The talk of the nation is the shocking ? result in the Republican Senate primary in Delaware, where Christine O’Donnell easily defeated the Republican Party favorite Michael Castle. After the defeat of Lisa Murkowski in Alaska Gravel had gone negative in a big way on O’Donnell, receiving huge institutional Republican support. But it was all for naught, as O’Donnell cruised right past the Republican establishment into the final. And some analysts, including Karl Rove, predict that the Republicans will lose Delaware, which could be the difference between a Senate majority or continued minority status. From the New York Times:
“There’s just a lot of nutty things she’s been saying that just simply don’t add up,” Karl Rove, the Republican strategist, said in a television interview on Fox News. “I’m for the Republican, but I’ve got to tell you, we were looking at eight to nine seats in the Senate. We’re now looking at seven to eight. In my opinion, this is not a race we’re going to be able to win.”
O’Donnell was boosted by endorsements from Senator Demint, and most notably from Sarah Palin, who is a major force to be reckoned with in Republican primaries. Sarah is on a roll, but is that roll going to cost Republicans control of the Senate in 2010? Pat Buchanan, on Morning Joe, indicated two things of interest. 1) That he was personally happy that O’Donnell won 2) That winning in the general may not be the most important issue to Tea Party voters. To paraphrase Buchanan: They would rather lose with one of their own than win with one of the other guys.
I think it is obvious the Republicans just ceded the seat in Delaware. And the Democrats have to be counting their blessings, even if it is just in Delaware. Read the New York Times story here.