Me at Pajamas Media this monring:

I’ve become more than a little bit tired of the disingenuous argument that conservatives can’t win elections. Had the Republicans actually gotten behind the conservative — in this case, Hoffman — he would have won, as Rush says, going away. There’s no question in my mind about that. The fact of the matter is that they tried to define themselves as Democrat-lite with Scozzafava, and that nonsense never works, particularly in a district like NY-23.

I live about three hours from NY-23. One point that you have to understand about that district is that the people there are as a rule conservative and independent-minded folks.

Residents in the district recognized that who the Republican Party presented to them as being one of their own — Scozzafava — was nothing of the sort. The conservative Doug Hoffman filled that role better.

Hoffman managed to pull within the margin of error while running against the full weight of both parties. So don’t tell me conservatives can’t be elected with the proper support.

Go and read, and comment.