We have a clash of ideas within the Republican Party, and it is being fleshed out in NY 23.  Who is showing principled leadership in lending their voice (and cash) to Doug Hoffman, the true conservative in the New York 23rd Congressional District Race?

Well we know that Newt Gingrich has sold out so he isn’t, and I can say that any respect I did have for him is essentially gone.

I checked Huck PAC, because I knew Mike Huckabee made an “anti-establishment” endorsement of Marco Rubio in the Florida Senate Race over the establishment pick of Governor Charlie Crist.  So I’m surprised he’s silent in the NY 23 race.  I would like to think he’d jump in, and maybe he will later on (not that there is much time left), but his silence is deafening in this very important race.

Mitt Romney is absent from this race, but I would suspect that his leanings would be toward Dede Scozzafava.  I could be wrong, but I don’t expect anything remotely resembling principles to come from the Romney camp.  He’s proven time and time again that he’ll do, or say anything he thinks he needs to, in order to win.

Tim Pawlenty, Governor of Minnesota, who will likely be in the 2012 race started Freedom First PAC, and a big deal was made about it with the intention of making an impact in pre-2012 races.  With this race though, he’s asleep at the wheel.

Pawlenty happened to be speaking to reporters in Washington after a fundraiser for his new political action committee. The Minnesota governor refused to make an endorsement when asked about the race.

"You know I haven’t been following that, I haven’t studied the race at all," he said. "It’s not that I would or wouldn’t, I just don’t know anything about it. I haven’t taken the time to study their positions, their records, so I haven’t taken a position on it."

He hasn’t been following it?  What is he doing with his PAC?

Sarah Palin in her endorsement of Hoffman is demonstrating the principled courage and leadership sorely lacking in the GOP establishment.  In her endorsement she said:

Doug Hoffman stands for the principles that all Republicans should share: smaller government, lower taxes, strong national defense, and a commitment to individual liberty.

Political parties must stand for something. When Republicans were in the wilderness in the late 1970s, Ronald Reagan knew that the doctrine of "blurring the lines" between parties was not an appropriate way to win elections. Unfortunately, the Republican Party today has decided to choose a candidate who more than blurs the lines, and there is no real difference between the Democrat and the Republican in this race. This is why Doug Hoffman is running on the Conservative Party’s ticket.

Republicans and conservatives around the country are sending an important message to the Republican establishment in their outstanding grassroots support for Doug Hoffman: no more politics as usual.

Small government, lower taxes, strong national defense, and a commitment to individual liberty… so where are the other conservative leaders?  Whether you like Sarah Palin or not she is filling a leadership void.  She embraces the tea party movement and she gets the grassroots.  Others can step up, but now they have to play catch up.  Josh Painter takes note of what this endorsement represents:

With her endorsement of Doug Hoffman, Sarah Palin has taken a stand in solidarity with the gathering storm known as the grassroots movement in this country. The disaffected conservatives, conservative libertarians, common sense independents and blue collar Democrats (aka Reagan Democrats) who are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore always seemed to us to be former Governor Palin’s natural base constituency. These are not only the people who have turned out for TEA parties and Townhalls across the country, but the many more of them who didn’t demonstrate, but feel the pain. It’s a big step for the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate to take toward earning their trust as the national public figure who best voices their concerns.

As for the Republican Party, its establishment which has refused to listen to the rank and file has officially been put on notice by Sarah Palin.

She’s already making a huge impact.  Which is vitally important because this race matters.

Update: Mike Huckabee was on Neil Cavuto’s show on Fox News.  He was asked about Doug Hoffman (who was interviewed later on) and whether or not he supported him.  He declined saying he chose to stay out that race because he’s giving a speech to the Conservative Party. He said he doesn’t want to get that speech mixed up with an endorsement speech.  What?!?!?  That doesn’t even make sense, it sounds like a lame excuse to me.  Governor Huckabee I’m disappointed!

2nd Update: Pawlenty now becoming concerned… well welcome to the party Governor.  I’m glad that you could look into this race.  You still aren’t forthright on who your are going to endorse though.

Also… what is Scozzafava getting into with campaign cash????  Great pick there Speaker Gingrich.  Also got to love how the NRCC is handling this race… nice.

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  1. So, now Sarah is “making a huge impact”? Will Doug win because of her support? Maybe he can be HER VP! LOL!
    You could be her publicist or Campaign Manager too! I haven’t seen anyone on the local or national scene that is as devoted to her cause as you. 
    The idea that NOT having an opinion on Doug OR supporting him is tatamount to being disqualified to run for President in 2012! I agree with datechguy: If Hoffman wins it will be a Palin win, if he loses then they will paint her as a “loser”. But then I guess that is why they call her a maverick. Looks like she wants to be known as a rogue instead. 
    There is 435 Representatives running for election/relection next year. Is it your opinion that every Republican planning to run for President in 2012 is required to make a stand on every race to be qualified? That means that Palin is REQUIRED to take a position on every one of them or she is disqualified.
    Not to mention Doug isn’t running as a Republican.
    Huck has been promoting and supporting quite a few Republicans for public office since he was eliminated last year. Does he get no credit for all that just because he hasn’t made a palin-like statement on Doug?
    btw, according to Rasmussen, Sarah isn’t enjoying a “huge impact” as much as a slow dwindle.

    1. @Don, Should every Presidential candidate weigh in on every Congressional race? No. By the way I did two posts on this before she endorsed so I was interested in this race pre-Palin.

      This is a significant race in that here you see grassroats conservatism vs. establishment. It also is a contested seat which is vitally important.

      I noted the bump in funding, and if you think she’s not going to make an impact in the race you are fooling yourself. He may not win, but you are seeing an impact based on her influence.

      Regarding Huckabee I gave him kudos for the Rubio endorsement. And sorry, I expect conservatives to endorse principle over party.

      Now regarding you not reading anyone who is as devoted to her cause… well there are a number of blogs you aren’t reading. I’ve never denied the fact I’m a Palin fan, and if she decides to run in 2012 unless something drastic happens to my opinion of her I’ll do all I can for her campaign.

      I’ve been very upfront about that.

      Also she’s not the only one to weigh in on Hoffman. Fred Thompson endorsed him Dick Armey has as well. National Review, Rush, Hannity, Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, among many others. I’m also not the only one to criticize those above for not weighing in… here is a true conservative who could use their help… and we hear crickets.

      By the way you think I’m the only one blogging on this today? It’s all over the blogosphere. And regarding the Rasmussen poll… if that were done in 2011 it’d actually mean something. A lot can happen good or bad in the political landscape prior to 2012.

  2. Don, that Rasmussen poll was done before Palin supported Hoffman. I think that endorsement will give her a boost. If she does well on Oprah, that will help her also.

  3. I agree with you on this one. As we’ve discussed before, I’m not a huge fan of Gov. Palin … but she’s right on the money this time, and I’ll give credit where it’s due. Kudos to her!

    I’m saddened a bit by Huckabee’s decision not to get into this one. I see three possible explanations, none of which counts as a good excuse: (1) one of Huckabee’s biggest problems in 2008 was that he was pretty much hated by the establishment. He’s got his gig on Fox, and he’s trying to get into their good graces a bit. Fight in Florida, but sit this one out. (2) Upstate New York has very little of his target audience — mostly socially conservative Christians — and he doesn’t want to squander HuckPAC’s weak resources where they won’t do much good. (3) He’s building quite a relationship with Rep. Gingrich and might not want to disrupt that. On the other hand, Huckabee was hurt badly by the talk-radio people, too. Even a basic verbal endorsement without a huge financial backing would have counted for SOMETHING, I think. I’m adding this to my list of disappointments. I suspect that Gov. Huckabee went to horizontal thinking rather than Vertical Politics on this one.

    As for Gov. Romney … the guy wouldn’t know a principle if it slapped him in the face, so I wouldn’t expect him to make a bold move.

    So, yeah, good for Gov. Palin. Doing the right thing should never be a tactical decision, and for a lot of the potential candidate field, it is.
    .-= Wickle´s last blog ..Attacking incivility =-.

    1. @Wickle, You make some interesting points about Huckabee. One of his glaring weaknesses is his inability to raise funds. So his stewardship of resources could be part of it, but you are right that he should at least have made a verbal/written endorsement or go up and stump for him. It would be interesting to see Palin go stump for him… she drew quite a crowd last time she was in NY.

      I also think Palin would be more influential in NY than Huckabee while evangelicals are comfortable with her positions… I think she’s also making inroads with small government conservatives and libertarians.

      You and are are absolutely on the same page with Romney. No Romney in 2012 no way, no how.

  4. My hope is that Sarah Palin decides to run in 2012. I’m so tired of people without principles. I won’t agree with Palin on everything, but I do on the majority of things. She says what she means and means what she says. I like that. I will not hesitate to give her my vote.

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