Jeffords, Chafee, Specter, Scozzafava
See a pattern here? Yeah, me, too.
Each of these people received significant amounts of campaign dollars and on-the-ground assistance from the national Republican party during their last election campaigns - sometimes even in Republican primary fights against more conservative GOP challengers - only to gladly take the money and then run away from the party and collude with the Democrats when things didn't go their way.
I don't really blame them. Like the proverbial scorpion who stung the frog, it's just in their nature. Liberals acting like liberals. No, I blame the frogs in the Republican Party establishment who continue to make the same miscalculation over and over and over again and never learn from their mistakes when it comes to commiting significant party resources (not to mention party credibility) on behalf of allegedly more "electable" liberals against more solidly conservative opposition.
Too bad GOP insiders like John Boehner are too clueless to figure out what "unsophisticated" grassroots conservatives and a bunch of bloggers seem to know by instinct:
The top-ranking House Republican told reporters on Monday that he regrets having supported former GOP House candidate Dede Scozzafava…(emphasis added)
“This lady clearly has as agenda that’s different than most Republicans; she was out there promoting herself,” House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said, noting that he has encouraged all members of the GOP conference to support Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman.
Gee, ya think?
I mean, it's not like you have the Jeffords/Chafee/Specter experience to go by, or anything. It's not like the grassroots activists you've been working against as you pushed Scozzafava's candidacy have been shouting at the top of their lungs that the woman is nothing more than a Democrat in All But Label Only (DIABLO), or anything.
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