So said Sam Donaldson on ABC's "This Week" Sunday.
Democrat Bill Owens victory Tuesday in the 23rd Congressional district of New York.
Readers are strongly advised to stow all fluids, combustibles, and sharp objects for the ignorance on display here might produce uncontrollable fits of anger (video embedded below the fold with partial transcript):
Let me tell you that the wake-up call for the Republicans was the New York's 23rd. Now just as Rush Limbaugh couldn't prevent the Party from nominating John McCain despite his best efforts, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and the gang could not prevent that district for the first time in a hundred years from going Democratic. Because they had a candidate, well he wasn't a Republican, I understand that, who was the Sarah Palin values, the robocalls and all of that. It didn't resonate. It doesn't resonate with independents. If the Republican Party follows the course of Palin and Beck and Company it's doomed.
Staggering ignorance, dontcha think?
First off, John McCain lost last November, Sam, in one of the biggest landslides in decades.
As such, Limbaugh's attempts to prevent McCain from being the Republican nominee actually look quick wise. Think about it, Sam: knowing what you now know about the results of that election, would you STILL nominate McCain? As for NY-23, the Republican Party backed a liberal who had to drop out of the race three days before Election Day because she couldn't garner enough support. Add it up and the GOP was WRONG to back McCain last year and WRONG to back Dede Scozzafava this year.
BECAUSE THEY BOTH LOST!!!
But Donaldson thinks the Party is doomed if it chooses to get different advice. Amazing. And you gotta love his point concerning robocalls. After all, Scozzafava did a robocall for Owens. So did Vice President Joe Biden. Apparently so did President Obama. Alas, like virtually all liberals, Sam only finds robocalls distasteful when done to assist Republicans.