Quotes of the day

posted at 11:13 pm on September 7, 2010 by Allahpundit

“Some of the things [tea partiers] seem to advocate go beyond the norm,” says Castle. “I have trouble distinguishing sometimes between the factions out there that are in this ultra-conservative mode. You know—be it the patriots, or this Tea Party Express, or the different factions of the Tea Party. I’ve seen advocacy for eliminating the Department of Education, for example.”…

“There are a lot of things that the federal government does that, you know, might not be explicitly in the Constitution per se,” says Castle. “There are a lot of things that the states do, too. And they’ve been doing it in some cases since the 18th century.” He shrugs. “I do suppose it is a good question to ask.”

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Over his 17 complete years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Castle has voted the conservative position, as defined by the American Conservative Union, about 52 percent of the time. In 2009, ACU scored Castle at 56. So how did he get that rating from the group last year?

Castle opposed the Lilly Ledbetter pay act, which the ACU described as a “new Pandora’s Box for trial lawyers.” He voted for a January 2009 bill that would prevent the Treasury from spending the $350 billion that remained in the TARP program. He opposed the Obama stimulus. He voted against efforts to water down legislation barring federal funds to ACORN or other organizations that employ people who have been convicted of election-law violations. He voted to eliminate the earmark for the airport near Johnstown, Pa., named after Rep. John Murtha. He voted to cut discretionary government spending in the appropriations for the Departments of Housing and Transportation by 5 percent.

He supported an amendment to the health-care bill that would ban using taxpayer funds to provide abortion services, an interesting vote for a self-described pro-choice Republican. He voted against the health-care bill.

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The GOP is a more natural ideological home for most tea partiers than is the other major party, but they also suspect many Republicans of committing pragmatism, if not selling out too easily to Beltway mores. They have a point.

On the other hand, sometimes you need a few “wets” to gain a majority and advance your own ideas. Ask Nancy Pelosi, who rode the victories of Rahm Emanuel’s hand-picked Blue Dog Democrats to the House Speakership in 2006 and then used them to pass 40 years of liberal dreams in this Congress…

Politics in our two-party system is about coalition building, and any successful party must stretch across many groups. Republicans will have to accommodate much of the tea party agenda if they hope to assemble a new majority and avoid third-party challenges. But tea partiers who want to restore proper Constitutional limits, rather than merely pad the ratings of talk radio, might recall William F. Buckley Jr.’s counsel that his policy was to vote for the most conservative candidate who could win.

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Via Tammy Bruce.


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Akzed on September 8, 2010 at 2:08 PM

Inane assertion?

She’s done nothing in her life.

I wouldn’t hire her as a middle manager with that half page resume she puts up.

Great, elect another complete moron to the Senate then you can whine later about how bad our Congress is.

Another “talk the talk” politician. You all are suckers and this dingbat won’t even win.

NoDonkey on September 8, 2010 at 2:37 PM

what principles do you really have? The principle of pragmatism? Now that’s worth standing on a hill with a musket in your hands waiting for the advancing redcoats, isn’t it?

Extrafishy on September 8, 2010 at 8:20 AM

This is an extraspecial comment, given where I am and what I’m currently doing.

BadgerHawk on September 8, 2010 at 2:43 PM

NoDonkey on September 8, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Your argument was that she has no experience running govt. That’s what you said. Now you change it to life experience.

Rush has put a stake through your hearts you curs!

Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush!

Akzed on September 8, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Akzed on September 8, 2010 at 2:50 PM

She doesn’t have any experience in either – zero life experience and zero government experience.

Great plan, putting rubes in office.

Another Senator to be led around by the nose by staffers and lobbyists, is that what you want?

This woman would be hopelessly unqualified to run Frito Lay and the worse thing that would happen there is that the stock would go down.

But sure, she can be a Senator, because she believes like I do!

Sorry, that doesn’t make her competent and she will get nothing done.

NoDonkey on September 8, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Na na na boo boo. NoDonkey says YesRINO.

Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush!

Akzed on September 8, 2010 at 3:04 PM

What Rush said about her experience, the supposed lack of which you decry, is that hers is a lot like everyone else’s in this country.

Have you never made a payment late?

Do you have no debt?

Are you rolling in dough?

Maybe the IRS has never mistakenly gone after you and then issued a retraction like with her, that’s rare I’ll grant that, but I like her experience better than that of a man who voted against a bill to prohibit adults from taking minors across state lines for abortions without parental knowledge.

Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush!

Akzed on September 8, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Akzed on September 8, 2010 at 3:04 PM

Okay.

I can see this bonehead’s constituency.

I bet she’s good at listening to the radio too.

Anything else?

NoDonkey on September 8, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush! Rush!

Akzed on September 8, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Thought not.

NoDonkey on September 8, 2010 at 3:16 PM

test

sharrukin on September 8, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Anything else? NoDonkey on September 8, 2010 at 3:09 PM

You haven’t addressed anything I’ve said or asked, so whaddya want from me now?

Thanks again Rush, for standing up for Christine.

Akzed on September 8, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Akzed on September 8, 2010 at 3:36 PM

You didn’t say anything, you merely parroted what Rush said.

I don’t give a damn about her making a tax payment.

I want her to NOT be the very least experienced person in the room (by a long shot) when she meets with her staffers.

I don’t want her to look like a complete idiot when she meets with her committee. She probably won’t be able to find the room without three staffers to help her.

I want her to have more preparation than a six page PowerPoint brief before taking over.

Is that too much to ask?

She’s a bumpkin.

As an aside, the quality of commenters is really going out the window lately. I might as well go scurry over to the Zsa Zsa Post for this kind of nonsense.

NoDonkey on September 8, 2010 at 3:43 PM

NoDonkey on September 8, 2010 at 3:43 PM

You’re grasping at straws.

Hmmm. Comments sorta dried up thanks to Rush.

Akzed on September 8, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Akzed on September 8, 2010 at 4:23 PM

That your candidate is an unqualified dingbat is not a straw.

It’s either Rush’s comments or that this post has gone far south and that’s generally what happens when newer topics overtake the old.

Really though, I’d rather have this woman in than a Democrat, but she’s a fool. She has no business being a Senator.

And Rush is the one who made so much of Obama’s lack of qualifications.

He pushes this dingbat? And if he thinks Palin is ready to be President, he’s just not serious.

What exactly is conservative about electing unqualified people to represent us? We can’t do better than this?

NoDonkey on September 8, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Have you guys thought about how your comments are being received on the ground?

Just look at the party candidates: for example, Ting (Senate), also the party-endorsed Mike Castle (Senate) and Michelle Rollins (House). At least two of the three supported Obama in 2008. Ting got booted from the GOP, yet this year GOP trotted out another Obama supporter for Castle’s seat, why?

People here are fighting off the same old same old crap we always get from the GOP machine. After last year’s huge grassroot demonstrations, lots of us wanted to volunteer at local party headquaters. Except for hitting the newbies for money donations and time/phonebank for PARTY ENDORSED candidates, OF COURSE they don’t want any upstart tea party member to upset the cart.

We know full well it is an incredibly uphill battle, just to fight off the establishment and establishment mentality, let alone our opponent on the other side. You don’t think other courageous conservative patriots observing and taking note from the treatments another conservative got?

Outsiders kept saying “can’t win”, “better off with the RINOs”, etc. etc. It is so discouraging. Fine, why fight for nominations or even go through voting then?

Sir Napsalot on September 8, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Sir Napsalot on September 8, 2010 at 5:02 PM

How is it not possible to get a candidate who’s conservative and who won’t have a big fat “trainee” button on when they walk in the door?

I probably would agree with her on every issue, but I’m more qualified than she is. I’ve been in the military for 20+ years and I have a Masters in Hosptial Administration.

I’m not bragging, there are probably many million adults in this country more qualified to be a Senator than she is.

Why do we get a choice of such crappy candidates? Why should anyone be enthusiastic about a candidate who doesn’t know the first thing about what she’s doing?

Candidate recruiting must just be in the toilet. The GOP really needs to work on this.

NoDonkey on September 8, 2010 at 5:10 PM

After this primary, if Castle wins, there is no hope for the DE GOP, you might as well merge with Democrats. They are that cozy with them anyway. Even in a year that is favorable to the anti-establishment. And we may not see another such environment for a long time.

IF somehow Christine O’Donnell edges out Castle, then I sure hope there are demands that whole bunch being thrown out.

It is very clear to me now. The purpose of the party is not to win. They are out to completely destroy anybody not in their circle. It is not Christine per se, it is to discourage future comers not to even think about it. Unless you toe the party leader line, that is. Then you go through the rank and file, and get just as completely corrupted. Folks, this is the true blue Republican party for all to see.

Sir Napsalot on September 8, 2010 at 5:57 PM

Late to the topic, but I’m now in a quandary: I have thought for several years that this is a pretty solid conservative forum. Only today have I seen so much support for all the wrong ideals and for everything that’s wrong in our political methods. Here’s a synopsis of what I’ve read from some of you:

Stick an (R) behind the old boy’s name and we’ll support him if enough other voters will in spite of the legitimate conservative in the race.

That logic is justified by such brilliant insights as [paraphrased] “she makes mistakes,” “she’s actually still trying to pay off old debts,” “she’s rude,” “she doesn’t like to talk about her mistakes [as much as I do],” “she says things that make MSM-types and RINOS roll their eyes,” and my favorite “she hasn’t screwed up our government enough yet to be considered a serious candidate.”

NoDonk: remember Carol Mosely Braun and how we mocked her lack of qualifications? Our criticisms didn’t keep her from having a vote equal to Strom Thurmond’s or Ted Kennedy’s, did it? If O’Donnell can be elected by the people of Delaware, surely she will surround herself with people who can help her learn her way without compromising her core principles.

Remember the House Class of ’94? There were so many outsiders that they actually felt comfortable remaining outsiders–which is what we want right now from our Freshman Class of 2010. Political nerds who don’t forget they represent the people.

For those of you who cite Castle’s “Conservative” stance on most of the recent issues (as though his ascendancy from 28% to 56% were evidence of some kind of conversion), I’d remind you what every sports fan knows: his votes were always in a losing cause, so he had very little pressure on him to do the right thing. I’m not going to admire a liberal (R) for voting conservative unless his vote actually helps us win. That’s the only time his vote has meaning.

Considering his stance on C-and-T and DISCLOSURE, I doubt any of you think he has made a conversion.

I suggest we give the primary system a shot. If O’Donnell can get enough Delawarans to win, she will need all our help. If not, groom somebody else to replace Mike Castle in 2014, and hope he doesn’t demonstrate too frequently that the most liberal (R) in the House has become the most liberal (R) in the Senate. Because he will be.

rwenger43 on September 8, 2010 at 6:32 PM

If not, groom somebody else to replace Mike Castle in 2014 2016, and hope he doesn’t demonstrate too frequently that the most liberal (R) in the House has become the most liberal (R) in the Senate. Because he will be. rwenger43 on September 8, 2010 at 6:32 PM

FIFY

Indeed, dittoes, and keep it comin.

Akzed on September 8, 2010 at 6:36 PM

O wait, this is a special election, you’re right. 2014.

Akzed on September 8, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Wait wait, I made a mistake, now I can never get johngalt and nodonkey’s votes!

Akzed on September 8, 2010 at 6:38 PM

NoDonkey on September 8, 2010 at 5:10 PM

I can’t answer you that specifically. Yes, there are probably lots ‘more qualified’ people here from the conservative cloth. However, never having served in the military, I don’t know why other honorable and more courageous people won’t stick their necks out. (wink wink)

And the same kind of thinking has gotten us the JFKerrys and more recently Blumenthals. You ‘have to have’ fake or resume enhanced military background in the NE (I guess).

Christine O’Donnell is not as polished as other professional politicians. But with the right guidance from Bachmann and DeMint, she will vote to the right of Castle 100% of the time.

Sir Napsalot on September 8, 2010 at 9:14 PM

The Boss Emeritus was on Hannity tonight, and she’s endorsed O’Connell, too.

John the Libertarian on September 8, 2010 at 9:43 PM

O’Donnell

John the Libertarian on September 8, 2010 at 9:44 PM

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