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Could Conservatives Be Good for Dems in 2010?

Posted on Nov 4, 2009
Doug Hoffman for Congress / Carrie Devorah

His loss, Dems’ gain?: Conservative Doug Hoffman’s loss in upstate New York is being scrutinized by those who lean left.

Tuesday’s elections were dispiriting in some ways for Democrats, particularly in Virginia and New Jersey (not to mention Maine, though that issue cuts across party lines),  but the New York Daily News’ Michael McAuliff wonders whether another, more encouraging object lesson for 2010 might’ve happened in upstate New York.  —KA

New York Daily News:

Conservative Doug Hoffman lost the 23rd congressional district seat in upstate New York held by Republicans for more than 100 years to Democrat Bill Owens after chasing GOP moderate Dede Scozzafava from the race.

President Obama’s campaign veterans are ecstatic over Owens’ win.

“NY-23 is an interesting one and very good for us across the country,” the insider said. “This is a big problem for the Republicans.”

Some conservatives wholeheartedly agree. “The Democrats won not because they were brilliant but because Republicans were stupid,” said former Arkansas Governor, presidential contender and conservative luminary Mike Huckabee.
“Republicans fumbled the ball, and Democrats jumped on it in the end zone.”

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By Ian Kocher, November 5, 2009 at 3:17 am Link to this comment
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Before the Democrats rejoice too much in their unearned good fortune for having Palin and her ilk, they should study the Virginia election: change-motivated Democrats who voted for Obama sat out this one in droves.

They stayed home because they are angered by the Democrats’ betrayal of their trust: Obama’s appointment of the very finance officials who were responsible for the conditions leading to the meltdown, and his tepid approach to a robust public option.

Watch for more of his base to melt away next year.

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