will win; I'm just saying it's possible.
The most obvious answer is that there's no difference between the Republican and the Democrat anyway. Putting in an "R" rather than a "D" will accomplish nothing. There is no one who infuriates me more than the traitors on our side. The Olympia Snowes of the Republican Party. I would rather be in the minority and be principled than get a majority and betray those values. But there's more to it than that.
If you had presented me with this type of scenario about a year ago, I probably would have gone the Gingrich route. But things have changed.
I have decided that it is better to not vote for the lesser of two evils, even if that means that the greater evil may succeed. Why? It's kind of hard to explain....
Why is America waking up today? Why are there tea parties sprouting up like weeds? Why are there some people who are finally getting involved after 30 plus years of political apathy? Simple: they've been pushed too far.
We can compromise and get a majority, maybe. But we won't be any better off. It's the choice between Obama and McCain. One way you die quickly; the other way you die slowly and painfully. Either way you're dead.
I posit that the American people will never truly rise up and take their country back until they are pushed up against the wall and forced out of their apathy to do so. That will not happen as long as there are moderates "handling" things for us. It's not gonna happen.
So, what if Doug Hoffman loses? What if the Democrat wins? What good will standing by conservative principles have done then?
Who woke the American people up more: John McCain or Obama?
Think about it.