Rich gleefully argues (in very colorful language) that the national GOP's rush to endorse Hoffman is one more step in its "double-barreled suicide." Rich observes that the further to the right the GOP shifts, the more impotent it becomes for the 2010 elections.
While I have to agree with Rich that Hoffman would be a terrible representative for the 23rd (he truly knows none of the local issues), I can't be as excited about a GOP rightward shift. It may certainly help the Democrats in 2010, and perhaps beyond that. But these would ultimately be partisan victories. A real Democratic victory - the passage of a progressive agenda - would be best furthered by a more moderate GOP - not the 'Party of No' and Sarah Palin.