Cornyn: NRSC fully backing O’Donnell, giving maximum donation

posted at 11:35 am on September 15, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

It didn’t take long for wiser heads to prevail in the GOP establishment.  After a report last night that the NRSC would abandon Delaware after the GOP favorite Mike Castle lost to Christine O’Donnell, Senator John Cornyn has announced that the organization will offer its full support — including a healthy dose of cash:

Let there be no mistake: The National Republican Senatorial Committee – and I personally as the committee’s chairman – strongly stand by all of our Republican nominees, including Christine O’Donnell in Delaware.

I reached out to Christine this morning, and as I have conveyed to all of our nominees, I offered her my personal congratulations and let her know that she has our support. This support includes a check for $42,000 – the maximum allowable donation that we have provided to all of our nominees – which the NRSC will send to her campaign today.

We remain committed to holding Democrat nominee New Castle County Executive Chris Coons accountable this November, as we inform voters about his record of driving his county to the brink of bankruptcy and supporting his party’s reckless spending policies in Washington.

Furthermore, Cornyn challenged Democrats to do the same:

It remains to be seen whether national Democrats will provide a similar level of support for many of their nominees, including in key battleground states like Indiana, Ohio, Florida, Arkansas, Illinois, and New Hampshire, among others. The Democrats’ indecision reflects the fact that Republicans are on offense in at least 12 Democrat-held states and we are leading in the polls in seven of those 12 states.

That’s a sharp way to turn this meme on its head. Will the media follow up on the DSCC’s level of support in those races with the same vigor that they reported on rumors last night regarding Delaware?  The DSCC will certainly sink a lot of resources in Delaware in order to take advantage of the high profile the race now has, but that will be money spent on defense, as the Democrats already hold this seat — and it may take away from defenses elsewhere.

Kudos to Cornyn for addressing this quickly and forcefully.  If Castle had won, we would have heard nothing but calls for unity this morning.  Cornyn has literally put the NRSC’s money where its mouth would have been, and he deserves congratulations for this leadership decision.


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Good job, Cornyn. That’s the way to lead! I’m send them some bucks to reinforce good thinking.

Dusty on September 15, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Sorry. She was just on Fox by phone…”inside the belt way”….”egos”…

d1carter on September 15, 2010 at 12:25 PM

crap no Tv atm.

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 12:26 PM

What Rove is saying is, character counts. At least it used to count.

RBMN on September 15, 2010 at 12:20 PM

You mean character, like having been involved in this race behind the scenes for a year on one side, then playing objective analyst while trashing the other side right after the victory?

Read this:

At O’Donnell’s victory speech, she invited a 9/12 patriot to speak. He sent a special message right back to Rove, recounting how Rove had met with Delaware 9/12-ers and Tea Party folks to try and convince them to back the “more electable” candidate. “No one is going to tell us how to take care of business,” the 9/12-er said he told Rove. And now, he observed, the “more electable” candidate Rove wanted them to vote for has been…unelected.

and this:

Rove Tried to Cut a Deal For Castle With Tea Party- Teaparty News- The Collier Brothers

Sources at the Christine O’Donnell victory party revealed to The Freedomist that in December of last year Karl Rove met with Tea Party leaders in Dover, Delaware trying to get them to cut a “deal” in which they would leave Mike Castle alone and NOT support O’Donnell.

The Freedomist has also learned that Rove was allegedly acting as an operative, although in what capacity it is not known, even as he is playing the role of a political analyst on Fox New in a fair and balanced way.

Read the whole post at MichelleMalkin.com

Brian1972 on September 15, 2010 at 12:27 PM

What Rove is saying is, character counts. At least it used to count.

RBMN on September 15, 2010 at 12:20 PM

If he was saying that before the primary, I would have respected that (in fact, National Review said plenty of that before the primary and it’s still my favorite magazine). Primary is over. At this point, Rove is just doing the Democrats’ job for them—and I just can’t see how anyone can defend such actions (other than, you know, a la Obama, on First Amendment grounds, where you strictly do not comment on the “wisdom” of making such comments).

novakyu on September 15, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Rob Jesmer, Executive Director of NRSC might be that sneaky. Jesmer dislikes conservatives (but not their money or votes). Cornyn should can Jesmer.

Wethal on September 15, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Too late to do it now. Jesmer should be put in a corner and eased out after the election to some nice, safe, academic job. Cornyn is not the bravest of souls in the Senate and has allowed Jesmer to scare him into many blunders. On the other hand, while he lacks the confidence of his convictions, he will vote the conservative line so long as he doesn’t hang out there alone. If a genuine leadership type runs against him, he will have trouble in the next primary, otherwise, he is a lock for life in the Senate.
However November plays out, I think Jesmer is gone in December. He will suddenly discover the need to spend more time with his family. He’ll get a nice severance and a glowing reference and be gone from national decision-making for the GOP.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on September 15, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Speedwagon82 – I don’t know, maybe you could ask Joe Lieberman.

Seriously, though. Do I think she can win? Yeah, I do, strangely enough. She’s climbed a huge hill to get where she is now.

Do I think she WILL win, or that her chances are anywhere as good as Castle’s would have been? No.

But…the Dems are faced with an interesting situation. They’ve gone from a pretty-sure loss in which they weren’t going to fight too hard, to a possible victory. They can still boot it, and they’ll have to commit resources to make sure it doesn’t slip away from them.

The bar’s been set very high. Their guy had a 16-point lead or something in the polls. If that trends down now you’re going to have a lot of ‘Oh my god what’s wrong?’ handwringing.

JEM on September 15, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Well since mitt just endorsed O’Donnell i guess allah can now endorse her too.

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 12:27 PM

What Rove is saying is, character counts. At least it used to count.

RBMN on September 15, 2010 at 12:20 PM

And what everyone here is saying is that there are more character-ful ways of saying that.

Rove is showing his true colors. He seemed like a sissy who wasn’t able to contain himself… and being way too quick to speak (i.e., speaking without cerebral control).

dtestard on September 15, 2010 at 12:27 PM

DeMint said the obvious. Why have the majority if you just go to DC and then don’t do what you promised?

That is precisely the point.

AnninCA on September 15, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Rush is on fire. He gets it.

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Will Krauthammer her also?

faraway on September 15, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Boy oh boy, Rush has the conservative flamethrower out, and he is roasting some RINO steaks but good.

Brian1972 on September 15, 2010 at 12:30 PM

And what everyone here is saying is that there are more character-ful ways of saying that.

Rove is showing his true colors. He seemed like a sissy who wasn’t able to contain himself… and being way too quick to speak (i.e., speaking without cerebral control).

dtestard on September 15, 2010 at 12:27 PM

a.k.a.”Temper Tantrum”

fossten on September 15, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Boy oh boy, Rush has the conservative flamethrower out, and he is roasting some RINO steaks but good.
Brian1972 on September 15, 2010 at 12:30 PM

I’ll take my rino well done thank you!

Branch Rickey on September 15, 2010 at 12:31 PM

No, this wasn’t a strategy. He attacked her on a very personal level, just as Castle did throughout the campaign.

That’s not strategic.

AnninCA on September 15, 2010

Yeah I meant that tongue in cheek. The effect is the same though. And he really WAS personal about it wasn’t he? That’s kinda weird in and of itself.

JonPrichard on September 15, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Man, look at these DE threads. Every one hits a couple hundred posts; amazing.

*grabs a handful of overcooked pasta and quietly stalks Good Lt. through the lunchroom*

Bishop on September 15, 2010 at 12:32 PM

DeMint said the obvious. Why have the majority if you just go to DC and then don’t do what you promised?

That is precisely the point.

AnninCA on September 15, 2010 at 12:27 PM

+1

fossten on September 15, 2010 at 12:32 PM

he he……BULLBLEEP.

and he deserves congratulations for this leadership decision.

They can read the handrighting on the wall…….and it reads……THROW OUT THE GOP INCUMBENTS AS WELL!!!

PappyD61 on September 15, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Dire Straits on September 15, 2010 at 12:21 PM

OT: left you a musical link on p2.

gh on September 15, 2010 at 12:33 PM

And this after Republicans have held their nose and voted for him for years.
fossten on September 15, 2010 at 12:23 PM

We’ve done that a lot since the Rockefeller Republicans took over the Party. Is it really any wonder why we have their stink all over us? Why so many voters throw up their hands in disgust at both Parties?

There are lots and lots of independant voters; but there are hardly any genuinely “moderate” voters. The only way to sweep the electorate the way we need to is by giving America a clear CHOICE on election day. And Christine O’Donnell is helping us do that.

logis on September 15, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Brian1972 on September 15, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Ugh, this is sad, the GOP trying to fix the candidates in place. More grist for the mill, they officially lost me last night.

Bishop on September 15, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Man, look at these DE threads. Every one hits a couple hundred posts; amazing.

*grabs a handful of overcooked pasta and quietly stalks Good Lt. through the lunchroom*

Bishop on September 15, 2010 at 12:32 PM

this is practice for the Mitt/Palin bloodbath to come

got to stay in shape

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 12:34 PM

THREAD WINNER….

Put the mask back on NRSC. When it slipped, you showed way too much.

portlandon on September 15, 2010 at 11:38 AM

PappyD61 on September 15, 2010 at 12:34 PM

rush is feeling like Patton today….lol

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 12:35 PM

I again wonder if Cornyn didn’t issue the statement last night in a sneaky attempt to generate money for O’Donnell. But I find it more likely that some whales called Cornyn and read him the riot act.

That would be waaaay too much credit given to Cornyn and his DC squishes. Stick with your more likely scenario.

thirteen28 on September 15, 2010 at 12:36 PM

this is practice for the Mitt/Palin bloodbath to come

got to stay in shape

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Mitt Romney just came out for O’Donnell..:)Get your mashed potatoes ready..:)

Dire Straits on September 15, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Funny how Cornyn is always late to the tea party.

But, yes, this was a good and needed decision.

WannabeAnglican on September 15, 2010 at 12:36 PM

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Mitt has no balls. He will only run so he can position himself as Palin’s VP and try again in 2020 … will he be too old by then?

gh on September 15, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Mitt Romney just came out for O’Donnell..:)Get your mashed potatoes ready..:)

Dire Straits on September 15, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Mitt a day late and dollar short. he could have been a contender….

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 12:37 PM

And The Cradle Will Rock…

The Cradle, Cradle Will Rock,

Rock On

Rush has the best bumper music!

Brian1972 on September 15, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Mitt has no balls. He will only run so he can position himself as Palin’s VP and try again in 2020 … will he be too old by then?

gh on September 15, 2010 at 12:37 PM

i hope Palin does not make the same mistake as Reagan. we may be doing this again 30 years from now.

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 12:39 PM

i hope Palin does not make the same mistake as Reagan. we may be doing this again 30 years from now.

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Palin was never a democrat … and she’s much younger.

gh on September 15, 2010 at 12:41 PM

What Rove is saying is, character counts. At least it used to count.

RBMN on September 15, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Baloney. They are all liars and cheats and we know it. The question is, which policies are they going to lie and cheat their way into office to support? Small government and sound fiscal policies or large government and fiscal insanity?

Lily on September 15, 2010 at 12:43 PM

Palin was never a democrat … and she’s much younger.

gh on September 15, 2010 at 12:41 PM

true I think reagan’s illness was the worse thing to happen to the country. It allowed bush to set the narrative with no push back from Reagan and allowed Perot to come along….as The Reagan voters were ignored by bush

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 12:44 PM

gh on September 15, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Give me some beer and a smoky bar and I could listen all day..:)..Nice video..:)

Dire Straits on September 15, 2010 at 12:45 PM

rush says its the country vs washington.

Like I said before we are all wolverines today.

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Ugh, this is sad, the GOP trying to fix the candidates in place. More grist for the mill, they officially lost me last night.

Bishop on September 15, 2010 at 12:34 PM

C’mon Bishop..This would be like Belushi walking out on Animal House..:)

Dire Straits on September 15, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Brian1972 on September 15, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Good call! Something off Fair Warning would be good, too.

Mean Street

Christien on September 15, 2010 at 12:48 PM

O’Donnell just hit $245,000 on moneybomb 70% of new ggoal of $350,000

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Dire Straits on September 15, 2010 at 12:45 PM

Tommy was 4 when they started playing together and about 6 when they turned professional. He likes to play rhythm for Phil but he’s considered the better player.

Look for Phil playing Bach … really smokes … oh what the hell let me find it (i’ll link behind).

gh on September 15, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Rush is saying to donate now. site just crashed…

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 12:52 PM

true I think reagan’s illness was the worse thing to happen to the country. It allowed bush to set the narrative with no push back from Reagan and allowed Perot to come along….as The Reagan voters were ignored by bush

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 12:44 PM

Furthermore, it became the only narrative that Americans born after his time know. What I mean is, if I bring up Reagan in discussion with my peers (18-30), the ONLY thing they know about him is that he had Alzheimers, that it may have begun while he was still in office, and that this, apparently, completely invalidates any opinion he ever had or action he ever took. They don’t even bother to argue about his achievements, because he was a crazy, senile old man. End of discussion. It’s infuriating.

Animator Girl on September 15, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Someone f’ed up at the RNC and the money has to go to support Lady Nutty rather than more viable candidates. I’m sure that Mark Kirk, Carly Fiorina, Dino Rossi, Ron Johnson, Marco Rubio, etc. really love the fact that someone who actually has no chance.

Illinidiva on September 15, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Sorta OT but does anyone know where to find the NRSC financial statement?

TIA

marinetbryant on September 15, 2010 at 12:54 PM

They don’t even bother to argue about his achievements, because he was a crazy, senile old man. End of discussion. It’s infuriating.

Animator Girl on September 15, 2010 at 12:53 PM

and they they say conservatism equals bushism….grrrr!

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 12:54 PM

OT:The latest totals from The Associated Press put Kelly Ayotte in a good position to hold onto the lead she has held in the GOP U.S. Senate primary race since shortly after midnight. But the race still remains too close to call.

With 269 of 301, or 89 percent, of voting precints reporting, it’s Ayotte, 47,713 (38 percent); Lamontagne 46,493 (37 percent).
..Fat lady is getting ready..:)

Dire Straits on September 15, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Dems are sitting their nest egg too. Look for even more stuff on O’Donnell. This anti-masturbation video is going viral in DE. This is mainstream Delaware?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzHcqcXo_NA&feature=player_embedded

Good Lord

swamp_yankee on September 15, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Wise decision by Cornyn.

Rove flamed on her again on Fox a bit ago. Amazing.

I console myself by the realization that at one tme the
Ever-Wise-Rove sat across the table and said something like “sure, I think Harriet would be a great SCOTUS nominee”.

Spider79 on September 15, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Someone f’ed up at the RNC and the money has to go to support Lady Nutty rather than more viable candidates. I’m sure that Mark Kirk, Carly Fiorina, Dino Rossi, Ron Johnson, Marco Rubio, etc. really love the fact that someone who actually has no chance.

Illinidiva on September 15, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Hey they want the money they should be out today endorsing O’donnell and offering her aid and tieing their camps to the growing rev*lt…..

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 12:56 PM

I think somebody finally grew a pair. Everyone is saying that the GOP has lost its chance at a sixty-seat majority in the Senate. They’re also the ones who say that a lot can happen from now till election day.

So, it ain’t over till it’s over, is it?

manwithblackhat on September 15, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Good Lord

swamp_yankee on September 15, 2010 at 12:54 PM

hey you get bonus points for using the lords name in vain! sex and drugs that’s the ticket!

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Believe it or not, Chris Matthews was the smartest one on TV last night. He looked genuinely scared with the OD/Tea Party win.

faraway on September 15, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Agree. He had the best analysis.

AnninCA on September 15, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Tingle Tinkle running up down his leg?

forest on September 15, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Animator Girl on September 15, 2010 at 12:53 PM

No mystery here. Most Americans, regardless of age group, can only discuss politics in terms of caricatures anyway; style over substance. Their voting habits tend to reflect this, as does the almost-evenly divided state of this nation.

manwithblackhat on September 15, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Michael Steele: “Can you feel it folks?”

Steele smarter than Rove? Who knew?

faraway on September 15, 2010 at 1:01 PM

swamp_yankee on September 15, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Maddow and Olbermann will play this every show from thru November..

Dire Straits on September 15, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Their voting habits tend to reflect this, as does the almost-evenly divided state of this nation.

manwithblackhat on September 15, 2010 at 12:59 PM

which is the result of following the RINO strategy over the last 22 years of how to win elections and the 51% rule

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Maddow and Olbermann will play this every show from thru November..

Dire Straits on September 15, 2010 at 1:01 PM

yet more people voted for O’donnell then watch those two shows combined

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 1:02 PM

At least SOME RINOs can be drug into reality… Kicking and screaming, perhaps, but at least some can be.

Others let their fear and hatred of conservatives take control and show them for what they really are.

LegendHasIt on September 15, 2010 at 1:02 PM

I wouldn’t give the NRSC credit yet… That $42k is just standard direct contribution, the real money for a candidate comes from the NRSC funded media, which isn’t necessarily going to go to O’Donnell in this cycle…

phreshone on September 15, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Delaware is the tipping point.

Ed has started a new thread on the main page … I guess he has some catching up to do.

gh on September 15, 2010 at 1:04 PM

yet more people voted for O’donnell then watch those two shows combined

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 1:02 PM

LOL..Thinking the same thing..:)

Dire Straits on September 15, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Oh, Romney just showed up with an endorsement. Funny. This is all just too funny to me.

AnninCA on September 15, 2010 at 12:07 PM

And some people still think Romney is a leader, with Palin the follower! :)

dominigan on September 15, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Well, everyone sure got mad and started sending money within minutes…and lots of it too. And this thing with Rove…he could be an evil genius after all…his stupid looking rants have made O’Donnell an obvious outsider and a victim of the establishment (just like the rest of us) and now everyone in Delaware will look at her in a different light because, if nothing else, they HATE Karl Rove.

JonPrichard on September 15, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Right. And it’s pretty clear that Karl Rove cares more about winning than he does with how he’s perceived by the public or the media.

hawksruleva on September 15, 2010 at 1:08 PM

I console myself by the realization that at one tme the
Ever-Wise-Rove sat across the table and said something like “sure, I think Harriet would be a great SCOTUS nominee”.

Spider79 on September 15, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Heh.

hawksruleva on September 15, 2010 at 1:10 PM

gh on September 15, 2010 at 12:52 PM

That guy can flat pick..:)

Dire Straits on September 15, 2010 at 1:10 PM

You all do know that if O’donnell wins she becomes 42rd vote in the lame duck session and thus the out and out attacks on her. The gOP establishment was hoping to be able to pass the rest of Obama’s agenda in the lame duck session.

Castle would have given the elites the cover to pass the bipartisan bills they all want.

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Not to worry, once Rush mentioned it, the Tea Party donors crashed her website.

tarpon on September 15, 2010 at 1:11 PM

O’Donnell just hit $245,000 on moneybomb 70% of new ggoal of $350,000

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Can you imagine “elephant-in-the-room” questions that everyone at the NRSC is probably thinking…

“But… but… there was that much money waiting to go to an R? why didn’t we get that money support? don’t they trust us? do they even need us anymore?” [gulp]

It would explain a lot about Rove’s response…

dominigan on September 15, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Mitt has no balls. He will only run so he can position himself as Palin’s VP and try again in 2020 … will he be too old by then?

gh on September 15, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Too late…

Palin/West 2012

tencole on September 15, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Dire Straits on September 15, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Ahem.

gh on September 15, 2010 at 1:16 PM

manwithblackhat on September 15, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Good point. Just look at Barry. Most folks that voted for him two years ago could not have come up with a policy position for him at gun point. Not that he actually had any policy postions for them to look to.

Jim708 on September 15, 2010 at 1:16 PM

O’Donnell just hit $245,000 on moneybomb 70% of new ggoal of $350,000

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Awesome Patriots keep it up, bury her in cash and let the NRSC see what they could have had!

Cornyn,
“Quick git out the checkbook the Citizens are comin, the citizens are comin and they got a rope!”

dhunter on September 15, 2010 at 1:16 PM

tencole on September 15, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Perhaps. West is probably smart enough to run with Jindal in 2020 though.

gh on September 15, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Funny how Cornyn is always late to the tea party.

But, yes, this was a good and needed decision.

WannabeAnglican on September 15, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Cornyn may not realize it but he’s about to enter his last 4 years in the Senate. Texans are more and more becoming fed up with him. Expect a Tea Party candidate to oppose him in’14.

cartooner on September 15, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Cornyn did exactly what he should have, and full credit is due for doing it quickly and forcefully.

tom on September 15, 2010 at 1:22 PM

gh on September 15, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Once you’ve changed your underwear, try Initiation:

Young Tommy and Mature.

He really improves with age. People say that no-one else will ever play this piece properly.

gh on September 15, 2010 at 1:25 PM

As I said in the other post, they just needed some time to grieve. I figured they’d come around. I still think it’s a waste of money. She doesn’t even make the race competitive.

ncconservative on September 15, 2010 at 1:28 PM

..the end of firewalling as we know it..

The War Planner on September 15, 2010 at 1:31 PM

The only reason NRSC made this decision was because of all the blowback they got last night after they indicated they would not support O’Donnell. Read the comments on the NRSC Facebook page as one example. I think they beat a hasty retreat after they heard from the electorate.

tballard on September 15, 2010 at 1:33 PM

ncconservative on September 15, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Of course, she wasn’t competitive in the primary run either……..

Jim708 on September 15, 2010 at 1:33 PM

People don’t pay Rove to be a cheerleader. They pay him to make predictions. And so far, his PREDICTION about O’Donnell seems pretty accurate.

Yes. She can have as much of a money bomb as she wants but how many conservative voters are in Delaware? Scott Brown ran as a moderate for a moderate area. Doug Hoffman ran as a Conservative in a conservative area by the Conservative Party which actually has a long history in his area. it seems to me O’Donnell is mismatched with the general tenor of her state.

I understand the arguments for going with her anyway, and maybe enough libs in Delaware will stay home and enough conservatives in Delaware will turn out, and maybe the average Delawarean will warm to her and not feel something was jammed down their throat by outsiders…. OK whatever….

Ace had a good post about vetting: Although the commenters point out that rule sure doesn’t apply to Obama and the dems in general, since they keep electing candidates with very sordid histories and behavior. However … the double standards are there. But I suggest everyone in O’Donnell’s corner memorize every corrupt unethical thing done by every Dem politician in the past 5 years and be prepared to shove it in the face of every critic along with choice words about glass houses.

YehuditTX on September 15, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Rove and Palin may simply distancing themselves from Delaware to give O’Donnell the chance to define herself as anti-establishment.

MrX on September 15, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Cornyn did exactly what the NRSC has done in all the races. That is, support the eventual nominee. I don’t recall him out and out telling people to vote for Castle or O’Donnell. He’s been one of the better senators in D.C. for our shared cause and issues, and the people of Texas generally seem to approve. Castle was a RINO and I’m not sorry to see him go. Cornyn is NOT. You guys are getting so out of hand with your “RINO hunts” and demanding strict loyalty to the Tea Party candidates, that pretty soon Coburn’s going to be considered a RINO by your standards.

change is for suckers on September 15, 2010 at 1:45 PM

YehuditTX on September 15, 2010 at 1:35 PM

All the pro-Castle weenies seem to have fled over to AoSHQ … so I taunted them.

gh on September 15, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Did character count when the Dm’s elected a murderer(Kennedy) for years on end??? Look at all the CBC members who are being investigated??? The left = HYPOCRITES..

reshas1 on September 15, 2010 at 2:01 PM

What’s all this talk about “character counts” ???

It was you RINO’s who refused to remove Bill Clinton from office after he LIED to a grand jury.

I’m told that my Senator, David Vitter – likes, or used to like, Prostitutes and dressed in a diaper during his visits.

Do I care?

Hell no – because the dude has a concrete conservative voting record. I don’t even have to look at what his position is – he’s rabidly anti-Obama.

I could care less if O’Donnell took two centuries to pay off her college loans. I really don’t care that maybe she called Mike Castle “gay” – that’s a kind word compared to my opinion of the man.

I don’t care if she can’t make a good speech (but she made on hella one last night buddy!).

I don’t care if she went bankrupt or had problems with the IRS. If she’s broken a law – why isn’t she in jail??

Hmmmm …

All I care about IS HER VOTING RECORD. And I can guarantee you this – if she’s elected – it will be a lot better than Mike Castle’s!

HondaV65 on September 15, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Glad I held off writing the letter to my Senator Cornyn. Now it won’t be necessary.

Oleta on September 15, 2010 at 2:36 PM

From another thread:

The NRSC has drawn a line in the sand. There needs to be minimum qualifications to be a senator, and O’Donnell hasn’t met them…not even close.

Chudi on September 14, 2010 at 11:46 PM

Oh my!

Talon on September 15, 2010 at 11:44 AM

That’s the thing about sand. It’s coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere. Not like here. Here everything is- Gadzooks, what am I doing?

Start over.

In all seriousness, a line in the sand isn’t particularly impressive. It’s pretty easy to just sweep it away with your foot and pretend it was never there.

RINO in Name Only on September 15, 2010 at 2:50 PM

When the NRSC and the RNC spend $500,000 each on ads like they did for Scott Brown, then they will be forgiven.

WoosterOh on September 15, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Looks like the unanswerable hypothetical question is a reality.

And answered. Good job. NRSC gets a gold star…for today.

BobMbx on September 15, 2010 at 3:26 PM

All I care about IS HER VOTING RECORD.
HondaV65 on September 15, 2010 at 2:22 PM

This, very much.

Seriously, aside from voting on bills, what does a Congressman’s “job” actually entail? Giving boring speeches and having lunch with lobbyists? Oh, Heaven forbid a candidate might have insufficient experience at either of those critical skills!

If there are two candidates involved in a race who are equally conservative in their POLITICS, then – and only then – will I listen to vicious personal attacks alleging that one has a more liberal PERSONALITY.

I’m guessing that’ll start happening right around the time Republicans control 90% of Congress, without any RINO’s.

In the meantime, let’s focus on the only part of any Congressman’s job that matters: VOTING.

logis on September 15, 2010 at 3:27 PM

What Rove is saying is, character counts. At least it used to count.

RBMN on September 15, 2010 at 12:20 PM

No, what he’s saying is “if you’re one of my cronies, I’ll go to bat for you”.

ButterflyDragon on September 15, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Because Palin’s from Alaska she understands that; unless you are the lead dog, the view never changes. The RINOs refuse to change their views but she and the conservative voters will lead them to victory in spite of themselves. Then we can watch the RINO pundits and polls take the credit and pat themselves on the back on election night.

Done That on September 15, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Doubtful the DSCC will spend much money… while Christine is getting a lot of money now from this moneybomb, Coons is probably getting money bombed by lobbyists… she will get outspend considerably regardless. Don’t do much wishcasting on this race.
ninjapirate on September 15, 2010 at 11:43 AM

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NinjaP….Don’t equate $$$ contributions to votes. After all, Castle spent $3million + to O’Donnell’s $308,000, and where did it get him?

alwyr on September 15, 2010 at 4:22 PM

“America is now a socialist economy. The definition of a socialist economy is when 50% or more your economy is dependent on the federal government.”

Dave Rywall on September 15, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Did Romney really just endorse O’Donnell, just now?

I saw a couple comments saying that, and thought it was the standard Romney joke, which we hear a lot around here.

I guess he just parodied himself.

Wow.

Brian1972 on September 15, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Well, it may not exactly be a profile in courage, but it’s still a good thing for party unity that he endorsed the winner of the primary. So I’ll still give him some credit.

tom on September 15, 2010 at 4:30 PM

In the meantime, let’s focus on the only part of any Congressman’s job that matters: VOTING.

logis on September 15, 2010 at 3:27 PM

I understand your point, and agree with it, to a point. But if Charlie Rangel voted conservative, you’d be ok with his ethics violations?

hawksruleva on September 15, 2010 at 4:48 PM

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