State Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava (R), who dropped from the special election in Upstate New York yesterday, has now thrown her support to Democrat Bill Owens.
As Bruce put it,
Scozzafava Proves She is a Democrat After All
Betsy explains why:
It was becoming a two-man race between Hoffman and the Democratic candidate, Bill Owens, with Scozzafava serving as a spoiler to the third-party candidate. She read the tea leaves in her sinking poll number and dropped out.
What was amazing was that the Republican county leaders, facing a GOP district, felt that they had to pick Scozzafava for their candidate. She isn’t even a moderate, she’s basically a Democrat. In fact, she was the most liberal candidate of the three. It’s one thing to pick a RINO in a liberal-leaning area like Maine. But why pick one in a GOP district. There must be some sort of backstory there that does not augur well for those party leaders.
Besides Scozzafava, the big loser in all this is Newt Gingrich who had been going to the mattresses to defend his support for her. Meanwhile, Republicans have been following Sarah Palin’s lead and endorsing Hoffman.
American Power has the video:
David Frum? Newt Gingrich? Peggy Noonan? Chris Buckley? David Brooks? Do you hear us now?
More from Dan Riehl.
An angry libertarian lets loose on whorechaser Eliot Spitzer (who, you may recall, was talking comeback last September) after Spitzer insulted the libertarians, and you must go read the post:
When Your Neighbor Loses His Job It’s A Recession.
The charge is too stupid to merit a response, but Spitzer’s purple and unmanly overdescription of the Great Recession does remind us of what is most loathsome about Spitzer.
Tim Cavanaugh aims, shooots and scores; Go read it.
Did you know that Spitzer keeps his socks on? Eeeew!
Uh, Eliot, I really would keep a long, long way from the word “fiduciary.”
As you may recall, he and his thirty virgins were kicked out of Englewood.
But not to worry, I’m sure he’s getting a warm welcome at the
Khadafy booted from Camp Trump
W’chester foils Trump guest
Where common decency failed, local permits worked:
A State Department official told The Associated Press the Libyan government had obtained the property for the week, possibly for entertaining.
However, Bedford Town Attorney Joel Sachs told The Post that when the building inspectors showed up to see if a proper permit had been obtained, they found the tent was outfitted “for human habitation.”
In the gaudy tent lined with camel-themed fabrics on the walls — which looks identical to tents Khadafy has used on past occasions — inspectors found a satellite dish. It was also wired for electricity.
Sachs said the inspectors issued the stop-work order to a property caretaker who works for Trump because the men erecting the tent couldn’t speak English.
Written by – who else! – Scott
Well, it didn’t take long for Paterson to give Obama the raspberry:
Paterson Says He Will Run, Rejecting Call From Obama
Gov. David A. Paterson defiantly vowed to run for election next year despite the White House‘s urging that he withdraw from the New York governor’s race.
“I have said time and time again that I am running for governor next year,” he said at the 40th annual African-American Day Parade.
Mr. Paterson would not characterize what he was told by the White House, saying that he would not “discuss confidential conversations.”
“I’m not talking about any specific conversations,” he said. “As I said, I am running for office.”
President Obama had sent a request to Mr. Paterson that he withdraw from the New York governor’s race, fearing that Mr. Paterson cannot recover from his dismal political standing, according to two senior administration officials and a New York Democratic operative with direct knowledge of the situation.
The decision to ask Mr. Paterson to step aside was proposed by political advisers to Mr. Obama, but approved by the president himself, one of the administration officials said.
As you may recall, Paterson was not elected; instead, he became governor following Eliot Spitzer’s resignation over a sex scandal involving prostituties.
Why did Obama ask?
The general election is more than a year away, but Mr. Obama and his political team are moving now in part because of signals from Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, that he may run for governor, according to Democrats who have spoken with White House officials. Many Democratic leaders believe that Mr. Giuliani’s presence at the top of the Republican ticket could spark enthusiasm among his party’s voters, who might otherwise have little desire to go to the polls.
Should a President be involved in state politics to this extent? James Joyner says,
A sitting president has long been considered the nominal “head” of his party. Obama seems to be taking that to its logical conclusion. There’s not really any reason he shouldn’t use his influence behind the scenes in this manner, although it’s yet another step down the rather depressing road of presidents thinking they actually “run the country” rather than just heading up one of three branches of the central government in a federal system.
What do you think?
And, would Giuliani present a formidable challenge to a Democrat?
It’s happened in Minnesota
DENVER — The Arapahoe County man under FBI investigation for alleged ties to a New York bomb plot has admitted he has ties to al-Qaida and is in negotiations to plead guilty to a terror charge, a senior law enforcement official told ABC News.
The official said Najibullah Zazi had received explosives training in Pakistan and his possible guilty plea would be part of a deal to cooperate with the government.
This is what the plot involved:
ABC News reported that authorities found 12 new black backpacks they suspect were going to be used to carry homemade bombs and a laptop computer. Authorities told ABC News that the computer contained bomb making directions and an explosives recipe that would have produced homemade bombs of the same size and type used in the terror attacks on the London subways in July 2005.
Authorities say he rented a car and drove from Denver to New York, crossing into Manhattan the day before the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.
Going by the above articles, it looks like the investigation has not located who else he may be involved with.
What does the New York Times have to say about this? Reasons Unclear for Terrorist Fears. Really. As if the investigators would just happen to pick on some guy at random.
The “fears” were certainly not unfounded.
Right after the towers fell, people who’d never liked them as architecture wanted them back just as they were. Get back up in the sky! But it hasn’t happened. Even if they build the replacement towers, there’s still a space in the sky where no one will ever stand again. We could stand there once. That we couldn’t stand there eight years ago was their fault. That we cannot stand there today is ours.
I hope I’m wrong, but it will happen again.
God help us.