Michelle Malkin

But there's another inextricably linked ACORN and WFP affiliate that Scozzafava would not likely disavow: Big Labor.

Refresher: The Service Employees International Union is co-located with several key ACORN offices across the country. ACORN founder Wade Rathke founded influential SEIU Local 100. As John Wilson reported in the New York Post this spring, the WFP's largest donors are the SEIU, which pitched in more than $300,000, and the teachers union, which donated $200,000. These organizations have worked together to increase left-wing political clout, undermine capitalism and ensure "social justice" on the public's dime.

Scozzafava's husband is a leading upstate New York union organizer. She supports the federal "card-check" legislation that would massively boost union rolls -- and Democratic voting rolls -- at the expense of rank-and-file workers' free choice. And for that matter, at the expense of Republican electoral prospects. Card check is the key to a Democratic majority in perpetuity. Big Labor bosses have said as much.

Movement conservatives and limited government activists are battling the establishment GOP over its endorsement of Scozzafava's candidacy. The Club for Growth, former GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson and others have lined up behind a truly mainstream and viable candidate -- Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman.

Meanwhile, "moderate Republican" Scozzafava has earned the enthusiastic endorsement of far-left blog entrepreneur and political strategist Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, who runs the Daily Kos website. He enthused that Scozzafava has "been willing to raise taxes when budgets require it, and is to the left of most Democrats on social issues."

That's not moderation. That's extremist fringe. This race isn't a fight over the heart and soul of the Republican Party. It's a battle over its brain.


Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies" (Regnery 2010).

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