Delaware GOP files FEC complaint against O’Donnell over tea-party money

posted at 5:53 pm on September 10, 2010 by Allahpundit

Really dumb, and I say that as someone who’s firmly in the “vote for the electable RINO” camp.

The Republican Party of Delaware has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission, accusing one of its own Senate candidates of illegally collaborating with the Tea Party Express…

The complaint alleges that the O’Donnell campaign is “knowingly accepting illegal campaign contributions from the Tea Party Express” political action committee. It cites two “alarming” instances:

— O’Donnell has knowingly accepted excessive contributions from the Tea Party Express that were directly solicited on behalf of the O’Donnell campaign, according to the filing.

— O’Donnell has accepted illegal excessive contributions from the Tea Party Express by engaging in a statewide coordinated communications effort in support of her campaign. This means, according to the complaint, that every advertisement that is being run by the Tea Party Express in support of O’Donnell is a violation of federal law.

The thinking here, I take it, is to bolster Team Castle’s narrative that O’Donnell is a shady character, to the point where she’s allegedly willing to violate federal law to win. First problem with that: By escalating to this point, they’re risking total alienation of O’Donnell voters, some of whom Castle will need to win in November if he survives the primary. In fairness, the race is already bitter enough that many O’Donnell supporters are bound to stay home anyway if he’s the nominee, but the harder this hardball gets, the more of them he’ll lose. And in a blue state with a credible Democratic nominee, even a RINO can’t afford to bleed too many deep red voters. The second problem: Castle vs. O’Donnell isn’t just a “RINO vs. true conservative” contest. It’s also an “establishment vs. grassroots” contest, such that heavy-handed legal action by the state party — invoking the much-loathed strictures of campaign-finance law, no less — is, perhaps, not the best optics for Castle in this year of all years. How on earth will he gain more than he’ll lose from this complaint?

On a related note, Jeffrey Lord argues in AmSpec today that O’Donnell is being attacked by big-name pundits at NRO, among others, because she presents a challenge to the “Ruling Class” of conservatism. Jim Geraghty, whom Lord includes as an example, responds by calling it the “stupidest article in the history of the American Spectator.” Exit question: Are all O’Donnell skeptics/grudging Castle supporters also part of the “Ruling Class,” or is it only the ones who write for famous magazines? I assume that beta males, by definition, don’t qualify.


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DaydreamBeliever on September 10, 2010 at 8:12 PM

Oh yes, Linda McMahon, salt of the earth.

Peddler of soft porn, steroids and general inanity.

Great case to bolster your point though.

NoDonkey on September 10, 2010 at 8:20 PM

Emperor Norton on September 10, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Got it. While I am sure that where they went to school helps, I think in order to be a conservative member of the ruling class that you must be sufficiently obsequious when you must disagree with the Left.

Cindy Munford on September 10, 2010 at 8:20 PM

US Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) tweets:

I’m proud to endorse Christine O’Donnell for US Senate in Delaware. She will stand strong for the principles of freedom.

Emperor Norton on September 10, 2010 at 8:21 PM

Jim DeMint just endorsed Christine.

Joe Caps on September 10, 2010 at 8:24 PM

The fact of the matter is that the Delaware GOP, in its insistence on trashing O’Donnell supporters, would rather lose with Castle than win with O’Donnell. I mean, what ARE they going to do if she wins the primary?

I am in DE and still on the fence about this race, but the Delaware GOP has dug itself a big hole.

DaydreamBeliever on September 10, 2010 at 8:25 PM

I am in DE and still on the fence about this race, but the Delaware GOP has dug itself a big hole.

DaydreamBeliever on September 10, 2010 at 8:25 PM

Good Luck Day. May the best candidate win.. and don’t let the a-holes know if who you like, you may get jumped all over.

upinak on September 10, 2010 at 8:27 PM

Dusty on September 10, 2010 at 8:19 PM

You’re just mad because…

…I RULE YOU!!

ac1 on September 10, 2010 at 8:27 PM

There is now way….no friggin’ way….DeMint endorses here unless internal polls show she is close.

Rocks on September 10, 2010 at 8:27 PM

DaydreamBeliever on September 10, 2010 at 8:25 PM

Great, maybe they can throw both of these crappy candidates in there and find an actual person who can do the job.

NoDonkey on September 10, 2010 at 8:29 PM

The NRA endorses Christine O’Donnell also
Demint
Palin.

I bet Newt is for Castle.

unseen on September 10, 2010 at 8:29 PM

Let her win, this way we’ll have our own Bernie Sanders type, someone who stands up in the Senate and give a ridiculous speech that has everyone rolling their eyes. It’ll make good tv, and Delaware will consequently never vote GOP again, ending the need for this discussions continuation.

ac1 on September 10, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Jim DeMint just endorsed Christine.

Joe Caps on September 10, 2010 at 8:24 PM

The usual suspects must be in shock and can’t respond. It took them about an hour to deal with the NRA endorsement. LOL

So, she has Palin, NRA, and DeMint. Who’s next?

Blake on September 10, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Hoffman almost won that one. Scozzifava threw it to the democrat out of spite.
Bill Owens 73,137 48.3
Doug Hoffman 69,553 46.0

scrubjay on September 10, 2010 at 8:19 PM

Almost ain’t winning. And I doubt enough changed their votes because Scozzafava said so to make a difference. Hoffmann wasn’t going to win.

Sekhmet on September 10, 2010 at 8:31 PM

the Delaware GOP . . .what ARE they going to do if she wins the primary?

They’ll have to support her. She already was the GOP nominee for the US Senate two years ago against Joe Biden, and got 35%, running just 2 points behind McCain-Palin. They supported her then, didn’t they?

Emperor Norton on September 10, 2010 at 8:32 PM

Palin
DeMint
NRA
Limbaugh
Levin
Malkin

Blake on September 10, 2010 at 8:32 PM

The usual suspects must be in shock and can’t respond. It took them about an hour to deal with the NRA endorsement. LOL

So, she has Palin, NRA, and DeMint. Who’s next?

Blake on September 10, 2010 at 8:30 PM

If the Senate stays Dem, it seriously jacks Obama’s plan to play off Congress in 2012 like Clinton did in ’96.

Or maybe I’m just a cynic.

Sekhmet on September 10, 2010 at 8:33 PM

ac1 on September 10, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Oh please, there are way more nuts in the Senate than just Sen. Sanders.

Cindy Munford on September 10, 2010 at 8:33 PM

Because we’re NOT jackass Democrats.

I never thought I’d see the day when Republicans could possibly nominate someone even less qualified than Franken.

Nice going Rush. Obama’s the least experience person in the room?

If the janitor is in the room, Christine will STILL be the least experienced person in the room.

And at least the janitor probably pays his bills.

[NoDonkey on September 10, 2010 at 8:12 PM]

Quit flailing. I don’t even know if O’Donnell was selected by the Tea party in DE or sat back and let it happen. Regardless, a whole lot of R’s jumped on the bandwagon very quick so the Alvin Greene defense is out and your point about Republicans not being jackasses isn’t exactly true. Having Mike Castle in the ring for years kind of proves the other half of the party aren’t exactly thoroughbreds.

But either way, Rush had nothing to do with her showing up as the only possible candidate to the challenge the status quo in DE Republican primary. He’s playing with the hand that was dealt by others.

Dusty on September 10, 2010 at 8:34 PM

Blake on September 10, 2010 at 8:32 PM

DeMint is one of the few Pols I actually respect, that’s an important endorsement.

ac1 on September 10, 2010 at 8:35 PM

They’ll have to support her. She already was the GOP nominee for the US Senate two years ago against Joe Biden, and got 35%, running just 2 points behind McCain-Palin. They supported her then, didn’t they?

Emperor Norton on September 10, 2010 at 8:32 PM

Honey, this campaign, they’ve trashed her from one end of the state the other and called her every name in the book. It’s a VERY small state.

DaydreamBeliever on September 10, 2010 at 8:35 PM

DaydreamBeliever on September 10, 2010 at 8:25 PM

What this tells me is that they have grown extremely desperate. It makes no sense otherwise, right? They must be seeing some polling data we are not seeing.

Joe Caps on September 10, 2010 at 8:36 PM

What this tells me is that they have grown extremely desperate. It makes no sense otherwise, right? They must be seeing some polling data we are not seeing.

Joe Caps on September 10, 2010 at 8:36 PM

What this tells me is that, IF she should win the primary, they will contest it legally based on the FEC complaint. Why else would they make such a complaint at this time?

DaydreamBeliever on September 10, 2010 at 8:38 PM

If castle loses Mitch is in major trouble as minority leader. demint might be able to take the leadership position esp if he gets all the fresh faces.

unseen on September 10, 2010 at 8:38 PM

Cindy Munford on September 10, 2010 at 8:33 PM

Yeah but he’s an All-star in that respect, can’t think who we have that can match him right now.

ac1 on September 10, 2010 at 8:38 PM

Dusty on September 10, 2010 at 8:34 PM

So the janitor will still be more qualified than Christine, but that’s OK?

My question is, how is it that these candidates are so appallingly poor.

I’m no Castle fan, but geez.

This woman is an absolute embarrassment.

For expediency sake, OK, go with her.

But is she the best we can do? The 9,000,000th best?

I don’t think so.

Maybe I’m too hard on her and not hard enough on the national campaign that’s responsible for there being two horrible candidates to choose from in Delaware.

NoDonkey on September 10, 2010 at 8:40 PM

Still after days of this nonsense, all Castle’s fan boys can do is attack Christine personally, and call her “crazy.”

No one can even come close to defending Castle, because there is no defense, or excuse for a guy like him in OUR party.

Let’s face it, Sarah Palin has made it cool for the heavy hitters like DeMint and the NRA to jump in and endorse Christine. Look for more to come before the weekend is up.

The long nightmare that is Mike Castle is about to come to an end.

gary4205 on September 10, 2010 at 8:40 PM

The fact of the matter is that the Delaware GOP, in its insistence on trashing O’Donnell supporters, would rather lose with Castle than win with O’Donnell. I mean, what ARE they going to do if she wins the primary?
PM

If she wins the primary then there is a 99% chance the Dem wins the general, so it doesn’t matter what they do.

Jon0815 on September 10, 2010 at 8:40 PM

ac1 on September 10, 2010 at 8:38 PM

Doctors could should have to prescribe C-span2 and there should be warning labels about operating heavy machinery.

Cindy Munford on September 10, 2010 at 8:41 PM

What this tells me is that, IF she should win the primary, they will contest it legally based on the FEC complaint. Why else would they make such a complaint at this time?

DaydreamBeliever on September 10, 2010 at 8:38 PM

I believe the remedy would be returning the excess money and maybe a fine.

Blake on September 10, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Joe Caps on September 10, 2010 at 8:36 PM

It tells me that the Miller win put the fear of God in them. the polling in AK was flaky and had miller down 30pts. the establishment thinks that because Lisa didn’t go neg on miller he got 30pts in the last 2 weeks. So they went neg with christine hoping to blunt her advance.

they are going from a false narrative. miller was not down by 30pts, the polling was wrong and Miller was close form the get go and if Lisa would have went neg like castle is doing I believe Lisa would have lost by more.

Castle and the establishment is showing how stupid they are and a close race is being blown wide open by giving O’donell all this media coverage.

If they would have handled their fear the race would have been a low key affair and the big names would have probably stayed out like Palin and demint

unseen on September 10, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Maybe its because serious people who have serious aspirations to public office tend to PAY THEIR BILLS ON TIME.

Think that might have something to do with it?

JohnGalt23 on September 10, 2010 at 7:49 PM

Yeah, that’s it. Castle is serious. It has nothing to do with the establishment giving each other cushy tax-funded positions or sponging off trust funds. They’re serious! dang gumit. And Castle’s accountant’s skill at writing checks make the RINO Mr. Fiscal Accountablity.

Kalapana on September 10, 2010 at 8:42 PM

You’re just mad because…

…I RULE YOU!!

[ac1 on September 10, 2010 at 8:27 PM]

Liar! I know for a fact that my wife doesn’t read this blog.

Dusty on September 10, 2010 at 8:43 PM

Sekhmet on September 10, 2010 at 8:33 PM

Do you think most believe the Republicans can take the Senate this year? I’m the eternal optimist and I would be amazed.

Cindy Munford on September 10, 2010 at 8:43 PM

The entire contents of Castle’s resume: “Professional Big Shot. So shut-up, I’m better than you.”

Kalapana on September 10, 2010 at 8:44 PM

Cindy Munford on September 10, 2010 at 8:41 PM

That’s why I like when there is a real looney Senator, you get more of that in the House I guess, like Anthony Weiner’s freakout a few weeks back that’s entertainment, maybe we should empty the residents of some insane asylums directly into positions of representative governance.

ac1 on September 10, 2010 at 8:45 PM

I believe the remedy would be returning the excess money and maybe a fine.

Blake on September 10, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Castle’s got millions in campaign cash and the Delaware GOP files s complaint with the FEC over maybe $70,000 O’Donnell got from the Tea Party Express? Three days before the primary?

DaydreamBeliever on September 10, 2010 at 8:46 PM

Dusty on September 10, 2010 at 8:43 PM

Hahaha.

ac1 on September 10, 2010 at 8:46 PM

If she wins the primary then there is a 99% chance the Dem wins the general, so it doesn’t matter what they do.

Jon0815 on September 10, 2010 at 8:40 PM

and you know this how….please link to the study that gives 99% chance of an O’donnell lose. Oh that’s right there isn’t any. And you are basing your view on data that gives the voters a choice between three people.

If the final choice is Coons or O’donnell with no other choice the polls change. period. they always do.

And don’t quote the poll showing O’donnell losing against coons its meaningless because castle is still in the race so those that would back O’donnell as second choic ewill say they are going to vote for Coons in the poll so to defeat O’donnell in the primary.

unseen on September 10, 2010 at 8:46 PM

Maybe its because serious people who have serious aspirations to public office tend to PAY THEIR BILLS ON TIME.

Think that might have something to do with it?

JohnGalt23 on September 10, 2010 at 7:49 PM

how did the serious Castle amass $8 million over 40 years as a government employee? that’s serious alright. serious payoff money…

unseen on September 10, 2010 at 8:48 PM

It tells me that the Miller win put the fear of God in them. the polling in AK was flaky and had miller down 30pts. the establishment thinks that because Lisa didn’t go neg on miller he got 30pts in the last 2 weeks. So they went neg with christine hoping to blunt her advance.

they are going from a false narrative. miller was not down by 30pts, the polling was wrong and Miller was close form the get go and if Lisa would have went neg like castle is doing I believe Lisa would have lost by more.

Castle and the establishment is showing how stupid they are and a close race is being blown wide open by giving O’donell all this media coverage.

If they would have handled their fear the race would have been a low key affair and the big names would have probably stayed out like Palin and demint

unseen on September 10, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Damn, you should be working as a political annalist, because that is spot on!

gary4205 on September 10, 2010 at 8:48 PM

how did the serious Castle amass $8 million over 40 years as a government employee? that’s serious alright. serious payoff money…

unseen on September 10, 2010 at 8:48 PM

He married a rich woman. Truthfully, that’s what he did.

DaydreamBeliever on September 10, 2010 at 8:49 PM

unseen on September 10, 2010 at 8:48 PM

Exactly, Christine would audit him if she hadn’t pawned her calculator.

NoDonkey on September 10, 2010 at 8:52 PM

Maybe its because serious people who have serious aspirations to public office tend to PAY THEIR BILLS ON TIME.

Think that might have something to do with it?

JohnGalt23 on September 10, 2010 at 7:49 PM

Oy.

Many campaigns have trouble retiring their debts. If this is the new standard most of Congress needs to be run off then.

Past that, at least Christine knows what it’s like to be regular folks, something Congress forgot about many moons ago.

This is a feature, not a bug!

gary4205 on September 10, 2010 at 8:52 PM

Again, I’m beginning to think I see what’s happening:

The problem with the 1994 landslide was that all of Congress was Republican. This gave Clinton a big, fat target to play off for the 1996 elections.

But what if, instead of winning the Senate, the R’s get in filibuster range, but not in control of the Senate? Any counter-Congressional tactics can still backfire on the Dems, while the R’s still have the unblockable filibuster.

But how to do it without cheesing off the base….? How about backing a certain loser in one of the Senate races…..?

Sekhmet on September 10, 2010 at 8:53 PM

BREAKING NEWS!

Jim DeMint just endorsed O’Donnell!

http://twitter.com/JimDeMint

“I’m proud to endorse Christine O’Donnell for US Senate in Delaware. She will stand strong for the principles of freedom.”

takeamericabackin10 on September 10, 2010 at 8:56 PM

If O’Donnell ends up winning this, she’s not going to win the general election… and her nomination may end up derailing another person who Palin endorsed… I don’t want to give specifics, but let me just say Palin just screwed up big time..

ninjapirate on September 10, 2010 at 6:10 PM

The phrase: “I don’t want to give specifics…”, in this case, roughly translates into: “I don’t know what the !@#$ I’m talking about, but I’m gonna make it sound like I do!”

Said it in the last thread on this topic and it bears repeating:

I keep hearing all this “If we get the Senate, we control the agenda.” stuff but, just one question for the Power for Power’s Sake crowd:

What, or more to the point, who’s agenda would that be, exactly?

McCain and the amnesty gang’s agenda?

The Maine Sister’s agenda?

In case you haven’t noticed, that agenda is just a watered down version of Obama’s agenda…and that’s an agenda of FAIL!

I’d rather a slim minority or 50/50 split without Mike Castle than a majority with him.

We don’t need more Maine Sisters, Gramnestys, McCains et al, in the Senate. We can hold with solid R’s this cycle and then run the damn table in 2012!

You get a GOP Senate that starts working with Obama, kiss 2012 good-bye, and Castle is one of the surest ways to get a GOP Senate that doesn’t serve as an opposition party, but gives Obama the illusion bi-partisan support!

What’s that get you?

Third party challengers for the GOP across the country in 2012, the Dems back in power and four more years of Obama.

Is that what you want?

Pull your heads outta your Pelosi and THINK!

So, this race is fairly meaningless, especially if O’Donnell’s every bit as unelectable as you say, in the broader overall strategy here.

By the way, if you’re implying this would somehow hurt Haley, just a quick question:

Are you out of your !@#$ing mind?

I’m pretty damn sure the folks of SC aren’t paying too much attention to this mockudrama going on in DE and even if they are, and all the stuff about O’Donnell is true- I heard she was the second shooter, the one on the grassy knoll/- it’s not going to hurt anybody but HER.

SuperCool on September 10, 2010 at 8:56 PM

Sekhmet on September 10, 2010 at 8:53 PM

Yeah, I’m sure that’s what DeMint was thinking. And Sarah palin…And the NRA….and…. /sarc off

Rocks on September 10, 2010 at 8:56 PM

This is like the US Senate primary in New York State in 1980. Conservative insurgent Al D’Amato ran against four-term liberal Republican incumbent, Jake Javits, and won the GOP nomination. They complained D’Amato couldn’t win the general election because New York was too liberal, and that he’d lose to the Democrat, Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman. (Yes, that one.) Besides, Javits would be running anyway on [New York's] Liberal Party line, and he’d split the GOP vote.

But D’Amato won, and was re-elected.

Now they’re afraid O’Donnell will lose to . . . someone named Chris Coons? The county executive of one of Delaware’s largest counties? Hello! Here’s the dope on Coons, from Wikipedia, and he’s even more of a flaming liberal than Holtzman:

Coons. . .graduated from Amherst College in 1985 with a B.A. in Chemistry and Political Science . . . After college, Coons worked in Washington, D.C., for the Investor Responsibility Research Center, where he wrote a book on South Africa and the U.S. divestment movement. He then worked as a volunteer for the South African Council of Churches and as a relief worker in Kenya, before returning to the U.S. to work for the Coalition for the Homeless in New York. . . . In 1992, he earned his J.D. degree from Yale Law School, and a master’s degree in Ethics from Yale Divinity School.

O’Donnell can’t beat that sack of cliches? And just what exactly is a degree in Chemistry and Political Science? (Could someone from the Libertarian Party answer that one?)

Emperor Norton on September 10, 2010 at 8:58 PM

You have Palin, the NRA and now DeMint. If Romney and Gingrich and the rest don’t get off their asses and endorse somebody they are going to look like chumps here no matter who wins.

Rocks on September 10, 2010 at 8:59 PM

There are clear rules and regulations regarding third party expenditures when it comes to political campaigns. There can absolutely be no corroboration between the candidate and the third party spending money on the candidates behalf. I don’t know if the accusations are true or not – and I don’t care – but if they are, O’Donnell and the TPE crossed a line that should never be crossed – period.

NoStoppingUs on September 10, 2010 at 9:05 PM

There are clear rules and regulations regarding third party expenditures when it comes to political campaigns. There can absolutely be no corroboration between the candidate and the third party spending money on the candidates behalf. I don’t know if the accusations are true or not – and I don’t care – but if they are, O’Donnell and the TPE crossed a line that should never be crossed – period.

NoStoppingUs on September 10, 2010 at 9:05 PM

They are a load of crap. The DE GOP did it knowing no action would be taken before the primary. If she loses it gets dropped. if she wins it gets dropped. It all COA stuff and desperation because their 2 hand picked and endorsed candidates for House and Senate are in the fight of their lives. If they both lose the leadership of the DE GOP is toast. Nobody pulls this crap on somebody who may end up your nominee. It’s just disgusting.

Rocks on September 10, 2010 at 9:11 PM

If Romney and Gingrich and the rest don’t get off their asses and endorse somebody they are going to look like chumps here no matter who wins.

Rocks on September 10, 2010 at 8:59 PM

and that would be different from their normal mode how again?

newt and mitt always look like chumps because they follow the polls not their hearts nor their heads. they wait and when the polls tell them how to come down on an issue they come down on the issue. Until then they stay out…

unseen on September 10, 2010 at 9:11 PM

There are clear rules and regulations regarding third party expenditures when it comes to political campaigns. There can absolutely be no corroboration between the candidate and the third party spending money on the candidates behalf. I don’t know if the accusations are true or not – and I don’t care – but if they are, O’Donnell and the TPE crossed a line that should never be crossed – period.

NoStoppingUs on September 10, 2010 at 9:05 PM

What are you – some kind of ruling class RINO?

;-)

Good Lt on September 10, 2010 at 9:13 PM

ac1 on September 10, 2010 at 8:45 PM

Yeah, the House is way better for entertainment value. In the Senate they are always trying to act above it all and little do they know that a refined attitude doesn’t mask stupid. Franken might give Sanders a run for his money in the loon department.

Cindy Munford on September 10, 2010 at 9:13 PM

NoStoppingUs on September 10, 2010 at 9:05 PM

Lines are crossed all the time – period. I know you want this to be a capital offense, but it’s not. You sound like a rube.

Blake on September 10, 2010 at 9:13 PM

I wonder how many of those defending Castle actual work for him or are employed by the RNC directly.

Not one of them have defended Castles record because they cant. The only thing they have done is attack O’Donnell personally.

The funniest part of the debate is about her education.

Almost every idiotic decision that has been foisted upon the American people was the brainchild of elected officials, surrounded by aides, all with Ivy League diplomas proudly displayed on their office walls.

mikkins on September 10, 2010 at 9:15 PM

What are you – some kind of ruling class RINO?

;-)

Good Lt on September 10, 2010 at 9:13 PM

more like one of those useful idiots i would think..

unseen on September 10, 2010 at 9:17 PM

Almost every idiotic decision that has been foisted upon the American people was the brainchild of elected officials, surrounded by aides, all with Ivy League diplomas proudly displayed on their office walls.

mikkins on September 10, 2010 at 9:15 PM

LOL…i’ve come to the same conclusion. i think people with ivy league educations should be banned from running for elective office.

unseen on September 10, 2010 at 9:19 PM

I have a question, let’s say for a moment that Ms. O’Donnell receive funds improperly, can’t she just return them or donate them to some charity? That’s what the Democrats do all the time and no one seems to mind. And before filing a complaint with FEC, is there a chance that the situation was brought to the attention of the O’Donnell campaign for clarification? And did the FEC make sure the the Obama campaign returned all the money he received inadvertently from foreign contributors?

Cindy Munford on September 10, 2010 at 9:25 PM

I’m not in DE. but with all the effort that is out to destroy this woman she must really be a threat to someone in the machine.

Incumbent maybe, they like to keep the good old boys club intact.

Hang in there, destroy the machine.

concernedsenior on September 10, 2010 at 9:27 PM

mikkins on September 10, 2010 at 9:15 PM

You don’t mean on HotAir do you, because most of these folks have been around forever and disagree on all sorts of stuff. If anyone is getting paid I want in on the deal.

Cindy Munford on September 10, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Requirements for Senator:
1. Pull correct “YES” or “NO” lever
2. ???
3. Profit!!!

faraway on September 10, 2010 at 9:29 PM

Cindy Munford

I’ve wondered that myself, but what is illegal about accepting funds from the teaparty, at least they are Americans, more than the pretender in chief can say.

concernedsenior on September 10, 2010 at 9:31 PM

concernedsenior on September 10, 2010 at 9:31 PM

I don’t know, here are all sorts of crazy rules out there. I just think there is a better than 50/50 chance that it’s a tactic.

Cindy Munford on September 10, 2010 at 9:36 PM

Coons inherited a huge surplus and years of no-property tax hikes from his Democratic predecessor. He went nuts spending it all in just a few years, just in time for a recession. He’s a target rich environment in November.

And like Castle, Biden, and Carper, he’s generally not been challenged in general elections. His predecessor got driven out by the Feds (who failed in their prosecution in the end) and in last general election faced no one on the GOP slot. He ran against no one. It’s not hard to win those type of elections.

This state badly needs more competition in both parties.

I’m so tired of the nonsense that these guys are popular when they never face maybe one tough election in their entire careers. Castle was DuPont’s LtGov. and walked into the Governor’s job based on DuPont’s success and popularity. After being term limited, he and Carper switched jobs. Again avoiding any real competition. He’s an empty suit.

LenSp1 on September 10, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Almost ain’t winning. And I doubt enough changed their votes because Scozzafava said so to make a difference. Hoffmann wasn’t going to win.

Sekhmet on September 10, 2010 at 8:31 PM

In politics the only state larger than Alaska is…the state of denial.

Breaking News!! One of the Minnesota Viking offensive lineman admitted today that he told his Saint opponent last night he would not block in support of his controversial QB, Brett Favre.
Critics, pundits and self-important analysts argue if this admission is believable or had any effect on the game.

Sekhmet was quoted saying, “There’s 11 players on the field at a time, so one uncontributing person accounts for 9% of the offense. Adding 9% to the Viking score would still not have given them the victory. There’s no story here.”

However, the less eloquent fans are not swayed. “We need to find out who this was and fire his ass. He should never be allowed to play football in this league again,” said many fans. “This game is supposed to have integrity. How can you have integrity when you don’t support your teammates?”

When asked if possibly a better solution was simply to change QBs to one that every offensive lineman could feel good about supporting, 9 out of 10 fans said that Favre gives the team their best chance at winning the ultimate prize, the Vikings’ first Super Bowl win, and that the other players just need to get on board. The lone dissenter was a Packers fan.

This fable was intended to portray how ludicrous some of our logic is in politics when compared to the morality play in sports. Some of us should learn a little more about being good teammates.

rwenger43 on September 10, 2010 at 10:07 PM

Cindy Munford on September 10, 2010 at 9:25 PM

You return the excess money and if you actually did violate a rule (just taking the money is not enough) they could fine you. The candidates never really pay it back. Other donors foot the bill.

Blake on September 10, 2010 at 10:10 PM

But is she the best we can do? The 9,000,000th best?

I don’t think so.

Maybe I’m too hard on her and not hard enough on the national campaign that’s responsible for there being two horrible candidates to choose from in Delaware.

[NoDonkey on September 10, 2010 at 8:40 PM]

Sorry, I was doing some Binging for the WPA headline thread and just got back here.

We had a situation in my neck of the woods about ten years ago when a decade long townhall gadfly finally ran and won the position of supervisor and turned out to be a disaster. I just mention that because I totally sympathize with your argument about being qualified. My cynical position about this race and qualifications is one part lousy political position of Castle and one part ‘the only useful part of a Senator is his vote’.

Now the latter is not entirely accurate, because you need good leaders and articulate ones to sell the Republican cause. But there will be more than enough after the election that to cover for the less experienced for now.

And yeah, we need to find really good ones, and TP’ers should start the search and vetting on Nov 3rd and have those chosen in 6 months so those candidates can start working right away on name recognition. That effort in and of itself will put the pressure on Milquetoasts in office now. But right now we’re stuck with what we have and will have to make due.

Dusty on September 10, 2010 at 10:12 PM

Blake on September 10, 2010 at 10:10 PM

The weird thing is that earlier this evening I got a fund raising email from Tea Party Express for a media push for Ms. O’Donnell. Does that bluster the argument that it is a tactic being used by Rep. Castle or that no one is aware of the governing rules?

Cindy Munford on September 10, 2010 at 10:23 PM

I’m so tired of the nonsense that these guys are popular when they never face maybe one tough election in their entire careers. Castle was DuPont’s LtGov. and walked into the Governor’s job based on DuPont’s success and popularity. After being term limited, he and Carper switched jobs. Again avoiding any real competition. He’s an empty suit.

LenSp1 on September 10, 2010 at 10:03 PM

That’s the best reason I’ve read so far for not supporting Castle. Thanks.

lizzie beth on September 10, 2010 at 11:39 PM

Pelosi, Reid and Obama would just LOVE a GOP full of Mike Castles. Lib pundits who are always telling us that the GOP should “moderate” (read: go liberal) would be giddy as well.

ddrintn on September 10, 2010 at 6:46 PM

That’s irrelevant. It’s not the issue. The issue is whether they’d rather have a Castle or a Coons.

Dreadnought on September 10, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Coons for the (D); practically, they don’t care. The votes would be similar enough.

ddrintn on September 11, 2010 at 12:17 AM

Castle is a moderate Republican who will vote the way you want him to about 50 or 60% of the time. He is very typical for his region.

Terrye on September 10, 2010 at 7:41 PM

You must not have read that WaPo link Bishop put up. Castle’s a liberal. Enough with this “moderate Republican” b.s.

ddrintn on September 11, 2010 at 12:20 AM

This is like the US Senate primary in New York State in 1980. Conservative insurgent Al D’Amato ran against four-term liberal Republican incumbent, Jake Javits, and won the GOP nomination. They complained D’Amato couldn’t win the general election because New York was too liberal, and that he’d lose to the Democrat, Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman. (Yes, that one.) Besides, Javits would be running anyway on [New York's] Liberal Party line, and he’d split the GOP vote.

But D’Amato won, and was re-elected.

Now they’re afraid O’Donnell will lose to . . . someone named Chris Coons? The county executive of one of Delaware’s largest counties? Hello! Here’s the dope on Coons, from Wikipedia, and he’s even more of a flaming liberal than Holtzman:

Coons. . .graduated from Amherst College in 1985 with a B.A. in Chemistry and Political Science . . . After college, Coons worked in Washington, D.C., for the Investor Responsibility Research Center, where he wrote a book on South Africa and the U.S. divestment movement. He then worked as a volunteer for the South African Council of Churches and as a relief worker in Kenya, before returning to the U.S. to work for the Coalition for the Homeless in New York. . . . In 1992, he earned his J.D. degree from Yale Law School, and a master’s degree in Ethics from Yale Divinity School.

O’Donnell can’t beat that sack of cliches? And just what exactly is a degree in Chemistry and Political Science? (Could someone from the Libertarian Party answer that one?)

Emperor Norton on September 10, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Perfect!

BTW, a degree in Poli Science AND Chemistry probably makes one qualified for the Weather Underground.

gary4205 on September 11, 2010 at 12:21 AM

Really? The worst I have seen him called was RINO but Ms. O’Donnell has been called a prostitute, thief, an associate of David Duke, crazy and a liar. Rep. Castle should not be called those names you mentioned but these threads have not been a one way street.

Cindy Munford on September 10, 2010 at 7:59 PM

LOL. Cmon. You haven’t been paying attention, have you?

Who cares? At this point the Dimmocrat is preferable to Castle. If Castle loses – that’s one more GOP Ayatollah out in the cold – with the possibility that all their support will erode in January if enough Ayatollahs go down in defeat.

A reformed GOP is much more preferable to a Republican Senate majority.

We need a fighting GOP in 2012 – that’s the money making election cycle.

Get the ayatollahs out of there – NOW!

HondaV65 on September 10, 2010 at 6:14 PM

I assume, since this is a thread about Castle that Castle is one of the Ayatollahs.

Who cares? At this point the Dimmocrat is preferable to Castle. If Castle loses – that’s one more GOP Ayatollah out in the cold – with the possibility that all their support will erode in January if enough Ayatollahs go down in defeat.

Get the ayatollahs out of there – NOW!

HondaV65 on September 10, 2010 at 6:14 PM

Yep. He is.

My collie says:

I’ll take a Tea Party loon over a statist Nazi any day of the week.

Castle is clearly using his position and power to crush the “little people” opposing him. He’s a tyrant. What do you think about tyrants, collie?

My collie says:

The state seal of the commonwealth of Virginia pretty much says it all for me.
Yeah. Me too.

CyberCipher on September 10, 2010 at 6:28 PM

Even this guy’s dog talks that way.

Oh well…plausible deniability I suppose.

Oh, I know, it’s better than talking about what a useless LIBERAL Mike Castle is. A Marxist-progressive who believes in crap like cap and tax, card check, amnesty, and so on

gary4205 on September 10, 2010 at 1:25 AM

Sorry a Marxist-progressive. I stand corrected.

That was all from a pretty cursory examination of two recent threads.

By the way does anybody really think people are going to vote for this in the general election?

http://www.wgmd.com/?p=9496&cpage=1

Dreadnought on September 11, 2010 at 12:50 AM

Dreadnought on September 11, 2010 at 12:50 AM

Just so you know, HondaV65 is very high on kicking incumbents out of office, he calls all establishment Republicans “Ayatollahs”, so while you and Rep. Castle can be offended, don’t take it personally. People disagree, sometimes it gets harsh, it’s up to you whether you stay and read, but I repeat, it is seldom a one way street.

Cindy Munford on September 11, 2010 at 9:31 AM

Emperor Norton on September 10, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Believe it: if Christine wins the primary on Tuesday, Coons will be beating her like a red-headed step-child in November.

The only reason the GOP had a hope with Mike Castle is because he’s so immensely popular in DE as a long-time and professional public servant.
Christine? Not so much.

Jenfidel on September 11, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Libs and RINO (Democrat-lite) candidates are all afraid of the Tea party.

Good.

Yakko77 on September 11, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Libs and RINO (Democrat-lite) candidates are all afraid of the Tea party.

Good.

Yakko77 on September 11, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Excuse me, but it must be noted that the Tea Party Express, the party behind O’Donnell’s campaign, isn’t “the group” of the entire Tea Party movement; they just capitalize on the name.

Jenfidel on September 11, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Believe it: if Christine wins the primary on Tuesday, Coons will be beating her like a red-headed step-child in November.

Heh.

Believe it: Delaware hasn’t yet had a good sniff of Chris Coons’ repulsive liberal chic, which included stints working for the Coalition for the Homeless in New York during the late 80s (exactly when the homeless were a pervasive and nasty problem in NYC) and writing a book on divestment from South Africa. And then there was his little field trip to Kenya. It’s as if Chris Coons was compiling a resume just so he could run for public office someday as a Democrat. His problem is, not only liberal Democrats vote, even in Delaware.

Let’s ask Chris Coons: where do you stand on reparations? Do you think the homeless should be given free houses? Which is more authoritative–a Master’s Degree in ethics, or the Old Testament?

Emperor Norton on September 11, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Emperor Norton on September 11, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Save your pixels: Christine is never going to face Coons.
If she does win the primary, the Democrats will destroy her and she will make it very, very easy.

Jenfidel on September 11, 2010 at 6:34 PM

PPP put out on Twitter a few hours ago that there is a better chance of an upset happening in Delaware than in New Hampshire.

Poll should be out tomorrow night.

technopeasant on September 11, 2010 at 6:47 PM

Christine is never going to face Coons. If she does win the primary, the Democrats will destroy her and she will make it very, very easy. Jenfidel on September 11, 2010 at 6:34 PM

Here’s your logic:

A cannot possibly happen.

If A happens, B will happen.

If A can’t happen, it can’t happen. There is no contingency for A happening if it can’t happen.

So you are arguing for contradictory points, meaning that you have a tenuous grasp of reality.

If you say A can’t happen, then tell us what happens if A happens, why should we give you any credit for knowing what would happen if the impossible happened?

Akzed on September 11, 2010 at 6:59 PM

why should we give you any credit for knowing what would happen if the impossible happened?

Akzed on September 11, 2010 at 6:59 PM

No one in Delaware who listened to this:
Christine O’Donnell on Dan Gaffney’s show is going to vote for Christine on Tuesday and make the “impossible happen.”
There aren’t that many conservatives in the state and certainly not that many CINOs (Conservatives in name only) like Christine.

Frankly, due to the fact that she has no voting record whatsoever and no record of anything else except a string of debts that haven’t been paid, no one really knows how Christine would vote if she actually made it to the U.S. Senate, which I pray God she does not.

Jenfidel on September 12, 2010 at 5:35 AM

The is no such thing as a Delaware Republican Party.

volsense on September 12, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Jenfidel on September 12, 2010 at 5:35 AM

You make catty statements about Christine getting ahead somehow on her looks… you’re up blogging at 5:35 AM…

Akzed on September 12, 2010 at 12:48 PM

You make catty statements about Christine getting ahead somehow on her looks… you’re up blogging at 5:35 AM…

Akzed on September 12, 2010 at 12:48 PM

I was getting up for early church, if it’s any of your business, which is isn’t.

Unlike Christine, I’m married, older, settled and own my own home, which I don’t use for campaign headquarters.
Nor do I owe the IRS money, or worry about Castle’s operatives hiding in my bushes or have campaign staff from 2008 that I haven’t paid.
BTW, why isn’t Christine married?
So she can work the male voters over and talk about how Castle isn’t “manly?”

Jenfidel on September 12, 2010 at 2:45 PM

You make catty statements about Christine getting ahead somehow on her looks… you’re up blogging at 5:35 AM…

Akzed on September 12, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Why is it you O’Donnell supporters have to resort to personal attacks on those of us who don’t like her time after time?
Answer: Because that’s all you’ve got.
O’Donnell is a delusional liar and a “conservative” snake oil saleswoman.

Jenfidel on September 12, 2010 at 3:31 PM

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