Palin and Beck, would gladly see the Republican Party die.

 

BARACK OBAMA’S most devilish political move since the 2008 campaign was to appoint a Republican congressman from upstate New York as secretary of the Army. This week’s election to fill that vacant seat has set off nothing less than a riotous and bloody national G.O.P. civil war. No matter what the results in that race on Tuesday, the Republicans are the sure losers. This could be a gift that keeps on giving to the Democrats through 2010, and perhaps beyond.

The governors’ races in New Jersey and Virginia were once billed as the marquee events of Election Day 2009 — a referendum on the Obama presidency and a possible Republican “comeback.” But preposterous as it sounds, the real action migrated to New York’s 23rd, a rural Congressional district abutting Canada. That this pastoral setting could become a G.O.P. killing field, attracting an all-star cast of combatants led by Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, William Kristol and Newt Gingrich, is a premise out of a Depression-era screwball comedy. But such farces have become the norm for the conservative movement — whether the participants are dressing up in full “tea party” drag or not.

The battle for upstate New York confirms just how swiftly the right has devolved into a wacky, paranoid cult that is as eager to eat its own as it is to destroy Obama. The movement’s undisputed leaders, Palin and Beck, neither of whom has what Palin once called the “actual responsibilities” of public office, would gladly see the Republican Party die on the cross of right-wing ideological purity. Over the short term, at least, their wish could come true.

The New York fracas was ignited by the routine decision of 11 local Republican county chairmen to anoint an assemblywoman, Dede Scozzafava, as their party’s nominee for the vacant seat. The 23rd is in safe Republican territory that hasn’t sent a Democrat to Congress in decades. And Scozzafava is a mainstream conservative by New York standards; one statistical measure found her voting record slightly to the right of her fellow Republicans in the Assembly. But she has occasionally strayed from orthodoxy on social issues (abortion, same-sex marriage) and endorsed the Obama stimulus package. To the right’s Jacobins, that’s cause to send her to the guillotine.

Sure enough, bloggers trashed her as a radical leftist and ditched her for a third-party candidate they deem a “true” conservative, an accountant and businessman named Doug Hoffman. When Gingrich dared endorse Scozzafava anyway — as did other party potentates like John Boehner and Michael Steele — he too was slimed. Mocking Newt’s presumed 2012 presidential ambitions, Michelle Malkin imagined him appointing Al Sharpton as secretary of education and Al Gore as “global warming czar.” She’s quite the wit.

The wrecking crew of Kristol, Fred Thompson, Dick Armey, Michele Bachmann, The Wall Street Journal editorial page and the government-bashing Club for Growth all joined the Hoffman putsch. Then came the big enchilada: a Hoffman endorsement from Palin on her Facebook page. Such is Palin’s clout that Steve Forbes, Rick Santorum and Tim Pawlenty, the Minnesota governor (and presidential aspirant), promptly fell over one another in their Pavlovian rush to second her motion. They were joined by far-flung Republican congressmen from Kansas, Georgia, Oklahoma and California, not to mention a gaggle of state legislators from Colorado. On Fox News, Beck took up the charge, insinuating that Hoffman’s Republican opponent might be a fan of Karl Marx. Some $3 million has now been dumped into this race by outside groups.

Who exactly is the third-party maverick arousing such ardor? Hoffman doesn’t even live in the district. When he appeared before the editorial board of The Watertown Daily Times 10 days ago, he “showed no grasp” of local issues, as the subsequent editorial put it. Hoffman complained that he should have received the questions in advance — blissfully unaware that they had been asked by the paper in an editorial on the morning of his visit.

Last week it turned out that Hoffman’s prime attribute to the radical right — as a take-no-prisoners fiscal conservative — was bogus.

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16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Snowy
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 16:20:00

    Well, it's not about the Republican Party, is it. It's about them.

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  2. ken
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 16:25:00

    if you want to pick on your gov. thats your problem but traitors like you going out after someone like beck is sick,he's more of a conservative american then you'll ever be.havn't you noticed that the only ones who agree with you are vox's resident socailists,marxists,communists.when was the last time you looked in a mirror.russia isn't to far away ,go for a swim.

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  3. Syrin from Wasilla
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 17:06:00

    Keep up with current events much? Sean Parnell is the Governor of Alaska….Sarah Palin is not gov of the Great State of Alaska or ex gov. SHE Gladly QUIT FOR PERSONAL PROFIT.
    Only after she has been found GUILTY of Abuse of Power, Only after she raised taxes %400 on private industry, Redistrubuted 1.3 B, Appointed pro abortion judges to Ak Supreme court. Lie, cheat and steal for persoanl gain. Sarah Palin-the leader of the pack of socailists,marxists,communists…

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  4. majii
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 17:38:00

    It's rude to come to someone's blog and make insulting comments about a posted article or comment.

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  5. ken
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 17:46:00

    ill take that to mean that you'll leave beck alone,and enjoy your swim.

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  6. ken
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 17:53:00

    it's rude to say your one thing and then,act like just the opposite,don't you think………..

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  7. Inside_Passage
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 08:37:00

    You know Ken, Beck may be more "conservative than anyone else" but he's also a raving fruitcake. He's as bad as the 9/11 Truthers, not someone to be admired.

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  8. ken
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 10:11:00

    what do you want,another dry,non-emotional rino,or someone who cares for this country and tells you about it,he's the only one in the country who's going after the communists/socailists,marxists that obama is putting into positions of power in d.c.i'm not hearing it from anyone else,who talked about the tea partys on his show,i didn't hear rush talking about them nearly as much as beck,is he emotional,yes,and in the last weeks its gotten more so,maybe the reason for that is so obama doesn't get scared and mistake it for a newscast,oh,he's someone to be admired !!! who else is out there everyday putting the truth on t.v. for the world to see,if you think it doesn't take courage to say what beck does,go ask dobbs,i hear someone has been taking pot shots at his wife.

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  9. DetroitSam
    Nov 03, 2009 @ 12:46:00

    Ken:

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  10. DetroitSam
    Nov 03, 2009 @ 12:48:00

    Ken: You have a saerious problem with the written word and the english language, and with rules and standards of sentence structure.
    You must be a product of home schooling.

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  11. xango_xango
    Nov 04, 2009 @ 14:43:00

    Beck is nothing but a male version of Palin….oris Palin just a female version of Beck.Whatever, they're two peas in a little and shrinking pod.

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  12. JBodine
    Nov 04, 2009 @ 20:36:00

    jealosy runs rampent on this blog.

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  13. ken
    Nov 07, 2009 @ 11:43:00

    do you see the comedy here,first of all your correcting my spelling, and on top of that your from detroit

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  14. sjohnson
    Nov 08, 2009 @ 19:45:00

    I see that the Caribou Barbie sock-puppet troll, Ken-doll, is back. Not only is Ken almost illiterate, he worships Beck, a person who is a hate-monger, never offer solutions, and is factually-challenged. But then, Ken doesn't seem to let facts get in his way either. Here's a thought, Ken. Raise the bar and worship someone with morals and integrity.By the way, Ken, here's some extra punctuation. Try using it……,,,,,,!!!!?????

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  15. Madonna
    Nov 10, 2009 @ 09:07:00

    Apparently Palin is friends with Tits4Christ who was most recently caught finger fucking herself on video. I see some of Sarah's charisma is rubbing off. Hilarious.

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  16. Madonna
    Dec 30, 2009 @ 09:43:00

    Glenn Beck: Misinformer of the Year 2009. And most likely Douche of 2010.

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