House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she sees no need to be worried by Republican victories in two governors races last night, because for her the news was all good. Comrade Pelosi should hereinafter be referred to as Comrade Pinocchio.
“From my perspective, we won last night,” said Pelosi (Socialist-California), referring to the New York special election for the House seat previously held by Republican Rep. John McHugh. “We had one race were engaged in.”
Democrat Bill Owens won the seat in the wake of what some called a “civil war” within the Republican Party. Third-party conservative candidate Doug Hoffman, backed by “Tea Party” conservative activists and national conservatives like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, forced Republican Dede Scozzafava out of the race.
Pelosi said she saw a win for her health care plan, noting that Owens mentioned the health care legislation in his victory speech. “In his remarks last night he said it was a victory for health care reform and other initiatives,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi sees victory where it doesn’t exist. Even the House race in NY 23, where a Democrat won, was a telling loss for the Dems. An independent candidate, running on the Conservative Party ticket, who no one had ever heard of just 30 days ago, had gained so much momentum by election day that he garnered 45% of the vote and forced the liberal Republican to withdraw from the race.
Make no mistake, this race was a lesson to both the Republican and Democratic Parties. The Democrats should hear footsteps when an unknown independent conservative runs only four points behind a Democrat who was endorsed by the withdrawing Republican and whose only support came from the Tea Party. The Republicans should learn multiple, even bigger lessons from this race, which by any account was a debacle for the Republican Party.
First, we the people will not accept, nor will we vote for any candidate you nominate. When you run a candidate who is so liberal that is a betrayal of the values the Republican Party is supposed to represent, we will not support you. Second, get control of your party; listen to the voters, not a niche group of local party officials. The Republican Party spent $1 million in supporting a liberal candidate who had no business being a Republican in the first place. Dede Scozzafava betrayed the voters and the party when she endorsed a Democrat upon withdrawing from the race.
To Richard Steele: get control of your local party officials. To Newt Gingrich: don’t support liberals because you don’t want to second guess the local party officials. We, the people, insist that you support our conservative values, not party officials. Newt, you’re a Conservative, act like it. To Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and the Tea Party Patriots: keep up the good work, there are millions of us standing with you.