Memo to the Right: “The Lombardi Rule” Is In Effect

posted at 12:00 pm on September 19, 2010 by Legal Insurrection

We have heard so much about the supposed Buckley Rule, which Charles Krauthammer and other Mike Castle supporters over-simplistically synthesized as follows:

“Support the most conservative candidate who is electable.”

The Buckley Rule is for primaries.  The Delaware primary is over.  To paraphrase Krauthammer, Castle supporters didn’t go to Delaware and make it happen.

The choice now is between Christine O’Donnell and Chris Coons.

Yet some of our leading bloggers and pundits are on a mission to prove that they were right, and that O’Donnell was not the best pick.  To that end, they regurgitate every snippet of gossip and every tape from the 1990s without context or reflection, much less waiting until the O’Donnell campaign has a chance to respond.

They must have a pretty dim view of the voters in Delaware to think that some sophomoric videos from the 1990s outweigh the national issues hovering over the race, not to mention Coons’ recent problems, like multiple tax increases and an exploding budget deficit in his county.

Do these bloggers on the right think that someone whose job just got shipped to China because of our excessive regulation and taxes gives half a crap about whether Christine O’Donnell “dabled into witchcraft” when she was younger?

Do our self-appointed guardians of “the Buckley Rule” think that the tens of thousands of Delawareans who will be forced off their private health plans, whose businesses will be decimated by cap-and-trade, whose 2nd Amendment rights are under attack, whose right to be left the hell alone is about to evaporate, really care that when Christine O’Donnell was young and irresponsible, she was young and irresponsible?

Does high blog traffic trump our collective national desire to see our kids grow up in a nation in which the state is the servant not the master (h/t Margaret Thatcher)?

To those on the right playing into the Think Progress and Media Matters playbook because they think it makes them look wise, don’t you see the game?

The left is doing to O’Donnell exactly what they did to Sharron Angle — swamp her with accusations and nonsense in the days after the primary to keep her from organizing her campaign.  The Nevada primary was months ago, so Angle had a chance to recover.  O’Donnell doesn’t have that luxury of time given the late primary.  She needs to integrate millions of dollars in new cash, gear up with staff, and plan her attack.

With each of your self-righteous columns and snide blog posts, you become part of the problem not part of the solution.

The woman (at the time, a young woman) went on MTV and Maher and who knows where else, and said somethings that she would not say now.  For that sin you are ready to toss her overboard so that you can declare yourselves to have been wiser than the unwashed voters who elected her in the primary?

And we call the Democrats elitist snobs?  Stop being so damn selfish.  November is not about who was right or wrong in the primaries.  If Castle had won, O’Donnell supporters would have rallied around him, or at least kept their mouths shut.

Quin Hillyer and Mary Katherine Ham have advised that there not be a conservative blog war, because we have more important things to do right now.  Fine, the perps have been called out already and it is time to rally around the effort.

Now that the primary is over, so too is the Buckley Rule.  Please take notice that the Lombardi Rule is in effect:

“The object is to win fairly, by the rules – but to win.”

So [names of conservative blogs and pundits still dumping on O'Donnell deleted], get over it and get to work defeating Democratic rubber-stamp hack Chris Coons.

Because, as Hillyer says, “[w]e are fighting for our country here.”

And winning that fight in November is all that matters.

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An O’Donnell win is a threat because Delaware was supposed to be in full blown RINO territory and if that proves not to be the case, the argument against the more conservative wing of the party is much weaker.

Rove, CK, and others are engaged in a power play within the GOP and that is why an O’Donnell defeat is for them a victory. They want the TPM and Palin reigned in and defeating ‘their’ candidates helps to do that. Rove backing Angle is business, and also allows him to claim some of the cred for her win.

sharrukin on September 19, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Gabriel Malor on September 19, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Gabe, the article isn’t talking about voicing opinions, LI is referring to this:

To that end, they regurgitate every snippet of gossip and every tape from the 1990s without context or reflection, much less waiting until the O’Donnell campaign has a chance to respond.

Will every Maher snippet be replayed around the right-wing blogosphere, accompanied by another round of “I-told-you-she-was-unelectable” recriminations? If so, why? Because you actually think a guy who gets even fewer viewers than Chris Matthews, clipping selectively edited decade old snippets, is newsworthy?

Recall that Maher is the guy who thinks that the American voters are too stupid to be entrusted with the vote, and now he’s out to prove it.

And, not to burst your bubble, but: “you decided to take on bigger blogs in the ‘sphere?”

Get over yourself. You’re all small potatoes.

notropis on September 19, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Yet some of our leading bloggers and pundits are on a mission to prove that they were right, and that O’Donnell was not the best pick.

They were born fools, they are still fools and they will likely remain fools for the rest of their natural lives. They can not see the forest for the trees. They seem to be stuck on binary thinking which is, after all, just another branch of being stuck on stupid. Confucius say, ‘If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people’.

Jeckle on September 19, 2010 at 3:11 PM

And if she wins, I hope the first thing she does is turn Maher into a frog!

pilamaye on September 19, 2010 at 1:03 PM

LOL! She already turned Rove and SourKraut into screeching, Establishment/DC Insider, RINO lovin harpys!

dhunter on September 19, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Buckley Rule

Rules like that they say?
We shamble on through this hell
Finding more and more principles to sell
Till there comes a day when we trade our souls away!
Oh, every Judas once loved a Jesus
But finally treason will seize us
We all are caught in the middle
Of one long treacherous riddle
Of who trusts who, maybe I’ll trust you
But can you trust me?

PercyB on September 19, 2010 at 3:27 PM

But the Left uses the Allinsky Rule, which is win at all costs, even if you have to lie, cheat, destroy the opposition; even stealing the election is OK with them….!

DL13 on September 19, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Apparently Castle wasn’t electable in the primary, so the RINO’s should’ve supported O’Donnell.

JellyToast on September 19, 2010 at 3:34 PM

To paraphrase Lincoln, “He drinks? Find out what and send it to my other generals.”

She dabbled in witchcraft? Get her spells and send them to some other conservatives.

She won

Caststeel on September 19, 2010 at 3:36 PM

What people seem blind to is that Barack Obama is a clear and present danger to our Republic and must be stopped – RIGHT NOW.

If it takes a diddling witch to pitch in and help, then so be it.

turfmann on September 19, 2010 at 12:56 PM

There comes a point when you may only have the ballot left. Lombardi rules.

AshleyTKing on September 19, 2010 at 3:38 PM

And we call the Democrats elitist snobs? Stop being so damn selfish. November is not about who was right or wrong in the primaries. If Castle had won, O’Donnell supporters would have rallied around him, or at least kept their mouths shut.

I call huge stinking pile on this. BOTH sides will not shut up, will not back down, and will not stop slinging mud at each other.

How many people refused to vote for McCain in 2008 because he was a RINO? Did it make the difference? I don’t know, but it sure didn’t help.

Yes, people are completely sick of Republicans who keep voting for more spending or the leftist agenda. People are also completely sick of infighting.

Frankly, if the message was just “let’s all stick together now that the decision is made,” maybe the response would be a ratcheting-down of the circular firing squad.

But as long as the message is “With each of your self-righteous columns and snide blog posts, you become part of the problem not part of the solution,” then it’s just ramping up internal hostility.

In other words, saying “you JERKS need to do what WE say!” is NOT a call for unity, it’s just stirring up more crap – no matter which side is saying it.

Merovign on September 19, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Many of us have a high opinion of Ronald Reagan. At O’Donnell’s current age Reagan was still a Democrat who was either a union president or hadn’t yet become one. At O’Donnell’s current age the founders of neoconservatism, which some of you adhere to were both Democrats.

burt on September 19, 2010 at 4:01 PM

Merovign on September 19, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Did you read this:

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/27844
an excerpt:

“THE GOP TAKES A PAGE FROM THE DEMS PLAYBOOK:

As this nation heads towards November, a crucial turning point in American history, Palin’s foes are making hay. Political strategists the likes of Karl Rove and Charles Krauthammer have emerged from the old boys’ network closet. The most infamous, nepotistically-influenced, former Palin competitor Lisa Murkowski has announced she will run again this November—as a write in. In these days, it is wise to recall the actions of Harry Reid in 2006 when he summoned then-Senator Obama, instructing Barack it was the Party’s intentions to have him run for the Presidency (even though it would not be until the summer of 2008 that Reid would publicly endorse the Senator from Illinois).

The Democrats (led by Reid) would have done anything to defeat Hillary—and they did it stealthily. The GOP is taking a page from that book. There is an all-too-familiar episode re-playing itself for voters to witness this season. The GOP loathes Sarah Palin. And the Party is now setting about to deeply unsettle those successful candidates she has promoted. The evidence is glaringly obvious. Murkowski has been unleashed; Rove and Krauthammer are doing their bidding. The events unfolding are towards one goal: the destruction of Palin’s bid for the Presidency.

Beginning with Sarah Palin’s first mayoral bid in Wasilla, and her refusal to kowtow to the GOP in the aftermath of her ascension to city office—a position she rightly earned regardless of Party politics being played out on the local airwaves—to her days as Governor of Alaska and her patriotic decision to place more emphasis on the needs of the voters of her state than the bureaucratic strong-arming of the Bush administration and its political blackmail as it related to the Alaska pipeline contracts, Palin has steadfastly remained a true person of character—and a life-long politician representing “We the People”. Now, in what has become America’s deadliest fight against tyranny since its founding, this nation’s leader in waiting listens for her constituency’s demands once more.”

This is far bigger than DE. This is an attack by the Insiders, the Bushie squishies and Kingmakers of the GOP.
They cautioned Sarah against third Party, so she plays their game and above is her reward!

dhunter on September 19, 2010 at 4:05 PM

Rove’s “architechture” lasted what…..6 yrs maybe

the building Reagan built—20+ yrs…….

The Ruling class calls for comprimise, after we have already comprimised McCain style for decades……what sense is that.

sbark on September 19, 2010 at 4:06 PM

sbark on September 19, 2010 at 4:06 PM
And in the interest of civility the conservatives are to stand down in the face of the Establishment, RINO Bushie squishes continued attempt to rule and control the Party, and throw our country into an open borders, socialist paradise!

dhunter on September 19, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Yeah, anyone with doubts or reservations about O’Donnell should just keep their mouths shut – just like those who had doubts or reservations about McCain kept their mouths shut and fell into formation in 2008!
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Oh, wait. Never mind.

Adjoran on September 19, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Wasn’t O’Donnell 30 years old when she went on Maher? That’s not “young”.

Wishing she was Zombie Reagan and chastising anyone who suggests she isn’t is not going to change the quality of this particular nominee, nor will it improver her chances for election.

Y-not on September 19, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Adjoran on September 19, 2010 at 4:18 PM

I detested that Old Panderer as a candidate and everything I knew would happen with him as our RINO did, however when he won the nomination I STFU, I CONTRIBUTED funds to the campaign (to Sarah I told myself) and volunteered!

Would that the Bushie squishes and DC Elitetist could do the same now that the people have spoken in the primaries, alas the People don’t know what the hell they are doing thus Rove and CK must excoriate their candidate.
Looks to me like some would prefer an Oligarchy!

dhunter on September 19, 2010 at 4:29 PM

O’Donnell should try turning the tax-hiking Bearded Marxist into a former candidate for the Senate by November 3rd.

Shazaam!

(Bill Maher has already turned himself into a turdmeister, so no spell is needed in his crappy case.)

profitsbeard on September 19, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Merovign on September 19, 2010 at 3:41 PM

That turns out not to be the case.

There certainly are idiots on every side of every question. But the pundits backing O’Donnell, even those backing her before the primary would overwhelmingly have switched to Castle had he won. Just as I do now, I’d have suspected those reluctant pundits of ulterior motives.

You don’t get to justify your (or anyone else’s) piss poor behavior by saying that under your circumstances everyone would act that way.

applebutter on September 19, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Adjoran on September 19, 2010 at 4:18 PM

I detested that Old Panderer as a candidate and everything I knew would happen with him as our RINO did, however when he won the nomination I STFU, I CONTRIBUTED funds to the campaign (to Sarah I told myself) and volunteered!

Would that the Bushie squishes and DC Elitetist could do the same now that the people have spoken in the primaries, alas the People don’t know what the hell they are doing thus Rove and CK must excoriate their candidate.
Looks to me like some would prefer an Oligarchy!

dhunter on September 19, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Did the same.

Prefered another candidate to Juan McShamnesty, but, once John got the nod, I defended him strongly… especially in comparison to the empty suit of Obama… down to election day.

Fight the Dems, not your own, fools.

profitsbeard on September 19, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Adjoran on September 19, 2010 at 4:18 PM

So, you think we should run O’Donnell for President?

My doubts about McCain felt much more like doubts about Castle than about O’Donnell.

applebutter on September 19, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Here we go.
We knew this would happen, right? The personal destruction of the opposition is an accepted political tactic in America.
With the intrusion of Bill Maher, it is wise for Ms. O’Donnell to pause and reflect before returning to the stump. And then she needs to say something along these lines,
“Like all of us I have lead a human life and the personal mistakes I made in my youth were painful but necessary building blocks to the wisdom and good judgment I believe I have today. And who I am today, in part, is a successful Republican candidate for the US Senate from Delaware with a conservative platform that is familiar to my supporters and will become more familiar to all the voters of my State. I intend to run my campaign based on that platform, and I believe that I will be elected based on my personal commitment to that platform and not on the errors of my youth. This is America where even a commoner may become a Senator if she can win the confidence of her State. I intend to do just that by staying firmly in the present. let my enemies live in the past. They deserve it.”
That’s it. That’s all.

Randy

williars on September 19, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Yet some of our leading bloggers and pundits are on a mission to prove that they were right, and that O’Donnell was not the best pick.

Ego before country. And you are exactly right. And we should all contact anyone who does it and smack them down.

American Elephant on September 19, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Distilled perfectly Prof. Jacobson — Republicans seem more devoted to handwringing over Castle and a Ground Zero mosque than to putting the ball over the goal line. There will be plenty of time to whine about the other things after November 2.

Mark30339 on September 19, 2010 at 5:16 PM

“If Castle had won, O’Donnell supporters would have rallied around him, or at least kept their mouths shut.”

I don’t believe you.

daryl_herbert on September 19, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Excellent piece. I hope a lot of conservative bloggers are paying attention.

A rabid kangaroo with a drinking problem would be better for the nation than Coons.

hillbillyjim on September 19, 2010 at 5:30 PM

From this link:

http://www.franklinremixed.com/?cat=6

Ben came to England as a loyalist, someone who was loyal to the English King. He was there for 17 years. He was sent there by the Pennsylvania government to serve as their agent. Over time Ben began to change. He wrote letters opposing the Stamp Act, making the English government furious. This picture of the cockpit shows when Ben changed from being a loyalist to a Patriot. Ben was called before the English Parliament. The members of the Parliament were furious at Franklin for opposing the Stamp Act. During this hour-long interrogation, the British jeered and called Franklin names, telling him he was no friend of theirs. Ben stood as still as a stone, never moving. This picture shows the good in Ben but the ugly in the British.

The English (elites) looked on the Colonials (Tea Party) as rubes, back-country yokels. Sound familiar? We have history on our side and in Independence in our blood. We defeated these elites 200+ years ago, and we’ll defeat them today.

SoldiersMom on September 19, 2010 at 5:31 PM

This certainly has overtones of an oligarchy losing control…Gotta love it…
ck and rove … go suck a lemon…it suits your demeanor…

jerrytbg on September 19, 2010 at 5:39 PM

The English (elites) looked on the Colonials (Tea Party) as rubes, back-country yokels. Sound familiar? We have history on our side and in Independence in our blood. We defeated these elites 200+ years ago, and we’ll defeat them today.

SoldiersMom on September 19, 2010 at 5:31 PM

You are very pithy and correct at the same time! Congrats, you brought us back to the point.

IowaWoman on September 19, 2010 at 5:44 PM

But the Left uses the Allinsky Rule, which is win at all costs, even if you have to lie, cheat, destroy the opposition; even stealing the election is OK with them….!

DL13 on September 19, 2010 at 3:34 PM

This is true, and what we expect from them. But now we’ve got it from our side, too. Not something we’ve had to deal with before.

silvernana on September 19, 2010 at 5:49 PM

The choice now is between Christine O’Donnell and Chris Coons.

Exactly what I argued when the choice was between McCain and Obama… It didn’t stop many of the people here from ranting about how much McCain sucked and staying home.

Yet some of our leading bloggers and pundits are on a mission to prove that they were right, and that O’Donnell was not the best pick…..

So where were you when Michelle Malkin, et al was doing her best to see to it that the GOP lost the election to Barack Obama? Are we all supposed to be good little soldiers only when it suits you?

Boxy_Brown on September 19, 2010 at 6:02 PM

O’Donnell is a loon? What about Democrat Al Greene?
-cartooner

Man we are setting the bar really high, aren’t we?

Boxy_Brown on September 19, 2010 at 6:10 PM

When Rove was on O’Reilly and Hannity last week, he said O’Donnell needed to explain her finances. CREW (a Soros funded group) has lodged a complaint with the FEC about her illegally using campaign funds for rent, gas and meals. If O’Donnell doesn’t start explaining and get ahead of this, she will be hurt badly by it.

moonsbreath on September 19, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Phhht. Keep trying. A democratic can buy themselves a nice new SUV out of campaign funds and it doesn’t seem to be a big deal: Rep. Rick Boucher Has a Problem

As for the misrepresented foreclosure problem, when a democratic gets in trouble with personal finances they seem free to turn to easy loans from questionable characters connected to islamic terrorism: New York Papers Scrutinize Meeks

Both democratics, so it hardly makes a blip in the old media. It is quite proper, and commonly done for candidates to pay themselves a modest salary from campaign contributions. It is legal and in compliance with FEC rules.

Between Karl Rove, sore losers and our mobies, it’s a wonder COD is still in the game.

slickwillie2001 on September 19, 2010 at 6:24 PM

This whole article is silly. People are going to hear about O’Donnell’s silly quotes whether or not we talk about them on conservative blogs. All your “rule” would accomplish is to ensure that potential supporters are be blindsided and unable to defend the shortcomings of this candidate. Insisting that Real Conservatives never discuss embarassing things about their candidates is just insulting. Leave that that sort of pandering, worker-drone nonsense for the other party. I prefer to hear the good and the bad and decide for myself, thank you.

So where were you when Michelle Malkin, et al was doing her best to see to it that the GOP lost the election to Barack Obama? Are we all supposed to be good little soldiers only when it suits you?

Amen, Boxy_Brown. From the moment McCain was nominated, certain influential conservatives decided they’d rather throw pity parties for themselves than, you know, win elections. That was their right (though it would be nice to hear them admit just once they made a mistake). But I’m not interested in hearing these same people advise us today on the nuances of realpolitik, or cheer their newfound love of enforced party unity.

GalosGann on September 19, 2010 at 6:42 PM

To sum up the attacks on O’Donnell:

She’s a nut slut thief liar lawbreaker debtor witch.

Got it.

fossten on September 19, 2010 at 6:55 PM

A-a-amen!

A-a-amen!

A-a-men, amen, amen!

And a hearty “thataboy” for Legal Insurrection!

Grace_is_sufficient on September 19, 2010 at 6:56 PM

All your “rule” would accomplish is to ensure that potential supporters are be blindsided and unable to defend the shortcomings of this candidate. Insisting that Real Conservatives never discuss embarassing things about their candidates is just insulting. Leave that that sort of pandering, worker-drone nonsense for the other party. I prefer to hear the good and the bad and decide for myself, thank you.

Yes, I’m soooooo sure that these attacks on O’Donnell are for her own good, and only so that her supporters can learn to defend her shortcomings. Why, Rove is doing her a FAVOR by constantly bashing her! Why don’t we rubes just understand the Machiavellian cleverness of the Architect? /

Amen, Boxy_Brown. From the moment McCain was nominated, certain influential conservatives decided they’d rather throw pity parties for themselves than, you know, win elections. That was their right (though it would be nice to hear them admit just once they made a mistake). But I’m not interested in hearing these same people advise us today on the nuances of realpolitik, or cheer their newfound love of enforced party unity.

GalosGann on September 19, 2010 at 6:42 PM

So, in the first half of your post, you’re all for freedom to attack your own candidate, but in the second half, you’re against it and all about winning the election. Awesome logic. Let me ask you this – when do YOU decide to, “you know, win elections?”

fossten on September 19, 2010 at 6:59 PM

You said it all and said it well! Bravo!

“To those on the right playing into the Think Progress and Media Matters playbook because they think it makes them look wise, don’t you see the game?” = Exactly!

Minorcan Maven on September 19, 2010 at 7:08 PM

First we must remember that DE is replacing the fossil who is Joltin’ Joe of the Gaffetastics.

Second for all the talk about her being a ‘nut’ she is an honest nut and way better than JJ of the G.

Third her opponent is a well-heeled Marxist ‘pet’ of Harry Reid, and probably every other Leftist Leader in DC.

Thus O’Donnell is not out of line with what is the norm in DE politics… any State willing to vote in JJ of the G with his serial plagiarism can’t have problems with a woman who has had some run ins with the IRS and problems paying her debts. At least she HAS been paying her debts and understands about debt, which is more than JJ ever did.

Now if you think the Marxist pet-shop boy is really an improvement for DE, or even better than O’Donnell, then continue to bad-mouth her… then you will get the pet-shop boy, the bearded Marxist in the Senate to go with Al Franken. O’Donnell is the nominee so you gots your choices, and going against her, by the hoary old calculus, is helping her pettable opponent to do the Red Spread.

Why anyone would want to do that is beyond me…

ajacksonian on September 19, 2010 at 7:22 PM

Here’s the best summary argument against the Castle/51 seats or die crowd that I have read so far.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/09/pyrrhic_victory_right_diagnosi_1.html

JimP on September 19, 2010 at 1:05 PM

That was a great article!

lovingmyUSA on September 19, 2010 at 7:52 PM

“Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing,” -Vince Lombardi.

Akzed on September 19, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Great Post by Legal

Like my son in Delaware said.

“I am on unemployment. I understand it is hard to pay bills sometimes. This makes me want to vote for her that she also had problems paying her bills. I thought great this lady will understand me for real. She will actually know what we are all filling.”

He and his wife voted for her but neither have ever voted in a primary before.

Wonder if these attacks will also backfire. O’Donnell is very religious now. How many will find this out and say gosh what lies her opponents will push against this fine Christian Woman. I am going to vote for her to show them.

Steveangell on September 19, 2010 at 7:59 PM

JimP on September 19, 2010 at 1:05 PM

It’s like football playhers who can trade themselves to another team in the middle of a game!

Don’t get behind a RINO: theyre’ retromingent.

Akzed on September 19, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Merovign on September 19, 2010 at 3:41 PM

The problem is that Rove et al will not shut up and they are trying to cause O’Donnell to lose. Therefore, the rest of us must continue to return fire. Send Tokyo Rove and Dr. SaurKraut your message. When they shut up, along with the HA blogs on the matter, then we will stop talking back.

JimP on September 19, 2010 at 8:09 PM

The problem is that Rove et al will not shut up and they are trying to cause O’Donnell to lose. Therefore, the rest of us must continue to return fire. Send Tokyo Rove and Dr. SaurKraut your message. When they shut up, along with the HA blogs on the matter, then we will stop talking back.

JimP on September 19, 2010 at 8:09 PM

As they do this they prove themselves not Republican Mainstream but fringe left Republican. I think this is good. We need they out of power. They should not be a guiding force and now they will not be.

Steveangell on September 19, 2010 at 8:53 PM

Was a good point made by Christine today when she stayed in DE and said that her wickin days were during high school and had she persued that craft Rove would be a supporter today under her spell!

Sarah Tweeted her “Time is short, stay in DE and connect with the voters don’t do gottcha interviews with the national media who is out to destroy ya!” I paraphrased that but its close to what Sarah told her. Sarah knows how to play the game and shes’ got the enemies playbook in her hip pocket for reference.
Sarah will not play by the leftist or RINO GOOD OLD BOY GOP RULES again!
When in Ia she hinted she ran “Outside the box”

dhunter on September 19, 2010 at 9:01 PM

RINO horn makes good knife handles.

O’Donnell is learning that.

profitsbeard on September 19, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Gabriel Malor
I have been reading AOS for some time and found you to be a peteulant child immune to facts in addition to being an elitest douche.

You continue to prove this with your continuing attacks on O’Donnel just so you can be right.
If you would pull your head out of your butt you would see that electing RINOs has failed repeatedly.
But no, for your own arrogance and elitism you would rather force things to end the way you want than be proven wrong.

Hard Right on September 19, 2010 at 9:38 PM

In other words, saying “you JERKS need to do what WE say!” is NOT a call for unity, it’s just stirring up more crap – no matter which side is saying it.

Merovign on September 19, 2010 at 3:41 PM

No, we are saying, get over it and stop throwing stones. Good grief–what is the world is WRONG with the Republicans that they are so capable at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory? On all the cables shows you have the handwringing and dirty laundry trotted out to the delight of the dems. Don’t any of you see what this is doing? Good God, I was a democrat when I was O’Donnell’s age…

lovingmyUSA on September 19, 2010 at 9:42 PM

SoldiersMom on September 19, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Them’s fighting words!

lovingmyUSA on September 19, 2010 at 9:43 PM

To paraphrase Lincoln, “He drinks? Find out what and send it to my other generals.”

She dabbled in witchcraft? Get her spells and send them to some other conservatives.
She won

Caststeel on September 19, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Spit. HAW! That right there was some damn fine funny, Caststeel. Kudos!

davisbr on September 20, 2010 at 12:10 AM

I’ve had my [lengthier] say at Riehl on O’Donnell. But here’s the bottom line. She won. I sent her campaign money.

…because that’s what you do when you want to win an election AFTER THE PRIMARY IS OVER.

My last phone call with the RNC, I said “I want to win, but I’m not sending you [the RNC] any more money; I will choose the candidates in races myself, and send campaign contributions directly to them.”

That’s it. That’s all. That’s how. That’s what. That’s where. That’s why.

davisbr on September 20, 2010 at 12:16 AM

The people trying to smear Christin O’Donnell don’t understand what is happening at all.

You have to understand that most American voters are sick of the elites gaining office. By bringing out all of this ridiculous trivia from when O’Donnell was young they prove two things:

1) O’Donnell was not elite enough and wealthy enough to have “handlers” that could keep her out of trouble and scrub all traces of past indiscretions.

2) By having so many people attacking her, it is obvious that the elites really don’t want here and that lends here credibility as an outsider.

The main thing that the “establishment elite” does not understand is that the voters are willing to vote for Charles Manson right now as long as he is not part of the ruling elite that is messing up our nation. The ONLY goal is to “take out the trash” and the trash is the people who are in Washington now that are ruining our country. What hurt Castle is that he was a long time Washington insider and nothing else mattered.

Hawthorne on September 20, 2010 at 2:43 AM

1) O’Donnell was not elite enough and wealthy enough to have “handlers” that could keep her out of trouble and scrub all traces of past indiscretions.Hawthorne on September 20, 2010 at 2:43 AM

Good thing the rest of us had handlers to keep us off of satanic alters and make us pay our bills.

Boxy_Brown on September 20, 2010 at 3:39 AM

The main thing that the “establishment elite” does not understand is that the voters are willing to vote for Charles Manson right now as long as he is not part of the ruling elite that is messing up our nation.

Bit far there.

Two RINOS won in MD. Wish you were right in a way. Voted against both but hard to beat these establishment types still. Castle was Ultra RINO.

Steveangell on September 20, 2010 at 4:24 AM

I think Rove is right that she does need to explain her previous financial problems. Most people, at one time in their life, have had financial stresses. Most of us do not have handlers or trust funds and we make the necessary sacrifices and make wise decisions and prevent the financial stresses from becoming unpaid bills, unpaid employees and unpaid mortgages. I do think she needs a better explanation than she didn’t have a trust fund. That’s an excuse, not an explanation. If she can’t handle her money, how can she responsibly handle the people’s money?

bopbottle on September 20, 2010 at 9:01 AM

An O’Donnell win is a threat because Delaware was supposed to be in full blown RINO territory and if that proves not to be the case, the argument against the more conservative wing of the party is much weaker.
sharrukin on September 19, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Its about protecting their turf, their power, nothing more. An OD win kills them. Defeating OD and saying “told ya so” protects them. So they work for a Coons win, simple as that.

and its no great surprise, is it? Karl Rove came to power shovelling sh&t on conservatives for the Bushies. He’s made a great living doing it. IF protecting his turf means he has to snuggle up for a few weeks to the people who spent 2 years trying to put him behind bars, hey, its worth it to him to preserve his personal power and influence.

james23 on September 20, 2010 at 9:21 AM

People have to realize that most bloggers are nothing more than low-paid shills who would rather sit in their underwear and pretend they are something they aren’t than get a real job…

DCJeff on September 20, 2010 at 9:22 AM

LOL

Two ultra rich expositions on Coons!!

That was then.

This is now.

Double whammy burnt from both ends.

Don’t miss Jeffrey Lord @ The American Spectator this morning.

Liberals have committed what in the world of baseball is called an “unforced error”: they made Christine O’Donnell’s twenties an issue in this critical campaign year.

Why was this a mistake?

Because now it has directed attention to exactly what Chris Coons was doing in his twenties. And what he was doing was “volunteering” — which is to say he was actively, quite deliberately aiding socialist Africans who believed in the liberation theology philosophy that is now at the very center of the controversy surrounding the Obama administration’s policies. There can be little doubt based on Coons volunteer work in Africa that if he ever got the chance to take Obama Vice President Joe Biden’s Senate seat from Delaware, he would instantly start voting with Barack Obama and the vision behind liberation theology that Coons found so dazzling during that 1980s sojourn to Africa.

It is the vision that in fact has already resulted in Chris Coons raising New Castle County, Delaware taxes. What taxes? In a fashion that will only stoke voter anger, after promising in his 2004 election campaign that he wouldn’t raise taxes Coons raised property taxes by 5% in 2006, then again by 17.5% in 2007, and again by 25% in 2009. Coons has proposed to raise hotel taxes, paramedic taxes, and, in a hilariously stereotypical move reported by the Washington Examiner’s Byron York — even taxes on 911 calls!

And raising taxes is, as Americans are learning the hard way, one of the tools used to meet the liberation theology goal of redistributing wealth in the name of social justice.

liberation theology zealotry in Washington

While he had no problem questioning America, apparently Coons was unwilling to question socialism, the South African Council of Churches, liberation theory, Black Liberation Theory, James Cone, Jeremiah Wright or the socialist principles of the Kairos Document. In fact, he said not a word about any of these things to Politico, much less is he saying anything to Delaware voters. Which is why, presumably, Harry Reid refers to Coons as his “pet.” Perhaps more should be seen in Coons’ statement that his experiences in Africa “warned me that my own favorite beliefs in the miracles of free enterprise and the boundless opportunities to be had in America were largely untrue.”

Really? Surprise, surprise. Wherever do you think Chris Coons learned that?

The American people are on to this game now. They get it to the max. Chris Coons wants to be the newest addition to the liberation theology zealotry in Washington — and the people of Delaware are supposed to be the passive yokels who agree to put him there. Even as they are losing their jobs, their homes and their entire hard won way of life because of the very philosophy Coons traveled thousands of miles to Africa to support.

Which is why Delaware Republicans, in a stunning doubling of turnout that no one predicted, just nominated Christine O’Donnell.

In a landslide.

Hello? Karl Rove? Republican Ruling Class?

Earth to Mars….

maverick muse on September 20, 2010 at 9:27 AM

Any Republican who can’t get over the only Delaware candidate to vote against Cap and Trade is wallowing in excrement.

Coons isn’t simply going to vote FOR Cap and Trade. He’s full throttle Marxist totally committed to vote in ALL of Obama’s agenda to federalize socialist injustice.

Support one or the other, because there is no default period to relax while waiting for the next round of elections.

If fighting to retain what remains of our Constitution is beneath one’s dignity, then admit that you could not care less. Between O’Donnell and Coons, whining wimps like to spite O’Donnell so much as to maintain disaffection as if THAT is what is at stake, as if THAT is what this senate campaign is all about. YOUR DAMNED FEELINGS.

Protest Unconstitutional Governmental Abuse of Power!

maverick muse on September 20, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Well considered post by Legal Insurrection. As a sports fan, I love the use of the Lombardi quotation.

My only addition is that there has to be a ceasefire on our side from all concerned and support for the candidate selected. That means 1000% support for Christine O’Donnell, 1000% for Rand Paul and 1000% support for John McCain. So, Michelle Malkin, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham need to voice the same solid support of John McCain as they would like to see for Christine O’Donnell and Rand Paul. Really.

Phil Byler on September 20, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Support conservative candidates in primaries. Support conservative candidates in the general.

For the party pundits and bosses: if the GOP doesn’t want to be the home of conservatives, we can leave. We don’t want to, but we will if that’s what it takes to get conservatives on the ballot. And don’t talk to me about party loyalty, you den of Specters, Murkowskis, and Crists.

hawksruleva on September 20, 2010 at 10:11 AM

I think Rove is right that she does need to explain her previous financial problems….

bopbottle on September 20, 2010 at 9:01 AM

What Karl Rove and COD’s other detractors claim as her ‘financial problems’ have been explained, even here in postings. They just won’t acknowledge new information and update their talking points.

slickwillie2001 on September 20, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Who is William Jacobson? Who died and made him the arbiter of conservative correctness? Didn’t this guy tell us Scott Brown was a conservative?

You guys are just getting comical now. You got hoodwinked by a charlatan who is turning into a monumental embarrassment while happily soaking up her 15 minutes of fame (not to mention your dollars which should have gone to someone else who actually has a chance of getting elected), and now you are turning yourselves into pretzels defending her and attacking anyone who says your new Empress has no clothes on.

You sound Just. Like. Obama. Supporters.

rockmom on September 20, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Phil Byler on September 20, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Well said. Too bad it had to be said, but well said nevertheless.

DrAllecon on September 20, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Sorry I’m late. So, what are we doing now? We’re going to all pretend that O’Donnell can win the general election? Oh, that is so cute. OK, I won’t say anything. But seriously, that is too precious. Yea Christine!

Tres Angelas on September 20, 2010 at 10:52 AM

My issue with OD is her enduring habit of weak-minded folly. However, for the moment, she is the better of two awful choices. Coons is the infinitely more damaging kook.

Are you happy now?

(I’m not)

SarahW on September 20, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Support conservative candidates in primaries. Support conservative candidates in the general.

For the party pundits and bosses: if the GOP doesn’t want to be the home of conservatives, we can leave. We don’t want to, but we will if that’s what it takes to get conservatives on the ballot. And don’t talk to me about party loyalty, you den of Specters, Murkowskis, and Crists.

hawksruleva on September 20, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Thank you.

rockmom on September 20, 2010 at 10:16 AM

I see it differently. I think people are rallying to her defense because the alternative is so much worse. What would you have them do? Abandon her and let Coons have the seat without a fight? The Republican supporters of Castle really should wait until after the election to start crowing. Why is that unreasonable to expect?

Also, monumental embarrassment? Am I missing something? Yes, there are some embarrassing skeletons coming out, but compared to those of many Democrats that have actually been elected and reelected, I’d say none of them are monumental.

pannw on September 20, 2010 at 11:10 AM

The woman (at the time, a young woman) went on MTV and Maher and who knows where else, and said somethings that she would not say now. For that sin you are ready to toss her overboard so that you can declare yourselves to have been wiser than the unwashed voters who elected her in the primary?

The young O’Donnell probably didn’t know then who Bill Maher was and what he does to conservatives, and possibly she didn’t know she would one day BE a conservative.

Did Delaware Republican voters make the best “strategic” choice? Maybe, maybe not, but O’Donnell is THEIR choice, so everyone needs to rally around her NOW to win the general election, not bash her for what she might have done 20 or 30 years ago. Let’s NOT do the Democrats’ work for them!

Steve Z on September 20, 2010 at 11:14 AM

That curly 80’s hair.
That virginal seductive stare
that strips my conscience bare
it’s witchcraft.

Castle had Cooms has no defense for it.
The tea is too intense for it.
What good would commonsense for it do?

‘Cause it’s witchcraft!
Wicked witchcraft.
And although I know it’a strictly taboo

when you arouse the need in me
my heart says “yes indeed” in me
Proceed with what you’re lead in ‘me to!

It’s such an ancient pitch
but one I wouldn’t switch
‘Cause there’s no nicer witch than you!

Mr. Joe on September 20, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Steve Z, yeah, you’re missing the big picture on her which at bottom is a weak understanding and tendency to foolishness; but I hate to belabor the point, because her opponent isn’t any better, and in fact would be far worse.

SarahW on September 20, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Here. Here. Moderates are whiny sore losers. They’re like the kid on the playground that tells the other kids, “You play my game by my rules or I won’t be your friend anymore!” Guess what? You can play by OUR rules now!

Sultry Beauty on September 20, 2010 at 12:33 PM

“You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result”

J_Crater on September 20, 2010 at 1:00 PM

What Karl Rove and COD’s other detractors claim as her ‘financial problems’ have been explained, even here in postings. They just won’t acknowledge new information and update their talking points.

slickwillie2001 on September 20, 2010 at 10:15 AM

I’ve heard all kinds of explanations and have no idea what the truth is because I don’t recall hearing the answers coming from her. In fact, she could have used her interview with Chris Wallace to set the record straight, but instead she cancelled.

I hope she does win, but she is hurting herself for not getting in front of this.

moonsbreath on September 20, 2010 at 1:19 PM

If Castle had won, O’Donnell supporters would have rallied around him, or at least kept their mouths shut.

I don’t believe you.

daryl_herbert on September 19, 2010 at 5:20 PM

They might have, and they might not have. One thing for sure, Castle didn’t, and neither did a significant number of the maroons that backed him.

If Castle had won and they hadn’t backed him, they’d be maroons too.

applebutter on September 20, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Although the rule for him hasn’t occured in many years, I prefer the Al Davis rule..”Just win Baby

HarryStar on September 20, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Good thing the rest of us had handlers to keep us off of satanic alters and make us pay our bills.

Boxy_Brown on September 20, 2010 at 3:39 AM

So, Boxy, what do you want the voters of Delaware to do now?

I’m not looking for what you think they should have done. What they did last week is over and can’t be changed. What do you want them to do now? If they don’t do what you want, will you continue your fit? Will you continue to urge others to petulance as well?

applebutter on September 20, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Here here!

Opposite Day on September 20, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Ha. Delaware Democrats are jealous that the Republican senate candidate had a Wicca moment, something that young adults find erotic, while they’re stuck with another Marxist liberation theology activist at the very moment when America has made clear, NO MORE TAXES.

Coons critiques at The American Spectator (liberation theology activist who has raised his region’s taxes 4% AND THEN 17% MORE) and a Leftist Rant against Coons, vindictive to any who criticize, linked @ Ace of Spades.

O’Donnell couldn’t have asked for a better contrast for voters to see exactly at this moment as Americans reject Cap and Trade, higher taxes and federal abuse of powers.

maverick muse on September 20, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Good thing the rest of us had handlers to keep us off of satanic alters and make us pay our bills.

… the rest of us had handlers to make us pay our bills.

That sounds authoritarian, hardly a “good thing”.

And high school dates are just that.

maverick muse on September 20, 2010 at 3:05 PM

witchcraft and voodoo economics

maverick muse on September 20, 2010 at 3:16 PM

With each of your self-righteous columns and snide blog posts, you become part of the problem not part of the solution.

The woman (at the time, a young woman) went on MTV and Maher and who knows where else, and said somethings that she would not say now. For that sin you are ready to toss her overboard so that you can declare yourselves to have been wiser than the unwashed voters who elected her in the primary?

And we call the Democrats elitist snobs? Stop being so damn selfish. November is not about who was right or wrong in the primaries. If Castle had won, O’Donnell supporters would have rallied around him, or at least kept their mouths shut.

I agree…

You’ve said it all already, I can’t add anything to that, except to say that I’m sure, I AM SURE, that Bill Maher is far more familiar with “witchcraft” than O’Donnell ever was.

Lourdes on September 20, 2010 at 6:23 PM

It’s rather amusing how Leftists like Maher are simpatico in attitudes with (mostly) the Libertarians and other RINOs in the GOP.

Lourdes on September 20, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Good thing the rest of us had handlers to keep us off of satanic alters and make us pay our bills.

The specifics of what O’Donnell was LIKELY referring to there (as she generalized it as “witchcraft” and “satanic alter”) was loss of her virginity by someone she wasn’t entirely compliant with at a time she wasn’t entirely willing to let it go.

I think she was being irreverant and flippant (not good, I realize) in her remarks but she was obviously referring to some *event* that occured to her in her teen years that she regards as *very regrettable* if not *evil*…meaning, very bad, a bad event, something that she regards as against her will, traumatic.

Lourdes on September 20, 2010 at 6:27 PM

And there was a major blogger war last nite. It was nasty! Go check twitter accounts. Hoo boy!

Blake on September 19, 2010 at 12:07 PM

We’re not all on Twitter, who was involved?

FloatingRock on September 19, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Yeah, what happened?

Lourdes on September 20, 2010 at 6:29 PM

Re. Kielbasa

So, Boxy, what do you want the voters of Delaware to do now?

Vote for the woman who earned $5800 last year to represent their states fiscal interests in the US Senate. And then I want the rest of us to never make this mistake again.

Will you continue to urge others to petulance as well?

Petulance? Why is it that I have to be a good soldier when others are free to trash the nominee during the election?

Boxy_Brown on September 20, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Excuse me, but is Wicca incompatible with the fiscal conservatism of the Tea Party movement? No.
If someone is gay, are they forbidden to be for Constitutional principles? No.
If someone struggled financially for years, does that mean they cannot be for limited government? No.

So all this hoo-ha is silly. And, BTW — it is AMAZING how often it surfaces when the politician is a WOMAN.

So great it has been a couple days. People have vented. Now we have to focus on the general election — which extends far beyond Delaware. I suggest we focus on all the races and on how to win them.

SunSword on September 20, 2010 at 8:41 PM

Petulance? Why is it that I have to be a good soldier when others are free to trash the nominee during the election?

Boxy_Brown on September 20, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Glad to see you’re giving the voters of Delaware the correct advice even if you give it through a thick glaze of smarm.

Yes, petulance. Your response says a lot about you. You seem to believe that you have the right to throw fits with impunity. And somehow, you’ve come up with a rationalization: You’ll be missing something if others trash her and you don’t. Amazing.

Why should you be a good soldier? Because you claim to be Republican. A “life-long Republican” you said. Yet you are happily hurting your party’s chances for what you’ve just confirmed are petty and shallow reasons.

Carry on.

applebutter on September 20, 2010 at 10:01 PM

Re. Kielbasa

Glad to see you’re giving the voters of Delaware the correct advice even if you give it through a thick glaze of smarm.

Well I’m glad you agree. I don’t see them following it though… At least not the majority of voters.

“Your response says a lot about you.”

What, that I care about the country and am sick of seeing people who claim to be for conservative principles doing things that enable the leftest agenda to move forward? That’s the take away from my posts here. That’s the little nugget that you need to understand.

“ou seem to believe that you have the right to throw fits….”

Fits? How are we going to dig ourselves out of bankruptcy when our political class runs up bills that are imposable to pay? (unlike this embarrassment of a candidate, we are going to have to pay the bills we run up) How are we going to defeat islamist terrorism when our politicians think they can negotiate with an ideology that is predicated on the destruction of any society that disagrees with it? How are we going to compete with china when our schools teach political correctness instead of math? Fits? Fool, this is a society that is now failing and you are doing your best to see to it that the people who are causing it to fail continue to have power.

“…with impunity”

The lack of a persuasive counterargument gives me “impunity”. Did you really think that the “you’re a RINO so STFU” thing is selling me on the wisdom of nominating this woman.

“Why should you be a good soldier? Because you claim to be Republican. “

So…When I support a GOP candidate that you don’t like I’m a rino… But when I fail to fall over myself with glee and break out the AMEX as you BLOW IT and hand a Senate seat to a “Marxist” I’m petulant. Sorry, it doesn’t work that way.

Boxy_Brown on September 21, 2010 at 7:39 AM

So…When I support a GOP candidate that you don’t like I’m a rino… But when I fail to fall over myself with glee and break out the AMEX as you BLOW IT and hand a Senate seat to a “Marxist” I’m petulant. Sorry, it doesn’t work that way.

Boxy_Brown on September 21, 2010 at 7:39 AM

Your reading comprehension leaves a little to be desired. I have not written the pejorative “RINO” even once. Nor have I said anything negative about your support of any candidate. I certainly did not say “you’re a RINO so STFU”. And strongly implying that I did makes you more than just a fool. It makes you a liar.

Supporting a candidate is not equivalent to smearing the other candidate. It’s just not the same thing.

I did not blow it. I did not support or reject either candidate before the primary. And since I live in Texas, as you pointed out, I didn’t get a vote. I did argue with those attempting to smear O’Donnell before the primary. I did not defend Castle, as most of what was being said about him and his voting record was demonstrably true.

In light of facts on the ground; i.e. O’Donnell won, she gets my support. By support, I mean monetary support, and reasonable verbal and written support, meaning I’ll devote some time to beating on idiots who aren’t able to cope with those same facts on the ground.

I could care less about your AMEX. Keep your money. And say whatever you want. Just be careful when you claim to be a Republican, life-long or otherwise. You’re damaging the brand.

applebutter on September 21, 2010 at 10:19 AM

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