Hmmm: Castle took calls from Obama and Biden after losing

posted at 5:02 pm on September 16, 2010 by Allahpundit

The boss emeritus threw a jolt into the blogosphere by flagging this last night, and with good reason. Is America’s new most famous RINO about to go fully rogue and endorse Coons?

No. Or should I say, not yet?

Castle has spent the past 36 hours fielding phone calls and pats on the back from well-wishing colleagues and other politicians, including President Obama, Vice President Biden, House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and dozens of others. He said that he was coming to grips with the reasons for his defeat – a conservative rebellion in the southern portion of the state that was given extra ammunition by Sarah Palin’s endorsement of O’Donnell. But he said that there probably wasn’t enough time in the next six weeks for him to get over some of the attacks lobbed in the contest.

“There are a lot of personal feelings in all this,” Castle said in an interview off the House floor, citing “some of the personal smears” in the bitterly fought campaign. “At this point I have no intention of endorsing.”

He ruled out supporting the Democratic nominee, New Castle County Executive Christopher Coons, suggesting that he will remain neutral in the run for Senate.

He’s not as neutral as he’d like you to think: According to Ben Smith, his campaign team was still sending out anti-O’Donnell e-mails a day after the election. Very lame. And speaking of lame, here’s Delaware GOP chairman Tom Ross calling for unity — after having infamously said of O’Donnell a few days before the election, “She could not be elected dog catcher.” If you want to throw roundhouses, Tom, be a pundit, not a politico. Oh well. Ross says he’d like to remain a politico:

“Tuesday night, Delaware Republicans came out in large numbers to nominate candidates across the state to bring prosperity and accountability to Washington and Dover. After a hard fought primary it is time to come together and unite over our shared principles and determination to rescue our economy from the destructive policies advanced by Democrats.”

“The Delaware Republican Party plans on doing what it does every election year – working hard for our candidates. We have reached out to the NRSC, NRCC, and RNC to ensure that our candidates have as much support as possible. The winds of change are blowing hard in Delaware and together we can take our state and country back. I will honor my commitment to our party’s grassroots activists and continue to serve as Chairman of the Republican Party of Delaware.”

Whether the party’s grassroots activists, most of whom assuredly supported O’Donnell, want him to stay is up to them. But even as a guy who grudgingly backed Castle, I’d want him out for being a horrible strategist. It’s one thing for the state party to back a candidate because they think the other can’t possibly win, but to gratuitously alienate one side’s supporters with “dog catcher” rhetoric when you know you’ll need them for the general? By doing that, this guy might have blown the seat for the GOP even if Castle had won. Why keep him?

As expected, Biden’s already making plans to campaign for Coons inside the state. I wonder if that was going to happen all along or if the Dems are suddenly worried about O’Donnell’s fundraising bonanza yesterday. In the course of one day, she’s basically pulled even with him in terms of money in the bank, and given the grassroots enthusiasm for her, she may very well end up out-earning. That’s wonderful news no matter who ends up taking the seat because the Dems are going to have to spend money now, if only to ensure that a comfortable lead remains comfortable. (In fact, they’ve already announced their first ad buy in the area.) More money spent on Coons means less money spent everywhere else; Democrats would counter that that’s also true of grassroots righties donating to O’Donnell, but I’m not so sure. I suspect a fair number of them were never planning to donate to anyone but are so excited by her win that they’re digging deep — and, now that they’re in the habit, they may dig deep for other candidates too. Having Biden campaign for Coons is a cheap counter to her money advantage because it’ll attract “earned media,” a.k.a. news coverage, that the campaign doesn’t spend a dime on. Can’t wait to see what the polls look like in, say, two weeks.

Update: Sounding more like Dennis Hopper than ever, our vice president previews his stump speech:

On the heels of Christine O’Donnell’s primary win in Delaware Tuesday, Vice President Biden tonight had a straightforward message to progressives: “Get in gear, man.”…

“I think it’s time for our base to say, ‘Hey man, take a look. This opposition is for real,’” he said.


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they have their Castle

we have our Palin:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says tea party-backed politicians are “shaking up the good old boys” with their movement that she said represents mainstream ideals of restoring prosperity.

The 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate told an audience of about 10,000 people Thursday

unseen on September 16, 2010 at 6:06 PM

According to Ben Smith, his campaign team was still sending out anti-O’Donnell e-mails a day after the election. Very lame.

Hannity got one yesterday and read it on the air today. Say what you want about Hannity in this race, sending out nasty letters with “McCastle for Senate” letterhead the day after the election is, indeed, very lame.

The info about Obama and Biden calling Castle is interesting, especially since I think Castle was considering a defection.

It’s also interesting that only after Castle lost did they start to talk up Coons. I wonder if Reid got the call to go out and say something good about Coons that would make the news today, resulting in the “my pet” remarks. No reporter could have ignored something that bizarre.

Missy on September 16, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Crist/Castle 2012. “Put Crist in the Castle!”

MaxMBJ on September 16, 2010 at 6:08 PM

O’Donnell is not fit to be senator.

As far as I’m aware she hasn’t driven drunk off a bridge and left someone to drown, nor was arrested in an nternational airport for trying to hookup with a homosexual, nor committed adultery while their spouse was dying of cancer, nor had a sweet deal with a lending agency because of a position on a banking committee, nor…

wepeople on September 16, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Sure, sure… but she just isn’t one of them is she? She hasn’t been growing monster-sized government, or raised taxes to shocking new heights, or porked up new government bills by billions of dollars. She just won’t do!

She definitely doesn’t rate a spot in hog-heaven, slurping up the tax-payers’ hard-earned money, and living like a queen while ridiculing the poor huddled masses. No, that’s reserved for the swineish elite establishment types, with their big-spending plans, and their nose for the pork.

Ogabe on September 16, 2010 at 6:08 PM

O/T: Here’s something to put a smile on your face and lighten the atmosphere the of the last few days:

http://wimp.com/dolphinbubbles/

silvernana on September 16, 2010 at 6:10 PM

I’m on pins and needles awaiting Lisa Murkowski’s announcement about whether or not she will give Alaskan voters the opportunity to bitch-slap her one more time.

MaxMBJ on September 16, 2010 at 6:10 PM

AnninCA on September 16, 2010 at 5:11 PM

I’ve been reading your posts for the past couple of days and I just have to say it. Have you got the real AnninCA gagged and locked in closet somewhere?

tigerlily on September 16, 2010 at 6:14 PM

The new Castle/Dem logo

http://www.imao.us/index.php/2010/09/they-make-it-too-easy/

unseen on September 16, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Biden’s already making plans to campaign for Coons

“Big f-ing deal…”

karl9000 on September 16, 2010 at 6:20 PM

Chris Coons is not going to have an easy time convincing DE folks to vote for him. We won’t forget his attempt to raise property taxes and do away with the discount for seniors.
Us natives were pretty upset, but the folks who moved here to get away from high property taxes would be nuts to vote for him.

dinobalz on September 16, 2010 at 6:24 PM

“I think it’s time for our base to say, ‘Hey man, take a look. This opposition is for real,Holy shit – who are those guys’” he said.

drunyan8315 on September 16, 2010 at 6:25 PM

If extablishmen republicans continue to dismiss and antagonize the conservatives, they stand to lose a lot more than a few elections in the future. It looks like we’re headed for a republican not-so-civil war with the establishment generals before it is all over. They want to yield power but are having a bit of trouble doing it without the help of the conservatives. They can’t give orders to the teaparty and are scared to death because of it. Good riddens to the Red Donkeys. We are where we are as a country because of them.

ClanDerson on September 16, 2010 at 6:31 PM

The thing is it was Castle’s race to lose. He had the money, and the GOP establishment … and some favorability over O’Donnell, so if anyone is to blame it’s him.

darwin on September 16, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Maybe that is why he’s being such a doofus. He has to really s*ck to be beaten by someone whose own supporters admit has “issues”?

katiejane on September 16, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Well, the sore losers club: Castle, Specter, Bennett, Murkowski, Crist…. Did I miss some? And to think, this bunch always lectured us about party unity…

mobydutch on September 16, 2010 at 6:40 PM

This is the perfect example of where we need to clean out our own house first before we can move onto others’.

The Notorious G.O.P on September 16, 2010 at 6:42 PM

He blew it. He martyred her.
AnninCA on September 16, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Dead-on accurate.

Irritable Pundit on September 16, 2010 at 6:50 PM

OK Sherlock, here’s your task: find out if there’s any connection between Rove (mister politico-for-hire..for the longest time, for the Republicans…) and Obama/Biden, as far as this Castle election goes.

Lockstein13 on September 16, 2010 at 6:58 PM

I’ve been reading your posts for the past couple of days and I just have to say it. Have you got the real AnninCA gagged and locked in closet somewhere?

tigerlily on September 16, 2010 at 6:14 PM

Ann has multiple personalities.

AsianGirlInTights on September 16, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Why would Obama call Castle?

darwin on September 16, 2010 at 5:11 PM

I assume it has something to do with the Cap and Trade, possibly Amnesty, votes they are hoping to get in the lame duck Congress.

Remember he will still be able to get his revenge, if he wants it. I think the name calling should stop on all sides! Don’t give him reason to want revenge.

It is you with your insulting term RINO that will get people on the edge to do as much damage as they can before they leave.

petunia on September 16, 2010 at 7:12 PM

they have their Castle we have our Palin:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says tea party-backed politicians are “shaking up the good old boys” with their movement that she said represents mainstream ideals of restoring prosperity.

The 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate told an audience of about 10,000 people Thursday

unseen on September 16, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Do you really think Castle gives a rat’s ass about an unwashed mass of taxpaying peons?

Dude, he got to talk to freakin’ OBAMA yesterday!

logis on September 16, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Try some industrial strength Preparation-H, might help you with the pain.

HondaV65 on September 16, 2010 at 5:18 PM

That’s because Nboy endorses the concept of tea party movement but the execution is kind of messy.

Apparently our Nboy is not at the head of the parade. He/she is miffed that nobody follows his/her plan of execution.

Sir Napsalot on September 16, 2010 at 7:18 PM

I hope he endorses Coons. O’Donnell is not fit to be senator.

Narutoboy on September 16, 2010 at 5:04 PM

I was undecided about O’Donnell, thank you.

GO O’DONNELL!
GO O’DONNELL!
GO O’DONNELL!
GO O’DONNELL!
GO O’DONNELL!
GO O’DONNELL!

Slowburn on September 16, 2010 at 7:20 PM

I’ve been reading your posts for the past couple of days and I just have to say it. Have you got the real AnninCA gagged and locked in closet somewhere?

tigerlily on September 16, 2010 at 6:14 PM

lol, my thoughts too. Then again, I can’t get Admiral Ackbar’s famous words out of my head.

Daemonocracy on September 16, 2010 at 7:27 PM

“Narutoboy” is Hot Air’s resident nut, conservative impersonator, Christian/white hater and frantic masturbator.

Respond to “Narutoboy” if you’re bored.

darwin on September 16, 2010 at 5:27 PM

But he’s on our side, right?

Sir Napsalot on September 16, 2010 at 7:29 PM

Why would Obama call Castle?

darwin on September 16, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Obama called Castle to lay into him and tell him personally how stupid you have to be to blow that race. Obama had plans for that seat, that thing was f***** golden. In two years they were going to pass it off to Beau Biden and begin another political dynasty…thats all hosed up now.

Koa on September 16, 2010 at 7:34 PM

Castle must be in a mentally deranged state after planning to go to the Senate to resume swapping spit with Obama and Biden to being a washed up has-been in the amount of time it takes for a short nap.

volsense on September 16, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Obama called Castle to lay into him and tell him personally how stupid you have to be to blow that race. Obama had plans for that seat, that thing was f***** golden. In two years they were going to pass it off to Beau Biden and begin another political dynasty…thats all hosed up now.

Koa on September 16, 2010 at 7:34 PM

I wish I’d been a fly on the wall!

Mary in LA on September 16, 2010 at 7:40 PM

I hope he endorses Coons. O’Donnell is not fit to be senator.

Narutoboy on September 16, 2010 at 5:04 PM

No person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen.

fossten on September 16, 2010 at 7:43 PM

What the elitest nutjobs can’t comprehend, the Tea Party is not just republicans. Millions of Reagan democrats are in the Tea Party and when American people are united we really are the United States of America. Our enemies will feel the passion of freedom that has been apart of everyone of us. The smell of fear from the libs is very real, as it should be.

volsense on September 16, 2010 at 7:47 PM

volsense on September 16, 2010 at 7:47 PM

I haven’t seen numbers on that and would like to. I suspect that the mostly-liberal polling outfits aren’t going to poll on it because the truth would destroy the narrative.

I suspect R/D/I is about 60/20/20.

slickwillie2001 on September 16, 2010 at 8:20 PM

10 to 1–

If Castle could have run as an Independent he would have pulled a Crist and reentered the race by now. The White House is already pushing him to change parties to run for another office, i bet.

The guy has acted in the typical classless RINO fashion. RINOs lose because they ignore the people, then whine and cry, all while blaming everyone but themselves for their failure. The worst part is this inability of RINOs to lose with some dignity. Ive never seen such a bunch of selfish sore losers….Bennett, Murkowski, Crist, and now Castle have proven themselves every bit as unworthy for office as we thought.

alecj on September 16, 2010 at 8:22 PM

I’m sure that Castle isn’t a ‘pet’ yet.

The training takes more than a few hours.

He has plenty of time to sit up, bark, roll over, and ask for a nice position in the administration… soon all of Delaware will have to ask itself if it wants trained politicians or the untrained sort. The trained ones are so nice, so docile, and will eat you out of house and home. The untrained tend to leave a few messes, but are cheaper to keep.

ajacksonian on September 16, 2010 at 8:24 PM

This is Coons, his record, and the slavish teat sucking of voters in New Castle County (the author is a Libertarian who holds no love for politicians in either the (D) or (R) parties here).

ya2daup on September 16, 2010 at 8:28 PM

Tom Ross couldn’t get elected dogcatcher on a cat farm, that’s for sure.

Akzed on September 16, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Castle needs to stop this pouty girlie stuff, put on his pointy boots, and cowboy the hell up.

Politics isn’t patty cake. Just because a purty girl beat him doesn’t mean he needs to get all pussed up.

Some oldish people are adolescents at heart. Grow up, Mikey.

marybel on September 16, 2010 at 9:26 PM

Respond to “Neuteredboy” if you’re bored.

darwin on September 16, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Fixed

….and I would hate to be that bored !G. DAMN IT anyway !

cableguy615 on September 16, 2010 at 9:39 PM

She accused him of having a gay affair. If Castle endorses her, then I know he has no self respect. O’Donnell is a freaking nut, who is not qualified to be in the senate.

Chudi on September 16, 2010 at 10:09 PM

Looks like all of the O’D supporters and voters have been proven right.

Mirimichi on September 16, 2010 at 10:54 PM

Asian Girl and Daemonocracy -

Just got back and glad to see I’m not the only one thinking that whoever is posting as AnninCA is not the usual suspect.

btw, Daemonocracy, what famous words of Admiral Ackbar were yyou thinking of?

tigerlily on September 17, 2010 at 12:48 AM

And how long ago was it that the MSM was discounting the TEA Party?

Give TEA a Chance, Man…

Keith_Indy on September 17, 2010 at 8:46 AM

Of course Obama and Biden were upset that Castle lost – they were looking forward to working with him.

I want candidates who will not work with the Administration when they are elected.

Obama, Reid, Pelosi et al are people we need to work against (at almost every juncture, I might add) – not people we need to work with.

John Boehner and Mitch McConnell have spent decades working with the opposing party (and, more usually than not, against their own parties).

I want people who will work against people who are leading us

molonlabe28 on September 17, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Castle has spent the past 36 hours fielding phone calls and pats on the back from well-wishing colleagues and other politicians, including President Obama, Vice President Biden, House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and dozens of others.

You’d think that Castle might have the decency to call Christine O’Donnell and give HER a verbal pat on the back. Oh, wait a minute, “there are a lot of personal feelings in all of this”.

Maybe Castle should run for dog-catcher, since he has forgotten how to deal with people.

Steve Z on September 17, 2010 at 9:52 AM

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