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Wendy Long, who easily won the Republican nomination to challenge Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in November, is usually described in the media as a "conservative judicial activist."

That refers to her five years (2005-10) of working for the Religious Right-founded and funded Judicial Confirmation Network, which became the Judicial Crisis Network after Obama's election.

Where she did RW agitprop like this clumsy Rezko-Ayers-Wright ad, aired in Michigan and Ohio in 2008:

Long fancies herself a Reagan conservative, telling her crowd of supporters on Primary Night: "I think the way we win in this state is by being a Ronald Reagan Republican, and Ronald Reagan didn't pursue some middle-of-the-road strategy. He was a true-blue conservative, which is exactly what I am."

Wingnut Wendy is actually well to the right of Reagan, as is evident by the national-level endorsers of her primary campaign.

Details, below.

Wingut Wendy is a John Bolton kind of conservative -- Bolton, a proud protege of Jesse Helms, was the first major national type to endorse Long. Bolton, a chickenhawk during the Vietnam War, has been a consistent warhawk throughout his public/private career since then. Lately, he is the most prominent advocate of pre-emptive war with Iran, on Fox "News" and Republican radio, anyway.

So Wingnut Wendy is presumably the more war candidate.

Wingnut Wendy is a Steve Forbes kind of conservative -- Forbes, who also avoided the Vietnam draft like many sons of multi-millionaires, has become a prominent advocate for cutting taxes on multi-millionaires like himself. Forbes was a hapless candidate for the GOP presidential nomination in 1996 and 2000, running on a flat-tax platform.

So Wingnut Wendy presumably wants to reduce taxes on the rich even more, and increase taxes on most others.

Wingnut Wendy is a Sean Hannity kind of conservative --  A relentlessly anti-Democrat radio and TV host, Hannity endorsed Long at a private Conservative Party fund-raiser and then on his radio show.

So Wingnut Wendy presumably agrees with Hannity's many lies about Democrats.

Wingnut Wendy is a Rupert Murdoch kind of conservative -- Murdoch's money-pit New York Post endorsed Long, citing her endorsements by "leading national political figures" like Bolton and Forbes.

Wingnut Wendy presumably approves of the political influence that a right-wing Australian media baron billionaire has bought cheaply on three continents, by endorsing people like her.

Wingnut Wendy is a Grover Norquist kind of conservative -- Norquist knows Long from the D.C. wingnut welfare network, and got involved when one of Long's primary opponents heretically said that tax increases may be necessary to reduce the deficit. Long is committed to the Norquist no-tax-hikes-ever pledge, which means the deficit/debt problem will never be resolved short of dismantling the federal government. Norquist told his list of e-mail suckers that the Gillibrand-Long race "will make national headlines as a commonsense conservative woman takes on the darling of the Far Left." Norquist lies like Romney -- second-nature because they've been lying for a living for decades

Wingnut Wendy presumably wants to eliminate most government social programs, very much including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Wingnut Wendy is a National Organization for Marriage kind of conservative -- NOM, the big-money, high-profile, anti-marriage equality outfit, endorsed Long the day before the primary. Probably too late to make any difference, since the few who voted in the primary had already decided by Monday.

Wingnut Wendy is an ultra-Catholic, like most of NOM's funders. In the one primary debate, Wingnut Wendy said she would refuse to attend a gay wedding. As with Norquist, NOM knows Wingnut Wendy from way back.

Finally, Wingnut Wendy is a Clarence Thomas kind of conservative -- Thomas could not endorse her, though he would if it were semi-legal. Long, who clerked for Thomas, has certainly endorsed him. According to Long, Thomas is the "greatest living American."

Wingnut Wendy may think the most-wingnut, least-accomplished Supreme Court justice is the "greatest living American," but any poll asking that question, with no hints, would find Thomas way down, more likely not on, the list.  

So that's the kind of conservative Wendy Long is -- a wingnut, Bolton, Forbes, Hannity, Murdoch, Norquist, NOM, Thomas conservative.

Wingnut Wendy will not go to the center in the general election campaign, because she really can't.

Wingnut Wendy is who she is, the most conservative statewide NY candidate in at least 42 years.

About 20 percent of New York voters are very conservative, another 10 or so will vote for any Republican, but a wingnut like Wendy has no chance of attracting any significant number of independents or moderate Democrats.

So the great Wendy Long extremist experiment, running an unapologetic tea party/Religious Right wingnut in a deep-blue state during a presidential year, will end in tears and gnashing of teeth in November.


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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    A public option for health insurance is a national priority.

    by devtob on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 04:43:27 PM PDT

  •  Her endorsers (7+ / 0-)

    will make our endorsers real no-brainers:

    "When I think of all the harm the Bible has done, I despair of ever writing anything to equal it." ~ Oscar Wilde

    by Scott Wooledge on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 04:46:09 PM PDT

  •  This is really good news (6+ / 0-)

    I think this is even better than Indiana Republicans nominating Richard "No Compromise" Mourdock. If I understand New York at all, Wendy Long is essentially unelectable no matter how many lines she runs on.

    -7.75, -8.10; All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

    by Dave in Northridge on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 04:52:01 PM PDT

    •  You understand correctly...ish (8+ / 0-)

      in reality, none of the candidates were polling above 20% to Gillibrand's 60%.

      It would tighten up, as they gained name recognition, but I don't think ANY of them were a serious threat.

      But Long is flat out as unelectable as Carl Paladino.

      Long though, went a whole Sotomayer bashing phase last year, trying to thwart her nomination to the Supreme Court.

      Understand, Sonia is from THE BRONX. And as the first Latina on the Court, well, we have a lot of Latino voters that won't especially appreciate Long's LAST big political mission, who won't be so excited about handing HER the keys to make SCOTUS seat calls.

      Screw Wendy. I'll enjoy watching her lose, badly.

      "When I think of all the harm the Bible has done, I despair of ever writing anything to equal it." ~ Oscar Wilde

      by Scott Wooledge on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 04:59:46 PM PDT

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      •  Gillibrand would have landslided (8+ / 0-)

        whomever the GOP nominated.

        Beating Long will be more fun, because she's been a wingnut warrior for years.

        A public option for health insurance is a national priority.

        by devtob on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 05:09:05 PM PDT

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        •  It's the test they keep running over (4+ / 0-)
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          and over, "We can beat that liberal, socialist scum, if only we had a True Conservative™. That's the ticket! We'll nominate a True Conservative™ and when people see True Conservatism™ they will not be able to deny it's inherent superiority!"

          Worked out well for Paladino and Christine O'Donnell, right?

          Long will be the latest sacrificial lamb, probably losing to Gillibrand's, I'm gonna guess, 67%.

          "When I think of all the harm the Bible has done, I despair of ever writing anything to equal it." ~ Oscar Wilde

          by Scott Wooledge on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 05:44:13 PM PDT

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          •  True Conservatives won (3+ / 0-)
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            lots of primary and general elections in 2010.

            In Confederate and Mormon states, sure, but also closer to home in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Maine.

            The antics of True Conservatives in Congress and in the states will help make 2012 a completely different election year.

            A public option for health insurance is a national priority.

            by devtob on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 05:58:59 PM PDT

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  •  It doesn't matter to her movement (3+ / 0-)
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    if she wins or not.  The net effect is to move "the center" ever-rightwards, which the Dems, by moving in her direction and calling getting 50% of the way their, "moderate" serve as the actual functional operators in moving the center rightward.  And the more "the center" gets moved rightwards, the more the next Long becomes more "electable", and another further right operation opens up to continue the process.

    But that takes an actual long-term strategic concept to either implement or to combat, and right now such strategy only exists on the implementation side.  Triangulation does not stop the process, it is in fact indispensable to its success.

    The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike from sleeping under bridges. ~ Anatole France

    by ActivistGuy on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 05:13:31 PM PDT

    •  The beauty of this however is (4+ / 0-)
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      that it only moves the Republicans to the right. It frees up Gillibrand to stay firmly embedded on the left as she need not concern herself with Wingnut Wendy at all.

      "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

      by Andrew C White on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 05:30:16 PM PDT

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    •  Conservative Republicans prefer (3+ / 0-)
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      to win it all, but they really want to take out less-pure Republicans.

      Dede Scozzafava in 2009, for example.

      A public option for health insurance is a national priority.

      by devtob on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 05:33:40 PM PDT

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    •  I mean, you can say that... (3+ / 0-)
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      the next Long becomes more "electable",
      But Gillibrand's seat isn't up until 2018. Schumer in 2016. That's a lot of sacrificial lambs.

      I get the THEORY but frankly I just don't think in NY it's that sophisticated as a long-view game to move the Overton window.

      It's just as simple as the GOP base that nominates is regressive and stupid and out of touch.

      "Yeah! Long hates gay marriage! I'm gonna vote for her!!!"

      Bob Turner, who answered that question by saying, "the ship had sailed on gay marriage in New York," just failed to activate their tiny lizard brains and lost the nomination because of it.

      Which is so foolish as a US Senator has very little power to turn the clock back on gay marriage anyway. But, there you have it.

      As Romney's learned, you better be prepared to pretend and throw out that red meat if you want to move forward.

      "When I think of all the harm the Bible has done, I despair of ever writing anything to equal it." ~ Oscar Wilde

      by Scott Wooledge on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 05:52:31 PM PDT

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  •  Not necessarily... (2+ / 0-)
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    since the few who voted in the primary had already decided by Monday.
    I worked the polls primary day and with pathetically low turnout a significant portion of the Republican electorate walked in and asked "Who are these people?" "I don't know who to vote for!"

    Long got 12 votes, Turner 10 and Maragos 0.

    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 05:25:55 PM PDT

  •  I guarantee! (1+ / 0-)
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    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 05:28:28 PM PDT

  •  The only question here is how many counties (2+ / 0-)
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    Gillibrand will end up winning as she destroys Long.  Chances are we might be looking at the fourth-biggest victory for a statewide race in New York history.

  •  One Orthodox Jewish pundit said (1+ / 0-)
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    that a lot of Orthodox Jews might vote against Gillibrand -- but only if the Republicans nominated Bob Turner.

  •  When did lunatic reactionaries become conservative (1+ / 0-)
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        A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.  - The Devil's Dictionary
    A mentally impaired old man dreaming of a "shining city on a hill" that never existed was hardly any kind of conservative.  The incalculable damage Reagan wrought is with us today in language as well as decay.

    Of course a conservative, even a conservative Republican, could win statewide in New York.  They do it regularly.

    Lunatic reactionaries tend to do best in the South.

    I doubt anyone could have beaten Kirsten Gillibrand this year after her courageous and appealing stands.

    I admit to being nearly 100% wrong about her.

    I do that once a century or so. :-)

    Best,  Terry

  •  WingNut Wendy would also like to (2+ / 0-)
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    abolish Planned Parenthood.  

    Watch for her to team up with Annie Buerkle (presently NY 25, new district NY#24, centered around Syracuse NY).  

    Send Dan Maffei some love & $$$ support to send her back to her strip plaza, tax evading real estate business.  (Oops - she got out of that by having a NYC conservative buy it, including past taxes she didn't pay.  So smart Annie  - barf)

  •  she's anti-gay and anti-choice (1+ / 0-)
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    devtob seems to me that that's all Senator Gillibrand needs to remind voters about...if she does that and reminds everyone that she, Gillibrand, represents mainstream New Yorkers while Long represents radical, right-wing extremists...Gillibrand should be in pretty good shape, in both New York City and upstate (my guess is that Long is hoping that the fact she's from New York City (Manhattan, to be specific) will automatically guarantee she is competititve there, versus Gillibrand, who is from upstate.

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