Sunday, October 25, 2009

NY23: Hoffman says, 'Take back the party!'

In a column for the New York Post:
At this time, three months ago, I was wrestling with a decision. A decision as to whether or not to run in a special election to fill the seat vacated by the new secretary of the Army, John McHugh. If you had told me 90 days later I would be penning an op-ed piece for the New York Post, I would have laughed in disbelief. I would have laughed even louder had you told me that I would be receiving endorsement and support from political leaders like Fred Thompson, former Majority Leader Dick Armey, or Sarah Palin . . .
You see I’m not a professional politician; I've never sought elected office. I grew up poor in Saranac Lake, in the heart of the Adirondacks. My siblings and I were raised in a single-parent household by our mother. We worked to help her pay the mortgage. But, like so many others in this great land, I worked hard, got a good education, did a six-year stint in the military, married, landed a good job with a "big eight" accounting firm and started living the American dream.
It's funny what can happen in America, when you are able to dream and have the courage to follow your dreams. . . .
Read the whole thing. What Hoffman says about not being a "professional politician" is very important. Doug Hoffman's campaign has been likened to Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, but it could also be compared to Revenge of the Nerds.

Watching Hoffman get introduced at events Thursday by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey -- gregarious, extroverted, a natural-born Texas-style storyteller -- was a stark contrast. Hoffman is a quiet man who has never had any direct involvement in politics, and it shows. His speeches aren't a memorized list of talking-points and well-timed applause lines.

If it's slick speech-making and "charisma" you're looking for, that ain't Doug Hoffman. I've said before that some guys (e.g., Bill Clinton) go into politics for the same reason teenage boys learn to play guitar. IYKWIMAITYD. And that ain't Doug Hoffman, either. If he's elected to Congress, Hoffman will instantly become No. 1 on any list of "Washington Politicians Least Likely to Be Involved in a Sex Scandal." The guy's an accountant, for crying out loud.

However, if you study his life story -- Hoffman took a job pumping gas at age 14 to help support his family -- you understand that, beneath his nerdy exterior, there is a man of real character. And his willingness to step up to the plate and take on the GOP Establishment in this special election is another example of that.

Conservatives nowadays often complain that we don't have "another Reagan," but maybe that's not what we need. Maybe what we really need is a grassroots movement so powerful, so energized, that it doesn't have to wait around for the next Ronald Reagan to show up. (See "Memo to the Grassroots.")

Maybe what we need is a grassroots so fired up it can elect a real conservative, even if he isn't a telegenic media superstar or a dynamic public speaker.


Linked by Pat Austin at So It Goes in Shreveport, by Donald Douglas at American Power, and by Al B. at Free Republic. Meanwhile: Our complete coverage of the NY23 special election


  1. He might not have much charisma... but his platform sure does for me- sounds like Palin.

    Go Doug!!!

  2. If your are correct, this is the type of person we need in Washington. My guess is that he probably would not be a professional politician in office too. How refreshing. Revenge of the Nerds? More like Revenge against the narcissistic pathological lying snake oil salesmen that seem to be de rigueur in politics. Too bad they don't get the Post in his district.

  3. Palin's endorsement got Hoffman my contrib as a small donor. I hope he has a strong GOTV effort going because that's his best shot in an off year election.

  4. I don't know about you, but I'm tired of slick-talking and charismatic politicians and their bromidic speechifying. Candidate Hoffman is a serious man whose only ambition is to do what's right for his district and his country. I've seen no evidence of hubris in the man. Sure, if he gets it office and stays a bit, he may become a pod person, but then I'll be one of many of the grassroots leading the charge to replace the SOB—that's how this thing of ours works in America. [I believe in America; America has made-a my fortune.] He will certainly do a better job than the other two candidates who obviously are pod people.

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