Doubling down on O’Donnell

posted at 6:38 pm on September 23, 2010 by Doctor Zero

The Delaware Senate race is like a game of Texas Hold-em that started slow, with boring cards on the table, and an obvious winner smirking over his hole cards.  A few rounds later, everyone is frantically throwing chips onto a huge pile and waiting for the last card to be dealt.  The early favorite folded early, but now he’s circling the table with crumpled bills clutched in a sweaty hand, muttering that he’s “very unhappy with things that happened” early in the game.

There are far more than two players in this game.  The Tea Party has embraced Christine O’Donnell as a brave trooper fighting horrendous odds.  Conservative stalwarts like Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin are weary of settling for weak-willed establishment candidates who can’t wait to sell out their base, and reach a profitable understanding with statist ideology.

Meanwhile, elements of the GOP establishment are bizarrely obsessed with destroying her.  The National Republican Senatorial Committee announced it wouldn’t spend a dime to help her, within moments of her primary victory over Mike Castle, but changed its mind after a night of outrage from Republican voters.  Castle has refused to endorse her, and is openly contemplating a write-in challenge.  Republican sages like Karl Rove launch daily assaults against O’Donnell, behaving as if she somehow stole her nomination.  As Lori Ziganto notes, various forces have constructed a sexism controversy around her… some eager to beat the Democrats with their own gender politics cudgel, others belittling O’Donnell for whining she hasn’t actually indulged in.  I suspect some lazy observers are trotting out this narrative just because O’Donnell is good-looking.

In the interests of full disclosure, I sized up the Delaware race and reluctantly concluded it was strategically wise to support Castle, who had a much better chance of taking the seat, and possibly delivering a Republican Senate.  I made this recommendation to play the odds, not predict the future.  Now that O’Donnell is the nominee, I support her candidacy without hesitation.  I dearly hope Senator O’Donnell and I can meet up in Hogsmeade someday, and have a laugh about my lack of faith over a butterbeer.

Too many of the pundits who weighed in against her candidacy have interests that trump the success of the Republican Party, or indeed the country.  Opposing her during primary season was fair enough – in fact, it was vital.  Primaries are the season for testing and measuring candidates.  Hitting them hard is the only way to judge their strength… but once the primary is over, you stop hitting them. No one is obliged to fake enthusiasm for a candidate they dislike, but actively sabotaging the Republican candidate, with the stakes as high as they are, is madness. The Democrat Party needs no reinforcements to inflict more damage on America.  Republicans in Delaware would be wise to ask if letting go of a few odd comments from O’Donnell’s past is a fair price to pay, if it means keeping the rest of the state from ending up like New Castle County.  For that matter, I’d advise Delaware Democrats and independents to ask themselves the same question.

Some of the animosity toward O’Donnell is blowback from the rather… fiery enthusiasm her supporters displayed in the last days of the primary.  Some flows from a desire to teach Tea Party insurgents a lesson about backing long-shot candidates in the name of ideological purity.  To this group, I would say that we don’t have time for such lessons.  The next two elections are far too critical to jeopardize any seat, in service to an argument about who we should nominate in 2014.

Like other Tea Party favorites, O’Donnell earns the enmity of an establishment that wants its turn piloting the statist machinery we aim to dismantle.  They think the reason America is headed for a cliff is that our current President is stomping on the gas pedal, but he can’t quite reach the steering wheel.  They have cynically concluded that real change is impossible, and the rusted machinery of the New Deal is eternal.  Flights of fancy about little girls in Minuteman costumes are a distraction from serious business, like negotiating small reductions in the rate of spending increases.  Better to have a sensible Democrat holding the seat from Delaware, until a marginally more sensible establishment Republican with the proper credentials can be advanced in a few years.

Some of the most persistent O’Donnell critics are pundits who see their influence and reputation on the line.  They announced with absolute certainty that she cannot win this race, and by hook or crook, they’re going to make that prediction come true. I’d be delighted if events prove I was wrong about O’Donnell in the primary… but there are Republican commentators who hope Senator Chris Coons will save them from being wrong about her in the general election.  When a fortune teller predicts you’ll die by fire, check behind his back to see if he’s holding a gasoline can and some flares.

Things are still looking pretty grim for Christine O’Donnell.  Sniping at her now will cripple her chances with independent voters, who often make up their minds right before the election, no matter what they tell pollsters several weeks out.  They tend to be heavily influenced by the prevailing media narrative, so making it more toxic will do real damage to her prospects.

No matter what you thought about O’Donnell during the primary season, there’s no doubt the conservative cause would benefit tremendously from seeing her rake in the chips from the high-stakes Delaware game on Election Day.  The Senate certainly doesn’t need another tired old lefty who pretends to be a moderate for a few months every six years.

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Dr Z, I love you pal, but this article is about a week too late. Now it serves to fan the flames, which I know you would never do on purpose.

portlandon on September 23, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Paging our resident mental patient.

Nuttoboy can you please post your same tired talking points please.

CWforFreedom on September 23, 2010 at 6:43 PM

Enough already, Karl Rove. You lost all credibility when you insisted on stirring the pot incessantly. I think Dr. Zero is correct. You want to be proven right at any cost–including making sure the Democrat wins. I say this without being a particular fan of O’Donnell.

DrStock on September 23, 2010 at 6:45 PM

RINO!

There … now that that’s out of the way everyone behave and discuss cordially.

darwin on September 23, 2010 at 6:45 PM

Paging our resident mental patient.

CWforFreedom on September 23, 2010 at 6:43 PM

I thought that was Bizarro guy or whatever his name is.

darwin on September 23, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Paging our resident mental patient.

CWforFreedom on September 23, 2010 at 6:43 PM

Chudi or Naturoboy? Don’t they switch off?

portlandon on September 23, 2010 at 6:47 PM

I hope she fails. She’s a disaster. All who support her are disasters themselves. You are pathetic, putting your support behind a proven dunce. You are a disgrace, chastising moderate Republicans for standing up and saying what we all know, which is that Christine, idiot, O’Donnell is not fit for the senate. Coons isn’t fit either, but he’s a Democrat, and the idea of the tea party was to offer something better. She’s not. She’s equally as bad, as stupid, as dangerous, as dumb.

Narutoboy on September 23, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Dr. Zero.
EXACTLY

And there is nothing wrong with such enthusiasm to WIN, recalling the difference in ’08 between the limp McCain and the vigorous Palin.

Full fledged campaign efforts from Republicans can push O’Donnell over the top.

That kind of victory is sweetest.

maverick muse on September 23, 2010 at 6:48 PM

No matter what you thought about O’Donnell during the primary season, there’s no doubt the conservative cause would benefit tremendously from seeing her rake in the chips from the high-stakes Delaware game on Election Day.

Really? How exactly does the election of a hare-brained, satanist-lovin’ egomaniac whose only job is running for office further the “cause?” Oh wait, I get it. O’Donnell IS what the cause has to offer these days. Pathetic.

bifidis on September 23, 2010 at 6:50 PM

bifidis on September 23, 2010 at 6:50 PM

The inability of some people to get over it and support the only person we have in the race is mind boggling.

I hope to God this doesn’t happen in 2012.

darwin on September 23, 2010 at 6:52 PM

If Castle runs write-in, wouldn’t that help O’Donnell by siphoning votes away from disaffected Dem voters who don’t like Coons (Dems)?

ParisParamus on September 23, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Pathetic.

bifidis on September 23, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Stupid, satanic, egomaniac. Got it. You forgot slutty whore.

Yes, you are quite pathetic.

Brian1972 on September 23, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Rove is now beyond an analyst as he bills himself. He is now invested in the failure of O’Donnell. She wins and he looks like a dork. She loses and he can crow that he was right for the next two years, and rake in the consultant contracts.

Fox News should cut him loose until the election is over, or forbid him from commenting on COD.

slickwillie2001 on September 23, 2010 at 6:53 PM

darwin on September 23, 2010 at 6:52 PM

I don’t think that person is part of the “we” you are referencing.

Brian1972 on September 23, 2010 at 6:54 PM

bifidis on September 23, 2010 at 6:50 PM

So bearded marxist it is for you, got it. Your Che Guevara shirt can be picked up in the hallway out back. You got nothing from this article, vigorously oppose her in the primary but then at least respect the voters of DE for their choice.

bluemarlin on September 23, 2010 at 6:54 PM

but then at least respect the voters of DE for their choice.

bluemarlin on September 23, 2010 at 6:54 PM

How about no.

Narutoboy on September 23, 2010 at 6:54 PM

I hope to God this doesn’t happen in 2012.

darwin on September 23, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Unfortunately it certainly will.

slickwillie2001 on September 23, 2010 at 6:55 PM

What is NOT being discussed very much is simply regardless of how the MSM treats Christine O’Donnell, if she loses it will not be primarily caused by the Left but instead by her fellow Republicans led by Mike Castle and Karl Rove who if they refrain from supporting her or do not stop criticizing her in the end will lead to her demise.

Thus based on the numbers, COD cannot win by just winning among conservatives and independents in Delaware.

technopeasant on September 23, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Dr Z … Another great post.

Agree with you as well.

tarpon on September 23, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Paging our resident mental patient.

Nuttoboy can you please post your same tired talking points please.

CWforFreedom on September 23, 2010 at 6:43 PM

I don’t look at Narutoboy as the resident mental patient. I see him as a sad example of the harm that our liberal schools do to the critical thinking skills of our youth. Think about it for a moment.

Naruto is a Japanese manga/anime series. It was introduced in the USA in the early 2000′s. The anime craze that Naruto represents was predominantly among teenagers and those in their early twenties. That means that Narutoboy is almost certainly no more than thirty years of age.

now consider that Narutoboy has had the disadvantage of being indoctrinated in liberal claptrap throughout his entire education. It is very unlikely that he experienced any education in logic or critical thinking. It is almost certain that he was not presented with any valid explanation of conservative views. In other words, Narutoboy is really a liberal sheepboy.

In honor of that fact I feel we should redub Narutoboy as Hitsujiboy. Hitsuji is the Japanese word for sheep.

Hawthorne on September 23, 2010 at 7:00 PM

technopeasant on September 23, 2010 at 6:55 PM

What else is NOT being discussed much is the disrespect for teh voters of DE. Rove and Castle and others have simply dismissed them as delusional I guess. We talk about the attacks upon COD but those same attacks go againstt he people that voted for her. Not a real smart strategy there either.

bluemarlin on September 23, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Hitsujiboy … sounds good.

darwin on September 23, 2010 at 7:01 PM

“All in…!”

Seven Percent Solution on September 23, 2010 at 7:02 PM

bifidis on September 23, 2010 at 6:50 PM

troll

DrStock on September 23, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Hummmmmmmmmmm…a couple of witchy lotions and potions has gotten everyone up in arms… yet a Prez that partook n coke and crack was not worthy of investigation…. hardly a peep

roflmao

donabernathy on September 23, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Let us not go to blaming Rove and CK for COD losing..The MSM and MSNBC have constantly running “hit” pieces on her..

PS..She has not lost yet..Go COD!!..:)

Dire Straits on September 23, 2010 at 7:04 PM

now consider that Narutoboy has had the disadvantage of being indoctrinated in liberal claptrap throughout his entire education. It is very unlikely that he experienced any education in logic or critical thinking. It is almost certain that he was not presented with any valid explanation of conservative views. In other words, Narutoboy is really a liberal sheepboy.

In honor of that fact I feel we should redub Narutoboy as Hitsujiboy. Hitsuji is the Japanese word for sheep.

Hawthorne on September 23, 2010 at 7:00 PM

I think he has been presented with real and valid conservative views here as well as factual and logical arguments. Arguments and views which he still refuses to research or believe. If he is nearing his 30`s that is a sad indictment.

bluemarlin on September 23, 2010 at 7:05 PM

one more reason to vote NO on Coons and yes on O’Donnell:

Higher costs and worse care – is it any wonder why people are overwhelmingly in favor of repealing and replacing Obamacare? Politicians who have vacillated on this issue need to be fired. Candidates who don’t support “repeal and replace” don’t deserve your support. No amount of money spent on Washington’s “government-wide apolitical public information campaign” (otherwise known as “propaganda”) will convince Americans that this awful legislation is anything other than a debt-driven big government train wreck. We need to repeal and replace it, and that can only happen if we elect a new Congress that will make scrapping Obamacare one of its top priorities. We can replace it with pro-private sector, patient-oriented reform that the GOP has proposed.

unseen on September 23, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Hummmmmmmmmmm…a couple of witchy lotions and potions has gotten everyone up in arms… yet a Prez that partook n coke and crack was not worthy of investigation…. hardly a peep

roflmao

donabernathy on September 23, 2010 at 7:03 PM

…and another candidate brutally raped a woman a few years before being elected president. Not credible, nuts and sluts, etc, you know the talking points.

slickwillie2001 on September 23, 2010 at 7:10 PM

What else is NOT being discussed much is the disrespect for teh voters of DE. Rove and Castle and others have simply dismissed them as delusional I guess. We talk about the attacks upon COD but those same attacks go againstt he people that voted for her. Not a real smart strategy there either.

bluemarlin on September 23, 2010 at 7:00 PM

That is EXACTLY the main point here. If there is any consistent theme to the voter revolution of 2010 it is that the politicians in Washington are not listening to the voters. So I wonder how tone-deaf guys like Rove have to be in order to ignore the clear edict of the voters in Delaware and work against their interests.

The results in the Delaware race are secondary to the main problem here. The word of the voters is ALWAYS the duty of the politicians to honor and support. No, they don’t have to like it. But they do have to shut the hell up and deal with it.

By spewing his garbage all over the national news, all Rove is accomplishing is making the Republicans look like they are unwilling to listen to the voters. Rove is hurting us NATIONALLY in an attempt to look like the smartest guy on the block. In truth, he is monumentally selfish and stupid for pulling that crap.

Hawthorne on September 23, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Dire Straits on September 23, 2010 at 7:04 PM

One day after the primary PPP released a poll that showed Castle supporters were willing to support Coons over O’Donnell 44% to 28%.

When 44% of your opponent’s strength in the primary is willing to cut off their nose to spite their face you cannot win.

And that has nothing to do with the Left and the MSM.

technopeasant on September 23, 2010 at 7:12 PM

bifidls On September 23, at 2010 at 6:50 PM

Looks like you have swallowed the swill of the leftwing nutjob mainstream media until your bladder has exploded. The talking point lies are etched into your feeble mind like every other liberal lemming. You are obviously a leftwing plant and totally unfit to be considered a conservative. Go away, little person.

volsense on September 23, 2010 at 7:12 PM

O’Donnell:
“It’s off the table because that’s not going to help me get votes,” O’Donnell stated. “I’m not going to do any more national media because this is my focus: Delaware’s my focus, and the local media’s my focus, and it’s frustrating because I’ve let the local media know they’re my priority but our phones are ringing off the hook that they can’t get to me. It’s actually become an interference with the campaign.”

Hiding out from difficult questions is becoming the new standard.

rjl1999 on September 23, 2010 at 7:12 PM

What else is NOT being discussed much is the disrespect for teh voters of DE. Rove and Castle and others have simply dismissed them as delusional I guess. We talk about the attacks upon COD but those same attacks go againstt he people that voted for her. Not a real smart strategy there either.

bluemarlin on September 23, 2010 at 7:00 PM

That is EXACTLY the main point here. If there is any consistent theme to the voter revolution of 2010, it is anger that the politicians in Washington are not listening to the voters. So I wonder how tone-deaf guys like Rove have to be in order to ignore the clear edict of the voters in Delaware and work against their interests?

The results in the Delaware race are secondary to the main problem here. The word of the voters is ALWAYS the duty of the politicians to honor and support. No, they don’t have to like it. But they do have to honor it and deal with it.

By spewing his vitriol all over the national news, Rove is making the Republicans look like they are unwilling to listen to the voters. Rove is hurting us NATIONALLY in an attempt to look like the smartest guy on the block.

Hawthorne on September 23, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Hiding out from difficult questions is becoming the new standard.

rjl1999 on September 23, 2010 at 7:12 PM

I don’t get your point. The national media isn’t voting for her.

darwin on September 23, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Let us not go to blaming Rove and CK for COD losing..The MSM and MSNBC have constantly running “hit” pieces on her..

PS..She has not lost yet..Go COD!!..:)

Dire Straits on September 23, 2010 at 7:04 PM

I blame Rove for making the fight more difficult. Everyone expecits the hit pieces from MSNBC and the rest of the MSM, but from fellow Republicans after the primary???

She has not lost, but Rove won’t stop tossing hand grenades at her.

DrStock on September 23, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Brought my plastic clothing, smart move on my part.

“Make the seat red at any cost” means you support OD or you support Coons. No other choice.

Bishop on September 23, 2010 at 7:16 PM

Not to forget, only two weeks before he was elected Massachusetts Senator, Scott Brown seemed to be lagging by 15 points. Many of the talking heads said he didn’t have a chance.

slickwillie2001 on September 23, 2010 at 7:18 PM

“Make the seat red at any cost” means you support OD or you support Coons. No other choice.

Bishop on September 23, 2010 at 7:16 PM

Apparently all the Castle supporters need some cuddling an reassurnace that we still love them before they’ll get the hell over it. You up for the job?

darwin on September 23, 2010 at 7:20 PM

“Make the seat red at any cost” means you support OD or you support Coons. No other choice.

Bishop on September 23, 2010 at 7:16 PM

Hey, Bishop. Not sure I understand this.

DrStock on September 23, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Karl Rove added insult to injury and allowed Coons a free pass for the first week after the primary win by COD. Remember Coons did not face an opponent in the primary. Thus he has had plenty of time to prepare for the general election. COD is just getting started. That is not her fault. It is what it is.

But COD is the nominee; for GOP operatives to continue to trash her after the election is counterproductive and nefarious. Those who blame COD for these attacks are simply out to lunch. Why? It’s up the opposition (Coons) to call COD out on these issues and not the job of the folks on our side to give him more ammunition or to do his job for him.

technopeasant on September 23, 2010 at 7:23 PM

I think he has been presented with real and valid conservative views here as well as factual and logical arguments. Arguments and views which he still refuses to research or believe. If he is nearing his 30`s that is a sad indictment.

bluemarlin on September 23, 2010 at 7:05 PM

Yeah, but we are trying to beat against a wall of liberal indoctrination that he has taken as truth for his entire life. You cannot break down a lifetime of belief easily on the Internet. He is more likely to simply tune out our arguments and reflexively insult us than he is to actually debate in earnest. he is not here to learn, he is here to argue his side.

Hawthorne on September 23, 2010 at 7:23 PM

She has not lost, but Rove won’t stop tossing hand grenades at her.

DrStock on September 23, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Well then get FOX news to quit asking him about her chances..:)

Dire Straits on September 23, 2010 at 7:24 PM

let’s be honset here. Castle supporters are just worried their right to kill babies will be taken away

unseen on September 23, 2010 at 7:26 PM

She has not lost, but Rove won’t stop tossing hand grenades at her.

DrStock on September 23, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Yes, she has lost. As soon as Maher releases more of those tapes he has, she’ll be in the negatives. But hey, at least she’ll be able to buy a new house after this is all over. Thanks to her drone-like followers.

Narutoboy on September 23, 2010 at 7:26 PM

The consistent theme in the voter anger during this election is disgust that politicians are not listening to the voters. How tone-deaf do guys like Rove have to be in order to ignore the edict of the voters and work against their interests in this climate?

The results in the Delaware race are secondary to the main problem. The will of the voters is the duty of the politicians to honor and support. No, they don’t have to like it. But they do have to honor it and deal with it.

By spewing his vitriol all over the national news, Rove is making the Republicans look like they are unwilling to listen to the voters. That is 180 degrees counter to everything that the voters are so angry about. Rove is hurting us NATIONALLY in an attempt to look like the smartest guy on the block.

Hawthorne on September 23, 2010 at 7:27 PM

technopeasant on September 23, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Looks to me like the Castle voters need to shoulder most of the blame..:)

Dire Straits on September 23, 2010 at 7:27 PM

Hiding out from difficult questions is becoming the new standard.

rjl1999 on September 23, 2010 at 7:12 PM

I don’t get your point. The national media isn’t voting for her.

darwin on September 23, 2010 at 7:15 PM

She can’t win with the media on this interview question. If she spends significant time doing national interviews, she opens herself to the obvious attacks from Coons that she is more interested in a national other-than-political career than serving the people of Delaware. That attack is at the ready if she makes that mistake.

If she stays in the state and campaigns at the retail level, they will whine that she is hiding something. Let them, because the whiners are at CNN et al, and they just want ratings from the big get, and to count coup with the Manhattan set for damaging her. Delaware voters will see all they need to see.

slickwillie2001 on September 23, 2010 at 7:27 PM

Sweet!

The RINOs and the Marxists have now joined forces to destroy conservatives. At least we now know who we’re sh00tin at.

Ogabe on September 23, 2010 at 7:33 PM

She can’t win with the media on this interview question. If she spends significant time doing national interviews, she opens herself to the obvious attacks from Coons that she is more interested in a national other-than-political career than serving the people of Delaware. That attack is at the ready if she makes that mistake.

If she stays in the state and campaigns at the retail level, they will whine that she is hiding something. Let them, because the whiners are at CNN et al, and they just want ratings from the big get, and to count coup with the Manhattan set for damaging her. Delaware voters will see all they need to see.
slickwillie2001 on September 23, 2010 at 7:27 PM

Has she done any local interviews?

rjl1999 on September 23, 2010 at 7:42 PM

Delaware’s New’s Journal has been bashing her daily. Delaware has traditionally been blue, so I didn’t think Republicans had much a chance to win here. But hopefully I will be wrong.

womball on September 23, 2010 at 7:42 PM

so I didn’t think Republicans had much a chance to win here. But hopefully I will be wrong.

womball on September 23, 2010 at 7:42 PM

hmm the REP Castle won 12 statewide elections. Rep have as much chance to win in DE as the dems. Unless you want to admit Castle was not a republician except in name only

unseen on September 23, 2010 at 7:45 PM

Re Castle write-in, we were surprised to see that in Alaska in initial polls a Murkowski write-in actually appeared to help Miller.

Are we certain that a Castle write-in will hurt COD more than it hurts Coons? If Castle sees that he is helping COD, is he spiteful enough to drop out and torpedo her?

slickwillie2001 on September 23, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Well then get FOX news to quit asking him about her chances..:)

Dire Straits on September 23, 2010 at 7:24 PM

Hey, I agree. Seems to me he’s got such a big stake in this, he should be off the air until after the election. Of course, the MSM LOVE to have him as a guest these days.

DrStock on September 23, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Barely 50 posts? Where have all the good times gone.

Bishop on September 23, 2010 at 7:46 PM

I hope she fails. She’s a disaster. All who support her are disasters themselves. You are pathetic, putting your support behind a proven dunce. You are a disgrace, chastising moderate Republicans for standing up and saying what we all know, which is that Christine, idiot, O’Donnell is not fit for the senate. Coons isn’t fit either, but he’s a Democrat, and the idea of the tea party was to offer something better. She’s not. She’s equally as bad, as stupid, as dangerous, as dumb.

Narutoboy on September 23, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Maybe you’ll get it this time. Doubtful, but hope springs eternal:

You don’t have a time machine. No amount of recriminations today will change the fact that she is the candidate.

There are only three realistic choices at this point until November 3rd: Sit quietly on the sidelines, act in a way that makes it more likely for her to beat Coons, or act in a way that supports Coons beating her.

Those are the only real options. If you fail to take either of the first two options, you are implicitly taking the third… no matter how much you might swear that’s not your intention. Intention or not, that is the effect.

Everyone understands that you don’t like her. Fine. You’re not being asked to do anything positive or affirmative to help her AT ALL. You can choose to keep your yap shut, or you can continue running her down… which is choosing to help Coons win.

The time to have the discussion about getting better candidates, and doing a better job of early vetting, is on or after November 3rd.

VekTor on September 23, 2010 at 7:49 PM

Has she done any local interviews?

rjl1999 on September 23, 2010 at 7:42 PM

There are a lot of ways to talk to the local Delaware voters and many of them do not include the media. In truth, she should concentrate on the debates and town halls. The media will not be her friend, so it makes no sense to hand them the hammer they will use to beat her. She needs to BYPASS the media except in very carefully selected programs where she will get fair treatment.

Of course, the folks like you WANT her to fail. SO you will spin and scream for her to commit politically stupid and suicidal acts and try to paint them as necessary.

Hawthorne on September 23, 2010 at 7:49 PM

Make it explicit, Narutoboy: On this November 2nd, would you prefer that Coons win, or that O’Donnell win?

Those are the only available outcomes.

VekTor on September 23, 2010 at 7:53 PM

I hope she fails. She’s a disaster. All who support her are disasters themselves. You are pathetic, putting your support behind a proven dunce. You are a disgrace, chastising moderate Republicans for standing up and saying what we all know, which is that Christine, idiot, O’Donnell is not fit for the senate. Coons isn’t fit either, but he’s a Democrat, and the idea of the tea party was to offer something better. She’s not. She’s equally as bad, as stupid, as dangerous, as dumb.

Narutoboy on September 23, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Nice to see that Hitsujiboy(Sheepboy) has made his grand entrance. Please give us a BAAHHH or two from time to time as you have here to let us know you are OK. We worry about you.

I love how you project your sensibilities on everybody and try to tell us we are stupid. That is such a great example of how objective you are. You do not discuss. You do not listen to anything. All you do is spew insults. Yep, that is going to make all of us see you as a worthy person to debate… NOT!

Maybe you should try to actually present some evidence of your views. The idea that it is all true just because you said so is not very compelling. Especially when you think it is necessary to insult people for emphasis.

Let me give you the first clue that you lack…

Nobody is taking you seriously. You have become a joke on these boards because you never bring anything to the table but trolling. But you are fine for comic relief Sheepboy. So go right ahead and post.

Hawthorne on September 23, 2010 at 7:57 PM

There are a lot of ways to talk to the local Delaware voters and many of them do not include the media. In truth, she should concentrate on the debates and town halls. The media will not be her friend, so it makes no sense to hand them the hammer they will use to beat her. She needs to BYPASS the media except in very carefully selected programs where she will get fair treatment.

Of course, the folks like you WANT her to fail. SO you will spin and scream for her to commit politically stupid and suicidal acts and try to paint them as necessary.

Hawthorne on September 23, 2010 at 7:49 PM

Actually, you’re wrong. I’m fine with debates and town halls. As long as somebody gets to ask unscripted intelligent questions for the candidates to answer.

rjl1999 on September 23, 2010 at 8:00 PM

Actually, you’re wrong. I’m fine with debates and town halls. As long as somebody gets to ask unscripted intelligent questions for the candidates to answer.

rjl1999 on September 23, 2010 at 8:00 PM

O’Donnell has said on Hannity that she will do several debates and that she will keep her calendar busy with multiple events every day right up until the election. The public will get plenty of chance to see her and talk to her.

This is why I think she will do much better than many people give her credit for. Delaware is a small state, so she will have plenty of opportunity to let the voters there know what she is about outside of the spin of the mainstream press.

Her only chance to win is to bypass the press and become real to the voters of Delaware. They need to see her and relate to her as a person they like, not a picture on the television. If she can succeed at that she will create a backlash against the negative stories about her.

Hawthorne on September 23, 2010 at 8:10 PM

“If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation…want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters…. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”

Frederick Douglass, 1857

Doc Zero, you forgot the primary rule of America — We will choose long odds and Liberty over the certainty of a full belly and chains. You took your eye off the prize and thought like Michael Steele.

Dr. Dog on September 23, 2010 at 8:15 PM

The bottom line is this: when Conservatives lose to RINO’s, we immediately concede, don’t demand a recount, and do everything to support the RINO.

When RINO’s lose to Conservatives, they bitch, whine, moan, and generally show their jackassery. They are DIABN.

SilentWatcher on September 23, 2010 at 8:15 PM

the conservative cause would benefit tremendously from seeing her rake in the chips from the high-stakes Delaware game on Election Day.

zactly.

C’mon Delaware. Make our day!
Randy

williars on September 23, 2010 at 8:17 PM

Doc Zero, you forgot the primary rule of America — We will choose long odds and Liberty over the certainty of a full belly and chains. You took your eye off the prize and thought like Michael Steele.

Dr. Dog on September 23, 2010 at 8:15 PM

In what sense? I did not get that impression at all from Doc Zero’s piece.

Hawthorne on September 23, 2010 at 8:19 PM

The RINOs and the Marxists have now joined forces to destroy conservatives.
Ogabe on September 23, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Inevitable. Brace for more.

rrpjr on September 23, 2010 at 8:37 PM

Hawthorne on September 23, 2010 at 7:00 PM

For the record, I’m a slightly more old-school anime fan (I’d largely gotten out of it by the time Naruto came out), however I did have the benefit of having also gotten out of the public school system about a decade earlier.

Cylor on September 23, 2010 at 8:47 PM

Cylor on September 23, 2010 at 8:47 PM

I have no problem with anime. I first noticed anime with Vampire Hunter D quite some years ago. I still watch it on occasion and I have watched Naruto Shippuden on Hulu. The only reason I point out Naruto is because of the potential to pin the age of Narutoboy, though admittedly, that is not a certainty.

Hawthorne on September 23, 2010 at 8:51 PM

Always love your posts Dr. Zero! I only wish that you contributed more frequently.

ReneePA on September 23, 2010 at 9:19 PM

NeuteredBoy… It is really painful to read your comments. You really come off like an unhinged, frothing at the mouth liberal. It’s annoying.

ReneePA on September 23, 2010 at 9:22 PM

Yes, she has lost. As soon as Maher releases more of those tapes he has, she’ll be in the negatives. But hey, at least she’ll be able to buy a new house after this is all over. Thanks to her drone-like followers.

Narutoboy on September 23, 2010 at 7:26 PM

You keep on this topic to try to prove that you are the smartest person in the room but only prove that you are not worthy of anyone’s respect. It is difficult for reasonable people to understand why you are worthy of any attention at all. It would be helpful if you could explain yourself instead of just throwing out vicious personal attacks.

Vince on September 23, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Vampire Hunter D

Hawthorne on September 23, 2010 at 8:51 PM

Yeah, that’s what kind of “old school” I was talking about. (grin)

Vince on September 23, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Personally, I think he thrives on the attention everyone gives him. Practically every time he posts he gets at least a dozen personal rebuttals.

Cylor on September 23, 2010 at 10:56 PM

“Some flows from a desire to teach Tea Party insurgents a lesson about backing long-shot candidates in the name of ideological purity. To this group, I would say that we don’t have time for such lessons. The next two elections are far too critical to jeopardize any seat, in service to an argument about who we should nominate in 2014.”

The reason the next elections are far too critical is because we have president Obama. One of (the admittedly many) reasons we have a president Obama is that over 4 million “conservatives” stayed home in the last presidential election and many more flushed their vote down the drain on fringe candidates because they wouldn’t vote for the “rino”. Now the same people are calling for party unity to help fix the mess that they helped to create and have helped to re-create in Delaware.
I hope she wins, nut if she doesn’t I hope there is a lesson learned for the next time.

“Things are still looking pretty grim for Christine O’Donnell. Sniping at her now will cripple her chances with independent voters, who often make up their minds right before the election, no matter what they tell pollsters several weeks out. “

And this is the narrative being set up here I see: “Poor real conservatives, stabbed in the back by the “establishment” and the RINO’s. It wasn’t that we capriciously nominated someone who was unqualified, it’s that we were betrayed by the usual suspects.” Which guarantees that the lesson wont be learned for the next time…

Boxy_Brown on September 24, 2010 at 2:43 AM

The National Republican Senatorial Committee announced it wouldn’t spend a dime to help her, within moments of her primary victory over Mike Castle, but changed its mind after a night of outrage from Republican voters.

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Do we really need to keep repeating this falsehood? There was NO such “announcement” – only a widely-reproduced report of a leak from an unnamed source saying that, which any idiot had to realize could NOT possibly be true, since the committee had not even had a chance to meet before this “story” broke. I don’t doubt controversy over the story forced them to send her the maximum immediately, but that doesn’t mean it was true, only that it was politically damaging. No evidence = no story.
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Yes, O’Donnell can win, but she needs the Castle voters. Most will come home by Election Day, but without an endorsement many will not. Castle should have been a gentleman and a sportsman and graciously acknowledged his loss and endorsed of his own accord, but it wasn’t in him to man up. O’Donnell should demand Cornyn set up a face to face, where she can apologize to Castle for any excessive or hurtful remarks by her supporters, and ask directly for his support.
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This needs to happen, and the leadership should make sure it happens now. Boehner and McConnell need to involve themselves if necessary.

Adjoran on September 24, 2010 at 5:57 AM

Remember Coons did not face an opponent in the primary. Thus he has had plenty of time to prepare for the general election. COD is just getting started.

wonder how many democrats crossed over to vote for her.

RonK on September 26, 2010 at 5:21 AM