Lisa De Pasquale

Rush Limbaugh posits that conservatism is on the ascendancy. Therefore, the focus should be on our up-and-coming leaders, not the political cowards that put Republicans in the position they are in today. Hoffman has received strong endorsements from former elected leaders like Sarah Palin, Dick Armey, Fred Thompson and Steve Forbes. However, those taking the most political risk are the current elected officials that have endorsed Hoffman. It’s important that conservatives learn who these leaders are and support them in their races.

Representative Todd Tiahrt of Kansas has put forth one of the strongest endorsements for Doug Hoffman. Elected in 1994, Representative Tiahrt remembers the lessons of that era, even if Republican leaders at the time now do not. “The Republican Party will never again be a majority party until we regain the confidence of the American people,” said Tiahrt in his endorsement of Hoffman. “I believe there is room for disagreement within the party and we should not have litmus tests. However, the Republican nominee [Scozzafava] appears to have disavowed most conservative principles that are important to a vast majority of Republican voters.”

Tiahrt went on to say, “The Republican Party is either going to return to the party of fiscal responsibility and consistent conservative principles as it was under Ronald Reagan or it will continue down the path of ‘sporadic moderation.’”

One of the first elected officials to endorse Hoffman was Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota. Politico reported that Representative Bachmann said, “Hoffman is on the ascendancy and we need to win this seat. And people need to get behind the winning candidate, and it looks like that’s Hoffman.”

Robert Stacy McCain, blogger and reporter for The American Spectator reports that while some Republicans have not endorsed a candidate, they are speaking with their wallets. “Ninety percent of House Republican members have reportedly refused to donate to the Scozzafava campaign, and House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence of Indiana has notably refused to endorse her.”

True leaders are willing to risk the short-term “Republican” victory for a long-term conservative victory. The term RINO (Republican in Name Only) was coined for people like Scozzafava. Liberals in New York put forth a false choice for voters. Thankfully, Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman stepped in so that those in NY-23 can have a real choice.

At the 1975 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Ronald Reagan spoke to attendees about the importance of Republicans adhering to conservative principles. He said:

“A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency, or simply to swell its numbers.

I do not believe I have proposed anything that is contrary to what has been considered Republican principle. It is at the same time the very basis of conservatism. It is time to reassert that principle and raise it to full view. And if there are those who cannot subscribe to these principles, then let them go their way.”

Lisa De Pasquale

Lisa De Pasquale is is a writer in Alexandria, VA. Miss De Pasquale was previously the director of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where she oversaw all aspects of the conference from June 2006 to April 2011. Prior to CPAC, she was the program director of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. In 2010, she was named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns & Elections magazine in their annual list of top political leaders under 35. She has written articles for and Townhall Magazine, Human Events, The Daily Caller, Washingtonian, the St. Augustine Record, The Washington Times, The Houston Chronicle, and the Tallahassee Democrat. Originally from Florida, Miss De Pasquale received a B.A. from Flagler College in St. Augustine.

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