Doug Hoffman was the ultra-conservative candidate that Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity backed in an election upstate. The district then went Democrat for the first time in 200 years. But don't worry, it was all an ACORN conspiracy.
Hoffman's loss to Democrat Bill Owens, was embarrassing for all concerned: he was the first poster boy for the Teabaggers and 9/12 nuts, and only ran because said nuts felt that the Republican, a moderate called Dede Scozzafava, was too nice and normal.
Even as he faces near-impossible odds of pulling ahead in the count, Doug Hoffman announced Wednesday night that he is officially revoking his concession from Election Night, and is accusing labor unions and ACORN of stealing the election for Rep. Bill Owens (D-N.Y.).
Hoffman posted a message on his campaign site Wednesday alleging dirty tricks by Democrats, and is asking for additional campaign contributions to fund a legal challenge to the election results.
Maybe he's doing it to save Glenn Beck's health - as soon as Hoffman lost Beck's appendix exploded with rage. Or maybe it's a clever political tactic that we're all underestimating. On Hardball last night, when asked about Sarah Palin's potential strengths as a presidential candidate, 538.com's Nate Silver genuinely cited her perpetual victim status and frequent faux-outrage as a factor that makes her difficult to run against.