Great minds and all that. Naturally, Rush gives a better summary of my point than me.

You know what, I was reading Erick Erickson today at, and he was the real first behind Hoffman guy. I mean, he was really pushing it on his blog, and he wrote today -- I'll paraphrase it -- he wrote, "Look, the message out of this is we took out a horrible Republican.  We kept a horrible Republican from possibly winning and totally redefining the party in a way that would make it a permanent minority party."  So in Erick's view, yeah, it would have been great if Hoffman won, but the real victory was making sure that a Republican-in-name-only did not win, and that dovetails here with what Charlie said.