Congratulations, Wendy!

I rise from my sick bed* to offer a long, loud huzzah for Wendy Long. From Long Island Newsday:

NEW YORK – Buoyed by the conservative wing of the party, Manhattan attorney Wendy Long won a three-way battle for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.

With 92 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night, she had 51 percent of the vote. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Rockaway Point) had 36 percent, and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos had 13 percent….

In a victory speech at the Sheraton in midtown Manhattan, Long called herself an “unknown, underfunded, underdog.” She called Gillibrand “the most liberal senator” in the nation and said she would appeal to “voters as independent as we are.”

Yet she made no bones about sticking to a conservative theme as she moves to the general election.

“I think the way we win in this state is by being a Ronald Reagan Republican, and Ronald Reagan didn’t pursue some middle-of-the-road strategy,” Long said. “He was a true-blue conservative, which is exactly what I am.”

New York numbers among the deepest of deep blue states, but I figure Wendy’s in a win-win situation. Either she defeats incumbent Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, whom the National Journal has indeed called the most liberal member of the Senate, or–and this really is the worst that could happen–she fights a beautiful, Reaganesque fight, heartening conservatives throughout the state and nation.

*Well, not that much of a sick bed, I admit, but, honorary Texan though I may be, going from unusually cool California weather on Sunday afternoon to 103 degrees in Dallas at noon yesterday and then right back to cool California yesterday evening–from the fridge to the oven to the fridge–has landed me with a summer cold. Than which, I ask you, what is more annoying?