On a night when conservatives expected a landmark victory in New York's 23rd congressional district, the movement's anointed candidate, Doug Hoffman, instead went down in a startling defeat to Democrat Bill Owens. The official Republican candidate, Dede Scozzafava, had dropped out days before and thrown her support to Owens after the conservative movement backed Hoffman in a campaign to destroy her, attacking her as a closet socialist with a cynical, hidden agenda--the same terms they have used to demonize President Barack Obama.
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