GOP moans about losing chance to take control of Senate with Castle defeat

posted at 8:48 am on September 15, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Last week, when trying to keep irrational exuberance in check about the likelihood of taking control of the House, Republicans warned that they might fall short of winning 39 seats in a 435-seat election.  Suddenly, in the wake of the rejection of Mike Castle by Delaware Republicans, party officials now want to say that Christine O’Donnell has ruined their chances of netting nine seats in a 35-seat election.  Politico’s Jonathan Martin reports on the supposed sad wreck of the grand design:

Christine O’Donnell’s surprise victory in the Delaware Senate GOP primary Tuesday left Republicans in conflict, senior party officials openly fretting that the Senate is now out of reach and Democrats overjoyed that the opposition has handed them a late and desperately needed chance to reframe the national argument about the 2010 elections.

Aside from the political implications of the upset, the outcome prompted a round of deep Republican soul-searching about what it said about their party when a political pillar in Delaware like Rep. Mike Castle, a respected lawmaker who was considered a shoo-in for the Senate seat, could not even come within six points of defeating the controversial and still largely unknown O’Donnell. …

In the wake of Tuesday’s results, a state that would have almost certainly been a pick-up for the GOP is now likely to stay with the Democrats, making it more difficult for Republicans to win the 10 seats necessary to take back control of the Senate.

“We were looking at 8 to 9 seats in the Senate, we are now looking at 7 to 8 in my opinion,” said a visibly-unhappy Karl Rove on Fox News after the race was called for O’Donnell Tuesday night. “This is not a race we’re going to be able to win.” …

“This makes the road much steeper for Republicans to win back the Senate because this was a seat they had counted on,” said former Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), a former House campaign committee chairman.

Oh, please.  Politics relies in part on setting expectations.  That’s what Republicans tried doing last week when tamping down predictions of a wave of 60, 70, or even more House seats switching.  Now suddenly they’re distraught over the prospects of picking up nine seats in the Senate — when three months ago, a pickup of five or six seats would have been welcomed as a major gain and a way to ensure a Republican presence large enough to force Democrats to come to the table.

My advice to the GOP would be to quit whining about losing a long-shot bid to win control of the Senate and focus on actually winning the races.  In fact, the odds of winning control of the upper chamber didn’t actually decline all that much, because they were small to begin with.  Just a few days ago, John Cornyn told a reporter that Democrats would keep control of the Senate through 2012, when Democrats have to defend a lot more seats than the GOP.

The better question on which to focus is in Martin’s second paragraph.  What does Mike Castle’s crash and burn among Delaware Republicans say about their party organization?  After all, we have heard oodles of commentary about how Delaware Republicans are moderates who might get energized by the Tea Party but supposedly aren’t looking for conservative candidates.  Instead, they convinced Castle to leave a relatively safe House seat instead of looking for someone who hadn’t backed a government takeover of the energy sector in cap-and-trade (in a coal-dependent region!) and co-sponsored the DISCLOSE Act.  Perhaps had the GOP establishment listened a little more carefully to Delaware Republicans, who turned out relatively heavily in this election, they wouldn’t find themselves crying in their lattes this morning.

They stuck with a liberal, establishment candidate in a cycle where liberals and establishment figures are uniquely unpopular.  Had the Republican leadership been in touch with Delaware Republican voters, they might have found a more suitable candidate for the popular mood, and would not have had to deal with Christine O’Donnell and her outsider bid.  They have no one to blame but themselves.

Instead of pouting, Republican leaders in Delaware and around the country need to unite around the nominee, who was chosen by the Republicans in Delaware.  Had Castle won the nomination, they would have demanded unity themselves, and rightly so.   If they want to continue to issue snarky, anonymous asides and in essence take their ball and go home, don’t expect the electorate to follow them into battle in the future.  Rarely have I seen such childishness from the supposed leaders of a political establishment, who set the very rules and customs they now want to ignore because they just got embarrassed on a national stage.

Grow up, shut up, and get to work.

Update: Kevin McCullough agrees:

Mike Castle, if he is a man of loyalty to the party he wished to represent should hold fundraisers for O’Donnell beginning next week. Lisa Murkowski should follow suit in Alaska for Joel Miller. And Sue Bowden should be doing the same for Sharron Angle in Nevada.

In other words if “establishment” candidates are willing to give anything more than lip service to the party they wished to represent, then they should be willing to roll up their sleeves and do the hard work of campaigning for someone they disagree with on issues. And they should do so remembering they are in it for the greater good. …

We were told that in the end having a majority with an (R) after their name was the best thing of all.  Well, I see no reason why that statement can’t hold true when a genuine Republican conservative wins a primary.

Update II: Glenn Reynolds interviews Scott Rasmussen on the Tea Party and its impact on the GOP and the two-party system.  Maybe Republican leadership should pay close attention.


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Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves.

SlimyBill on September 15, 2010 at 8:50 AM

CONTROLLING THE SENATE with a bunch of Progressive GOP RINO’s is like handing the Senate to the Progressive Dems.

…….NO DIFFERENCE.

……THROW THEM ALL OUT!!! (48 days)

(Heard Bill Clinton quoted as saying the new GOP makes Bush look Liberal…….mmmmm, hey Bill HE SPENT LIKE A LIBERAL!!)

PappyD61 on September 15, 2010 at 8:51 AM

I see that victim mentality isn’t exclusive to ‘rats.

ladyingray on September 15, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Way to go about missing the point here, GOP.
The voters are tired of both the Dems AND YOU.
You ALL suck.

Badger40 on September 15, 2010 at 8:52 AM

The “Establishment” GOP has failed. Is it no wonder that so many of them are losing in primaries?

Instead of moaning about “electability”, how about they concentrate on electing? The message from the GOP is clear — and it’s not just a fringe element — we’re throwing out people who have hurt conservatism and hurt the US by colluding with these tax and spend policies.

Government’s grown under the GOP watch. Now it’s out of control. They’ve been part of the problem. Now the people are fixing that problem.

O’Donnell just might win in Delaware.

Nethicus on September 15, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Forget the haters on this web site and elsewhere. View this video of her victory speech. She a fighter for liberty.

http://video.foxnews.com/v/4338405/christine-odonnell-were-in-this-to-win

scrubjay on September 15, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Ed, these establishment fools were never “about” a majority in the Senate. If they were – they’d get behind O’Donnell and still fight for a majority – but instead – they’re out there vocally running her down.

They’re hypocrites. Last week they were saying we should hold our nose and support a RINO for the sake of a majority – now they’re unwilling to support a Tea Party favorite for a majority?

This is all about who’s gonna cast a vote for Senate GOP Leader and for the chairman of the NRSC. All they establishments want – is to maintain their leadership positions in the Senate. Well guess what – I look at all the potential GOP pickups in the Senate – and I can’t find many that will support them. Christine O’Donnel damn sure won’t if she wins.

And thanks to last night’s results – Mike Castle WILL NEVER be able to support them!

HondaV65 on September 15, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Rove looks like a horse,
Standing alone on Main Street,
Surrounded by cars…

Haiku Guy on September 15, 2010 at 8:53 AM

If these beltway republicans don’t wake up,they are in danger of at some point down the road being the third party with 10% of the vote.They are continuing to show us who they are.

ohiobabe on September 15, 2010 at 8:53 AM

“Establishment” candidates are not about (R) they are about (Me). Having Castle in the Senate is no different than a democrat. Besides, we’ll have absolute filibuster power anyway to stop the madness.

Mojave Mark on September 15, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Grow up, shut up, and get to work.

Nicely said, Ed. Grow a spine, Republicans. Are you representing the people or yourselves?

kingsjester on September 15, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Damn, Ed.

Blarg the Destroyer on September 15, 2010 at 8:54 AM

The GOP needed a slap in the head to wake them up. They don’t seem to like it very much.

Kevin is correct.

dogsoldier on September 15, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Great write-up Ed.

csThor on September 15, 2010 at 8:55 AM

As a conservative I would rather lose fighting for conservative principles than win by selling out to a spineless RINO. Any repub that voted for cap & tax can not carry the repub banner….the debate is over.

David in ATL on September 15, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Mike Castle, if he is a man of loyalty to the party he wished to represent should hold fundraisers for O’Donnell beginning next week.

Actually, he should probably hold fundraisers for other candidates who are closer to winning, and hold of supporting O’Donnell until/unless she gets within striking distance in the polls.

Count to 10 on September 15, 2010 at 8:56 AM

A bunch of establishment crying babies with soggy diapers want to take their toys and go home. Is it any wonder the D’s have majorities and have run everything they touch into the dirt? Too many R’s care more about themselves than their country, the rat bastards.

MarkT on September 15, 2010 at 8:56 AM

HondaV65 on September 15, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Exactly!

fesofee on September 15, 2010 at 8:56 AM

O’Donnell is the Shot heard round the establishment.

GOP: “How could you have done this to us? After all we’ve done for you?”

portlandon on September 15, 2010 at 8:57 AM

If the Washington political establishment wanted to help her, they could do no better than keep criticizing her intelligence and qualifications. In practice, their dissing her does the exact opposite of what they intend.

RBMN on September 15, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Ed Morrissey,

You articulate my thoughts and feelings like few others can do. I so appreciate your honesty and willingness to put your thoughts and feelings on the line without hesitation; this you do daily…

Spot on analysis…

Keemo on September 15, 2010 at 8:57 AM

genuine Republican conservative

See, if you looked at her “background,” which will now be aired at ten times the volume when Democrats start piling on to O’Donnell, you’d realize that she’s not exactly an ideal candidate to brand a “genuine Republican conservative.”

Conservatives don’t file frivolous lawsuits and look for payouts from conservative organizations.

Conservatives pay their debts and don’t depend on others to do so.

Conservatives don’t lie about their education, or their electoral failures, to the public.

And hence, if this is a “genuine Republican conservative,” then perhaps we need to question exactly what the heck that is in the first place.

Mike Castle was certainly not a conservative. We all know that. But he was a Republican (not anti-American or an “Ayatollah”), and if you’re really about building bridges and coalitions, you have to have them in your party. Especially, as you’ll see in coming weeks, in blue states.

Delaware didn’t just turn red last night. Delaware’s still a deep blue state. And that’s why Christine is starting nearly 30 points down in favorability when compared to the Democrat.

Nothing that hasn’t been said here before, but listening to people acting like she’s now some ‘savior of conservatism’ is a bit over the top when you look at her ‘record.’

Good Lt on September 15, 2010 at 8:57 AM

It’s the voice of the people and it’s going to be heard… Even if the Republicans don’t want to listen. And it’s about time.

Crusader Rabbit on September 15, 2010 at 8:57 AM

She has more balls than they (GOP geezers) do.

RandyChandler on September 15, 2010 at 8:58 AM

For all the talk of “intolerance” by conservatives against moderate Republicans, it sure seems like the moderates are having a really hard time supporting the conservatives that beat them.

CDeb on September 15, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Too many R’s care more about themselves than their country, the rat bastards.

MarkT on September 15, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Interesting – is the example Ed wants for the grow up, shut up and get to work mentors the chastised “Republican Establishment” need to see the light.

Sad

Bradky on September 15, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Jeez, if the Republicans don’t like the candidates the voters choose, then the Republican party deserves to go out of business. It’s one thing if David Duke somehow captures a party’s nomination, but if multiple primaries toss out the establishment candidate, here’s a hint: it ain’t the process, but the establishment that needs reforming.

rbj on September 15, 2010 at 8:59 AM

They were listening to compassionate conservative Karl “Marx” Rove.

Valiant on September 15, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Establishment GOPers and RINOs are why the Republican party was where it was in 2006/2008 and why they still poll poorly even today. We’ve tried it there way, with moderates and liberal Republicans support to win election and control and when they got that power, they used it poorly and continue to use it poorly.

It doesn’t work and people see it and are speaking with their votes.

lilliew on September 15, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Murkowski: Hit to bridge.
Bennett: Hit to aft, rudder destroyed, propulsion damaged.
Castle: Direct hit to the magazine.

You sunk my Battleship Yacht! WHAAAAAAAA!

Tea party/Conservative base: “Can you hear us now?”

portlandon on September 15, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Grow a spine, Republicans. Are you representing the people or yourselves?

kingsjester on September 15, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Rhetorical question right?

darwin-t on September 15, 2010 at 8:59 AM

What does Mike Castle’s crash and burn among Delaware Republicans say about their party organization?

Same thing the ’06 and ’08 elections said about it. It’s not good.

I’m a little shocked about Rove, the NRSC and alot of other people have pretty much lost their minds. No matter how you feel about the DE primary, the responsible thing to do is to say as little as possible about it instead of handing the Democrats more “Republican civil war” material.

The Committee did not need to announce that they wouldn’t support O’Donnell on the night of the primary. It was nothing more than an unprofessional ill advised temper tantrum. Direct money elsewhere if you want, but don’t actively undermine O’Donnell – just let it play out.

forest on September 15, 2010 at 9:00 AM

I suppose an example would help.

A genuine Republican conservative AND a viable candidate would be Pat Toomey. He doesn’t’ just talk the talk – he walks it. And he has a record. And hasn’t lied to the public about it.

Disagree?

Good Lt on September 15, 2010 at 9:00 AM

And Sue Bowden should be doing the same for Sharron Angle in Nevada.

[sic] It’s Sue Lowden

pain train on September 15, 2010 at 9:00 AM

portlandon on September 15, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Great minds, Don. Read this.

kingsjester on September 15, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Grow up, shut up, and get to work.

Uh uh. That’s not how it works here.

DaydreamBeliever on September 15, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Rhetorical question right?

darwin-t on September 15, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Yeah. I know. I’m an idealist.

kingsjester on September 15, 2010 at 9:01 AM

They were listening to compassionate conservative Karl “Marx” Rove.

Valiant on September 15, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Rove is in the business of winning elections. Him, you can’t really criticize until he’s proven wrong. Hasn’t been shown yet that he’s wrong. Instead of throwing rocks at Rove, go out and make sure that he will be wrong.

RBMN on September 15, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Grow up, shut up, and get to work.

Exactly – isn’t that what primaries are for? To let the people decide their candidate?

I didn’t like McCain but when he got the nomination – I fully supported him because he was our candidate. Come on NRSC put your big boy pants on and grow up!

Oh and if all of DeMint’s SCF people win in November – I think he runs for President. Just a wild prediction.

gophergirl on September 15, 2010 at 9:02 AM

In fact, the odds of winning control of the upper chamber didn’t actually decline all that much, because they were small to begin with.

Actually Nate Silver calculated the odds to be about 1 in 4 (now much lower of course).

Besides, we need 60 seats to repeal Obamacare, which means we have to gain a total of 19 seats in 2010 and 2012 to do repeal in 2013. Which is very difficult to do, so every seat matters.

Jon0815 on September 15, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Establishment GOPers and RINOs are why the Republican party was where it was in 2006/2008 and why they still poll poorly even today. We’ve tried it there way, with moderates and liberal Republicans support to win election and control and when they got that power, they used it poorly and continue to use it poorly.

It doesn’t work and people see it and are speaking with their votes.

lilliew on September 15, 2010 at 8:59 AM

It wasn’t so much the candidates as it was the political climate and the political theories they were operating on.

Count to 10 on September 15, 2010 at 9:02 AM

RINO=/= electable
RINO=unelectable losers, as in, Sore Losers

Waiting now for Rove, Cornyn and that whole pathetic bunch to announce they are launching a new party and are looking for a new “base” to elect them upon demand. Good riddance, fools.

james23 on September 15, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Brilliant analysis of the situation Ed.

Jerome Horwitz on September 15, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Castle’s loss is actually similar to what happened a year ago in NY-23 with Dede Scozzafava, where the Republican officials in charge bought into the idea that there had been such a seismic change in the voters’ beliefs after the 2008 election, only a liberal Republican could possibly get elected in the Northeast, and lost track of what the district’s voters actually believed.

The same was true here — the CW was that only a liberal Republican like Castle could get elected in Delaware, so let’s nominate Castle, without grasping what the primary voters wanted. Having such a long record of winning in the House is a bit of a mitigating circumstance for the Delaware Republican Party, but on the other side, they had almost a year more warning that than the Upstate New York GOP poobahs about how angry the voters are, so to be acting so openly petulant right now about the results after a 15-month warning about what might happen is childish (Castle can take his ball and go home if he wants, but for people like Rove or the Republican Senate Campaign Committee to throw a tantrum for the world to see means they’re going to lose even more credibility with the base in the future, especially since they had the option of looking for what they believed was a better candidate than O’Donnell to run for Biden’s job to begin with).

jon1979 on September 15, 2010 at 9:03 AM

RINOs sure are sore losers.

WannabeAnglican on September 15, 2010 at 9:03 AM

This is all about who’s gonna cast a vote for Senate GOP Leader and for the chairman of the NRSC. All they establishments want – is to maintain their leadership positions in the Senate. Well guess what – I look at all the potential GOP pickups in the Senate – and I can’t find many that will support them. Christine O’Donnel damn sure won’t if she wins.

And thanks to last night’s results – Mike Castle WILL NEVER be able to support them!

HondaV65 on September 15, 2010 at 8:53 AM

zackly. Their sole concern is “TURF.”

james23 on September 15, 2010 at 9:04 AM

RINOs sure are sore losers.

WannabeAnglican on September 15, 2010 at 9:03 AM

But you guys don’t care about what RINOs think, nor are you concerned with getting their support or money, so why complain about it?

Can’t have it both ways.

Good Lt on September 15, 2010 at 9:04 AM

We were told that in the end having a majority with an (R) after their name was the best thing of all. Well, I see no reason why that statement can’t hold true when a genuine Republican conservative wins a primary.

Well, that’s the key, isn’t it?

It turns out that all that nonsense about voting for the “R” and winning the majority was just a lot of nonsense meant to sucker Conservatives into supporting RINOs. What they really care about is the Liberal agenda. If they can’t get it from the Republican Party, they’ll help the Democrats.

The next time somebody says we have to support a RINO in the primary because it is imporant to win in order to support the agenda, remember what that agenda is: The DISCLOSE Act, Cap and Trade, Card Check, etc… That’s what they really want. You are just being used.

Vote for the Conservative in the primary. After the primary, unite behind the Republican, whomever it may be.

Haiku Guy on September 15, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Grow up, shut up, and get to work.

That is not “Ruling Class” thinking.

DaydreamBeliever on September 15, 2010 at 9:05 AM

RINO=/= electable
RINO=unelectable losers, as in, Sore Losers

If this is true, then how did Scott Brown win?

Or Chris Christie?

Good Lt on September 15, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Rarely have I seen such childishness from the supposed leaders of a political establishment, who set the very rules and customs they now want to ignore because they just got embarrassed on a national stage.
Grow up, shut up, and get to work.</blockquote>

I agree, Ed. +2 for you for telling it like it is and taking the gloves off.

If there is one election where the “conventional wisdom” is completely out the window, this is it. The train is leaving the station folks and We the People are stoking the fire with shovelfuls of coal. The train is going to hit Capitol Hill with a full head of steam and there is going to be the wreckage of conventional wisdom and Mike Castle’s in its wake.

Ed Morrissey is right. Shut up, lend a hand and grab a shovel—O’Donnell’s campaign is a shovel ready project that needs money, talent and assistance and not a whole lotta lip outta folks like Rove and Cornyn.

start shoveling. This train is full steam ahead.

ted c on September 15, 2010 at 9:06 AM

The elites in the republican party aren’t morning the loss the of the senate. They’re morning the loss of their power and ideology. I for one am tired of having mediocre candidates shoved down my throat by power brokers in high places. Career politicians who have lost touch with us common folk. We really are children to them, and can’t be trusted to make the correct secesions.

Also, how can the guy who actually lost the race be a better candidate to win against the democratic opponent. This logically doesn’t make sense to me.

Tommy_G on September 15, 2010 at 9:06 AM

We don’t need another Collins or Snowe in DC.

Mr. Bingley on September 15, 2010 at 9:06 AM

I don’t know about sore losers, but there are some very bad winners on this thread.

Count to 10 on September 15, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Instead, they convinced Castle to leave a relatively safe House seat instead of looking for someone who hadn’t backed a government takeover of the energy sector in cap-and-trade (in a coal-dependent region!) and co-sponsored the DISCLOSE Act. Perhaps had the GOP establishment listened a little more carefully to Delaware Republicans, who turned out relatively heavily in this election, they wouldn’t find themselves crying in their lattes this morning.

PWNED! Excellent, Ed!

fossten on September 15, 2010 at 9:06 AM

I’m all for sending messages but at the end of the day all this frustration better not give Obama four more years.

sherry on September 15, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Can’t have it both ways.

Good Lt on September 15, 2010 at 9:04 AM

They sound much like Obama telling John “The election is over – we won”

Good luck with that strategy to appeal to the larger bloc of voters considering whether to support her or not.

Bradky on September 15, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Christine might be crazy, but she must be supported.

blatantblue on September 15, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Grow up, shut up, and get to work.

Hear Hear!

excellent post Ed

cmsinaz on September 15, 2010 at 9:07 AM

What a bunch of whiny little bitches! Pull on your big boy boxers on and try to go win DE!

Darksean on September 15, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Rove: The Architect of filibuster proof majorities for the democrats headed up by radical marxists like Reid and Pelosi.

exceller on September 15, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Castle was a man of loyalty to party … HAH, now I need to clean my keyboard, again.

RINOs, hunt them to extinction.

tarpon on September 15, 2010 at 9:08 AM

I’m all for sending messages but at the end of the day all this frustration better not give Obama four more years.

sherry on September 15, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Thank you. All this infighting and petty crap is just going to take the focus away from the democrats and Obama.

Everybody just needs to let it go and move on.

gophergirl on September 15, 2010 at 9:08 AM

Jeez, if the Republicans don’t like the candidates the voters choose, then the Republican party deserves to go out of business.

rbj on September 15, 2010 at 8:59 AM

I’ve been chastised by some on HA for calling these establishment Republicans “Ayatollahs” – but in my mind – they proved last night that they’ve earned that name.

They demonstrated they have nothing but disdain for the will of the voters. They’ve demonstrated that they’re willing to FIGHT AGAINST the will of the voters?

What kind of party leadership is this? This UN-DEMOCRATIC behavior is NOT CONSISTENT with American ideals. This is a Republic – the people don’t “rule” the nation – but it was set up so that the PEOPLE ELECT THE REPRESENTATIVES. They people get to choose! Not the Ayatollahs!

This isn’t Iran dammit and it’s time for us to send a message to these tired old Ayatollahs.

JOHN CORNYN NEEDS TO RESIGN FROM THE NRSC IMMEDIATELY!

HondaV65 on September 15, 2010 at 9:08 AM

One of the principles I like to adhere to is to understand how something works before you declare it broken and make things worse trying to “fix” it. I work on computers, and my worst customers are those who know just enough about their computers to try and fix some glitch on their own, get in too deep, and then want me to pick up the pieces with no chance of data loss.

The GOP establishment built itself in the midst of an utterly hostile society dominated by progressives. They learned hard lessons about throwing bad money after good, and the agonizing choice between principles and winning a vital seat. Before going SCREW YOU RINO and ignoring their advice on an issue or candidate, try for once respectfully asking and finding out why they are making the choices they are making. You may agree or disagree with the conclusion, but try to figure out the logic behind it. That way, your dissent is informed, and you may be able to figure out a way to prevent the pitfalls the other guy was worried about while achieving your goals.

Sekhmet on September 15, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Nailed it, Ed.

LastRick on September 15, 2010 at 9:09 AM

If this is true, then how did Scott Brown win?

Or Chris Christie?

Good Lt on September 15, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Tea Party.

fossten on September 15, 2010 at 9:09 AM

“The Boston Tea Party was protesting abuse of power. This is now trading public power for the abuse of private power,” Clinton said

I’m not seeing this.
Since when do voters abuse power ?

J_Crater on September 15, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Grow up, shut up, and get to work.

spot on. throw the bums unwilling to work out!

jbh45 on September 15, 2010 at 9:09 AM

What a surprise….Castle says he won’t endorse O’Donnell.

Typical sore-loser RINO reaction. These vermin always show their true colors in defeat.

John Doe on September 15, 2010 at 9:09 AM

The DE threads live…my prayers to Gaia have been answered. Sweet sweet Gaia.

Bishop on September 15, 2010 at 9:09 AM

They sound much like Obama telling John “The election is over – we won”

These are the same people who criticized Obama for alienating people with a “our way or the highway” approach to politics.

Grow up, shut up, and get to work.

Aka, “I WON.”

I’d just caution the people high on this win right now that some of you are in danger of becoming that which you criticize.

Good Lt on September 15, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Good Lt on September 15, 2010 at 8:57 AM

She’s our candidate and you’re still trying to tear her down? You are stuck on stupid. Get rid of your hate. It will only make you emotionally sick and destroy you inside. It is time to win for individual liberty, capitalism and the Constitution.

scrubjay on September 15, 2010 at 9:09 AM

I live in Maryland, but on the Eastern Shore, very close to Delaware. What everyone is missing is……other than the big cities…..most of Delaware is small towns, farmland, and an Air Force base. Most of the republicans are very conservative. The GOP needs to get over it, buck up, and support the canidate the people chose. “It was not Mike Castle’s seat to lose……..it is the ‘people’s seat’

RUReadingthis on September 15, 2010 at 9:10 AM

I’m all for sending messages but at the end of the day all this frustration better not give Obama four more years.

sherry on September 15, 2010 at 9:06 AM

I’d drink to that, but drinking this early is a bad thing

Sekhmet on September 15, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Great minds, Don. Read this.

kingsjester on September 15, 2010 at 9:00 AM

AWESOME write up. You nailed it.

“Unfortunately for the career politicians and political pundits, last night, for the voters, principles mattered more than strategy.

Golden.

portlandon on September 15, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Tea Party.

fossten on September 15, 2010 at 9:09 AM

The tea party supports RINOs now?

Huh.

Good Lt on September 15, 2010 at 9:10 AM

People are still fighting, the GOP is whining and Castle is bitching and being a sore loser … but isn’t this healthy? Isn’t this how our political process was envisioned? Free speech was included in the Bill of Rights precisely to protect political speech because the founders knew politics is a wild and dirty business and the people must have a voice against those who attempt to “rule”.

Fighting and squabbling is a good thing. If we just accepted what the “ruling class” gives us then we’d do a disservice to what the founders fought to create.

darwin on September 15, 2010 at 9:10 AM

I agree with what Ed wrote. Although I think O’Donnell is a flawed candidate, it is time to support her, and the establishment has nobody but themselves to blame for picking the most liberal possible candidate to run in Castle – in a year when voters, even in liberal states, are rejecting liberalism in all its forms.

So, I will support O’Donnell and hope for the best and if the GOP wants our support in the future, they need to do more than give lip service to supporting O’Donnell in this race. We would have expected all of the O’Donnell supporters to fall in line with Castle had he won, those of us who felt he was the best shot at winning this seat (even though not liking him or his positions), can hardly refuse to do the same.

Monkeytoe on September 15, 2010 at 9:11 AM

If O’Donnell loses, amidst a Republican tidal wave, I’m sure that Karl will be happy to accept all your apologies. :)

RBMN on September 15, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Good Lt on September 15, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Latte a little salty this morning?

fossten on September 15, 2010 at 9:11 AM

If this is true, then how did Scott Brown win?

Or Chris Christie?

Good Lt on September 15, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Scott Brown got significant Tea Party support.

HondaV65 on September 15, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Nothing that hasn’t been said here before, but listening to people acting like she’s now some ‘savior of conservatism’ is a bit over the top when you look at her ‘record.’

Good Lt on September 15, 2010 at 8:57 AM

You are right when you say that she doesn’t fit the mold of the Establishment elite. She comes off as a regular imperfect person who has problems and difficulties like any other average person. That’s the point dude. The electorate is looking for people who we identify with. The rule of the Establishment is over. The government of the people and by the people has begun…

Guardian on September 15, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Instead of pouting, Republican leaders in Delaware and around the country need to unite around the nominee, who was chosen by the Republicans in Delaware.

You’ve nailed it Ed. I wanted Castle to win on the grounds of general election chances (mostly because of any future Obama SCOTUS appointments). The Republican voters of DE disagree. That’s THEIR call. Now its up to the party to support the candidate.

tgharris on September 15, 2010 at 9:11 AM

If this is true, then how did Scott Brown win?

Or Chris Christie?

Good Lt on September 15, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Well, for one, they are much better candidates than O’Donnell

blatantblue on September 15, 2010 at 9:11 AM

I hope all of the Texans here realize that our Senator, John Cornyn, is the leader of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the Republican organization that says they will not help the newly elected Republican Tea Party candidate in Delaware.

John Cornyn is a big-spending Washington insider who supported Arlen Spector, Lisa Murkowski, Charlie Crist and now Mike Castle. The Tea Party movement is strong in Texas. Senator Cornyn, this will come back to haunt you.

halfastro on September 15, 2010 at 9:11 AM

You are stuck on stupid.

Get rid of your hate.

Irony.

Good Lt on September 15, 2010 at 9:11 AM

I heard Karl Rove whining and trashing O’Donnell last night on Fox, and walked away disgusted with those inside the beltway career politicians. They really do not get it. The voting public are really sick and tired of these career politicians and the Republicans in Delaware gave a firm rejection to the liberal Castle, much the same way the voters in Pennsylvania sent Spector into a long overdue retirement. The GOP had better wise up and get behind the peoples’ choice in the primaries, or else they are going to go the way of the Whigs. The Tea Party is the new Republican party.

simkeith on September 15, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Good Lt on September 15, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Please go get some sleep. You are a normally intelligent commenter here. Now you have developed a monomania.. Stop,please!

katy the mean old lady on September 15, 2010 at 9:11 AM

If O’Donnell loses, amidst a Republican tidal wave, I’m sure that Karl will be happy to accept all your apologies. :)

RBMN on September 15, 2010 at 9:11 AM

LOL – no one’s going to apologize to him for HIS conduct!

HondaV65 on September 15, 2010 at 9:12 AM

portlandon on September 15, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Thank you, my friend.

kingsjester on September 15, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Well, for one, they are much better candidates than O’Donnell

blatantblue on September 15, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Indeed.

They had records you could examine.

Good Lt on September 15, 2010 at 9:12 AM

What a surprise….Castle says he won’t endorse O’Donnell.
Typical sore-loser RINO reaction. These vermin always show their true colors in defeat.
John Doe on September 15, 2010 at 9:09 AM

And right off the bat I get crushed by realizing what aholes the GOP manages to produce to represent me. Castle won’t endorse, huh? The trough-feeding pig had 18 years at the bucket, thought he was a lock for a new gig in the senate, and when it doesn’t work out he whines.

What a pathetic state of affairs, no wonder the GOP can’t bring in the fundraising cash.

Bishop on September 15, 2010 at 9:12 AM

I’ve been chastised by some on HA for calling these establishment Republicans “Ayatollahs” – but in my mind – they proved last night that they’ve earned that name.

HondaV65 on September 15, 2010 at 9:08 AM

Don’t worry about being chastised, you’re quite correct, and I support your conclusions.

Jerome Horwitz on September 15, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Oh, please

agree on comment

the biggest disappointment is the possible failure to create a RINO gang, which could work with the DEMs to pass progressive law, like amnesty, and pretend it was the doing of the gang and not the general body of GOP Senators

The better question on which to focus is in Martin’s second paragraph. What does Mike Castle’s crash and burn among Delaware Republicans say about their party organization?

it was a vote of no confidence by conservatives in that state

Rove’s grief was real. Now his offspring might have to be changing sheets in a cheap motel, instead of an illegal Mexican, or something to that effect

no biggee, Reid is going to tack amnesty onto mil spending bill, so he can allow all lame duckers to pretend they were forced to vote amnesty to help the mil. Not so good for Rove, but whatever. Maybe the RINOs will bite. if they think they are going down in flames, they will

reid is a crap shooter and a lot has been shot of said crap this election

entagor on September 15, 2010 at 9:12 AM

SEN Cornyn:

Sir, Christine O’Donnell beat Mike Castle handily last night in Delaware. I urge you and the NRSC to get behind this candidate with both rhetorical and financial support. This train is leaving the station and We the People are driving it. The question is, is the NRSC on board or not. Sir, please get on board.

sent to info@johncornyn.com

ted c on September 15, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Monkeytoe on September 15, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Well said

Sekhmet on September 15, 2010 at 9:12 AM

HondaV65 on September 15, 2010 at 9:08 AM

The GOP looks at O’Donnell’s numbers, and sees an insurmountable deficit. For all of your disparagement of their motives, wasting support on someone who is that unlikely to win would be an irresponsible use of donated money.

Count to 10 on September 15, 2010 at 9:13 AM

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