The conservatives' newest rising star has no qualms about his congressional race turning into a referendum on the GOP. "The establishment Republicans are beginning to panic," writes Doug Hoffman. They're worried that a victory by a true conservative like himself will hurt the party's political strength. But Hoffman—a novice who has gained the support of Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, and others in his upstate New York race—is happy to see them sweat.
"Our goal should not be a Republican majority. It should be a conservative majority," he writes in the National Review. "If the Republican party will not be conservative, then we are going to run against them ... and we’re going to win." His race "is important," he says, "because it is all of us—conservatives around the country—who are emerging to take a stand against liberalism from both parties."