The Rise of the Conservative Party?

 HortonBy N. Horton

Thanks to The Tolbert Report’s coverage, I have been obsessively following New York’s 23rd Congressional District  race.   This is a three-way race between Democrat Nominee Bill Owens, “Republican” Dede Scozzafava, and Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman.   I gather that most of our readers care little about Mr. Owens, but let’s dig deeper into the other two candidates.

First, Scozzafava.

Dede Scozzafava has been closely aligned with the Working Families Party, a socialist affiliate of ACORN. In fact, her close friend and supporter, Bertha Lewis, is the vice chairman of WFP.

Scozzafava’s husband is a New York union organizer.  She supports “card check” legislation that would remove the secret ballot from union elections. And, this just breaking, her husband called the police on a Weekly Standard reporter who was asking her some tough questions about fiscal policy and health care.

Scozzafava is pro-homosexual marriage and pro-abortion.  She supported a $180 million bank bailout in Albany, NY.  Visit Doug Hoffman’s website for a side-by-side comparison of these two candidates.

*It is important to note that Scozzafava was not nominated by the voting electorate.  Instead, she was appointed to be the party’s nominee by the GOP establishment–the eleven GOP county chairman within her district.

Despite her extremely liberal positions, she has received the endorsement of Newt Gingirch and, according to The Tolbert Report, will begin receiving a “large influx of cash” from the Republican National Committee.

Then there is Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman–talk about a conservative.  Hoffman is pro-traditional marriage, pro-life, pro-military, pro-2nd amendment, and is a fiscal conservative.  He’s a conservative down the line and he represents what the GOP used to stand for.

Despite going rogue and taking on the GOP establishment, H0ffman has received the endorsement of the Club for Growth and our beloved former Senator Fred Thompson.  Yesterday, Dick Armey joined the bandwagon and endorsed Hoffman.

Hoffman was featured on Glenn Beck’s radio show this morning and will be a guest on Beck’s FOXNews show tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. CST.

Election day:  t-minus 13 days.

To say the Republican Party is “out in left field” or “utterly ridiculous” for nominating Scozzafava just doesn’t quite cut it here.  The establishment of this party has been completely compromised.

There is a battle being waged everyday at every level for the values and principles of the Republican Party.  The liberals are winning.  They are obtaining positions of leadership and then stifling dissent.  They want you and I to just follow them blindly, wherever they lead.  And it’s not just the liberals–the “conservatives” play this game too.  “Let’s all just get along” they say.  “We don’t have to agree on everything.”  If you try to speak out against corruption and dirty politics, you are called a “witch hunter” and deemed to be irrelevant.  (Trust me, I know)

And furthermore, the GOP has no leadership.  If it did, Chairman Steele and/or the NY GOP Chairman would have intervened and fought against Scozzfava’s nomination.  Now, instead of staying out of the race and hoping Scozzafava goes away, Steele is pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into her campaign account. (Just as a side note: if the Arkansas GOP had any real leadership, they would not have 12 candidates for U.S. Senate and 1 candidate for state constitutional office).  States and counties all over the country better get their acts in line, unless they want to be overtaken by TEA Party candidates like Doug Hoffman and the Conservative Party.

Is a third party really viable?  Is there a chance that, coupled with the TEA Party movement, we could begin to see a monumental shift in this country’s political landscape?  Viability is still unknown, but it is clear that American conservatives are disgusted with the GOP.  They want another option.

Hoffman versus Scozzafava represents the battle being waged everyday in local county committees and state parties across the country.  A recent poll from Siena College shows Hoffman within striking distance.  God bless Doug Hoffman for standing up for what is right.  He is a viable candidate with conservative principles.

For once, this is not about party. This is a battle over principles.  For once we don’t have to go out and defend the GOP’s major screw up to save face (i.e. John McCain).  We can get behind Hoffman 100% because he represents what we stand for and the fight that we are waging everyday.

Stand up.  Question boldly. Defend the truth and defend your values.  Don’t let them label you as a “trouble-maker” or “witch-hunter.”  Stand up for what you believe in–it’s the American thing to do.

Nicholas Horton is the Editor of The Arkansas Patriot and a candidate for Searcy City Council in Ward 1.  Contact Nicholas at



  1. Nannette Ramsey

    Thanks, Nicholas, for putting your opinion out there. Hopefully, others will read it and will think about their party afiliation. I have pointed out many times, to friends who vote Democrat, that they really believe in the Republican platform. But the Party no longer has a viable voice, I think of the phrase,”If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything”, What do the Republicans stand for?

  2. Tina

    I believe that I am only one of MANY who are ready for another option. There are many more true conservatives out there looking for someone to be their voice.

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