Fox News: NRSC won’t spend a dime on O’Donnell

posted at 10:53 pm on September 14, 2010 by Allahpundit

Via Mediaite, not a surprise given their tepid congratulatory message tonight but a big mistake nonetheless if true. I understand the logic here — they want to do triage by not wasting money on a race they think is unwinnable — but they’re going to alienate a ton of “true conservatives” by writing off their new champion. And of course they’ll further deepen the rift between the grassroots and the, ahem, “ruling class,” of which the Beltway GOP is the very definition. They’re trying to limit the damage from the race but they’re only going to end up expanding it, and to pull the plug on her when she’s literally in the middle of her victory speech will stick in the craw of righties nationwide who are excited by her win. Just spend what you have to spend on her to give her a fair chance of winning, which is unlikely but possible. If you shortchange her, you only alienate people you need in November.

To see how deep the rift is, read this dispiriting Hotline piece about Republican leadership aides bitter about DeMint’s role in pushing an easy pick-up into the “likely Democratic” column. A bad, bad situation.

Update: People are asking for links to her donation page. Looks like there are two sites and both are down at the moment, but they should be here and here.


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Yeah, cause a guy who can’t hold his own base against a so-called crazy lady is just the one that can carry the state.

Makes perfect sense.

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 2:57 AM

There are these people called Independents. They are a bit more discerning in their choice of candidate than some fringy Tea Party group who spend time searching for Obama’s birth certificate.

Illinidiva on September 15, 2010 at 3:03 AM

well it makes a point about those who would have voted for him.

Fighton03 on September 15, 2010 at 3:02 AM

You mean that his real base was a Democratic one?

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 3:04 AM

There are these people called Independents. They are a bit more discerning in their choice of candidate than some fringy Tea Party group who spend time searching for Obama’s birth certificate.

Illinidiva on September 15, 2010 at 3:03 AM

You think people who choose a socialist like Castle are clever and discerning? I guess those Obama voters must have been Harvard scholars.

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 3:06 AM

The NRSC shouldn’t be mocking the voters like this.

scotash on September 15, 2010 at 3:07 AM

You mean that his real base was a Democratic one?

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 3:04 AM

possibly…or people who voted R out of habit and didn’t take their responsibilities seriously enough to consider who they were sending to DC to represent them.

I prefer an honest democrat to a dishonest republican. (please..no comments on honest democrat)

Fighton03 on September 15, 2010 at 3:09 AM

The NRSC shouldn’t be mocking the voters like this.

scotash on September 15, 2010 at 3:07 AM

They despise the voters and sometimes the mask slips is all.

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 3:10 AM

Heh, I hope O’Donnell wins the general….. just as much to watch the oh, so, discerning independents ‘heads explode’ as I do to see the democrats lose control.

LegendHasIt on September 15, 2010 at 3:11 AM

I would fully agree with that. Dawkins and his sort are fundamentalists of a sort, except they are more dangerous because they have no written code to hold them back.

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 3:02 AM

You sound slightly more like a depressed agnostic than an atheist :).

Fighton03 on September 15, 2010 at 3:11 AM

Fighton03 on September 15, 2010 at 3:09 AM

Yeah, I want someone who will try to reverse the damage done and that sure isn’t Castle. He is part of the problem.

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 3:11 AM

You sound slightly more like a depressed agnostic than an atheist :).

Fighton03 on September 15, 2010 at 3:11 AM

That might be close to the truth. I find the so-called scientific explanations unconvincing as to origins. I don’t think there is a God but of course it is an unknowable.

I find it all interesting in any case.

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 3:16 AM

Yeah, I want someone who will try to reverse the damage done and that sure isn’t Castle. He is part of the problem.

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 3:11 AM

exactly. In essence, Representative government isn’t about people voting what they ‘think’ is best for the nation, it’s about voting what they think is best for themselves…and letting the chips fall where they may. Exceptions being dealing with foreign threats…but coincidentally the major power for that lies in the executive branch. Hmmm, maybe those dead white guys weren’t that dumb huh?

Fighton03 on September 15, 2010 at 3:16 AM

I don’t think there is a God but of course it is an unknowable.

I find it all interesting in any case.

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 3:16 AM

My version is ‘just allow for the possibility, and not for those selfish get into heaven reasons :)’

Fighton03 on September 15, 2010 at 3:18 AM

You think people who choose a socialist like Castle are clever and discerning? I guess those Obama voters must have been Harvard scholars.

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 3:06 AM

The guy isn’t any more out of the Northeast mainstream than that socialist up there in MA… I believe his name is Scott Brown.

Illinidiva on September 15, 2010 at 3:22 AM

In essence, Representative government isn’t about people voting what they ‘think’ is best for the nation, it’s about voting what they think is best for themselves…and letting the chips fall where they may.

Fighton03 on September 15, 2010 at 3:16 AM

That is a strength as well as a weakness. It harnesses selfishness to a higher purpose just as capitalism does, but it can also lead to short sighted decision making. Obama got elected by an electorate that was more concerned with making a social statement than what was best for the community. That is too short sighted IMO.

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 3:24 AM

Greta is a troll. I remember how much uglier she was during the OJ trial.

Ugly on September 15, 2010 at 3:25 AM

I love how the Castle people can’t quit sobbing.

Blarg the Destroyer on September 15, 2010 at 3:27 AM

Obama got elected by an electorate that was more concerned with making a social statement than what was best for the community. That is too short sighted IMO.

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 3:24 AM

making a ‘social statement’ is kind of what I was talking about. It wasn’t about what was best for their individual situation. I really got confused when I saw polls towards the end of W’s years where a majority of people would say ‘the economy is bad’ but would also say that ‘my economic situation is good’.

the idea I’m trying to make is that the aggregate of all those selfish decisions makes for a more accurate view of how the nation is doing as a whole.

There are weaknesses with all things, and given our experience with the current generation of political thinking I’m willing to run with the statement I gave earlier.

Fighton03 on September 15, 2010 at 3:30 AM

The guy isn’t any more out of the Northeast mainstream than that socialist up there in MA… I believe his name is Scott Brown.

Illinidiva on September 15, 2010 at 3:22 AM

The people of Delaware seem to think otherwise and Scott Brown was against cap and trade. There is a reason that Coons could run to the right of Castle as he was gearing up to do.

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 3:30 AM

Well…it’s the AM here on the left coast so I’m out. At the risk of offending…Keep the Faith Sharrukin ;)

Talk to y’all at a later date.

Fighton03 on September 15, 2010 at 3:33 AM

At the risk of offending…Keep the Faith Sharrukin ;)

Fighton03 on September 15, 2010 at 3:33 AM

I don’t take offense at anything like that, and thank you, and good night.

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 3:35 AM

Is the NRSC run by Allahpundit?

The Notorious G.O.P on September 15, 2010 at 3:54 AM

Not
Really
Supporting
Conservatives

hillbillyjim on September 15, 2010 at 4:37 AM

More proof the Republican party has to go.

Throughout the 00′s these conservative busters ran up govt expenses at a multiple of the countries economic growth and far outstripped the growth of the private economy.

Now, with the help of the other corrupt party they have completely screwed the pooch and shown clearly the govt is too large and too expensive and in fact unaffordable.

Both parties should go. How did we get stuck with 2 parties controlling everything (and so poorly managed).

Lonetown on September 15, 2010 at 4:38 AM

hillbillyjim on September 15, 2010 at 4:37 AM

What’s “conservative” about O’Donnell?

Nothing. She lives her life like a vagrant hippie and her inane candidacy just cost us a good chance of taking back the Senate.

The NRSC shouldn’t give her a dime, she’ll lose by 20 points with or without their help.

NoDonkey on September 15, 2010 at 4:54 AM

Yep… filing junk lawsuits against your employer for “emotional distress” is very conservative. Sarc off//

Illinidiva on September 15, 2010 at 5:02 AM

I guess I’ll have to donate to O’Donnell.

kmarie on September 15, 2010 at 5:13 AM

I’ll donate some to O’Donnell. The old school GOP and entitled elite Republicans can suck an egg on this one. Their anger over losing a possible seat and the resultant consequences are now payback for acting as big spending beotches for years. We the People are yanking their credentials and are bringing change to the political landscape. We are sick of being talked down to, told how stupid we are, and how much smarter all the rest in the ruling class is—and if the ruling class has to lose a seat to learn how pissed off we are, then so be it.

ted c on September 15, 2010 at 5:36 AM

This is annoying.
Mike Castle and the rest of the GOP ‘establishment” better get over themselves.
They better start taking the TEA Party movement seriously, and stop their damn whining.
How is this crap looking to the Democrats, who want to slit our throats? They are the enemy! Not Christine O’Donnell!
Mike Castle, if you can’t act like an adult, then go join the Democrats, and fight alongside them, which it seems clear that you want to do, anyway!!

ToddonCapeCod on September 15, 2010 at 6:03 AM

How is this crap looking to the Democrats, who want to slit our throats?

How does putting up a horrifically unqualified, incompetent candidate look?

You might as well light your money on fire than donate it to O’Donnell.

You could catch Coons with a live boy and a dead woman and she’ll still manage to lose to him.

NoDonkey on September 15, 2010 at 6:18 AM

Guess the NRSC never heard that old saying;
“If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.” They would be wise to heed those words.

Done That on September 15, 2010 at 6:26 AM

Done That on September 15, 2010 at 6:26 AM

The NRSC has viable candidates on which to spend money.

We’ll need all of them we can now that Delaware is surely going to the Democrats.

NoDonkey on September 15, 2010 at 6:27 AM

This WAS NEVER about retaking the Senate – that was a bald faced lie perpetrated by Castle’s supporters and the NRSC.

What happened last night – was the Tea Party pretty much sealed the deal on taking back the GOP. The Ayatollahs – the status quo establishment Republicans – didn’t wan this, because grassroots Republicans being elected to Congress means that the Ayatollahs will lose their positions of party leadership. That means their smoking jackets go into the closet – they lose their seat up front at the country club – and the end up relegated to being simple Representatives or Senators until their next election – when a TP challenger may even take them out completely in a primary.

And since the Ayatollahs are losing – they have resorted to ignoring the will of the voter. No – it’s more than that – this is a slap in the face to the GOP voter – WHO HAS SPOKEN.

It’s the NRSC’s job to support the voter’s choice. That doesn’t mean they have to send Christine O’Donnell money – but IT DOES mean they should have supported her vocally and not announced, minutes after her victory (and like little spoiled brats), that they won’t send her a dime!

Democrats – are more supportive of their voters than that!

I’m so pissed – but then not really. Because this is a death throe from the Ayatollahs who don’t have long to remain in their positions of power.

HondaV65 on September 15, 2010 at 6:31 AM

The NRSC has viable candidates on which to spend money.

We’ll need all of them we can now that Delaware is surely going to the Democrats.

NoDonkey on September 15, 2010 at 6:27 AM

The NRSC doesn’t care about a majority. If they did, they wouldn’t have spit on O’Donnell and the GOP voters who voted for her last night.

HondaV65 on September 15, 2010 at 6:34 AM

How does putting up a horrifically unqualified, incompetent candidate look?

You might as well light your money on fire than donate it to O’Donnell.

You could catch Coons with a live boy and a dead woman and she’ll still manage to lose to him.

NoDonkey on September 15, 2010 at 6:18 AM

The night before last you guys were willing to nominate a RINO to this seat because you said it was all about winning a REPUBLICAN MAJORITY at any cost.

Now today – you’ve changed your tune – because your man didn’t win. We can now say that all your arguments about compromising in order win a majority were complete BS. Because you’re not willing to support Christine O’Donnell to get a majority.

So please – don’t think for even a moment that we’re going to believe you’re debating for a good faith position. Your arguments have been complete lies – and they are now exposed.

HondaV65 on September 15, 2010 at 6:41 AM

Palin and DeMint better take a trip to Delaware now!

joedoe on September 15, 2010 at 6:48 AM

HondaV65 on September 15, 2010 at 6:41 AM

Are any other Republicans down 25+ points to the Democrat on this date?

If so, are they getting any money?

I would guess not.

Unless the polls improve one helluva lot (she’s dropped since Palin endorsed her, that’s a great sign), why give her money?

Give the money to candidates who have a chance of winning. Not waste on this nitwit.

NoDonkey on September 15, 2010 at 6:50 AM

The new Republican caucus in the Senate must either reform or eliminate the current NRSC arrangement. Elimination would be cleaner, but a new set of by-laws prohibiting spending in primaries and only supporting WINNERS of Republican primaries would be a very good start. Even better would be to hand funds down to the State party to help the State parties support their candidates based on who they think can win.

Remove this creature or gut it, there is no curing it the way it currently operates.

Anything, including disbanding the operation, is better than this authoritarian ‘we know better and do as you’re told’ NRSC. That must go.

ajacksonian on September 15, 2010 at 6:52 AM

She just reached $50,000.

B Man on September 15, 2010 at 6:54 AM

Not so long ago I remember all the jubilation after the voters put a Republican in Teddy Kennedy’s seat. Quite frankly, the guy has been a disappointment ever since! Having a RINO voting against the will of the people is almost worst than watching a bunch of lamebrain Democrats openly destroying this country.

Let the chips fall where they may…..

joedoe on September 15, 2010 at 6:55 AM

What we need is a Republican version of Rahm to coordinate the choosing and grooming of candidates. We’re sunk until we get leadership who understands what the people want.

sheesh on September 15, 2010 at 6:55 AM

Be

cause this is a death throe from the Ayatollahs who don’t have long to remain in their positions of power.

HondaV65 on September 15, 2010 at 6:31 AM

I hope you’re right. I fear it is like one of those horror movies in which the monster/bad guy just will not die, no matter how many times you think he’s been finished off. DC seems to be a siren, and people who go there with principles too often compromise because they want to be part of The Club. As James Madison said, “All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree.”

DrMagnolias on September 15, 2010 at 6:56 AM

NRSC won’t spend a dime on O’Donnell

That’s funny because I’m not spending a dime on the NRSC. As I told them on the phone. I’m sending my money to whom I want to send it.

The GOP is really disillusioned. I hope the teaparty takes it over.

shick on September 15, 2010 at 6:58 AM

The new Republican caucus in the Senate must either reform or eliminate the current NRSC arrangement. Elimination would be cleaner, but a new set of by-laws prohibiting spending in primaries and only supporting WINNERS of Republican primaries would be a very good start. Even better would be to hand funds down to the State party to help the State parties support their candidates based on who they think can win.

Remove this creature or gut it, there is no curing it the way it currently operates.

Anything, including disbanding the operation, is better than this authoritarian ‘we know better and do as you’re told’ NRSC. That must go.

ajacksonian on September 15, 2010 at 6:52 AM

I’m seriously thinking we need to identify every single Senate candidate that intends to support Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn and cut these guys off. Completely pull support from them.

Seriously – we can’t move to fix this nation until we fix at least one party in the political system.

HondaV65 on September 15, 2010 at 6:59 AM

The wild card here is that this is going to be a “wave” election. That means that the general election voters are turning out to vote AGAINST the Donks. So the Pubs can run a dead chicken and beat the Donk candidate — IF the so called “moderate” Republicans get over their hissy fit and support the Republican candidate.

I don’t care if she is Daffy Duck. After all, the Donks elected Al Franken. So quit worrying about her past history and just get out there and support her.

And run nice pictures of her. For general election voters, many people will vote for her just because they think she is “cute”. Daffy but cute can beat dirty Marxist.

SunSword on September 15, 2010 at 7:05 AM

The NRSC will son be a thing of the past if the don’t get their heads of their backsides and listen to the people.

rplat on September 15, 2010 at 7:09 AM

She is kinda cute!

Republicans turned out to vote in the Delaware primary last night and they made their choice. If the NRSC thumbs its nose at those voters, they will pay a price.

joedoe on September 15, 2010 at 7:11 AM

How does putting up a horrifically unqualified, incompetent candidate look?

NoDonkey on September 15, 2010 at 6:18 AM

Ummm, when the horrifically unqualified candidate WINS AN ELECTION BY NO SMALL MARGIN OF ELECTORATE SUPPORT against an establishment candidate, shouldn’t that send a message to the “we know better than you” establishment?

Can you not hear what We the People are saying?

Seriously NoDonkey, you aren’t reflecting at all on what these results might mean?? That the people would rather have a newbie (or a nobody) than more of the same old cr*p?? That perhaps the establishment has lost its bearings??

Absolutely Amazing.

dtestard on September 15, 2010 at 7:15 AM

Hey NRSC – quit sending me letters beggin for money.

tgillian on September 15, 2010 at 7:17 AM

Yep, nothing lower than a Tea Party candidate, and average American knocking off a RINO establishment type! Nope! Heck, the GOP would send money to the Democrat before supporting someone who knocks off a RINO!

JellyToast on September 15, 2010 at 7:19 AM

GOP voters in Delaware spoke.

But apparently they picked the incorrect candidate, and the NRSC is very, very unhappy about it.

I’d like to take this opportunity to tell the NRSC to get used to it.

manofaiki on September 15, 2010 at 7:23 AM

I love how the Castle people can’t quit sobbing.
Blarg the Destroyer on September 15, 2010 at 3:27 AM

Me Too!
I wish I would have stuck with the Violin
So I could play “Hearts and Flowers” whilst laughing my ass off!

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on September 15, 2010 at 7:23 AM

NRSC quit calling me six times a day. You don’t support GOP candidates who win, I don’t support you. I will send my dough directly to her. Its time to end the professional political class. Get a real job.

flyoverland on September 15, 2010 at 7:29 AM

Karl Rove and the NRSC: The “I got mine” wing of the GOP.

fossten on September 15, 2010 at 7:30 AM

Its time to end the professional political class. Get a real job.

I honestly think that is the real issue, and why people support Castle. They don’t want their apple cart upset. And they don’t see the deadweight they have created for this country.

dtestard on September 15, 2010 at 7:33 AM

The NRSC, aka Cornyn, needs conservative ‘re-education’ as it’s doubtful he ever knew or could care about what the conservative American citizenry are demanding of our government. He considers the Tea Party a juvenile voter phase.

The NRSC should be investing in the campaigns that are threatened, not investing everything in the “given” campaigns already doing well.

STRATEGY! ENERGY!

maverick muse on September 15, 2010 at 7:53 AM

Karl Rove and the NRSC: The “I got mine” wing of the GOP.

fossten on September 15, 2010 at 7:30 AM

Yes. They got theirs, and exactly what it is that they care most about is that NO ONE ELSE get on board to threaten their hold.

So long as they persist in toppling Tea Party candidates and agenda, witness their sabotage takes effect ONLY when voters swallow their drivel, that only THEY know best, and RUIN awaits those who dare to support constitutional conservancy.

maverick muse on September 15, 2010 at 7:59 AM

Well, no one ever accused the national GOP of possessing an abundance of smarts. In a year when the base -plus many others- are fired up to kick the Democrats in the ‘nads, the inside the Beltway Republicans have decided to throw a temper tantrum and piss off the voters. Nice.

I’ve been telling friends since early 2009 that absent supreme GOP idiocy, the Republicans would take back the House in 2010. Looks like my caveat was needed.

Way to go, GOP. It’s good that you found a way to piss off and dispirit the voters, as well as reminding them why they kicked you out the door a few years ago. Additionally, you’ve reminded them that the Whigs might enjoy some company in the political dustbin.

Physics Geek on September 15, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Coincidence, I won’t spend a dime on them.

jeff_from_mpls on September 15, 2010 at 8:04 AM

The NRSC, among other unflattering characteristics, represents a clique of poor sport, and sore loser old cronies.

maverick muse on September 15, 2010 at 8:08 AM

I swore during the 2008 potus primaries that I would NEVER vote to elect McCain to ANY office, let alone the presidency, for the obvious reasons.

Think long and hard about the legislation that McCain sponsors and gets made into law. Restricting freedom of speech during election campaigns. Advancing the prosecution of combat soldiers accused WRONGLY of murdering Iraqi citizens. Prohibit immigration law enforcement, providing AMNESTY for illegal aliens. TARP. Prohibit sales of nutritional supplements over the counter. Etc.

HOW MUCH DID THE NRSC PROVIDE MCCAIN IN HIS LATEST SENATE PRIMARY? HOW MUCH WILL THE NRSC PROVIDE MCCAIN IN HIS GENERAL ELECTION TO BE REELECTED SENATOR FROM ARIZONA?

The NRSC are a bunch of limp kneed old farts afraid for the public to see them without their facade of “respectability”.

maverick muse on September 15, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Well I’m not goiung to support her, just like so many on here said they wouldn’t support Castle if he won. I wouldn’t have supported Castle either. I am a Tea Partier but she and the Tea Party Express don’t represent me. I will support many other candidates, gave to Joe Miller and Pat Toomey already, but will not support O’Donnell. I just don’t like or trust her.
As for the NRSC, they have the right to donate to campaigns they think can win. I’ll bet many people on here would have been happy to see them not give to Castle if he had won. It’s ironic and hypocritical that so many criticizing Castle and Rove were the same people who said they wouldn’t support Castle if he won.

Deanna on September 15, 2010 at 8:17 AM

O’Donnell has no such record as McCain, inhibiting free speech, attempting to enable the very forces that Obama has unleashed on Arizona (the state you’d have thought erroneously that McCain would fight to protect), stopping the most important American campaign (POTUS) in order to fight for TARP, or fighting to prohibit over the counter sales of vitamins and nutritional supplements.

And the NRSC won’t give her a dime.

maverick muse on September 15, 2010 at 8:19 AM

Deanna on September 15, 2010 at 8:17 AM

I will support members of Congress that support Michele Bachmann’s Tea Party Caucus.

It isn’t as if every supporter of smaller government, cut spending and lower taxes will agree on everything.

The important thing at this point is to ally and fight as an organized unit against the governmental corruption that presently permeates EVERYTHING.

maverick muse on September 15, 2010 at 8:23 AM

Remember the NRSC endorsed charlie crist. Oh yeah, that went really well for them didn’t it. Follow where Jim DeMint goes not John Cornyn = NRSC.

uber-con on September 15, 2010 at 8:26 AM

Normally I don’t contribute to out-of-state candidates, but I’m going to do what I can for O’D. And each time I contribute, I’m going to remind NRSC that they’ll not get another nickel from me until they learn how to support Tea Party candidates.

petefrt on September 15, 2010 at 8:27 AM

Illinidiva on September 15, 2010 at 3:03 AM

I think you are failing to realize that “independants” are not all moderates.
There is a significant portion of the independant electorate that is to the right of John McCain and sat out the 2008 election b/c they did not have a horse in the race. AND, of McCain voters, a significant portion of them were holding their noses as they cast their 2008 presidential ballot, and THEY were energized, in a large part, by Palin.
Realize that a very slim majority of voters in Ohio, Indiana, North Carolina, Virginia and Florida got Obama elected. Hundreds of thousands of right of center voters stayed out of the election that night because they could not be bothered to vote for McCain, and “independants” who voted for Obama in 2008 would love to have the chance for a “do-over” in 2010.
It is these groups that are significantly energized in this off year election, and the reason O’Donnell won.
I have turned down the NRSC twice for contributions. Being from Texas, if they do not endorse her hardily, then I will be very active in trying to find a well-funded, conservative to primary John Cornin.
I have been holding my nose voting for these “moderate” Republicans for years. How about now, they hold THEIR noses and vote for O’Donnell?

gonnjos on September 15, 2010 at 8:28 AM

The important thing at this point is to ally and fight as an organized unit against the governmental corruption that presently permeates EVERYTHING.

maverick muse on September 15, 2010 at 8:23 AM

Exactly. And based on her past I see O’Donnell as no better than that. I don’t have alot of money to give so I will give it to those Conservative candidates whose records I can trust.

Deanna on September 15, 2010 at 8:34 AM

They’ll support their candidates or get the boot.
Randy

williars on September 15, 2010 at 8:35 AM

Krauthammer called the endorsement of O’Donnell by Palin and DeMint “capricious and dangerous”. I’m not used to hearing The Hammer carry water for the Republican good-old-boys, nor am I used to him being so very wrong.

The argument, citing Buckley, is to vote for the most conservative candidate who is capable of winning the election. That is the argument which resulted in John McCain as the right’s Presidential nominee. Compromise has been tried and tried by the right, and it has repeatedly failed. Stop the insanity, and vote conscience.

The exact same reasons given for not supporting people like O’Donnell were given for not supporting Reagan. This is not to say that Christine is Reaganesque, that remains to be seen. But she is not Mike Castle either, and that’s what matters right now. Supporting an “R” who is functionally left of center is self-destructive to the party, and to any chances of recovering convservative success in national government.

Incumbency, especially for sitting Republicans, should be considered a liability this November, one which must be outweighed by dedication to constitutional governance in order to justify re-election.

Freelancer on September 15, 2010 at 8:38 AM

And this is why the Republican Party isn’t getting much if any of my money this year.

Plenty of Republican candidates will get it, but I’ll decide who I support, not the National team.

Keith_Indy on September 15, 2010 at 8:44 AM

And what did we get, another RINO caves yesterday on the latest slush fund … another $30 Billion in the toilet.

Flush them, one RINO at a time. Just imagine what we get if no one donates to the O’Donnel and not the Senate committee?

Demint is an up and comer isn’t he … He says what he believes and does what he says … WOW now isn’t that unique.

tarpon on September 15, 2010 at 8:48 AM

I’ll donate some to O’Donnell. The old school GOP and entitled elite Republicans can suck an egg on this one. Their anger over losing a possible seat and the resultant consequences are now payback for acting as big spending beotches for years. We the People are yanking their credentials and are bringing change to the political landscape. We are sick of being talked down to, told how stupid we are, and how much smarter all the rest in the ruling class is—and if the ruling class has to lose a seat to learn how pissed off we are, then so be it.

ted c on September 15, 2010 at 5:36 AM

I have to say Amen! to this. You have succinctly described how I feel also.

jackal40 on September 15, 2010 at 8:52 AM

So I just read the WaPo article on this vote…

How bizarre is it that most of their negative quotes come from Republicans. So what if you don’t like your candidate? She just won a primary.

The heads of the party are starting a needless war here. Stop bad-mouthing her – send her some money and get on with your lives.

This race is national. This chick is going to rake in some serious money.

Dorvillian on September 15, 2010 at 8:56 AM

What is really strange is I can find no way to contact the NRSC phone or email,HELP?

Col.John Wm. Reed on September 15, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Why is O’Donnell so concerned with having an “R” next to her name if the party continues to not support her? Why not run as an independent? Why do “conservatives” feel so beholden to the two-party system? Because of stupidity? Lack of creativity or initiative? Cowardice?
“There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”
~John Adams

Send_Me on September 15, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Well, that settles it. If the NRSC won’t back her, then it’s We The People who MUST! This is what it’s all about, folks. WE DON’T NEED NO STINKIN’ NRSC! We need REAL people, who are OF The People, By the People, and FOR THE PEOPLE!

GO CHRISTINE, GO! I’ve already done my part to help. And I plan on doing MORE!

You know, I don’t know why this is the biggest story right now anyway. It should be that the idiots in New York voted overwhelmingly for Charles Rangle in the Dem primary. Do they really love living in poverty? They certainly must – they keep their welfare Kings & Queens in power in perpetuity. Harlem voters get what they deserve.

MsUnderestimated on September 15, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Fine. Screw the NRSC and GOP establishment.

Good job Christine. She started her drive last night for 50k and has nearly doubled that total.

xax on September 15, 2010 at 9:14 AM

What is really strange is I can find no way to contact the NRSC phone or email,HELP?

Col.John Wm. Reed on September 15, 2010 at 9:01 AM

You can go to their website here, or you can write them here info@nrsc.org.

MsUnderestimated on September 15, 2010 at 9:15 AM

Fine. Screw the NRSC and GOP establishment.

Good job Christine. She started her drive last night for 50k and has nearly doubled that total.

xax on September 15, 2010 at 9:14 AM

WOW! She’s already at 188% of her $50K goal! wooohoo!

MsUnderestimated on September 15, 2010 at 9:16 AM

WOW! She’s already at 188% of her $50K goal! wooohoo!

MsUnderestimated on September 15, 2010 at 9:16 AM

HOLY COW! In the one minute it’s taken me to post the above, she’s NOW at 191% of her $50K goal!!!!

MsUnderestimated on September 15, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Just went over to her site–am I reading it correctly that they had a goal of $50,000.00 and they’ve reached 191% of that? In one night?

I am really, really enjoying my tea this morning.

Niere on September 15, 2010 at 9:19 AM

NRSC is the ruling class, NO MONEY FOR YOU

Wade on September 15, 2010 at 9:27 AM

NRSC is the ruling class, NO MONEY FOR YOU

Wade on September 15, 2010 at 9:27 AM

NRSC: But, but…we’re the good guys! Will somebody get those dirty Tea Party waifs away from the window so we can eat our foie gras in peace.

Extrafishy on September 15, 2010 at 9:38 AM

This win is sweet because it is showing the American people and those that the Republican establishment has taken for granted that in the end, they only pay lip service. When they get mad, they pout more than a two-year old child.

Dear Republican establishment,
Please take your ball and go home if your only concern is electing establishment players like Scozzafava, Castle and others. If you think that O’Donnell can’t win, then join the other “conservatives” and “republicans” like Charlie Crist and leave the party for good. Go ahead and turn your back, we see who you really are anyway.

matthew26 on September 15, 2010 at 9:49 AM

NRSC is a joke. Whose freaking money do they think they will be spending? Ignorance of this magnitude is embarrassing. Conservative should not donate one penny to these clowns.

volsense on September 15, 2010 at 9:50 AM

NRSC, I have two words for you if you even want so much as a chance to win big in November:

SERIOUSLY RECONSIDER!

pilamaye on September 15, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Why should o’Donnell need NRSC money? She has raised more in one night than the Delaware republicans ever thought about raising.

volsense on September 15, 2010 at 9:53 AM

How does putting up a horrifically unqualified, incompetent candidate look?

NoDonkey on September 15, 2010 at 6:18 AM

Well, since that’s what the Dems did and they won the White House with it, it looks possible. The key is that enough of the Dems and those discerning independents got out there and voted for said candidate. Conservatives will support O’Donnell. She might have a few warts, but she’s a he*l of a sight better than the incompetent in the White House, and more to the point, the progressive she was running against. If the NRSC won’t support her, that says all I need to know about them. We conservatives will have to do it ourselves, which is fine. The line in the sand is long overdue. Which side of it are you on?

pannw on September 15, 2010 at 9:58 AM

So, The way I see it is like this.
The NRSC thinks that Christine has no chance to win.
To insure that they are correct, they will refuse to send any money her way. I can’t wait for their next phone call to ask for a donation.

Guest1.1 on September 15, 2010 at 10:04 AM

The national GOP- all of which is based in Washington, DC- have gone over the line. Having lost in their backing Castle, they are throwing a tantrum and declaring they will not financially back the choice of the GOP voters in Delaware and are disseminating the most negative of attacks on the Party’s nominee. It is time to put a stop to this elitist paternalism and declare a boycott on donating to ANY structural GOP organization. At both national, state and county levels; the NRC, the NRSC, as well as the State and County GOP organizations. I would call for the Tea Parties to donate specifically and exclusively to those candidates- like O’Donnell, Miller, Rubio, and Angle- that the established powers had decided were not ‘suitable’.

I would ask the various Tea Parties to organize and announce this moratorium publicly and let the GOP elitists know that we consider them a major part of the problem and until they accept the new mandate they are getting from the field for principled candidates over the RINOs, our money and efforts will go elsewhere.

michaelo on September 15, 2010 at 10:09 AM

With the NRSC totally out of the picture, O’Donnell and the Tea Party owe them nothing when they win. By staying out of the donation pool the NRSC has lost a seat at the table when policy is being debated. A stupid strategy.

itsspideyman on September 15, 2010 at 10:17 AM

The national GOP- all of which is based in Washington, DC- have gone over the line. Having lost in their backing Castle, they are throwing a tantrum and declaring they will not financially back the choice of the GOP voters in Delaware and are disseminating the most negative of attacks on the Party’s nominee. It is time to put a stop to this elitist paternalism and declare a boycott on donating to ANY structural GOP organization.

michaelo on September 15, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Amen. Today it’s easy to send money directly to the candidates who express views that you share. Don’t be lazy and let some career politician spend your money for you. The votes of average citizens nominate candidates and put them in office. It’s time the GOP learned who’s the boss.

At this point, I’ll support O’Donnell because of the GOP’s smug elitist kingmaking attitude.

hawksruleva on September 15, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Not really much surprised. Once again we have a clear indication that the GOP establishment is not really interested in the TP movement except when they want it to donate and support the candidates they decide are appropriate. How many times do they have to shaft the TP movement before that sinks in?

And if TP people actually follow thru and blow off the GOP candidates rather than sucking it up and pulling the lever for someone they didn’t want, the GOP will whine about how TP conservatives RUINED our chance to get a majority. Still hearing – you TP folks MUST support our candidates in the name of party unity but we won’t support yours because they stink. Looks like the Dems may not have as much to worry about as they thought.

katiejane on September 15, 2010 at 10:25 AM

The new Republican caucus in the Senate must either reform or eliminate the current NRSC arrangement. Elimination would be cleaner, but a new set of by-laws prohibiting spending in primaries and only supporting WINNERS of Republican primaries would be a very good start.

ajacksonian on September 15, 2010 at 6:52 AM

^ this

pseudonominus on September 15, 2010 at 10:27 AM

the GOP will whine about how TP conservatives RUINED our chance to get a majority.

katiejane on September 15, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Yes, that will be the meme the Ruling Class will run with.

pseudonominus on September 15, 2010 at 10:28 AM

a new set of by-laws prohibiting spending in primaries and only supporting WINNERS of Republican primaries would be a very good start.

ajacksonian on September 15, 2010 at 6:52 AM

Absolutely 100% agree. While they’re at it, maybe they insist that GOP members read bills before voting.

hawksruleva on September 15, 2010 at 10:43 AM

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