Was the Conservative Party worth saving ?....With the likely nomination tomorrow of Carl Paladino as its nominee, the 48 year old party will get the requisite votes to maintain its line on the ballot.
The party was formed in reaction to Rockefeller Republicanism which was really a Democratic Party for people who go to country clubs but didn't want that nasty Democratic moniker.
Now, the Democratic Party has co-opted all of those people....Look at my friend Dave Mance who has gone from entrepreneurial Republican to one of those who says 'I didn't leave the party...the party left me."
The Conservative Party suffered the fate of all minor parties in New York's system of fusion voting....Idealism gives way to playing the game and by the time they elected George Pataki, the Conservative leadership was mostly about getting their relatives jobs with an occasional spasm of principle over abortion.
The other problem these parties have is they cannot and will not offer actual third choices. Look at the grief they take when off the reservation such as in NY23.
Those voting for Carl Paladino should do so on the Taxpayer line, so another set of voices will be empowered. The Conservative Party will survive, but it has not earned the right to be the sole representitive of those who want leaner government and lower taxes.