I have been a Republican as long as I have been old enough to pay attention to politics. I have usually found the Republican party to be a much closer fit to my conservative political views than the Democrat party, and therefore my party allegiance was not a difficult choice for me. It also helped that most members of my family in the paternal line have been adherents of the GOP since the Civil War, although in the case of my late father it was more out of a strong dislike of the Democrat party which he used to call …, actually, since this is a family blog I will not repeat some of the epithets my father used in regard to the party of Jackson. Thus I am a Republican both by conviction and heredity.
However, party loyalty is a two way street. In order for a political party to deserve the loyalty of its supporters, the party must field candidates that broadly stand for what most party members believe in. In the special congressional election for 23rd district in the New York, the GOP powers that be in that district have singularly failed to do so. They have nominated a liberal Democrat in Republican clothes as the standard bearer of the Republican party. Michelle Malkin in this column here succinctly states why the GOP nominee Deede Scozzafava is running in the wrong party.