So better a 100% pure FR-certified conservative who doesn't have a snowball's chance of hell being elected in a relatively liberal state like NY - or an ideologically divided country, for that matter, rather than a relatively right-leaning candidate who actually does have a chance to be elected in the real world with the real electorate as it is, not as it exists in some FR fantasy?
You'd actually prefer that the Pattersons & Obamas continue to win elections without putting up even an electable right-leaning candidate who can at least offer the hope of advancing some opposition to the Alinsky/Soros Party, just because he isn't as rigidly conservative as you are, even in a liberal state?
And that's really the grand strategy here? You'd just concede the NY contest entirely if you can't win everything you want when you want it?
Gee, I hope all the unborn generations of bankrupted New Yorkers standing on government queues for the honor of selecting their choice between either food or euthanasia in the future will be sure to remember to thank you posthumously for the advice that NY conservatives should valiantly stand their ground against 'RudyMcRombees'. [/sarc]
I gather you'd also be willing to condemn your own children not to mention the future progeny of all other conservative Americans to a hellhole of a banana republic ruled with an iron fist by anti-american leftists just so that you can continue to stroke your pristine political vanity, strut your rigid sense of rectitude and die with your strict 'principals' intact, huh?
Holy Cow! Obama's not the only ideological narcissist around, it would seem. Some people's 'conservatism' is really 'all about me' as well, isn't it?
Obviously, you've been living in a cave for the 15 years.
The GOP won control of Congress in 1994 by pushing a conservative agenda based on Reaganism. We then elected someone who was considered a right leaning politico from Texas to complete the deal. The GOP now held all the cards.
How'd that work out?
Not satisfied with massive spending for prescription drugs, education, farm subsidies, energy and transportation. President Bush, along with GOP presidential candidate, John McCain, supported a $700-billion bailout aimed directly at WallSt robber barons, while giving cover to their Democrat cohorts in the Congress.
Sorry. Conservatives helping to elect moderates and liberal Republicans to public office has gotten us in the mess we have today. Bush, McCain and other wishy-washy centrist types are directly responsible for America having a Black Marxist in the White House today. Sadly, the rightwing almost pulled out a victory after Sarah Palin was added to the ticket, but we fell short.
Now you want conservatives to continue joining you moderates in supporting Constitution trampling liberals like Giuliani and Romney for public office. Not gonna happen. The days of voting for the lesser of two evils is fading fast. It serves no good purpose and solves nothing. Except to give liberal Democrats more election victories.
If Bush had used the Bully Pulpit to promote conservatism, it would have made a huge difference and had a profound impact gaining more converts to the GOP longterm. If the President and the GOP majority in Congress had stood up for what was right and not abandoned the conservative agenda in favor of more liberal domestic policy, the Dems wouldn't have won Congress in 2006 and the Presidency in 2008. Instead the GOP Congress followed Bush right off the cliff, straight into oblivion.
Don't think Free Republic is the right place to campaign for liberals and moderates and expect a free pass from conservative FReepers. Ain't gonna happen.
Why don't you get over the notion that only moderate Republicans can win in liberal areas when they've been losing seats in droves. Schundler was a solid conservative in New Jersey who won his primary for Governor until the state RINOs threw him under the bus. Also keep in mind that the Libertarian candidate for Senate in 2000 got more votes than the RINO against Kennedy. Conservatives can win in liberal areas, the GOP is too scared to run them.