Oh my: Chris Christie endorses Mike Castle

posted at 12:22 pm on September 3, 2010 by Allahpundit

In which Team Castle tosses tea partiers a curveball: If the right’s new rock star thinks he’s conservative enough, shouldn’t they think so too? I’m … not so sure they should, partly because Christie’s own “true conservative” credentials are slightly less radiant than they were three months ago (remember what he said about immigration and the Ground Zero mosque?) and partly because he’s laying it on awfully thick here. Granted, if you’re going to endorse someone, there’s no sense in holding back on praise. But Mike Castle, who voted for cap and trade, as a guy committed to “controlling spending” and “cutting back the size of government”? Seriously?

There is a reason to prefer Castle — very, very grudgingly — but we’ve already hashed that out. For further thoughts, see Gabe Malor, who wonders why any righty would rather see a Democrat win than a RINO, particularly when it could mean the difference between Democratic and Republican control of all-important Senate committees next year. The response to that argument is usually some variation on the idea that we’re one crushing defeat away from total victory — that if blue states aren’t ready to elect “true conservatives” yet, well, then it’s better to leave Democrats in control so that they can ruin the country even more and eventually produce a real conservative backlash. (Which, I guess, means we shouldn’t have supported RINO Scott Brown in January, since he spoiled Obama’s filibuster-proof majority.) The flaw in this reasoning, of course, is that some things are bound to go right for Democrats despite their dumbest efforts to prevent that from happening. The economy will start to speed up again, even with The One keeping his foot on the brake of the engine of growth (note the car metaphor!), and if the Democrats control Congress when it does, they’ll get plenty of credit from voters. You’re simply not going to get a map that’s completely red, any more than the idiot liberals who were high on Hopenchange two years ago were ever going to get a map that’s completely blue. And as I said yesterday, however much they may irritate you, RINOs are marginally better than Democrats. I recommend re-reading this Doctor Zero post from last year on that subject, after Glenn Beck suggested that McCain would have been worse for the country than Obama. Ain’t so, although it certainly is comforting to believe it.

Exit question: You know whose endorsement would really nail this down for Castle? Ahem.

Update: Further to Gabe’s point, here’s a new piece from Charlie Cook that’s set to drop tomorrow. Title: “The Senate’s In Play.” Do you want it or not?


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And many fools were saying he should run in 2012….

Tim Burton on September 3, 2010 at 2:40 PM

So true I was even starting to think he would make a good VP pick for Palin but now not so much.

unseen on September 3, 2010 at 2:55 PM

“I am impatient with those Republicans who after the last election rushed into print saying, “We must broaden the base of our party” – when what they meant was to fuzz up and blur even more the differences between ourselves and our opponents.

Our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people?
-RR

about sums up this race

unseen on September 3, 2010 at 2:57 PM

It is time to reassert our principles and raise them to full view. And if there are those who cannot subscribe to these principles, then let them go their way.”
-RR

castle and the other rino’s need to go there own way. Maybe they can start their own party I’m sure it will get 5-10% of the vote…

unseen on September 3, 2010 at 3:00 PM

I come to HA quite often. I seem to remember after the 2008 election the greater majority of posters here were incensed at the MSM “giving us McCain” and vowed they would never vote for another RINO again just because the MSM told us that he had a better chance of winning.

Well folks, the only thing that has changed is the name is now O’Donnell, not Mccain. If you live in Delaware and you are a conservative and you do not vote according to principle you will get what you deserve, but if you conservatives who live in Delaware were an incensed as the folks all over the right-wing blogosphere were after the McCain defeat, then imho you must stand firm and support the TP and conservative candidate Christine O’Donnell.

And for the folks who trash her at HA, why don’t you spend your energy trashing Obama and his radical agenda? Some of you act like O’Donnell is more evil than Obama. Get your priorties straight.

If you are conservative vow to go down fighting and vote on principle in whatever state you live in rather than to be sucked in again by the MSM and the GOP establishment of who “they would like you to vote for”.

technopeasant on September 3, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Castle feeling froggy?

Christine O’Donnell is trailing Rep. Mike Castle by only 2% among voters most likely to turnout in the Delaware Senate GOP primary, according to a Tea Party Express poll.

The poll, obtained by Hotline On Call, found that among GOP voters who indicated they are most likely to vote — or “10s” in polling lingo — Castle leads O’Donnell 43% to 41%.

The Tea Party Express released the top line of the poll on Thursday. That showed O’Donnell trailing Castle by nearly 6%, 43.7% to 38%.

These new numbers suggest that Castle is significantly more vulnerable than originally believed.

Dr Evil on September 3, 2010 at 3:04 PM

technopeasant on September 3, 2010 at 3:00 PM

agreed sadly many people only see that shiny brass ring not knowing its made of glass and breaks the moment you grasp it…

unseen on September 3, 2010 at 3:05 PM

If O’Donnell wins the Republican Primary I am guessing Chris Christie will get behind her and endorse her also.

Dr Evil on September 3, 2010 at 3:05 PM

All I was doing was stating an opinion. I’m staying out of Delaware, too depressing. Castle looks likes he’s about to croak and probably as corrupt as they come.

darwin on September 3, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Maybe, but I’m not finding too much more about O’Donnell that I like.

It was a little silly but yes, Harry Reid has a A rating from the NRA. So I can at least count on one Conservative vote out of the guy. Can you point to one thing Mike Castle can reliably be counted on to vote conservatively on? And military spending doesn’t count. Any politician, from either party, is going to protect the military spending in their state. Even Chris Dodd did that.

Rocks on September 3, 2010 at 2:27 PM

ObamaCare. The man already voted against it.

Esthier on September 3, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Exit question: You know whose endorsement would really nail this down for Castle? Ahem.

Palin would certainly lose her mystery

Palin could endorse McCain, because there was no way she could not endorse McCain without looking like a back stabber, which she would have been had she not stood for the guy who gave her the impossible dream

However, if Palin endorsed Castle, there is no turning back. She becomes unmasked as RINO builder. She loses trust

Curently Palin is flying on a carpet of trust lost from other politicians and invested in her because she appears to be outside the circle

Trust is not negotiable

Palin did endorse Carly. However, Carly is simply a power squid who shoots out ink on the ones who displease her, but keeps her little squid nose pointed towards the power line. I consider her a useful idiot, someone who enjoys flexing muscle to please the bosses, whom I would not have run, had I controlled the Party. For RINOs, she is a joy. The ultimate ‘What’s in it for me’ lady.

Castle is orthodox RINO. True acolyte, servant of new imposed status quo

entagor on September 3, 2010 at 3:08 PM

ObamaCare. The man already voted against it.

Esthier on September 3, 2010 at 3:07 PM

To avoid a c primary in his run for Senate. Even with that he wouldn’t have if it’s passage wasn’t so contentious. He won’t vote to repeal it. So he is already not reliably conservative on that issue.

Rocks on September 3, 2010 at 3:12 PM

These new numbers suggest that Castle is significantly more vulnerable than originally believed.

Dr Evil on September 3, 2010 at 3:04 PM

In the primary… not the general.

Which is where Castle wins and O’Donnell doesn’t.

Abby Adams on September 3, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Maybe, but I’m not finding too much more about O’Donnell that I like.

Esthier on September 3, 2010 at 3:07 PM

I wouldn’t be voting for her. I would be voting against Castle. Voting against Castle is a vote against a liberal and I try never to miss those if I can. I can see someone sitting out this primary because they don’t like either candidate but I don’t really get how voting for a Liberal Republican over a Liberal Democrat is a good thing. They are both liberals.

Rocks on September 3, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Which is where Castle wins and O’Donnell doesn’t.

Abby Adams on September 3, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Maybe…the dems got 18 years of votes to use against Castle in the general. the fact Castle is ahead in the general is due to name id nothing more. The dems have not yet began to fight.

Taking any poll 2 months out form n election is a recipe fo defeat. You give 2 months for Odonell to campaign and those numbers firm up. It’s a wave election the perfect time to get cnadidates that in normal years would not get in in.

unseen on September 3, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Christie is dead to me.

I don’t want him anywhere near national politics.

Norwegian on September 3, 2010 at 3:24 PM

unseen on September 3, 2010 at 3:18 PM

That’s bullcrap though. Castle was Governor of Delaware. He has been the lone representative from Delaware in the House for 18 years.

It’s not like the people of the state of Delaware don’t know him and his votes. Quite the contrary.

Abby Adams on September 3, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Wonder if AP and Christie want to admit they are FOOLS:

Harry Reid himself may not be too much opposed to the GOP establishment getting its way in Delaware. Mike Castle, currently a Congressman, voted FOR Cap and Trade and is, according to some rumors, thought to be one of the two GOP votes on which Reid is counting. Castle also supported and co-sponsored the “Disclose Act” which would have prevented groups like the Tea Party Express and others from effecting an upset in Alaska, where a GOP establishment candidate fell to a populist candidate, Joe Miller.

SDN on September 3, 2010 at 3:40 PM

I think Christie just wants to the Republicans win and the Democrats lose…and to be honest O’Donnell is no Joe Miller. The Tea Party needs to stick to picking strong candidates.

But then there are a lot of people on the right who really don’t seem to care if Reid and Pelosi stay in control or not…just so long as they can call the shots. But from what I have heard the people of Delaware like Castle a lot better than they do O’Donnell and that is what will make the difference in the end, after all it is their state.

Terrye on September 3, 2010 at 4:01 PM

The response to that argument is usually some variation on the idea that we’re one crushing defeat away from total victory — that if blue states aren’t ready to elect “true conservatives” yet, well, then it’s better to leave Democrats in control so that they can ruin the country even more and eventually produce a real conservative backlash. (Which, I guess, means we shouldn’t have supported RINO Scott Brown in January, since he spoiled Obama’s filibuster-proof majority.) The flaw in this reasoning, of course, is that some things are bound to go right for Democrats despite their dumbest efforts to prevent that from happening.

There is one other flaw, it is perverse. Add to that irresponsible. It is not one bit different than Rahm Emmanuel’s Don’t let a crisis go to waste kind of thinking. Selfish and power seeking.

Add to that the fact that the voters are not under any obligation to vote for anyone they do not want, like, or feel comfortable with whatever some purists might want to see or hear.

Terrye on September 3, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Palin could endorse McCain, because there was no way she could not endorse McCain without looking like a back stabber, which she would have been had she not stood for the guy who gave her the impossible dream

entagor on September 3, 2010 at 3:08 PM

I’m sure, at times, it must seem like more like a nightmare to the Palin family. :-)

UltimateBob on September 3, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Christie is dead to me.

I don’t want him anywhere near national politics.

Norwegian on September 3, 2010 at 3:24 PM

I wouldn’t go that far. But clearly he is not as savvy a politician as Governor Palin.

UltimateBob on September 3, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Having acknowledged that Allah and the other RINOs have done a great job of convincing me/us that O’Donnell is an unqualified whackjob, I can’t help but notice that Castle is a grotesque, liberal douchebag and his face seems to need a fist to fix it.

I also love that a guy working for the government for 40 years has amassed $8 million in savings. Remarkable. Or at least it would be in a country with ethical democratic government.

As it seems that there is nothing left to do but elect this Obama-ite piece of garbage into the Senate, my only question is — what will Chris Christie, NR, the RNC, etc. have to say when this dope flips parties and throws control back to the Dims in exchange for a few shiny objects? What will they say when his vote with the Dims prevents ethics reform, fiscal sanity, or passes some new Obama-ite socialism project?

Because Mike Castle is surely no different than the average Democrap Senator.

Jaibones on September 3, 2010 at 4:43 PM

This was a local yokel decision for Christie. I am sure he has known Castle for years and is a friend being in neighboring states and all. But if this is supposed to be a national tour you don’t start out by endorsing a liberal even if he is an old friend. If it’s a national tour think nationally. Mike Castle has no position in the national party except for maybe a thorn in it’s side. At national meetings Snowe and Collins stand next to Mike and take pictures to show their friends there is someone more liberal then they are in the Republican Party.

Rocks on September 3, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Jaibones on September 3, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Good post. Made me chuckle.

But I really don’t know where this talk of Castle switching parties is coming from. I mean, he has got to know that it would be political suicide (a la Arlen Specter). Even Delaware voters do have some standards.

I realize that he is in his 70s and might have one or two terms in the senate left in him before retiring. But switching parties would tarnish whatever small vestige of a “legacy” that he has left.

UltimateBob on September 3, 2010 at 4:50 PM

I wouldn’t go that far. But clearly he is not as savvy a politician as Governor Palin.

UltimateBob on September 3, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Not to be overly snarky but you have to admit that it is far more difficult to make endorsements when still the governor and in the thick of things than for one who left office and sits on the sidelines picking their battles…

Bradky on September 3, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Like I’ve said before, if Castle votes to repeal ObamaCare, then I’m with him. A blue-state Democrat will never, ever vote that way. The rest is tangential.

Caiwyn

He has already said he won’t support repealing Obamacare.

xblade on September 3, 2010 at 5:10 PM

For those interested http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/briefing/senators_changed_parties.htm

describes the 21 senators who switched parties since 1890. All things considered it doesn’t happen that terribly often.

Bradky on September 3, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Jesus Christie, you were my man, until now.

AshleyTKing on September 3, 2010 at 10:20 PM

These RINO’s are nothing but trouble!

MCGIRV on September 3, 2010 at 10:23 PM

…”send someone like Mike Castle to the US Senate” – says Chris ‘Big Bitches’ Christie

…What did Della wear boys…
She wore a ‘Joisy heffelump!
Both these Rinosaurs look ready to croak at any minute – one from natural causes, and the other from an overdose of twinkies!

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on September 4, 2010 at 2:21 AM

But I really don’t know where this talk of Castle switching parties is coming from.

UltimateBob on September 3, 2010 at 4:50 PM

I do–it comes from Christine O’Donnell.
It’s the other big rumor she’s been spreading about Castle besides the “gay adulterous affair” one.
What do you think of that?

Jenfidel on September 4, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Christie’s credibility has taken a step back.

A strong minority is better than a weak majority…….Chris

lilium on September 4, 2010 at 12:35 PM

I’m live in Delaware.

I really am torn. Castle’s a joke, worse than a RINO. If you ask him about a lib issue that he supports, he won’t discuss it. He just throws whitewash at you.

But … .

The only thing that I find even a little bit ecouraging about a Castle senate win is, he is so wishy-washy that he would go along with the majority, if in fact we had a conservative majority.

If Chritie had said, “Castle is a RINO, but he is more electable that O’Donnell” … . But he talkled Castle up.

Don’t know what to do.

davidk on September 4, 2010 at 1:22 PM

If you guys wanted to challenge Mike Castle… you should have gotten a decent challenger… period… voting against him now is just stupid.

ninjapirate on September 4, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Why in the world would you want to take a chance on Cap and Trade? That is STUPID!.

lilium on September 4, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Why in the world would you want to take a chance on Cap and Trade? That is STUPID!.

They couldn’t get Cap and Trade passed already… relax…

ninjapirate on September 4, 2010 at 2:03 PM

The Great RINO Hunt is over? This easy?

faraway on September 4, 2010 at 4:13 PM

…send someone like Mike Castle to the US senate – Chris ‘Wide Britches’ Christie

Fat and Skinny had a race,
both RINOs fell flat on their face!

“Send” the T-Party candidate, Christine O’Donnell, to the Senate!

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on September 4, 2010 at 4:48 PM

…Castle…besides the “gay adulterous affair” …What do you think of that?
Jenfidel on September 4, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Do tell Jen, you lil’ vixen rumor monger you!

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on September 4, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Made up my mind. Voting for O’Donnell.

Screw a bunch of RINOs.

davidk on September 4, 2010 at 5:34 PM

RINOs confuse the electorate. Look at the damage Bush caused.

Dandapani on September 4, 2010 at 9:13 PM

(Which, I guess, means we shouldn’t have supported RINO Scott Brown in January, since he spoiled Obama’s filibuster-proof majority.)

Well, we see how that’s working. Can hardly contain the excitement.

ButterflyDragon on September 4, 2010 at 9:58 PM

If anyone believes a Tea Party Express poll, I have swampland for sale in AZ. In fact, the number of emails asking for money is way over the top from that organization. Anyone who gives to these PACs like Tea Party Express, needs to do some checking. Give straight to candidates who know where they need the money. One email from that group came the night before the election wanting money to run ads. Anyone with an ounce of brainpower knows you make ad buys in advance and pay for them. Any TV station is not going to give a candidate credit instead of cash money for ads in a primary.

PhiKapMom on September 5, 2010 at 12:37 AM

Not to be overly snarky but you have to admit that it is far more difficult to make endorsements when still the governor and in the thick of things than for one who left office and sits on the sidelines picking their battles…

Bradky on September 3, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Not to be overly snarky but a politically savvy sitting governor might know better than to offer endorsements or comment on the “Ground Zero” mosque.

ddrintn on September 5, 2010 at 8:24 AM

ddrintn on September 5, 2010 at 8:24 AM

Surprised you didn’t start talking about his weight again. He is leading and showing how it gets done effectively. She… well she is showing what pundits do from the safety of their computer. Has nothing to do with leading and everything to do with self promotion.

Bradky on September 5, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Surprised you didn’t start talking about his weight again.

I’m not surprised that you never oculd point out where I personally ever talked about his weight. But then again I guess we can consider ourselves luvcky you didn’t bring out Palin’s alleged lipliner tattoo again…

He is leading and showing how it gets done effectively. She… well she is showing what pundits do from the safety of their computer. Has nothing to do with leading and everything to do with self promotion.

Bradky on September 5, 2010 at 2:47 PM

He’s leading by endorsing a guy who’s already ahead in the polls and by playing both sides in the mosque issue? Gotcha. Anyway, you’re the one making it a Christie vs Palin thing.

ddrintn on September 5, 2010 at 3:23 PM

^ But say Bradky, wasn’t that a hard-hitting anti-Palin piece in Vanity Fair? When are you going to trot that out along with your New York Review and Game Change quotes to buttress your arguments?

ddrintn on September 5, 2010 at 3:25 PM

For the record, I like Christie and think he’s doing a great job. I think he’s just made a couple of missteps with the mosque thing and now endorsing Castle. Both were completely unnecessary.

ddrintn on September 5, 2010 at 9:27 PM

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