Despite her best efforts to exact revenge, Dede Scozzafava, it seems, has been unable to convince very many voters to follow her advice. A new poll shows Doug Hoffman leading by 5 percent. I am not one to place much weight on endorsements. By and large, voters ignore them. But occasionally they can backfire on the endorser and the endorsee.
Those Republicans who gave her the nod, most visibly Newt Gingrich, are now going to be lambasted for poor judgment. And the good-housekeeping stamp of approval from an establishment candidate who first swore her allegiance to the GOP and then to the GOP’s opponents isn’t, I suspect, going to move a lot of votes, unless it gets the last outraged conservative out to the polls tomorrow.
We will see tomorrow what this swing district (which, we are reminded, was carried by Obama by 5 points in 2008) tells us about the political mood of the country. And perhaps we’ll learn that endorsements can be more trouble than they are worth.