From City Brights Blog at the San Francisco Chronicle:
The Right Wingnuts led by Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, and Michelle Malkin lost their self-selected signpost election the 23rd Congressional District in New York. The ultra-conservative Republican candidate Doug Hoffman conceded to Democrat Bill Owens […]
Owens gained 49 percent of the vote, versus 46 percent for Hoffman, and six percent for Dede Scozzafava, who’s name was still on the ballot, even though she dropped out of the race.
This race saw the original Republican challenger Dede Scozzafava back out of the race under extreme pressure from within her own party and the Right Wingnut fringe. They – led by media pundits Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, and Michelle Malkin – hand picked Doug Hoffman as the man who would save them. With their withering communications drumbeat, Hoffman rose from nowhere in the polls to the point of being considered the front runner before tonight’s election.
What hurt Hoffman? Theatrics aside, he was new to the area. On Topix, one commenter wrote:
Hoffman doesn’t even live in district 23. He thinks that our local issues and concerns are “Parochial” and… he was not able to answer questions about these local issues and concerns.
Others were turned off by the drum-beat of ultra-conservative talk show mouth involvement, as well as Hoffman’s admission that Glen Beck was his “mentor.”