Mr. Steele, We Are Conservatives, Not Republicans
In a recent Rasmussen opinion poll, Conservatives have sent a strong message to the failing leadership of the Republican party. The results of the poll indicate that, “73% think Republicans in Congress have lost touch with GOP voters”. Consider me in that group. I have become increasingly disappointed by the members of the political party that is supposed to be standing up for Conservative principles. We have much to be concerned about such as the reckless spending in the Bush years, support for pork on enormous levels, backing liberal candidates, and finally … actually splitting the Conservative vote in N.Y. and allowing a Democrat to win.
Even former leaders of the G.O.P. are proving their worthlessness. Newt Gingrich put his clout behind a liberal leaning candidate in the New York district 23 Congressional race. He isn’t supporting Dede Scozzafava because she was the most Conservative candidate, not by far. She supports abortion rights and card-check (union bullying made legal), and she won’t commit to voting against any tax increases. I am fairly certain that three major Conservative tenets are being directly broken and several others are more-than-likely getting dented. The truly Conservative candidate, Doug Hoffman has actually climbed within 6 points in the polls without the support of the Republican party. Imagine how sewn-up that Congressional seat would have been if Newt and company had backed the true Conservative. Instead, the G.O.P.’s support of Scozzafava will put a Congressional seat either in the hands of the Democrat candidate (who now leads by 4 points as Scozzafava splits the vote that should go to Hoffman), or be given to a liberal in Conservative’s clothing.
I, for one, quite some time ago stopped all financial support of the Republican party. It no longer represents my point-of-view and is not protecting the values I hold dear. I will be looking for individual candidates to put my support behind. Some might happen to be Republicans, or American Conservative Party, or Independents. I’ll support the candidates that will go to Washington to represent me, not some bloated set of self-worshipers.
Michael Steele, are you listening? At all? Conservatives have an opportunity to take back Congress, but not with boneheaded moves like this. Even if they take it back, morons like Scozzafava will just vote with the ultra-left like Olympia Snowe (R-ME) did on something as important as health care reform. We don’t need anymore RINOs, we don’t need anymore “centrists”. Mr. Steele, stop splitting the Conservative vote in New York – force Scozzafava to drop-out. On second thought, maybe the first true leadership decision you could make, is to step down.