Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Like a Lead Filled Tea Bag (NY-23)

Heh. NYT breaking news update, in the inbox:

A staunch conservative conceded defeat to a moderate Democrat early Wednesday morning in a hard-fought contest for New York State's northernmost Congressional seat, a race that exposed divisions among Republicans over how far outside the party's base they should reach as they look to rebuild.

With 88 percent of precincts reporting, the Democrat, Bill Owens, was leading with 49 percent of the vote, while the Conservative Party candidate, Douglas L. Hoffman, had 45.5 percent.
So the wingers run their candidate, undermine the Republican (who isn't wing nutty enough for them), cost the GOP a lot of money defending the Republican against not only the Democrat and the wing nut, and in the end?

The Democrat wins.

Tea Parties. Good for Democrats.


  1. Some might conclude that endorsements from Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck could be bad for a candidate. Of course, Hoffman had other liabilities such as not living in the 23rd District and knowing nothing at all about the issues.

  2. It's funny to me that such a close race (45.5 to 49 percent) between a third-party candidate and a Democrat is heralded as a sound defeat. Only an incredible amount of spin can fabricate such an interpretation.

  3. I think the details you're missing, Fed, is that this district should've gone to a Republican. It went to the Democrat. Why? Because the tea baggers undermined the Republican with their own candidate.

    It's not a noticeable win for Democrats so much as a possible indicator of the lack of viability for "tea party" candidates outside of the TEA parties themselves.