The End Game: A Strong GOP.
As we wait in anticipation for the results of NY-23, hopefully in favor of Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate in the race over DIABLO (Democrat in all but label only –Mark Steyn) Dede Scozzafava and Democrat Bill Owens, we need to ask ourselves a very important question: If we do run third party candidates, what is the end game?
In my opinion, Glenn Beck misses the mark here. Beck has advocated a third party uniting true conservatives and libertarians to defeat both liberal Republicans and Liberal Democrats. I think this is the path to suicide in most cases. We need to advocate conservative candidates, but we need to make sure they’re in the Republican Party.
Look at the effort that has gone into getting Doug Hoffman elected this year. He’s had the full support of most conservative blogs, the endorsements of high profile Republicans like Sarah Palin, Fred Thompson, Tim Pawlenty and Dick Armey, and talk radio all trumpting him as the path to success. Hoffman is the only sensible choice, but we need to recognize that someone like him should have been nominated by the GOP in the first place.
If Palin doesn’t win the 2012 nomination for the Presidency, there would be those who would advise her to run independently, this would be a huge mistake on her part as it would all but ensure the re-election of Barack Obama. She should stand behind the Republican nominee and do everything she can to get them elected.
The end game should be a conservative Republican Party, not a third party.