It seemed like Scozzafava leaving the race could have resulted in some regrets on the part of some in the GOP who were not completely comfortable with party leaders abandoning a candidate with that R after her name. But Dede Scozzafava has put everyone's mind and conscience at ease by endorsing her Democratic rival. Not only was it a petty move, but it served to underscore the fact that she really did not belong on any Republican ballot, and those who went pretty far out on a limb a couple of weeks ago to support Hoffman knew very well what they were doing, and why it needed to be done.
Democrats are desperately trying to paint the scenario as a weakness for the GOP. But behind the scenes, they are very, very worried that the strength of basic GOP principles in NY-23 are gaining steam against President Barack Obama's, Nancy Pelosi's and Harry Reid's far-left liberal agenda; hence their scramble to paint the GOP as being far-right.
The GOP welcomes moderates and conservatives with open arms and the party has not moved right, nor has it moved left. The GOP remains constant and reliable. But the Democrat Party has gone so far left in such a short period of time that it is barely recognizable anymore. What has happened with the GOP in NY-23 is comforting in that it shows the party is not willing to be pulled to the left just because that is where the Democrats are. The political center stays where it is in America, thanks to the Republican Party.