Mother, mother, there's too many of you crying; Brother, brother, brother, there's far too many of you dying. You know we've got to find a way to bring some lovin' here today
NOV. 4, 2009: One guy seemed like Tweedledee and one guy seemed like Tweedledum.
And then there was Dede.
The delicate dance of dips and feints that Republicans perform to keep some semblance of a two-party system in New York was turned into a chicken-fried square dance in which everybody does whatever the caller says. And the caller was far, far away in a radio studio well to the west, but really the right, of New York State.
National conservative talk show hosts lambasted the 11 GOP county chairs who selected Dede Scozzafava as the nominee for the 23rd Congressional seat formerly held by John McHugh.
The chairmen were told they betrayed the party and were out of touch with the common man.
They were lectured by conservative talk show hosts who declared that Doug Hoffman was the true Republican and deserved to be elected, even though his political resume is blank.
They watched as national and state Republicans one by one abandoned Scozzafava and endorsed Hoffman.
They lamented as Scozzafava, the person they believed to be best suited to maintain the GOP hold on this more-purple-than-red district, ended her campaign three days before the vote.
And then they fumed as Scozzafava went nuclear by telling her supporters to vote for the Democrat Bill Owens.
Does anyone today think Owens, the Democrats' second choice for the job, would have beaten Scozzafava in a two-person race? Does anyone today think that the 23rd Congressional District would belong to a Democrat if Hoffman hadn't decided to run?
North country Republican leaders could have tapped Scozzafava almost two years ago to be their candidate for the special election for the state Senate, but instead they chose Will Barclay. They learned too late that they had made a mistake when Barclay couldn't get enough support in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties, Scozzafava's turf.
Some thought Scozzafava would bolt the party after that slight, but she stayed loyal. And when another special election came around, this time for Congress, she was rewarded in part for that loyalty. And while a lot of special interest groups declared she failed the litmus test to be a Congressional Republican, those who understand the dance in Northern New York — pro-union, pro-NRA, pro-choice, pro-military, etc. — knew she would appeal to that most precious of voting blocs: The one that gives you 51 percent.
Bloggers, commentators, outside agitators, etc. will put their Texas two-step spin on this election as to “what it really means.” Great! Let the dance begin!
But somebody somewhere should note that this sure-bet GOP district is now held by a Democrat because Republicans around the country somehow got it in their heads that to save a village you have to destroy it.