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And we won last night.
We had -- great that we are engaged in that we -- in New York it was a great and Republican held seats in the civil war.
And we won that he.
Welcome to The Journal Editorial Report I'm -- -- -- -- that was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi putting up.
Positive spin on Tuesday's election results despite.
Bruising losses in the governor's races in both Virginia and New Jersey Democrats did pull out a victory in New York's 23 congressional district.
Where an intra party showdown between GOP conservatives and moderates.
Help Democrat Bill Owens win a seat not held by his party since the civil war conservative third party candidate Doug Hoffman.
Force the Republican PDs goes a -- out of the race just days before the election.
With the help of high profile supporters like Sarah -- Rush Limbaugh.
And the anti tax Club for Growth which spent more than a million dollars on the race only to give Nancy Pelosi one more vote.
Earlier I spoke to the club's president Chris talk a -- and asked him if it was a mistake to get involved.
-- I don't think there's.
-- from a policy standpoint conservatives lost nothing.
Both the east of the father and Bill Owens would have voted the same way if they'd been.
Elected to the house so you know getting.
Doug Hoffman in a position where he was very competitive.
You know was worth the effort worth the fight.
And in the end we had had a note John Cornyn the chairman of the -- see the senatorial committee.
So the lesson he learned it was a competitive primaries are a good thing as a victory in itself because I think when -- party leaders.
Tell voters what they ought to life he and I give them the chance to weigh in on that decision is always a big mistake.
And so this is a lesson that was learned by the party leaders and so I think it was a good investment.
Well there's no question that she was that the Republican was nominated have been in the backroom buy New York State.
Ultimate outcome here is that Nancy Pelosi has one more vote for Obama care and when they vote on and it's going to be a very close vote so.
It wasn't this counterproductive.
Apply you know it.
Which he's -- the -- is not a moderate Republican issue is left of the Democrats.
More than likely you know vote for Obama care.
If she had been elected so we just sat on the sidelines and did nothing.
That vote would have been there regardless and so I think that we change the landscape.
We engaged in a debate and had a fight worth having.
And I think it's gonna have an impact.
Future elections coming up here in 2010.
Well there's a lot of the Democrats are now saying look this is typical of what's happening in the Republican Party you have the civil war these grassroots.
Running against Republican moderates even in districts where conservatives will have a hard time winning is that the kind of fight we're gonna see going into 2010 all around the country -- among Republicans.
New York treasury is example of a civil war in the Republican Party I think is a bit of a silly argument.
You know there was no moderate Republican in this race and there was only one real Republican and that was Doug Hoffman.
If the party leaders had nominated a principled conservative from the beginning I think that he would have won.
And so I don't think it's a great example to say that there's this struggle within the Republican Party.
I do think that that lesson about competitive primaries is important.
I do think there are some examples of that possibly coming up in the futures -- in Florida in the primary.
And -- I don't think that New York -- three was a great example to come to that conclusion.
What kind of criteria do you use from the Club for Growth deciding whether to support a candidate and how many bad votes if you will you give somebody -- bad issues do you -- somebody before you decide they're no longer -- -- be some of the -- Portland giving example.
Congressman Republican congressman from Illinois running for senate in in.
In in Illinois and somebody a lot of Republicans think could win you know -- he's got a bad vote by your lights I suspect on cap and trade for at.
For cap and trade would that disqualify him from a Club for Growth endorsement.
That probably disqualifies.
Is cars -- for an endorsement of the Club for Growth.
-- you know we have a criteria and very disciplined process that we looking candidates.
-- that are viable they can win they can win in the districts they're running and now we like to see sometimes a distinction between candidates.
And where we think that we need to get involved to help somebody.
To be able to support pro growth policies you know we we run a campaign -- economic freedom is our only candidate we strictly support.
Economic issues and you know how we think this -- the electorate really believes in limited government.
And is it.
Tolerant on social issues and we don't think that things life.
Limited government personal responsibility fiscal responsibility are fringe issues we think they're broad based issues.
And so those -- the -- candidates it will stand up and on apologetic police say that they support free market solutions.
If they support limited government that they think taxpayers spend their money better than anybody else.
And we again think that those are pretty broad base -- issues with wide appeal in the center of the electorate.
If you have senate race for example that you've got somebody -- moderately conservative vs a clear democratic liberal.
Are you gonna support that candidate.
Because there's some people say in Pennsylvania -- think the club.
For growth helped to drive Arlen Specter out of the Republican Party and now they've got only forty.
Republicans in the senate and that's going to be hard to filibuster obamacare -- some of these other some of these other.
Issues I'm sure you disagree with.
-- you look at the history some of their race is a Club for Growth has gotten involved in -- Jewish tourists.
You can't tell lingo crass you look at Arlen Specter you look at -- because -- they -- have one thing in common.
They all defected to the -- Democrat party.
And we don't take solace in saying they are the things we said day they are.
But the reality is they're not moderate Republicans -- people that are on the far left.
Did you vote with the Democrats.
And they defected -- Democrat party as soon is they're basically called on the issues.
Now -- you were looking for principled conservatives that we can support that we think wide base of Americans can support as well.
Chris -- thanks so much for being here.
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