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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Palin, Pawlenty Endorsing NY's Hoffman, Trouble for Newt

By Rick Pearcey • October 27, 2009, 08:44 AM

Sarah Palin endorsed Doug Hoffman of NY's 23rd congressional district last Thursday.  

And now, "with the news [yesterday] that Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has endorsed Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman in the three-way congressional race in upstate New York's 23rd District, . . . the pressure is on former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee to follow suit," writes Robert Stacy McCain at American Spectator.

"However, Red State's Erick Erickson is laying down an ultimatum to any Republican who wants grassroots conservative support for a 2012 presidential bid," McCain continues.

"Erickson says Romney and Huckabee have until noon Wednesday to endorse Hoffman or . . . well, or else."

Last night night on Greta, Newt Gingrich blasted conservatives and argued for Hoffman's Republican opponent, even though, says Gingrich, "No question, on social policy, she's a liberal Republican."

My view: Gingrich is making a tactical error that may reflect flawed strategic thinking. What is needed is at least one political party where Conservative principle is the clear basis. Years of giving into "pragmatic" politics have enabled the present ongoing Constitutional crisis we now face in the United States.

Even more foundational is the need for a clear voice based on a clear commitment -- on the issues, tactics, strategies, and principles -- to Declarational and Constitutional norms and content.

This still has yet to come to the fore with sufficient strength and articulation, but it seems absolutely needed if America is have any sufficient answer to either the fast road to tyranny (the Democratic Party) or the somewhat slower road (squishy Republicanism).

Meanwhile, Stacy McCain is probably right: "Guess that means Erickson has already scratched Newt Gingrich off his 2012 list."