Vindicating all who criticized her as an unsuitable Republican nominee, Dede Scozzafava, having suspended her fading campaign yesterday, endorsed Democrat Bill Owens today.
UPDATE: Glenn Reynolds quotes Ms. Scozzafava, and comments:
Scozzafava on Friday: “I have been a Republican my entire life, I will be a Republican until I die. I believe in the Republican party that stands for less government interference in the lives of individuals. I believe in self-sufficiency versus government dependence. I believe in lower taxes, less government regulation, I believe in less government spending.”
Like I say, you can’t sue politicians for breach of warranty the way you can sue businesses. If you could, politicians would have to be more trustworthy.
PAUL adds: This is a Republican district and John McHugh, who has been representing it, is fairly conservative. His lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union is 71. Still, he is moderate enough that Obama nominated him for a spot in his administration (as Secretary of the Army). So this is still New York we’re talking about, not South Carolina.
If the candidate of the Conservative Party is able to win a two-way race in this district against a Democrat endorsed by the Republican nominee, it will be a pretty significant result. If, on the other hand, the Democrat captures this solidly Republican seat, we will hear plenty of “I told you so” for Republican pragmatists.
My view is that Republicans should, in general, be pragmatic when it comes to districts in blue states like this one. However, Scozzafava was a bridge too far, as she has confirmed by endorsing the Democrat.