You would think Doug Hoffman is a puppy kicker from the dripping contempt and sarcasm in this latest tome from WDT editor Perry White....Mr White wants Hoffman to end his unwarranted 15 minutes of fame and yield to the "moderate" Republican who beat him narrowly in last week's primary.
I am sure Perry wants Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Mike Castle to do the same, as they are threatening to repudiate GOP primary voters with write-in campaigns.
You can analyze the primary two ways.
One is that newcomer Matt Doheny came from zero name recognition to a win through months of hard, hard work and a studious approach to the issues.
Another spin is that Doheny barely won despite all the GOP poobahs behind him, a huge money edge and a fawning media. On top of that he beat a candidate in Mr. Hoffman who avoided nearly every chance to speak directly to voters through the usual channels.
I think Doheny did work very hard but he was up against a man who was less a candidate, but more of an empty vessel into which people poured their frustrations, outrage and desire for a simpler Ozzie and Harriet style world.
Mr. Hoffman should certainly acknowledge the results, even though the closeness last year and this are not embarrassing as Perry suggests.
He should also state what he intends to do with the Conservative Party nomination.... Compete full bore...do nothing and see what happens or publicly repudiate the line and support Doheny. His name remains no matter what.
The deal can be cut to give Hoffman the graceful out....a senior policy advisor spot...picking up Hoffman staffers for the duration....some kind words and attaboys...That doesn't reverse the loss, but its all you get in this situation.
Mr. Hoffman should probably take that deal.
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