Here we go: Mike Castle hints at write-in campaign in Delaware; Update: Castle “hurt and stunned” by loss

posted at 9:51 pm on September 22, 2010 by Allahpundit

First Crist, then Murkowski, now this. My friends, after this year, I fear the stain on the good name of “RINO candy-ass” may never come out.

Note to Castle: You’re no longer invited to the next Beltway cocktail party. I’ve seen to it personally.

“I don’t want to necessarily interfere with Republican chances,” said Castle, although he added, “I’ve had a lot of people approach me about it.”…

Asked directly whether he was considering a bid, Castle said: “I’ve given it some thought. I probably won’t do it…. I’m not exactly approaching this with bated breath.” Castle spokeswoman Kate Dickens said the congressman has had conversations about a write-in effort but that he likely won’t pull the trigger.

“We are getting a lot of mail and calls on it,” Dickens told POLITICO. But she said the likelihood of Castle mounting a campaign was still, “under 5 percent.”

He knew offhand that the deadline for a write-in campaign is September 30, so when he says he’s been thinking about it, he’s not joking. A good question from Ace, though: If he did run, would it actually help O’Donnell? Coons leads her by 16 but trails Castle by 18 in a hypothetical match-up, which means an awful lot of centrist Democrats and anti-O’Donnell Republicans would split off from Coons and end up in Castle’s column. Castle would kill Coons among women, too, winning by 19 in that demographic head to head whereas O’Donnell trails Coons by an amazing 29 points. If Castle can peel off a chunk of women voters from Coons, suddenly instead of being 16 points down overall, O’Donnell’s probably within six or so. Conservative Republicans are going to turn out en masse for her, so figure she can pull 33 percent in a three-way race even in Delaware. The question is, can she do better than that? And can Castle, who’s held elected office in the state for most of the past 45 years, including eight as governor, actually win a write-in campaign? His name recognition is sky high and there’s obviously no Murkowski-esque problem in trying to spell “Castle.” Factor in the vagaries of strategic voting, i.e. whether Republicans or Democrats would break towards him near the end of the election if polls showed he had a chance to win, and who knows?

Exit question: Why is it always those darned candy-asses who decide to run third-party campaigns and not the “true conservatives”?

Update: Please, make it stop.

Castle adds that he is in no mood to endorse O’Donnell, his fellow Republican, noting that he remains “very unhappy with things that happened” in their heated primary. He also remains frustrated with how “Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh” portrayed his record. “Obviously I’m hurt and stunned by [the loss].”

In recent days, Castle says that he has had one conversation with O’Donnell. How was it? “Pleasant enough,” he says. NRO asks: What can O’Donnell do to secure your support? “That’s a maze I couldn’t even get into at this point,” he replies.


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Term limits more and more desireable.

Incontinence affects their power-driven elitist brains.

The way his wife cried that night was disgusting.

Schadenfreude on September 22, 2010 at 11:47 PM

Hawthorne on September 22, 2010 at 11:33 PM

10000000000000000+

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on September 22, 2010 at 11:50 PM

Yeah, whatever. Sorry that you won’t have the Senate seat your elitist buddies promised you…but you can still come to the cocktail party and cry in your Manhattan.

Jaibones on September 22, 2010 at 11:51 PM

Hawthorne on September 22, 2010 at 11:33 PM

Yeah it sure looks that way. Too many RINOs have been outed now for this to be a coincidence.

RINO=Dimmi

Ogabe on September 22, 2010 at 11:54 PM

Good Grief, get him a tissue.
I can not believe what wimps and sore losers are in Washington. No wonder they can’t balance a budget. They still need diapers.

ORconservative on September 22, 2010 at 11:54 PM

Mike Castle: Friend or faux?

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on September 22, 2010 at 11:55 PM

He should absolutely go for it. He’ll split the RINO/dim vote and give the election to COD.

Lou Budvis on September 23, 2010 at 12:07 AM

I always treated the ‘vote ‘em all out’ bit as unserious–in that we do need some experience in leadership, etc. But it’s amazing to see the character of these people exposed by a simple primary loss.

TexasDan on September 23, 2010 at 12:23 AM

Watching a Senate seat slip through your fingers must be so hard to come to grips with. Boo frreaking hoo.

OxyCon on September 23, 2010 at 12:51 AM

Exit question: Why is it always those darned candy-asses who decide to run third-party campaigns and not the “true conservatives”?

Because “true conservatives” believe in the democratic process of voting, & they definitely have too much class to make total fools of themselves like these RINO’s are doing.

Susanboo on September 23, 2010 at 12:52 AM

Castle`s breath is baited not bated. Poor widdle Mikey Castle-chan.

I hope voters are made even more angry by this Murkowski insurance billboard politician and really show her the door for good.

If Castle is in, but who wants him in? Oh, yeah, some republicans do . . . . kick his butt out the door too and change the locks.

Sherman1864 on September 23, 2010 at 1:12 AM

One of the good things about the tea party is that its forced RINO’s to show their true colors.They truly care more about retaining power and position then about the will of the people or the republican party.

Hera on September 23, 2010 at 1:33 AM

This year really is the end of the Republican Party as we know it, one way or another. Either we clean house or we dump them on the dustbin of history (along with the Democrats).

joe_doufu on September 23, 2010 at 1:38 AM

‘Tis better to have someone who votes with the Democrats 100% of the time, than someone who votes with them some of the time.

Sincerely,

Delaware Republicans

YYZ on September 22, 2010 at 10:29 PM

New manifesto is out from the delicate ones:

Official Manifesto of the Moderate Establishment

- Sell soul for Senate seat.

- Pout and whine.

- Milk cat.

- ……um..that’s it.

Sincerely,

Inside The Beltway Snobocracy

Dongemaharu on September 23, 2010 at 1:58 AM

Perhaps I am mistaken but wasn’t this site one of many who was endorsing Mike Castle over Christine O’Donnell? And perhaps Castle took some encouragement from that? Just asking.

fgmorley on September 23, 2010 at 2:02 AM

If Mike Castle proceeds with a write-in campaign it would be a total disgrace.
The people of Delaware have spoken.
Have some class, Mr. Castle.

Mark7788 on September 23, 2010 at 2:05 AM

How many people here gave O’Donnell two seconds of thought in 2006? Show of hands.

papertiger on September 22, 2010 at 10:45 PM

‘that was then, this is now’ as a defense, huh? LOL

Bad: believing that Miss O’D should be ripped on in the exact same way other GOPers, who lose in their primaries but later become write-in candidates, are
Good: making really lame excuses for Miss O’D’s write-in run in 2006 after she lost in her GOP primary

Bizarro No. 1 on September 23, 2010 at 2:24 AM

Because “true conservatives” believe in the democratic process of voting, & they definitely have too much class to make total fools of themselves like these RINO’s are doing.

Susanboo on September 23, 2010 at 12:52 AM

Considering that Miss O’D didn’t believe in the democratic process of voting in 2006 when she ran a write-in candidate after losing in the primary, according to your standards, what does that make her in your opinion? Someone who’s not a “true conservative,” and who made a total fool of herself? Should Miss O’D apologize for running as a write-in in 2006, and should we expect that GOPers should put pressure on her to do so? Or is Miss O’D just a RINO, who cares about the Party only when it suits her desires?

Bizarro No. 1 on September 23, 2010 at 2:42 AM

fgmorley on September 23, 2010 at 2:02 AM

Ed Morrissey endorsed O’Donnell.

I’m not sure, but Allahpundit may have endorsed Castle, but even then, not for a write-in campaign.

Lose the primary, just get lost and go home. Everyone can agree on that, except for the loser’s campaign staff and consultants, who will tell loser candidates what the want to hear in order to get a paycheck for the next few months.

NoDonkey on September 23, 2010 at 5:18 AM

These self serving bastards are all alike . . . it’s never the country, it’s always them.

rplat on September 23, 2010 at 6:47 AM

Mikey,

You lost to a witch! Deal with it!

crash72 on September 23, 2010 at 7:07 AM

crash72 on September 23, 2010 at 7:07 AM

How do you know she’s a witch?

NoDonkey on September 23, 2010 at 7:27 AM

They RINOs INTEND to remove your choices. That is the entire point. Once you understand what the real game is, you easily understand why we are seeing the consistent lack of loyalty to the Republican Party by RINOs.

Hawthorne on September 22, 2010 at 11:33 PM

Exceptionally well put. Thank you.

scrubjay on September 23, 2010 at 7:28 AM

So, Castle is acting like his supporters.

Birds of a feather…

fossten on September 23, 2010 at 7:37 AM

crash72 on September 23, 2010 at 7:07 AM

How do you know she’s a witch?

NoDonkey on September 23, 2010 at 7:27 AM

She weighs less than a duck?

halfastro on September 23, 2010 at 8:10 AM

Rep. Castle should have declined to run in the Senate race. Moderates tend to stick out like a sore thumb in a group of only 100 people. He ran a bad campaign, his decision to attack Ms. O’Donnell instead of standing on his record of service made him look like an old crank.

Cindy Munford on September 23, 2010 at 8:13 AM

halfastro on September 23, 2010 at 8:10 AM

She turned me into a newt!

NoDonkey on September 23, 2010 at 8:18 AM

Trouble is, when these “true conservatives” get voted in they become completely corrupted by the Washington system within five years. “Meet the new boss……..”

tommyboy on September 23, 2010 at 8:31 AM

So, Castle is acting like his supporters.

Birds of a feather…

fossten on September 23, 2010 at 7:37 AM

That’s HILARIOUS coming from one of the group of people who’ve said that they’d have sat out the election if Castle had beat Miss O’D, or worse (some have said that they’d have voted for Coons in that scenario.)

It’s also HILARIOUS considering that Miss O’D actually did run as a write-in in 2006, which Castle is only contemplating at the moment, yet he gets attacked for his behavior of just thinking about it, while she’s gotten a pass for doing it. Care to explain to us novices how that works?

Bad: expectations for Party unity after a primary, even if the winner isn’t good enough of a Conservative for some of the Party’s members
Good: expectations for Party unity only if the primary’s winner is Conservative enough; it’s also fair game to insult anyone who says that Party unity should work both ways, not only when a particular person’s preferred candidate wins

Bizarro No. 1 on September 23, 2010 at 8:38 AM

Whatever, DE Republican primary voters decided to let the Dems keep the seat, and that’s that. O’Donnell will get crushed.

Tres Angelas on September 23, 2010 at 8:48 AM

Jerk. And we know, who on this Blog, were defending him.
There is NO going back.

Randy

williars on September 23, 2010 at 8:55 AM

As someone who thought we should hold our nose and nominate
Castle as the best chance to turn this seat “r”, I am disgusted with Castle. At this point, I see no reason to ever support a RINO again. As conservatives, we are always told how it’s a “big tent” and we have to unify around the candidate, etc.

But, the “moderates” and the establishment never do the same. They may pay lip service to it – but then they give interviews slamming the conservatives, or won’t give money or other support.

Monkeytoe on September 23, 2010 at 8:57 AM

RINOs are blowing their cover …

The RINO is a media invention, good press for Democrat votes.

tarpon on September 23, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Chris Coons hardest hit.

Akzed on September 23, 2010 at 8:58 AM

As someone who thought we should hold our nose and nominate Castle as the best chance to turn this seat “r”, I am disgusted with Castle. Monkeytoe on September 23, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Many Delawareans have been disgusted with him for a looooong time.

Welcome to the club. Better late than never. I told you so. Etc.

Akzed on September 23, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Perhaps I am mistaken but wasn’t this site one of many who was endorsing Mike Castle over Christine O’Donnell? And perhaps Castle took some encouragement from that? Just asking.
fgmorley on September 23, 2010 at 2:02 AM

Ed endorsed Christine.

Akzed on September 23, 2010 at 9:03 AM

O’Donnell showed some astute skills when she said that Castle hadn’t lost an election in 40 years and was probably upset.

Bingo.

AnninCA on September 23, 2010 at 9:03 AM

It’s becoming a real problem–these long term politicians who think their voters owe them something because they did the jobs they were asked to do for a longer time than is wise. I guess they feel as if they are entitled or something. It’s probably a good thing that they lost, the system needs a wake up call. These long termers have gotten the idea that these seats are theirs by right(or something).

jeanie on September 23, 2010 at 9:39 AM

candy-asses who decide to run third-party campaigns and not the “true conservatives”?

It’s because in this election year, the votes are breaking against the “darn candy-asses”. In most years, it seems to me that it’s the “true conservatives” who run third-party campaigns. It wouldn’t take much time to study third party runs over the last thirty years, if someone really wants to understand the third party run. Until someone does, I think it is wise to not blame the RINOs for a perpetual stunt of primary losers.

thuja on September 23, 2010 at 9:46 AM

You know, it’s not just the RINOs who are sore losers (just they tend to be most prominent this time around).

In Washington state the tea party candidate refused to endorse Dino Rossi after he won the primary.

Not that I’m sympathizing with the RINOs, I’m rather pissed at them- but party unity is not only a problem among centrists.

Sackett on September 23, 2010 at 9:49 AM

The thing is that many Delaware voters did like Castle and did like his methods and stands. I do not think tearing down the man or the job he did for the last few decades is productive for O’Donnell or anyone. He did his job, he was liked and re-elected many times. That said, perhaps he and many others on the Hill should start learning when to gracefully quit at the top of their game. They also need to learn not to sulk or cry foul when they are displaced. It takes away from their accomplishments as a pol and their status as a person. Castle would be the bigger man for accepting this and doing what he can to help O’Donnell. The blame and thumb in the mouth game is seldom productive in the long run.

jeanie on September 23, 2010 at 10:04 AM

jeanie on September 23, 2010 at 10:04 AM

If you ran in a primary and lost against a candidate who slandered you and misrepresented your positions w/o shame, would you immediately just throw your support behind her/him? That is what Miss O’D’s and her supporters would have Castle do. It’s disgusting.

I am glad Republicans aren’t subservient little sheep like Democrat Hillary was with 0bamamessiah. If I were Castle, I’d tell her she could have my support after she issued me a public apology, but only then. If he doesn’t get an apology from her, but eventually says he supports her anyways, I would have to agree with what Miss O’D said to him during the campaign, and I’d tell him to put on some man pants, too.

Bizarro No. 1 on September 23, 2010 at 10:33 AM

If you ran in a primary and lost against a candidate who slandered you and misrepresented your positions w/o shame, would you immediately just throw your support behind her/him? That is what Miss O’D’s and her supporters would have Castle do. It’s disgusting.

I am glad Republicans aren’t subservient little sheep like Democrat Hillary was with 0bamamessiah. If I were Castle, I’d tell her she could have my support after she issued me a public apology, but only then. If he doesn’t get an apology from her, but eventually says he supports her anyways, I would have to agree with what Miss O’D said to him during the campaign, and I’d tell him to put on some man pants, too.

Bizarro No. 1 on September 23, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Now, there’s an appropriate screen name if I ever saw one.

Are you out of your mind? She owes him no apology. She only used his record against him, she never slandered or libeled him the way he (and the Delaware GOP) did to her, and continue to do.

If anyone owes anyone an apology, Castle owes one to the people of Delaware for selling us out to the Democraps for 40 years in the interest of furthering his own political career.

I mean, look at his words in the excerpts above. Have you ever seen weaker, more non-committal words come from a politician’s mouth? The guy is total milquetoast. I’m glad he’s going.

UltimateBob on September 23, 2010 at 11:09 AM

I’m glad he’s going gone.

UltimateBob on September 23, 2010 at 11:09 AM

fixed a typo there.

UltimateBob on September 23, 2010 at 11:11 AM

It’s becoming a real problem–these long term politicians who think their voters owe them something because they did the jobs they were asked to do for a longer time than is wise. I guess they feel as if they are entitled or something. It’s probably a good thing that they lost, the system needs a wake up call. These long termers have gotten the idea that these seats are theirs by right(or something).

jeanie on September 23, 2010 at 9:39 AM

I agree. They love “enthusiasm from the base,” but only if we vote for their perspective.

Then, we’re not so popular.

AnninCA on September 23, 2010 at 11:21 AM

She accused him of having a gay affair. If he endorses her, then he is a loser, and that will tell me that he indeed had a gay affair. He needs to stand on principle. O’Donnell is a nut.

Chudi on September 23, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Can you imagine if someone did this at their job? Their boss comes in and says Sorry Joe, you are not performing at the level I want out of you. I am letting you go. But instead of gracefully leaving the office, Joe starts a write-in campaign to keep his job even though 50-60% of the people in his office despise him but due to some quirk in the system he only needs 34% to keep the job.

angryed on September 23, 2010 at 12:06 PM

I’m done with these lifers.

AnninCA on September 23, 2010 at 12:10 PM

She accused him of having a gay affair. If he endorses her, then he is a loser, and that will tell me that he indeed had a gay affair. He needs to stand on principle. O’Donnell is a nut.

Chudi on September 23, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Get real, you putz. Christine did not do that, and you know it. It was an ex-campaign staffer who floated that rumor. Christine denounced it in an official statement.

UltimateBob on September 23, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Good job, Delaware, kicking this guy to the curb.

Christien on September 23, 2010 at 12:13 PM

I am not in favor of many teaparty ideas, but one that I firmly agree with them?

The problem has been a staid and outdated electoral process.

Time for those who think they have applied for a lifetime job need to go.

AnninCA on September 23, 2010 at 12:15 PM

My personal take is that Castle is holding out for some bribe from Obama/Biden.

He is floating the write-in campaign, fully aware it will probably diminish Coons chance. In the meantime, he’s feverishly negotiating with some nice cushy job after his Congress term ends.

In the end, he’ll ‘decide’ not to run a write-in campaign. So that he gets points from both the Republican and Democrat sides.

You see, I have Mike Castle all figured out. Don’t fall for it.

Sir Napsalot on September 23, 2010 at 12:15 PM

“Obviously I’m hurt and stunned by [the loss].”

Pobrecito.

I guess it’s all about him.

Blaise on September 23, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Given the Senatorial two-step for/not/for Murkowski’s write-in campaign since she LOST, OF COURSE other bitter losers of primaries are going to ditch the chances of their victor’s win in the general doing their own write-in.

Blame HATCH, Inc.

maverick muse on September 23, 2010 at 12:21 PM

If he endorses her, then he is a loser, and that will tell me that he indeed had a gay affair.

That only proves your own lack of logic. You must rely on those voices you hear in your head.

maverick muse on September 23, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Bizarro No. 1 on September 23, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Liberalism is an emotional problem.

Akzed on September 23, 2010 at 12:27 PM

HOTAIR NEEDS TO RUN THIS STORY… I KNEW THIS @$$ WOULD GET EXPOSED EVENTUALLY Busted!! Ground Zero Imam Exposed Off-Mic!

Nearly Nobody on September 23, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Castle adds that he is in no mood to endorse O’Donnell…

Castle also said it churned his buttermilk voters rejected his candidacy and that they would rue the day once they realized whose hayfield they’d mown. Then he napped.

roy_batty on September 23, 2010 at 12:49 PM

Nearly Nobody on September 23, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Chilling…

lovingmyUSA on September 23, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Whatever, DE Republican primary voters decided to let the Dems keep the seat, and that’s that. O’Donnell will get crushed.

Tres Angelas on September 23, 2010 at 8:48 AM

Yep, they should have supported Castle, whose ACU rating in 2 of the past 3 years was under 30 (he only breaks 30% every other year for election time at best). Because nothing says Republican win like a candidate who supports the liberal position 70%+ of the time.

If only the choice had been a Dem who will only support a conservative position 20% of the time, or a Republican who in 2007 only supported the Conservative position 20% of the time; then we’d have a close race… because both candidates would be strong liberals looking to help the Democrats keep control, increase government spending and control, and limit freedoms.

That’s what the Republicans should be working toward, right? More liberals in congress to stop Conservative positions from getting anything like a majority of votes…
wait, what?

Proof, for those who want it:
http://www.votesmart.org/issue_rating_category.php?can_id=26792&type=category&category=17&go.x=15&go.y=7

I guess you really do want to keep your enemies closer; in the same party even… I’m not sure this is a good strategic plan though.

gekkobear on September 23, 2010 at 1:38 PM

The proof is in the pudding. Hah!

It just goes to show you that RINOs and Moderates and Libertarians are NOT tied to any Conservative Agenda even if we’re only talking about fiscal policies. They are NOT loyal and committed to the Republican Party. It is ONLY a means to an end in the run to amass more power to control our lives just like Democrats.

These RINO types rely on Conservative’s LOYALTY, HONOR, INTEGRITY, BELIEF, AND FAITH in the Conservative Agenda. RINOs know Conservatives believe it’s best represented by the Republican Party, and use that fact to get elected in areas where a Democrat of their caliber cannot get elected. They will NEVER give back what has been given to them. They will NEVER stand beside us through any struggle. They will flow from side to side with the winds that swing the political pendulum.

The kicker that sticks in my throat is that these very folks that cut and run when things don’t go their way due to a lack of conservative philosophical integrity EXPECT–I MEAN EXPECT– Conservatives to spend their money, time, energy, walking door-to-door, calling on the phone, and stuffing envelopes to get them elected. YES! Get them elected so they can pull a Specter or Snowe, and tell us how they’ll vote for higher taxes, socialized medicine, and cap n’trade because it’s better for us than anything the Republican Party is offering. WHAT!?!

They veil has been removed and their shown as the wolves in sheep’s clothing we have ALWAYS known they were. In what universe does a Conservative believe these people are the kind of people to spend time and money to have represent our interests? Are you serious!?!

Sultry Beauty on September 23, 2010 at 3:39 PM

“I think there is still room for moderate Republicans,” Castle says, reflecting on the GOP

IN THE WRITE-IN BOX, reserved for RINO.

maverick muse on September 23, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Allahpundit’s exit, conservatives are responsible and live in reality and RINOs are egomaniacs living in the fringe of “bi-partisan” surreal socialism along with their Democratic Marxist friends.

Goes to show, those self centered Republicans In Name Only omit the substance of integrity.

“Moderates” and “Liberals” merely hijacked their labels to fool the fools, polarizing “meaning” through opposite game revisionism.

maverick muse on September 23, 2010 at 4:10 PM

Liberalism is an emotional problem.

Akzed on September 23, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Do you what non sequitor means?

Lying about a phantom college degree in order to enrich oneself is a sign someone doesn’t have common sense, and it’s a sign of emotional problems as well. Using ad hominem in place of rational argument and refutation of facts in the service of defending a known liar is also a sign of emotional problems.

Bizarro No. 1 on September 23, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Get real, you putz. Christine did not do that, and you know it. It was an ex-campaign staffer who floated that rumor. Christine denounced it in an official statement.

UltimateBob on September 23, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Why don’t you get real, you willfully-blind bonehead! She sure has you bamboozled good!

I wonder which spell she cast in order blind so many susceptible suckers from seeing the obvious truth about deceitful herself…

Bizarro No. 1 on September 23, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Why don’t you get real, you willfully-blind bonehead! She sure has you bamboozled good!

Bizarro No. 1 on September 23, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Okay, seriously….what’s behind these personal and vindictive attacks on Christine O’Donnell?

She’s the Republican candidate for Senate in Delaware. Let it go, already. Sheesh.

Grace_is_sufficient on September 23, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Do you what non sequitor means?
Bizarro No. 1 on September 23, 2010 at 4:27 PM

If you are going to be a grammar nazi, maybe you should check your own?

Hawthorne on September 23, 2010 at 6:33 PM

These RINO types rely on Conservative’s LOYALTY, HONOR, INTEGRITY, BELIEF, AND FAITH in the Conservative Agenda. RINOs know Conservatives believe it’s best represented by the Republican Party, and use that fact to get elected in areas where a Democrat of their caliber cannot get elected. They will NEVER give back what has been given to them. They will NEVER stand beside us through any struggle. They will flow from side to side with the winds that swing the political pendulum.
Sultry Beauty on September 23, 2010 at 3:39 PM

BRAVO! Well said!

The RINOs are bereft of an ethical compass because they abandoned their religion and replaced it with self-deification. The only loyalty they have is to their own goals. They most important part to understand about this is that the RINOs do not see this as doing anything wrong at all. To them it makes practical sense.

Instead they use the ethical standards of the conservatives movement to lever us. They turn our loyalty into a crass strategy to lever us into voting for people that will destroy and dilute our message. They have succeeded till now.

What you are seeing now is the result of the RINOs failure to keep the strategy in place. Now that we have gotten wise to their game they are picking up their toys and walking away. They have no intention, and never have had any intention, to reciprocate the loyalty that they demanded for their positions. They have a clear double standard and they are unapologetic about that fact.

If the RINOs are going to play the game that way, I say that we need to let them leave. We know from our own experiences that they have GREATLY harmed the Republican identity and the conservative message. We are not serving our interests or goals by coddling any of this because they have no proved to us that they have no intention of giving anything back in return for our loyalty and compromise.

Don’t let the door hit them in the arse on the way out.

Hawthorne on September 23, 2010 at 6:44 PM

candy-asses who decide to run third-party campaigns and not the “true conservatives”?

It’s because in this election year, the votes are breaking against the “darn candy-asses”. In most years, it seems to me that it’s the “true conservatives” who run third-party campaigns. It wouldn’t take much time to study third party runs over the last thirty years, if someone really wants to understand the third party run. Until someone does, I think it is wise to not blame the RINOs for a perpetual stunt of primary losers.

thuja on September 23, 2010 at 9:46 AM

I think you have entirely missed the point. The outrage is not so much because they RINOs are running these third-party and write-in campaigns. We are outraged because he have been threatened, cajoled, insulted, and whipped into supporting the moderate candidates for decades “for the good of the GOP.” Now when the rubber meets the road, we find that the very same people that have been preaching this message to us for so long have no intention of following their own advice.

Hawthorne on September 23, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Awww, poor Castle.

GW_SS-Delta on September 23, 2010 at 10:37 PM

Okay, seriously….what’s behind these personal and vindictive attacks on Christine O’Donnell?

She’s the Republican candidate for Senate in Delaware. Let it go, already. Sheesh.

Grace_is_sufficient on September 23, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Do you know what “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander” means? Where should I start?

Miss O’D and her most ardent supporters believe it’s ok to say whatever they feel like in the defense of their Empress, whether or not it’s true, and shriek like banshees whenever anyone who has reservations about Empress Witchiepoo airs their concerns about her. It’s a BIG joke coming from people who supposedly cherish the spirit of the 1st Amendment. I’m not going to inhibit my freedom of expression or my sense of humor to placate a bunch of hypocrites who care more about winning on their terms than they do her severe ethical problems, especially when factoring in that they don’t care what happens to people like me at all, as long as we do their bidding.

I don’t like people who have double standards for their pet candidates, and the ones they don’t like. A lot of these people bitchin’ about criticisms of Miss O’D from the Right are the same people who sat out the 2008 election because McCain wasn’t a good candidate, and/or who never stopped criticizing McCain throughout that whole election season. These rabid supporters of hers expect Castle and his supporters to unify behind Miss O’D, while not having the same expectation of themselves, if Castle had beat her. Can you tell me what’s respectable about such people?

These people remind me of unprincipled Clinton’s supporters, who tried to bully any Democrat who spoke out Billy Boy. What is your opinion of Democrats who could see the toxin that Clinton was, but kept their mouths shut because they were justifiably concerned about retaliation from his goon squad? Look, I already know your answer to that. So, why should you believe I should act differently when you realize that I find Miss O’D to be the only real Republican I can think of who’s left me feeling like WJC did with her similar manipulations?

If you believe it wasn’t right for Dems to try to shut up the Dems who had problems with WJC, but that it is right for people on the Right to try to squelch people like me who have approximately the same view of Miss O’D on an ethical level that we do of Clinton, you’re one of the hypocrites with double standards I’ve been referring to here.

Bizarro No. 1 on September 24, 2010 at 8:34 AM

…especially when factoring in that they don’t much care what happens to people like me at all, as long as we do their bidding…

Bizarro No. 1 on September 24, 2010 at 8:34 AM

FIFM

Bizarro No. 1 on September 24, 2010 at 9:15 AM

If you are going to be a grammar nazi, maybe you should check your own?

Hawthorne on September 23, 2010 at 6:33 PM

LOL do you know what “projection” means?

Oh, the horror – a spelling mistake! I challenge you to find one example of me critiquing someone’s grammar on this site – just one. I will tell you I am not that petty, not that you’ll believe me.

I will correct you on your misapplication of “grammar” though, because you deserve it: non sequitur is not an issue of grammar; it’s an issue of logic/rhetoric. Sorry to have to break it to you, you grammar nazi! :)

Bizarro No. 1 on September 24, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Mike Craple to announce tonight whether he’s going to be a write-in or not.

We could have avoided all this had we only sent this sniveling spineless weasel to the senate like so many of our Mensa member commentators advised.

However, then we’d never have seen the depths of his egomaniacal power mongering trying to hold onto public office like it was oxygen.

Akzed on September 24, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Why wouldn’t he? He’s got Rove batting for him. The stage was set on the night she won.

AnninCA on September 24, 2010 at 10:46 AM

The bigger question is why the GOP elites, including the likes of Carl Rove, were so hell bent on keeping O Donnell out, even if they had to brand her incompetent.

According to Rush, the original argument for keeping Castle was they needed to support the stronger candidate to preserve their chairmanships.

However, after Castle lost, the seat will not protect their chairmanships unless they promote O Donnell

My smartest friend suggests the reason O Donnel is the target of the RINOs:

Whoever wins the Deleware election will be sworn in as soon as the vote count is certified, and the new Senator will be voting in the lame duck session ahead of the new batch of Senators coming in from the other States

In other words, the Deleware seat will be a royal flush chance to vote in the precious mystery legislation the RINOs crave, before any new conservative usurpers take their seats

It has to be legislation the DEMs also love.

Big possiblilty is ‘Dont Ask, Dont Tell’

note: the Obama WH is arguing in its appeal that the Congress and not the Court should decide this policy

yep

Another possibility is a fast track voter registration for illegal alien minors as soon as they reach voting age, I mean graduate from high school, if they can be persuaded to accept free college in return for virtual amnesty

So manypossibilities, so little time

The voters in Deleware ought to know they are being gamed to empower the lame duck, and it is an elephant pulling the strings

Ta think Rove had polished up Rush enough to get a gig on his show, while bouncing from Tea Party to Tea Party offering advice to the fledglings

I love politics, not

entagor on September 24, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Whatever, DE Republican primary voters decided to let the Dems keep the seat, and that’s that. O’Donnell will get crushed. Tres Angelas on September 23, 2010 at 8:48 AM

Yours? Up it.

Akzed on September 24, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Whatsa matter, Mickie? Having trouble fitting into your own “big tent,” never mind the Man Pants???

manwithblackhat on September 24, 2010 at 6:26 PM

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