The winners of the special elections last night in New York, New Jersey, Maine an Virginia weren't just the candidates, it was people who either voted for or ran on conservative principals. Some of you might be wondering why did I include New York and Maine, I'll tell you all later in other parts to my recap. Let me start with the New York 23rd congressional race. Doug Hoffman lost to Bill Owens by 4% points, but Hoffman will be remembered for much more in the long run. The pundits all said that Dough didn't have a snowball chance in hell of winning, but he ran anyways. Not only did Hoffman stand up to the powerful Republican establishments on both the local and national level, his candidacy became a symbol that shined a light into exposing the problems within the GOP. It was the act of Hoffman running on conservative principals that has now inspired grass roots conservatives across the country to challenge RINOs in elections next year. Doug Hoffman's campaign was the conservative shot that was heard around the nation. His campaign also helped to expose the truth about those who call themselves conservatives "Newt Gingrich" really aren't what they claim to be. So many teachable moments were learned from an underdog candidate that nobody heard of a month ago but quickly became a household name just by being himself and standing on principal. Dede Scozzafava should also be thanked. It was her "betrayal" that has actually brought to light the lack of party loyalty by liberal and moderate Republicans. The GOP went nuclear last year when Collin Powell endorsed Barack Obama. At one time John Kerry almost convinced John McCain to become a Democrat. Dede is a liberal and Bill Owens is a liberal. So a liberal endorsing a liberal wasn't a big shock to me. To others for some reason it was. Moderate and liberal Republicans like Scozzafava, Specter, Shay, Powell, Graham, Lott, Bloomberg, McCain, Snow, Collins, Hagel and others should serve as a very loud wake up call to the Republican party on both the local, state and national levels. Self serving politicians and politicians who political ideology are actually opposed to what the GOP is suppose to stand for eventually end up betraying the party to one extent or another. It was hypocritical of Collin Powell spewing on about what was wrong with the Republican Party months after he endorsed Barack Obama over his so called friend John McCain. Collin Powell has more in common with Dede Scozzafava then any grass roots conservative Republican. I'm now going to have to take conservatives to task moment. Conservatives were mad at Dede Scozzafava for her endorsing Bill Owens. I'm still confused to why conservatives were angry at Dede. I know Dede is a liberal, and I didn't have a problem with conservatives going after her by them endorsing Hoffman. I still can't figure out why conservatives thought she was going to be a "good party soldier" and endorse Hoffman after what happened to her in the first place. When Hillary Clinton was basically forced out by Obama supporters near the end of the primaries, conservatives said Hillary was stupid for endorsing Obama after how the media and Obama supporters treated her. So what made this situation with Dede any different? She had a right to be angry. I guess conservatives wanted Dede to be chump and go along with the people who screwed her just like Hillary did for Obama. I don't want people to misunderstand what I'm saying. I'm not coming down on conservatives for backing Hoffman. I liked Hoffman as wel. I'm saying that conservatives shouldn't be angry at Dede for what she did. If anyone who had a legitimate right to be extremely angry at Dede is the New York Republican Party and the Republican National Committee. These are the people who backed her from day one and spent over $900,000 on her behalf. That was an embarrassing and expensive teachable moment for the GOP. The winners in the 23rd race are conservatives. The overrall objective was the send a message to the Republican establishment over their selection of Dede in the first place, and that mission was accomplished.