Right Online interview: Christine O’Donnell

posted at 3:30 pm on July 24, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Delaware has an intriguing Senate race this year, thanks to Joe Biden’s decision to run for both his US Senate seat and the Vice Presidency in 2008.  Delaware now has to fill the rest of Biden’s term (after an interim appointment expires), and that gives this race a twist. The winner of the general election will not take office in 2011, but immediately after Election Day.  That means if a Republican can beat Democratic nominee Chris Coons, they have the ability to block any lame-duck session shenanigans by Harry Reid.  Christine O’Donnell explains in this interview why she, and not Mike Castle, will be the reliable Republican to fill that role:

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The campaign is stressing the argument that Coons loses to either O’Donnell or Castle, according to Rasmussen polling last week.  Castle has dropped below 50% now, and O’Donnell has risen to a slight 41/39 edge over Coons in a head-to-head matchup.  This race has flown more or less under the radar on the national scene, but the primary takes place on September 14th, and time is running short.


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I like this woman, but her resume’s a bit thin. Delaware’s other seat will be up in two years, and she should either run for it or the House then.

I think nominating her now would be an unforced error. Delawareans know Castle, and they don’t know her very well. I say this as someone who despises Castle’s voting record, but I’m pulling for him to win the primary and the Senate seat. God help us all.

KingGold on July 24, 2010 at 3:38 PM

If we start talking and pushing recalls of senators not up in 2010 we have a chance.

GardenGnome on July 24, 2010 at 3:43 PM

There are five other special elections: New York, Illinois, Colorado, Florida and West Virginia. The GOP taking some of these could also help block the lame duck ram-through of lefty legisation.

One would hope that McConnell would have the smarts to tell the newbies to vote the party line if they want decent committee assignments. They will not be Harry’s 60th swing vote the way Brown or the Maine Girls have been. Castle has been around long enough that one hopes he’d understand that he’s expected to be a good soldier.

Wethal on July 24, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Delawareans are an odd breed politically. They are generally liberal BUT they also have a certain love for the underdog and have high regard for someone standing up under overwhelming odds. For example, look at the popularity of Pete DuPont in his two terms as governor.

Delawareans are very much a “common sense” breed, particularly in the Southern two counties (Delaware has only three counties and most of the population is in the Northern county (New Castle County) which is sort of in the Philadelphia metro area.

Nothing gets someone’s back up, say South of Odessa, more than the notion that they are predictable and can be manipulated by one of the major parties. They are liable to vote against a candidate coming across that way just for spite.

crosspatch on July 24, 2010 at 3:48 PM

I think the lame duck argument actually works against her. Castle may be a moderate, but will he respect the will of the voters, tradition and process and block radical legislation during the lame duck session? That is the question. He did vote against ObamaCare. He is still heavily favored, while CO is still a long shot. Would like to buffer our numbers for the lame duck session.

swamp_yankee on July 24, 2010 at 3:49 PM

There are five other special elections: New York, Illinois, Colorado, Florida and West Virginia. The GOP taking some of these could also help block the lame duck ram-through of lefty legislation.

Is this confirmed or speculation.

swamp_yankee on July 24, 2010 at 3:51 PM

If we start talking and pushing recalls of senators not up in 2010 we have a chance.

GardenGnome on July 24, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Most states don’t allow for recall of federal officeholders, although I think there is an attempt in New Jersey because of statutory or state constitutional language that might allow it. The attempt is to recall Menendez. It’s still somewhere in the New Jersey courts. But the New Jersey Supreme Court is loaded with lefties. They let Lautenberg replace Toricelli on the ballot even though the state statute did not allow for that.

Wethal on July 24, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Is this confirmed or speculation.

swamp_yankee on July 24, 2010 at 3:51 PM

New York (Clinton’s seat)
Colorado (Salazar’s seat)
Illinois (Obama’s seat)
Florida (Martinez’ seat)
West Virginia (Byrd’s seat)

I’m not sure if any of these former senators would have been up in 2010 anyway, though.

Wethal on July 24, 2010 at 3:54 PM

“Most states don’t allow for recall of federal officeholders”

The US Constitution does not allow for it. The only mechanism you have against a Senator is impeachment and they must have committed a fairly serious crime to be impeached.

You can not change your mind once you have elected someone to national office and you can not impeach someone just because they are no longer popular.

crosspatch on July 24, 2010 at 3:58 PM

O’Donnell will vote conservative 100% of the time. Castle will vote conservative 20% of the time at best.

bw222 on July 24, 2010 at 4:02 PM

When a state elects an empty suit like Biden for 6 terms anything can happen. Electing a demonrat would just be putting a rubber stamp in place for a lameduck Congress to knock us to our knees as they sneak out the backdoor. At this time and place there is too much to lose to trust a demonrat not to stab the country in the back. If Delaware has any sense, and that is yet to be determined, they will send a Republican to the Senate.

volsense on July 24, 2010 at 4:02 PM

The state’s top court will hear arguments in the case to recall U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, of Hoboken.

A committee, backed by the state’s Tea Party movement, filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Nina Wells last year after she declined to certify the group’s notice of intention to recall Menendez.

Under state law, the secretary of state must approve the recall before the committee can begin collect voter signatures — in this case, 1.3 million.

New Jersey has had a law on the books since 1995, which allows voters to recall statewide elected officials.

But, Wells said she could not sign off on the request because Menendez is a federal lawmaker and the federal Constitution trumps the state’s laws.

The U.S. Constitution does not prohibit or allow for recalls. The Committee to Recall Robert Menendez has argued that because of this, the group should be able to go ahead with its effort based on state law.

But Menendez’ attorney and the state Attorney General’s Office, arguing on behalf of Wells, contend the recall is unconstitutional.

They argue that the U.S. Constitution sets six-year terms for senators and only the Senate itself can remove members.

Oral argument was held in May.

Wethal on July 24, 2010 at 4:08 PM

I like this woman, but her resume’s a bit thin. Delaware’s other seat will be up in two years, and she should either run for it or the House then.

I think nominating her now would be an unforced error. Delawareans know Castle, and they don’t know her very well. I say this as someone who despises Castle’s voting record, but I’m pulling for him to win the primary and the Senate seat. God help us all.

KingGold on July 24, 2010 at 3:38 PM

You “concern” is duly noted.

This gal is 100 percent Conservative. Castle is a RINO deluxe. He makes Scott Brown and the Maine sisters look like Ronald Reagan clones!

He’s a vote for cap and tax, and every other Marxist legislation this Congress can brew up.

Never, ever be afraid of running true Conservatives.

gary4205 on July 24, 2010 at 4:11 PM

I like this woman, but her resume’s a bit thin. Delaware’s other seat will be up in two years, and she should either run for it or the House then.

KingGold on July 24, 2010 at 3:38 PM

I looked at her Web page, it says she’s a marketing consultant. What would be a thick resume for a Senator? Have you watched the Senate in action, or listened to the Senate debate? Most all are wealthy morons. I’d don’t have a vote but I would vote for her over Castle. I’m sick of the current status of the Senate.

whbates on July 24, 2010 at 4:26 PM

I’m not sure if any of these former senators would have been up in 2010 anyway, though.

Wethal on July 24, 2010 at 3:54 PM

I’ve seen that list before, but haven’t concentrated on it. Clearly, Byrd’s seat is a special election. Clinton was re-lected in 2006, so the NY election must be a special.

I don’t see how the others are special elections that would lead to immediate seating upon election. Obama was elected in 2004. Burris has been babysitting that seat until the election in November (Kirk vs. Gian-I’m a crook). Menendez was also elected in 2004, and Leimeiux (sp?) has been babysitting that seat until the November election (Rubio vs. Crist vs. Meek). Likewise, Salazar was elected in 2004, so his old CO seat is up for election in November.

In short, I see only three special elections: WV, NY, and DE.

BuckeyeSam on July 24, 2010 at 4:32 PM

I am not sure why anyone would vote for Mike Castle unless you were a Democrat. He’s a gun grabber, tax hiker, cap and trade lover stimulus fan. There’s absolutely nothing Republican about him. Outside of a vote for majority leader, he will vote the same as Chris Coons.

Abacab on July 24, 2010 at 4:41 PM

that Coons loses

Racist! – NAACP

lorien1973 on July 24, 2010 at 4:46 PM

Thanks for posting this, Ed. She is correct in that there are very few in DE who know about the 9/14 primary. Getting that word out will be key to her success. I’m planning to send her a few bucks.
I believe she would do well against Coons in the lower two counties, as someone else pointed out. Unfortunately, the majority of the population is in New Castle county, and people in that county typically vote for a name they recognize. She would have a tough battle against Coons, much more so than Castle would.
Even though Mike Castle has repeatedly let us down, I’d support him in the primary over Christine if I felt she would lose the seat to Coons. That’s going to make it a tough decision for me on 9/14.

dinobalz on July 24, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Didn’t any of you learn anything about RINO’s!!!!! They will side with the Dems 99% of the time. I would rather lose with a conservative than give the seat to the Dems by way of a RINO! Apparently McShame wasn’t enough for you to learn. How many more election cycles will it take before people who call themselves Republicans will actually vote for a real Republican?

flytier on July 24, 2010 at 5:31 PM

I’m not sure what sort of slam-dunk strategy you may think you are supporting if you support Castle, who is truly a liberal and makes Scott Brown look like Jim DeMint.

It makes no sense to me to do anything other than back the true conservative O’Donnell, win lose or draw, and advocate conservative principles until my dying breath, rather than adopt a strategy that is sure to be full of deplorable unintended consequences in backing a RINO like Castle.

Edouard on July 24, 2010 at 5:48 PM

She looks familiar. Did she used to appear on Politically Incorrect back before Bill Maher went insane?

Doughboy on July 24, 2010 at 5:52 PM

BuckeyeSam on July 24, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Thanks.

Wethal on July 24, 2010 at 6:11 PM

I hope she does well.

Rode Werk on July 24, 2010 at 7:44 PM

When a state elects an empty suit like Biden for 6 terms anything can happen.

The lady’s thin resume certainly is not an impediement given who voters have supplied to the Senate in the past, and a “thin resume” is very likely what many of Congress had in the old days, before professional politicians. Those Congresses appear rather wiser than our current one, which just happens to be the worst in some decades.

I would vote for her in a second. “Experience” in politics appears more and more to me to be a liability to my freedom than a benefit. Witness the Rasmussen (?) poll that “experienced” politicos have much less faith in me and free markets to solve issues than they do in their incredible wisdom. And I use incredible here to mean “not worth a crap”.

Harry Schell on July 24, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Just what we need, another Sharon Angle. Stop the bleeding already, folks.

year_of_the_dingo on July 24, 2010 at 7:59 PM

New York (Clinton’s seat)
Colorado (Salazar’s seat)
Illinois (Obama’s seat)
Florida (Martinez’ seat)
West Virginia (Byrd’s seat)

I’m not sure if any of these former senators would have been up in 2010 anyway, though.

Its not just when their up in 2010 though. Election law is governed by the state. Just because its a special election, doesn’t mean the winner gets to serve right away.

swamp_yankee on July 24, 2010 at 9:11 PM

In my view, she could substitute for Sarah. I saw no flaws in her interview, plus she’s easy on the eyes (like all conservative females).

platypus on July 24, 2010 at 9:39 PM

KingGold on July 24, 2010 at 3:38 PM

She already ran against Biden for election to the Senate in 2008, if I recall correctly.

Coons is gung-ho for expanding gubmint, having done it at the county level himself here in New Castle County for the last four(?) years.

ya2daup on July 24, 2010 at 10:58 PM

He’s a vote for cap and tax, and every other Marxist legislation this Congress can brew up.

gary4205 on July 24, 2010 at 4:11 PM

This is precisely why I’ll be voting for Christine, as I did in 2008.

Just what we need, another Sharon Angle. Stop the bleeding already, folks.

year_of_the_dingo on July 24, 2010 at 7:59 PM

So you’d rather see Castle get the senate seat? I’d rather see a Democrat get it than him. For his vote on C&T alone, he deserves to be out of a job.

UltimateBob on July 25, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Delaware’s version of the ‘Cuda! Get involved, First Staters!!!

Akzed on July 25, 2010 at 8:46 PM

Just what we need, another Sharon Angle. Stop the bleeding already, folks. year_of_the_dingo on July 24, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Dingo, there’s a magic bridge called the Delaware Memorial Bridge. It’s magic! You can jump off of it and it won’t hurt! Honest! Give it a try!

Akzed on July 25, 2010 at 8:48 PM