Krauthammer: Palin’s and DeMint’s endorsements of O’Donnell are destructive, capricious, irresponsible

posted at 8:06 pm on September 13, 2010 by Allahpundit

Via the Right Scoop. There’s nothing here that you haven’t heard before, but since “true conservatives” are in RINO-stomp mode towards Paul Mirengoff and John McCormack and Jim Geraghty and a bunch of other people who were conservatives in good standing as of, say, four days ago, let’s make sure the stealth liberal known as Charles Krauthammer takes his licks too. The only part of CK’s monologue that I disagree with is the “capricious” part: I’m sure Palin and DeMint made their endorsements with due deliberation, knowing how much it would please their base. (They certainly took long enough to pull the trigger.) And from a philosophical point of view, endorsing O’Donnell is a win/win/win for them. If O’Donnell beats Castle and then shocks Coons in November, they’ll get all the credit; if Castle pulls it out and sends O’Donnell packing, they can at least tell their base that they were on the side of the angels; if, as is most likely, O’Donnell beats Castle and then gets steamrolled by Coons, well, the beauty of “true conservatism” is that the highest priority is defeating RINOs, not Democrats. They won the important fight, and without Castle in the Senate, the GOP brand will remain pure and principled and therefore well positioned for the eventual “true conservative” takeover of Congress. Like the man said, better 30 Marco Rubios than 60 Arlen Specters.

Real Clear Politics is noticing tonight that most other prominent Republicans — Romney, Huckabee, and Pawlenty, just for starters — have yet to endorse either way here. They’ll be hammered for that by the same people who’ll hammer Krauthammer for this and duly threatened with punishment in the primaries over it. Might happen, but when CK describes the Palin/DeMint endorsements as “destructive,” I don’t think he’s referring simply to the GOP’s chances in Delaware. This has been a clarifying moment in terms of showing how conservatives prioritize differently: Some demand a stand on principle even if it means Democratic control, some demand an end to Democratic control even if it means compromising sometimes on principle. Romney et al. will suffer among the former group — and Palin and DeMint will suffer among the latter. This is, very much, a two-way street. Now, here’s Krauthammer. Be gentle.


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Don’t you realize how this venom directed at Christine O’Donnell is simply a dry run for what the GOP establishment intends to do to Sarah Palin once she says she is running for President in 2012?

technopeasant on September 14, 2010 at 4:07 PM

well, the beauty of “true conservatism” is that the highest priority is defeating RINOs, not Democrats

Gee with the country bow bankrupt and several industries socialized, that idea seems to be working out real well…

Boxy_Brown on September 14, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Hey Boxy_Brown on September 14, 2010 at 4:58 PM

If you’re a conservative, it is hard to clean your house without taking the garbabge out first. When Reagan stomped Mondale, he won 49 states. The only state Mondale carried was his home state of Minnesota by less than 2%. The reason was Carter was a pathetic excuse for a president. Obama is worse.

volsense on September 14, 2010 at 5:49 PM

And it’s called for O’Donnell!!

Hey CK…..FU.

Tim_CA on September 14, 2010 at 9:54 PM

Capricious? HA! eat it Chuck…

Army Brat on September 15, 2010 at 2:00 AM

Sorry Krautsy but it’s already too late. There has already been too many irreversible structural changes already. There is no way out of this other than through it and out the other side.

DFCtomm on September 15, 2010 at 3:15 AM

These people are insane. Insulting their own voters now. Shut up, Karl; Shut up Charles. This is why I hate both political parties. They are the real “destructive” influence in this republic. What is it about “of the people, by the people, and for the people” that you don’t get, Charles?

The people are FED UP with being funneled into little boxes convenient for you to issue your dysfunctional diktats, which always end up benefitting you, not us. If O’Donnell loses to a Democrat in November, it will be primarily because the Roves and the Krauthammers are as contemptuous of their voters as Obama is. There is literally now, no freakin’ difference between Rove & Krauthammer, and Obama! All three have contempt for voters for the same reason.

mountainaires on September 15, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Oh those adjectives.

MassVictim on September 15, 2010 at 11:22 AM

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