Delaware Shocker

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.'Donnell%20video%3A%20'We're%20in%20this%20to%20win%20big'&

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3 Responses to Delaware Shocker

  1. Jules Gordon says:

    Your Honor,
    Good for her and the tea party. A Republican who loves to tax and spend has been expunged from the Party. Good Riddance to bad rubbish.

    To bad you guys love your guys. Wouldn’t it be nice to have principled legislators of both parties instead of power grabbers.

    Palin has sided with some 40 plus candidates and succeeded with 25. Not bad for a dumb broad. Just thought you should know.

    Voting for Nikki?



  2. Bill Manzi says:


    I have, as you know, bashed both parties repeatedly. I do agree that it would be nice to have legislators that acted out of principle. What that definition means, of course, is subject to debate. I gave Palin the requisite credit in the post, as she has indeed been on a roll.

    The main critics of O’Donnell appear to be the Republicans, not the Dems. But from a strictly political perspective you must agree that Republican chances of winning Delaware decreased substantially with her victory. You do agree, don’t you?



  3. Jules Gordon says:

    Your Honor,
    I do admit winning the Senate Race in a very Liberal area. But, this year the dynamics of the campaign has seen large, quick shifts against competitors.

    Attacks on her by both party members will galvanize the folks to help her win.

    I have sent a scorching e-mail to the Republican National Committee telling them I will never support them again with donations.

    Jim Demint is helping to raise cash for her.

    The best thing is the removal of a RINO from our midst. Even if she looses maybe we can have principled candidates in the future.

    I believe it is time to consider term limits for the federal congress to minimize corruption and greed that is effecting all our lives.



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