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In a Sunday interview with George Stephanopoulos, Valerie Jarrett, one of President Obama’s closest advisers, said the Republican leadership is “becoming more and more extreme” and “more and more marginalized.” She continued:
“It’s rather telling when the Republican Party forces out a moderate Republican and it says, I think, a great deal about where the Republican Party leadership is right now,” Jarrett said when asked about the GOP candidates’ decision to suspend her campaign, making it more likely the Conservative will win Tuesday’s special election.
First off, the Republican Party did not force Dede Scozzafava out of the NY-23 race. She decided to quite after losing support from voters and after the Republican Party spent almost $1 million on her campaign. The reason for her declining support? Because, it became apparent Ms. Scozzafava didn’t embody the conservative positions many Republicans were looking for, especially when Doug Hoffman, the Independent candidate stepped in and offered a more conservative alternative. Mr. Hoffman also garnered Sarah Palin’s (among others) support which increased his conservative credentials.
The payback of Ms. Scozzafava? She came out in support of the Democratic candidate. This only went to prove that the voters were right in their evaluation of her. It proved Ms. Scozzafava’s positions were more in line with the Democrat Party (supporting the Stimulus Bill, supporting card check, pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage) than the Republicans.
But the absolute irony that Ms. Jarrett dares to expose is her own party’s treatment of moderates. Joe Lieberman comes instantly to mind. After he dared to go “off the ranch,” he was banished from the Democrat party, left to run as an independent to retain his senate seat.
Another irony of Ms. Jarrett’s is Barack Obama himself. If she wishes to talk about leadership extremes, we only need look back at the National Journal rankings of conservatives and liberals. In 2006, Senator Obama ranked 10th on the list of liberal senators. His score ranked him 86% more liberal than his Senate colleagues. In 2007, Mr. Obama scored as the most liberal of all the senators.
By comparison, Senator John McCain, ranked only 56.7% more conservative than his Senate colleagues in 2006 (his last data available). This was about as “moderate” as you can get.
Whereas the Republican Party ran their moderate choice in the presidential election last year, the Democrats ran their moderate, Joe Lieberman, out of the party and chose their most liberal senator for nomination. And we all know how that worked out.
Running moderate Republicans only results in losing elections, and that is why Valerie Jarrett, with her remarks, is anxious to try and keep the Republican party as moderate as possible.