Archive for December 3rd, 2004

3rd December
2004

First Published in The New York Sun, December 3, 2004

By Andrew Wolf

This has been a bad year for New York State’s Republican Party, and it could still get worse. Nobody expected President Bush to turn the state from blue to red, and no effort was made toward that end.This is a result of strategic winner-take-all politics that limits national campaign efforts to just a handful of “swing” states.

The Republican effort to defeat Senator Schumer was an embarrassment.This was a seat held by Republicans for generations. The least that the Grand Old Party owed New Yorkers was to try to run a competitive race.But the worst losses came to the Republicans in the State Senate. And those losses were largely self-inflicted. (more…)