NY 23rd: GOP's Lose-Lose War
Righties are now a 'wacky, paranoid cult eager to eat' their own
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2009 11:35 AM CST
Congressional candidates in New York's 23rd district, from left, Democrat Bill Owens, Conservative Party Doug Hoffman, and Republican Dede Scozzafava.   (AP Photo/FILES)

(Newser) – Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck are the undisputed standard-bearers for true conservatives, and they've just led a suicidal attack in upstate New York in what's become "a riotous and bloody national GOP civil war." For Frank Rich, there's only one sure outcome: 'Republicans are the sure losers" in a battle that proves "how swiftly the right has devolved into a wacky, paranoid cult that is as eager to eat its own as it is to destroy Obama.

"The more rightists who win GOP primaries, the greater the Democrats’ prospects next year," writes Rich. "But the electoral math is less interesting than the pathology of this movement. Its antecedent can be found in the early 1960s, when radical-right hysteria carried some of the same traits we’re seeing now: seething rage, fear of minorities, maniacal contempt for government, and a Freudian tendency to mimic the excesses of political foes."

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Nov 2, 2009 12:55 PM CST
This will not be pretty. Carol's assessment would be correct if it weren't for one thing. The pendulum has been swinging Republican since 1980. It is already swinging back and sorry, it will be a long time before people swing back to the Borrow and Spend Republicans who warn us about incompetent government while providing us incompetent government.
Nov 2, 2009 7:19 AM CST
No Republican, Conservative - or even Democrat - should support Card Check. It steals the right for a secret ballot away from a voter. How can anyone support this or someone who does? That is my bottom line. Of course, we now know DeeDee's hubby is a big union muckamuck so it all falls into place. I'm sure her ties to the Obama administration were already in place prior to her nomination. She was a Trojan Horse. Glad she quit. I want to know who vetted her? The same team who vetted Obama or his czars?
Nov 2, 2009 4:46 AM CST
Oh, Liberals are wishing this is a loss, but it is clearly a conservative win. Conservatism is resurgent and it will spell a major electoral defeat Tomorrow as well as in 2010 and 2012. Of course libs are afraid.