Leave it to the managing editor of a little newspaper, Bob Gorman of the Watertown Daily Times, to nail NY-23 in a way that the national media never could:
Despite the national media attention on Northern New York right now, we should all remember that the 23rd Congressional District has no great significance. And neither did Gettysburg. It’s just the place where the great armies met.[…..]
If Hoffman wins Tuesday, political analysts suggest there could be a 23-skiddoo, and our district might very well morph into the envisioned 33rd District in Texas.
The Watertown Daily Times in its stories and editorials has been trying to suggest there is an actual link between federal and local issues. But instead of learning about water level issues, for instance, Hoffman keeps channeling Ronald Reagan, while Armey says that local issues are “parochial,” and really not what Hoffman should be worrying about.
The Republican party has survived in New York State by focusing on local issues and eschewing most of the right-wing ideology that afflicts the national party. As a more-or-less lifelong New York State Democrat, I’ve nevertheless never had any great love for New York State Republican; they’re at least as corrupt as the state’s Democrats and, at least upstate, they’re a great deal nastier. But they’re not wingers, for the most part.
What happened in NY-23 is that a bunch of confederate pukes came in and told a perfectly nice, socially moderate, Republican Albany hack (and I mean that affectionately) to go get bent.
And, and as a New Yorker, that pisses me off.