In the Wall Street Journal article, “Tea-Party Activists Complicate Republican Comeback Strategy” (October 16, 2009) author, Naftali Bendavid, profiles a House race in upstate New York where the Republican Party endorsed Dede Scozzafavo. Late into the race Doug Hoffman, the candidate of the tea party activists, is gaining ground but the end result looks to be that a once reliable Republican seat will be lost to the Democrats.
A cautionary tale to be sure. Michelle Malkin (supporting Hoffman) and Carol Platt Liebau (calling for both groups—the activists and the Republicans—to get along) frame the much larger debate about third party candidates.
I commend to you the following 3 articles:
2010 looks to be a banner year for Republicans. I hope that the activists take an intense interest in their party to become involved, shape policy, and steel the spine of endorsed candidates. I hope that the Republicans welcome the activists and engage in spirited debate. We have heard over and over again that elections matter. They most certainly will in 2010.
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