Scarborough: Delaware Republicans voted for O’Donnell because of Dunkin’ Donuts, or something

posted at 10:55 am on September 15, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Jim Vicevich gives us a couple of revealing clips from this morning’s Joe Scarborough show after Christine O’Donnell’s upset of Mike Castle in the Delaware Senate primary. Scarborough decides that the reason O’Donnell won was because her campaign used a Dunkin’ Donuts font on her signs, a remarkable observation from a man who can’t get the name on the signs right. He calls her “McDonald” twice in laying out his new political theory:

Somewhat more sanely, Mark Halperin calls the results not just “apocalyptic” but perhaps even “post-apocalyptic,” before reminding everyone that the Tea Party actually has a good record of producing viable candidates:

There’s a difference between northwest Florida and Delaware, but perhaps not as big as one might think. After all, O’Donnell got 54% of Republicans in her state to reject Mike Castle and his liberal policy positions, a fact that these analysts continue to miss.  Castle was hardly an unknown, and he had the full weight of the Republican Party in his corner, too.  Yet more than half of the supposedly moderate Republicans in Delaware, who the party insisted wouldn’t support a true conservative, deliberately chose O’Donnell and rebuked the GOP for pushing a liberal in this election cycle.

Is Delaware a more moderate state than Florida?  Yes.  Will it be harder for O’Donnell to win a general election than Castle?  Yes.  But it appears from the only poll that matters that the differences between the two have been overstated, and that the Republican Party missed a big opportunity to promote a candidate that actually believes in limited, smaller government for the Senate seat in Delaware.  We know that there had to be a few potential candidates, because 54% of the Republicans in Delaware just told the GOP that’s what they wanted all along.  And if they don’t start paying attention, that may be the apocalyptic development of this election.


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DE may just be tacking in a more conservative direction in that ObaMao and the Dems’ legislation efforts have undermined key industries in the state.

onlineanalyst on September 15, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Rove was back on Fox today, bashing her personally. What’s interesting is that this tactic clearly failed, since he’s just parroting Castle’s campaign rhetoric.

It’s fascinating to watch. Looks like Fox is having a blast with this uproar.

AnninCA on September 15, 2010 at 11:59 AM

An Escort, not a Ho
Joe, like Bush, is so surrounded by leftists he has carefully shifted his opinions so as to be slightly right of Pelosi while trying not to offend anyone. MSNBC’s only sorry excuse for a centrist paired with pseudo-conservative anti-semite Pat Robertson. At least Eugene, KOS and the others are just naked progressiveism couched in entertaining language. I don’t watch him much anymore except for an occasional peek during commercial. They are all in complete dismissal & denial at the mood of the electorate which is contempt towards exactly what Joe is.

Rea1ityCheck on September 15, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Keepinitreal, if he is still a conservative, he sure doesn’t show it on his morning show…..he praises dear leader and ridicules gop more often than not

cmsinaz on September 15, 2010 at 12:06 PM

DE may just be tacking in a more conservative direction in that ObaMao and the Dems’ legislation efforts have undermined key industries in the state.

onlineanalyst on September 15, 2010 at 11:57 AM

True. It’s a small state, but there’s a lot of tripwires that have been set off by the Dems.
Two auto assembly plants (GM and Chrysler) closed in 2009. Financial industry under attack (many firms’ HQs are in Wilmington). Tourism down (Sussex County). Home building down statewide. Cap-and-tax likely to adversely affect chemical industry. Drug firms under attack from health care reform. Oh, and the military (Dover AFB) is really unloved by the Dems.

ya2daup on September 15, 2010 at 12:09 PM

Scarborough decides that the reason O’Donnell won was because her campaign used a Dunkin’ Donuts font on her signs, a remarkable observation from a man who can’t get the name on the signs right. He calls her “McDonald” twice in laying out his new political theory:

Wow, Scarborough gotta be the most pathetic hack pretending to be a conservative. No wonder why he seems to be such a good fit with MSNBC.

Norwegian on September 15, 2010 at 12:15 PM

No wonder why he seems to be such a good fit with MSNBC.

Norwegian on September 15, 2010 at 12:15 PM

He’s a good fit because he says and does exactly what he’s told. That started the day he tried to use his more independent show to shill for his law partner’s class action law suit against pressure treated lumber makers.

TheBigOldDog on September 15, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Keepinitreal, if he is still a conservative, he sure doesn’t show it on his morning show…..he praises dear leader and ridicules gop more often than not

cmsinaz on September 15, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Yeah, he does go out of his way to crap on Republicans. He says he’s just calling out those on both sides who are blinded by ideology but it does seem that he just likes to get slaps on the back from the libs at MSNBC. He really goes out of his way to show that he is not that kind of conservative. It does grow rather old. With all of that said, his actual positions are solidly conservative and he does offer some constructive criticism that we’d be wise to listen to…that’s if you can get past his boneheadedness and Democrat butt-kissing first.

keepinitreal on September 15, 2010 at 12:21 PM

If we have time for marginal Mournin’ Joe, I hope Ed is preparing a post about Dinesh D’Souza’s Forbes preview of his upcoming book about Obama’s anti-colonial rage inherited from his father. Lucianne.com was all over this yesterday.

Terrie on September 15, 2010 at 12:21 PM

The conservatives in Delaware are energized by a conservative candidate and their vote shows that. They will begin to talk about and promote conservative ideas and arguments in a way that an Obama Republican candidate would never have. This is a good thing. It takes time, and perhaps a bit of pain, before people are willing to consider alternatives to business as usual. The libprogarxists have provided the pain, now give it a bit of time.
 
Oh, and let’s not forget that good conservatives can win in these states, especially when they’ve been exposed to the incompetence of the left long enough. Does 1984 ring any bells? How about Tom Foley being deposed by George Neathercutt in 1994? Good things are possible for conservatives that can articulate the practical differences in ideology.

ClanDerson on September 15, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Castle was hardly an unknown, and he had the full weight of the Republican Party in his corner, too.

Why should the party take stands and all. Let the voters make a choice as to who their nominee should be?

Republican Party missed a big opportunity to promote a candidate that actually believes in limited, smaller government for the Senate seat in Delaware

They should have just stayed out and let the candidates make the case to their constituents.

antisocial on September 15, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Remind me again who watches scarborough. Hasn’t it become obvious he has changed into a dem

jamc1316 on September 15, 2010 at 1:11 PM

..these people are delusional! Delusional, I say!

Ed made the point yesterday that we were a i-in-5 shot of taking over so O’Donnell ‘s win sends a message to the RINOs that there’s a mob out there with pitchforks and torches. It may not happen in 2010 but we get the house and then we come back in two years for the senate and the POSTUS.

If anything, echo chamber talk like this will be like a dose of Darvon for the Dems. You can almost HEAR the sound of relief in these idiots’ dialog. There’s a palpable sense of releif that maybe NOvember will not be the bloodbath everyone is predicting.

..yeah, yeah, yeah, sonny Jim, keep penetrating that chicken’s behind with your member.

The War Planner on September 15, 2010 at 1:12 PM

..oh, and even Rove said last night in his brawl with Hannity, that the Tea Party/conservative vote turnout was larger; more than in the past for a Republican primary while the Dem turnout was down. in Delaware. Plus the fact that the RNSC said they’d support O’Donnell fully.

I’m thinking Scott Brown in a dress and high heels come NOvember.

The War Planner on September 15, 2010 at 1:16 PM

I think RINO Joe says stooooopid crap like this to see if anyone is watching his stinkin show. After all fewer people watch it than do Red Eye at 3am

iam7545 on September 15, 2010 at 1:18 PM

/Forget about this. Any word on the Dem’s big announcement that will chamge the future of the Party?

Awww. Lookie.. it’s a WEBSITE!
http://www.democrats.org/

LimaLimaMikeFoxtrot on September 15, 2010 at 1:20 PM

…harder to win. Yes. Maybe. She does have her work cut out for her. Gee, it might be easier if the gop got behind their candidate.

Kissmygrits on September 15, 2010 at 11:13 AM

So now, you need the GOP…LOL. You people are so funny. You pick out a proven liar, who accuses a well known republican of having a gay affair, and you expect the GOp to support her?

You people said you would rather lose than vote for Castle. The GOP is just obliging you.

Chudi on September 15, 2010 at 11:17 AM

ROFL! It’s pretty clear from the money bomb on her site, and the smell of fear from the establishment GOP, that is is clear that the GOP leadership is not needed.

Hmmm… maybe that explains all the fear from you and others… the conservative voters have woken up, are rising up, and now realize that they hold the power… not their GOP leadership masters!

dominigan on September 15, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Yea. She beat former Governor Castle, who had a lot of friends in the state and had done some great things over the years.

More importantly, he has big ears. And voters seem to elect anything with big ears.

IlikedAUH2O on September 15, 2010 at 2:04 PM

There’s a reason why Scarborough acts like a dick. It’s because…well..you know.

Mr. Grump on September 15, 2010 at 2:13 PM

There’s a reason why Scarborough acts like a dick. It’s because…well..you know.

Mr. Grump on September 15, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Stockholm syndrome to some extent…

slickwillie2001 on September 15, 2010 at 2:16 PM

But it appears from the only poll that matters that the differences between the two have been overstated, and that the Republican Party missed a big opportunity to promote a candidate that actually believes in limited, smaller government for the Senate seat in Delaware.

I LOVE YOU ED!

HondaV65 on September 15, 2010 at 2:48 PM

An Escort, not a Ho

Joe, like Bush, is so surrounded by leftists he has carefully shifted his opinions so as to be slightly right of Pelosi while trying not to offend anyone. MSNBC’s only sorry excuse for a centrist paired with pseudo-conservative anti-semite Pat Robertson. At least Eugene, KOS and the others are just naked progressiveism couched in entertaining language. I don’t watch him much anymore except for an occasional peek during commercial. They are all in complete dismissal & denial at the mood of the electorate which is contempt towards exactly what Joe is.

Rea1ityCheck on September 15, 2010 at 12:03 PM

I’m hoping this is just a typo and you meant Buchanan. Not that I like him either, but Robertson makes Buchanan look like a sober intellectual.

Then again, I guess Robertson would fit right in with the rest of the kooks at MSNBC.

RINO in Name Only on September 15, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Tremble Rinos.

Alden Pyle on September 15, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Scarborough is a sell out that hasn’t gotten anything right in at least a decade. I only watch his show so I can start the day with a few laughs.

joedoe on September 15, 2010 at 3:50 PM

Karl Rove never was a conservative and just proved it, Karl Rove is a Liberal Republican though Not Socialist who believe in the GOP first. the GOP’s problem has been COMPROMISING with Socialists ever since the Goldwater defeat. It Not be allowed again. If Goldwater ran for POTUS in November 2012 then Goldwater would defeat NObama in a landslide because 75% of American voters get it, and Saul Alinsky Socialist smears just are not working anymore, proof? ask Mike Castle in Liberal Delaware.

mathewsjw on September 15, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Dunkin Donuts…McDonald (as in Ronald)…Seems like his mind is on other things. Joe must have to be at work too early in the morning to have had breakfast. Maybe he’s just hungry or having a severe blood sugar drop. Of course, it could just be like everyone here seems to think and he really is just a doofus. I don’t watch him.

pannw on September 15, 2010 at 3:56 PM

Is Delaware a more moderate state than Florida? Yes.

Ed, I don’t think you normally get something horribly wrong but please, please don’t begin equating “liberal” and “moderate”. Florida is a moderate state that has nearly equal numbers of liberals and conservatives.

Delaware is a liberal state that has almost as many unicorns as Republicans in national office. There’s nothing “moderate” about being a liberal.

livefreerdie on September 15, 2010 at 4:05 PM

RINO in Name Only so correct. Sorry for Typo meant Pat Buchannan not Robertson (or Boone) for that matter. Thanx

Rea1ityCheck on September 15, 2010 at 12:03 PM
I’m hoping this is just a typo and you meant Buchanan. Not that I like him either, but Robertson makes Buchanan look like a sober intellectual.

Then again, I guess Robertson would fit right in with the rest of the kooks at MSNBC.

RINO in Name Only on September 15, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Rea1ityCheck on September 15, 2010 at 4:29 PM

by Joe’s and Mika’s body language I swear I think there might have been some secret bedroom loving between the two… I’m not alone in thinking this way as peers agree. We also think Joe has been compromised and somebody has some dirt on him.

I mean he used to be a pretty fierce conservative while in the House and a couple of years after that if I remember correctly.

Watching_Cloward-Piven on September 15, 2010 at 4:47 PM

If it’s employed by MSNBC, it’s gotta be a moron.

It’s a requirement.

SuperCool on September 15, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Watching_Cloward-Piven on September 15, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Mika went through a beans-and-rice phase before MSNBC picked her up as a 00/30 newsreader, and Joe rescued her with Morning Joe. She owes him somewhat. Bedroom stuff? Naah.

Mika B.

slickwillie2001 on September 15, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Halperin: “Apocalyptic.”

Hi Ed. How are you? That’s nice. Well, have a great rest of the day.

apacalyps on September 15, 2010 at 7:51 PM

“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.”
— Mahatma Gandhi

ronsfi on September 15, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Joe Scarborough is going to be wailing and gnashing his teeth for a long, long time. Eventually he may snap out of it, but I doubt it.

disa on September 15, 2010 at 10:42 PM

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