Mr. Ronald L. Caravan penned "Between the Lines: Scozzafava pick illustrates precisely what is wrong with today's G.O.P." in the Valley News. Caravan writes of Scozzafava and her brand of Republicanism that, "rather than employing the term 'moderate Republicans,' it would be more accurate to describe these politicians as 'values-neutral Republicans.' That is because the Republican Party, according to its platform, still stands for certain fundamental values, and these so-called 'moderates' consistently embrace public-policy positions that contradict those values." Ouch! Needless to say Mr. Caravan didn't have anything good to say about Dede, but nothing could have been as jaw-dropping as Mike Long yesterday.
Long made the top of the headlines when he bluntly slammed the door shut on Scozzafava's candidacy, comparing her to the New York Times and Bernie Madoff. One paper quoted Long saying, "Dede Scozzafava is becoming the poster girl for the New York Times... when you think about it, she is clearly becoming the Bernie Madoff of New York politics. She is running the biggest, biggest scam on the Republican Party that I've seen in years."
Even the New York Times did a story on the race this week titled, "In Bid for House Seat, a Question of Identity for Republicans Upstate."
Dede's unconventional Republican philosophy has resulted in a state of pandemic chaos for her campaign as local news stories pile up week after week with negative messages. Now is the time when Dede is supposed to be defining herself to the electorate. She can't even get a handle on the day-to-day message while the other major party has yet to announce their candidate.
With all of the commotion and negative attention for Dede, there is only one thing she can do to win. At this point we would advise Dede to keep pandering to anyone who will listen. If Dede can out-pander the other candidates, attempting to be all things to all people, or at least to enough people that matter (i.e. folks who actually vote), she's a shoe-in for the job. Good luck and keep hedging on the real tough issues.