Castle rules out write-in campaign for Delaware Senate

posted at 11:05 pm on September 29, 2010 by Allahpundit

The bad news: I couldn’t find anything good for the “Quote of the Day.” The good news: Now I don’t need to.

Delaware Republican Rep. Mike Castle has opted against against running as a write-in candidate for Senate, a decision that strengthens Democrats’ chances of holding the seat on Nov. 2.

“While I would have been honored to represent Delaware in the U.S. Senate, I do not believe that seeking office in this manner is in the best interest of all Delawareans,” Castle said in a statement released this evening. “Therefore, it’s time for Jane and me to begin thinking about the next chapter of our lives.”

Castle, notably, did not endorse Christine O’Donnell, the tea party favorite who ousted him in the GOP primary earlier this year, in his statement leaving the race.

I’m straining for some positive spin here but it’s hard to see any. We’ve already run though the numbers of a three-way race. Not only would Castle have improved O’Donnell’s chances of an upset by peeling Dems away from Coons, he would have increased the GOP’s overall chances of taking the seat. Now O’D has to climb that 16-point hill without any help.

I guess the good news for “true conservatives” is that, no matter what happens, at least there’s no way a RINO will win the seat now. Hooray?


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WesternActor on September 29, 2010 at 11:52 PM

Some only have a single burr under their saddle blanket and just rare back occasionally. Certain thread topics bring them to the surface.

darwin-t on September 29, 2010 at 11:55 PM

darwin-t on September 29, 2010 at 11:49 PM darwin-t on September 29, 2010 at 11:46 PM

Thank you so much.

Cindy Munford on September 29, 2010 at 11:56 PM

Do we have a list of known active trolls somewhere? I know the big, annoying ones (crr6, Narutoboy), but the smaller, more ineffectual ones are harder for me to keep track of.

WesternActor on September 29, 2010 at 11:52 PM

You mean the sub-category of Trolls know as the anti-O’Donnell trolls?

Somebody compiled a pretty comprehensive list a couple of weeks ago.

UltimateBob on September 29, 2010 at 11:57 PM

Something tells me AP will still find some way to be unhappy on Nov.3rd.

Vigilante on September 29, 2010 at 11:58 PM

Thank you so much.

Cindy Munford on September 29, 2010 at 11:56 PM

(tips hat) Ma’am

darwin-t on September 29, 2010 at 11:58 PM

how come when conservatives lose we are told to get in line

but when ‘moderates’ lose they bolt the gop to wage terror by as running independents?

methinks rinos need to grow up.

picklesgap on September 29, 2010 at 11:13 PM

Because they care more about power than principles.

Personally, I don’t want the nominal Party of conservatism to be casting important votes with the absolute Party of liberalism, thus giving their wins a false veneer of “bipartisanship”.

No, the good news is that the primary system worked. The next time a GOP politician goes to vote for a big government bill, maybe this’ll give him pause.

LastRick on September 29, 2010 at 11:17 PM

Bingo.

holygoat on September 29, 2010 at 11:59 PM

I guess the good news for “true conservatives” is that, no matter what happens, at least there’s no way a BITTER, VINDICTIVE, CLASSLESS, SPITEFUL AND LOSER RINO will win the seat now. Hooray?

FIFY…

And LAST ADD to the size discussion: Delaware could fit inside my COUNTY in Southern California… with LOTS of room to spare…

Khun Joe on September 30, 2010 at 12:02 AM

This Jabroni has no class.

esnap on September 30, 2010 at 12:03 AM

Not only would Castle have improved O’Donnell’s chances of an upset by peeling Dems away from Coons, he would have increased the GOP’s overall chances of taking the seat. Now O’D has to climb that 16-point hill without any help.

amazing that Castle decided no when he found out it would help the conservative candidate.

As far as it being a 16pt divide. I think the polls will be very different after this news. IMO a lot of castle supporters were saying they would vote for coons to get Castle to run. Now that Castle closed that door, I think some of those GOPer’s will come back to O’Donnell or stay home.

this is good news for O’Donnell. Castle being out of the race for good will now allow the race to become about coons’s record.

unseen on September 30, 2010 at 12:03 AM

Castle, notably, did not endorse Christine O’Donnell,

Yet, believe it or not, some retards are STILL trying to claim this guy’s a Republican.

logis on September 30, 2010 at 12:05 AM

I don’t think HA is too unhappy about this, no matter who wins in Delaware the resulting threads here will be a hit bonanza, virtual food and utensils flying for thousands of comments.

Bishop on September 30, 2010 at 12:06 AM

this is good news for O’Donnell. Castle being out of the race for good will now allow the race to become about coons’s record.

unseen on September 30, 2010 at 12:03 AM

I think that is on point. Now it is down to two people and their positions, at least for teh DE voters. The national narrative will be relentless but it will come down to the DE voters.

bluemarlin on September 30, 2010 at 12:07 AM

amazing that Castle decided no when he found out it would help the conservative candidate.

As far as it being a 16pt divide. I think the polls will be very different after this news. IMO a lot of castle supporters were saying they would vote for coons to get Castle to run. Now that Castle closed that door, I think some of those GOPer’s will come back to O’Donnell or stay home.

this is good news for O’Donnell. Castle being out of the race for good will now allow the race to become about coons’s record.

unseen on September 30, 2010 at 12:03 AM

Heads I win, tails you lose, eh? Lord knows you would have been all over his ass if he HAD decided to run.

rockmom on September 30, 2010 at 12:08 AM

Bishop on September 30, 2010 at 12:06 AM

I hate those things. You can’t get a comment in edgewise.

Lanceman on September 30, 2010 at 12:08 AM

Big win if O’Donnell wins, no loss (Castle = Democrat) if she loses.

Mojave Mark on September 30, 2010 at 12:12 AM

Lanceman on September 30, 2010 at 12:08 AM

Wait till the 2012 Republican Primary..It will get really good..:)

Dire Straits on September 30, 2010 at 12:13 AM

amazing that Castle decided no when he found out it would help the conservative candidate.

unseen on September 30, 2010 at 12:03 AM

That was exactly my first thought upon reading this news.

UltimateBob on September 30, 2010 at 12:13 AM

Guys, I believe Delaware is the original home of the DuPont family and their lovely chemical plant that gave us many many wonderful advancements. Starting with gun powder but I believe that was before they left France for the United States.

Cindy Munford on September 30, 2010 at 12:13 AM

*throws pies at Bishop and Lanceman to keep arm in shape*

Dire Straits on September 30, 2010 at 12:15 AM

Cindy Munford on September 30, 2010 at 12:13 AM

They are still giving..Jeff Gordon’s 24 car..:)

Dire Straits on September 30, 2010 at 12:16 AM

Guys, I believe Delaware is the original home of the DuPont family and their lovely chemical plant that gave us many many wonderful advancements. Starting with gun powder but I believe that was before they left France for the United States.

Cindy Munford on September 30, 2010 at 12:13 AM

Do you mean some kind of special modern gun powder? I thought the Chinese gave the world gun powder way back when.

bluemarlin on September 30, 2010 at 12:20 AM

Guys, I believe Delaware is the original home of the DuPont family and their lovely chemical plant that gave us many many wonderful advancements. Starting with gun powder but I believe that was before they left France for the United States.

Cindy Munford on September 30, 2010 at 12:13 AM

Actually they settled here in Delaware in 1802 and built their powder mills on the Brandywine river. The original powder mills are still there to this day, and are open to the public for tours. They’re pretty amazing. The technology they had at the time was beyond what many other companies were using.

DuPont divested from their last explosives business sometime back in the 1980s. Inventions such as nylon, Kevlar, and Stainmaster carpet have kept them strong for over 200 years.

UltimateBob on September 30, 2010 at 12:21 AM

UltimateBob on September 30, 2010 at 12:21 AM

Thanks, that answers my question!

bluemarlin on September 30, 2010 at 12:24 AM

Do you mean some kind of special modern gun powder? I thought the Chinese gave the world gun powder way back when.

bluemarlin on September 30, 2010 at 12:20 AM

The Chinese may have invented it, but the French perfected it and brought it to America to be mass-produced.

DuPont powder was the finest in the world at the time. The particle size was consistent, and it poured easily. It made tons of money. 100 years ago in Delaware, the DuPont family was like royalty.

UltimateBob on September 30, 2010 at 12:25 AM

Heads I win, tails you lose, eh? Lord knows you would have been all over his ass if he HAD decided to run.

rockmom on September 30, 2010 at 12:08 AM

nope…anyday a RINO is defeated and has to sneak out of the arena is a good day…

unseen on September 30, 2010 at 12:29 AM

I guess the good news for “true conservatives” is that, no matter what happens, at least there’s no way a RINO will win the seat now. Hooray?

That’s only because now there’s no way a Republican wins that seat.

But whatever. TRUE CONSERVATISM~!

Castle, at least, is now on a pedestal above Charlie Crist and Lisa Murkowski.

Vyce on September 30, 2010 at 12:31 AM

So the RINOs see a campaign in AK would hurt the conservative and they bend over backwards to run it. the Rinos se that a campaign in De would help the conservative and they of course do not run it. they see a campaign in FL as possibly hurting the conservative and they run. they see a campaign in Ny 23 helping the conservative and they leave the race.

Anyone else see a pattern? Looks to me like conservatives have two enemies or one enemy under two different names.

unseen on September 30, 2010 at 12:32 AM

Sorry everyone, I know just enough to be dangerous, I just thought Delaware needed a fan. The one thing I do know is that the duPonts owned Montpelier, the home of James Madison, for most of the 20th century and gave it back to Virginia to be restored. I hope to visit.

Cindy Munford on September 30, 2010 at 12:33 AM

100 years ago in Delaware, the DuPont family was like royalty.

UltimateBob on September 30, 2010 at 12:25 AM

Royalty eh?

Kinda like the Castles and the Bidens think they are now.

Ogabe on September 30, 2010 at 12:35 AM

amazing that Castle decided no when he found out it would help the conservative candidate.

unseen on September 30, 2010 at 12:03 AM

Hilarious. I remember on the day of the primary, and shortly thereafter, how many of you true cons griped and muttered angrily about how Castle would run as a write-in candidate to screw over O’Donnell. In fact, that was one of your points on why we should all support O’Donnell, because Castle was so underhanded that he would wage a third-party bid (curiously, you said all of this after it was already established that O’Donnell had hinted at a third-party bid herself if she lost).

Now, you’re griping because he DIDN’T wage a write-in campaign.

Sorry, folks. You don’t get it both ways. You wanted O’Donnell; now you’re going to have to get her across the finish line. Don’t look to the guy you smeared brutally to help you out. He’s wisely going to step back and watch you flail about trying to overcome a 16 point gap, with a kooky , hardline conservative candidate, in a deep-blue state. Best of luck.

Vyce on September 30, 2010 at 12:41 AM

Vyce on September 30, 2010 at 12:41 AM

You seem bitter.

Cindy Munford on September 30, 2010 at 12:49 AM

Royalty eh?

Kinda like the Castles and the Bidens think they are now.

Ogabe on September 30, 2010 at 12:35 AM

Yep. The main difference is that the DuPont family actually did something to earn it.

UltimateBob on September 30, 2010 at 12:49 AM

It’s good to hear that he won’t do a write-in candidacy. Not only is it tacky, but I think it would defeat the purpose here. O’Donnell may yet win, but I consider it doubtful.

One of two things is going to happen in November:

O’Donnell wins

or

O’Donnell will lose by a margin too big to blame on Castle, RINOs, Krauthammer, or Rove.

The advantages of O’Donnell winning are obvious, and obviously the ideal outcome.

But there is an advantage if she loses by more than 10 percent. In ’10, we are making up the likely lost Senate seat. Delaware is a very small state. We have the House, anyway.

In ’12, the stakes will be much, much higher. The GOP Congress in ’10 will very likely stop the bleeding and get the economy closer to on track again. This is going to make some of the less committed voters considerably more complacent. I witnessed this in ’94 and ’96.

Now, let’s say this guy named Rudy Giuliani decides to run for the New York Senate. But you see, he has his own baggage. And let’s say the Tea Party finally takes out Lindsey Graham in SC. And still feeling their Wheatie-O’s, decides they can do better than Rudy in New York–beefing up some guy from the New York Conservative Party who could take Rudy out of the running, but has no chance in the general…..where someone like Sarah Palin is the top of the ticket. With Rudy as the Senatorial candidate, we would be talking better than even odds of a coattail effect that could benefit Sarah, even in New York. Kiss it goodbye if it’s not Rudy. And New York with its votes can easily put 0bama back on top in ’12.

Adding to the scalp collection is annoying in ’10. It can be fatal in ’12. If the scalp collectors learn their lesson in ’10, they will take steps in ’12 not to screw up the Big Plan. If they don’t want Rudy, they would get their candidate forward and well-introduced to the people of New York more than two months before Election Day, so that the Not-Rudy would have a fighting chance.

Sekhmet on September 30, 2010 at 12:55 AM

Sekhmet on September 30, 2010 at 12:55 AM

And you want her to lose.

sharrukin on September 30, 2010 at 12:57 AM

Am I the only one who thinks this will help O’Donnell on election day?

Captain Kirock on September 30, 2010 at 1:00 AM

With Rudy as the Senatorial candidate, we would be talking better than even odds of a coattail effect that could benefit Sarah, even in New York. Kiss it goodbye if it’s not Rudy. And New York with its votes can easily put 0bama back on top in ’12.

Except Rudy’s not that popular in New York.

YYZ on September 30, 2010 at 1:01 AM

Am I the only one who thinks this will help O’Donnell on election day?

It helps in that she’ll finish second, not third.

YYZ on September 30, 2010 at 1:01 AM

Am I the only one who thinks this will help O’Donnell on election day?

Captain Kirock on September 30, 2010 at 1:00 AM

I think it will help as time goes on and the issues start being discussed instead of the primary. When she wins it won’t be able to be claimed that Castle’s presence helped her win.

sharrukin on September 30, 2010 at 1:05 AM

Vyce on September 30, 2010 at 12:41 AM

Of course you miss the point as always. the fact is the RINO would never do anything to help the conservative win. If Castle thought a write-in would hurt O’Donnell he would be doing a write -in. Since the polls show his write in would help O’Donnell he decides not to do a write in. The exact opposite is happening in AK. The polls showed Lisa would hurt Miller with a write in and thus she is doing a write in.

the RINOs are not republician team players. they are the backbencers that only get in the game when the starting player are all injuried…..therefore it is their lot in life to continue to kneecap the starts so they get some playing time.

If nothing else happens this election then the RINOs are beaten I will consider it a good result.

unseen on September 30, 2010 at 1:06 AM

I guess the good news for “true conservatives” is that, no matter what happens, at least there’s no way a RINO will win the seat now. Hooray?

Allahpundit on September 29, 2010 at 11:05 PM

Well, that was rather…. snarky

Kini on September 30, 2010 at 1:15 AM

I guess the good news for “true conservatives” is that, no matter what happens, at least there’s no way a RINO will win the seat now. Hooray?

Allahpundit on September 29, 2010 at 11:05 PM
Well, that was rather…. snarky

Kini on September 30, 2010 at 1:15 AM

He can be as snarky as he wants….but its true and I for one am glad Castle is gone as well as Spector and bennett and hopefully soon to be Crist and Lisa. Screw the rinos…

unseen on September 30, 2010 at 1:17 AM

Spineless wimp. To heck with what’s good for the state or the country – just what’s good for him. Same for Lisa and etc.

Schadenfreude on September 30, 2010 at 1:24 AM

Kini on September 30, 2010 at 1:15 AM

I agree. If I didn’t like him so much I would think he was projecting.

Cindy Munford on September 30, 2010 at 1:28 AM

Except Rudy’s not that popular in New York.

YYZ on September 30, 2010 at 1:01 AM

If they like Bloomberg better than Rudy they must be nuts.

Cindy Munford on September 30, 2010 at 1:29 AM

It looks like Castle stopped taking advice from Murkowski and won’t pull a “Murkwski” and run as a write-in candidate…Glad to hear it…

As for the 16 point gap, the lastest Rasmussen poll (out on the 27th) shows CO’D down 49% to 40% with Castle taking 5%…

Gohawgs on September 30, 2010 at 1:31 AM

Yet, believe it or not, some retards are STILL trying to claim this guy’s a Republican.

logis on September 30, 2010 at 12:05 AM

Exactly. If Castle had won, it would have been a choice between two Democrats. One of them claiming to be a Republican.

At least now it’s a true election between a Republican and Democrat.

ButterflyDragon on September 30, 2010 at 1:44 AM

At least now it’s a true election between a Republican and Democrat.

ButterflyDragon on September 30, 2010 at 1:44 AM

And at the end of the day that is all “true conservatives” want. The voters to have a choice….

a Castle/coons race woould have been like an old USSR election no choice whatsoever and that is the way the elites like it. heads they win/tails we lose.

unseen on September 30, 2010 at 1:47 AM

And you want her to lose.

sharrukin on September 30, 2010 at 12:57 AM

Nope, the ideal outcome is for her to win. A conservative in the Lame Duck session is really, really badly needed. I don’t care what people say about her mental state. Most of it’s probably not true anyway. My worry has been that Delaware general election voters believe the tales, and her sudden win has given her no time to counter the smears. If she loses, I want it to be clear that poor planning on her supporters’ part and a poor understanding of Delaware politics would be to blame, not conservatism itself.

Too many people are trying to turn this race into a Referendum On How Sarah Palin Will Do in ’12. Palin’s positives are going up, mainly because she has been getting to know voters, as voters have gotten to know her, and understand if she throws her hat in the ring, she is in it to win it. This takes both time and effort. BOTH time and effort. O’Donnell does not have the time, IMHO to overcome Delaware voters’ negative impressions of her.

One of the reasons the Dems are spending the money is because they know if she loses, it will demoralize many of you. If you are staking the Future of Conservatism (TM) on this one stinkin’ race, then they believe that by winning they will “refudiate” conservatism. So don’t stake the future of conservatism on this race.

Sekhmet on September 30, 2010 at 1:49 AM

Except Rudy’s not that popular in New York.

YYZ on September 30, 2010 at 1:01 AM

It was an example. The idea is that knocking off a popular Republican who may not be so ideologically pure at the last minute can F up the Presidential election in ’12.

Sekhmet on September 30, 2010 at 1:52 AM

I agree. If I didn’t like him so much I would think he was projecting.

Cindy Munford on September 30, 2010 at 1:28 AM

He is of little faith.

Come November, I’ll either will be pleasantly surprised, or feeling like that final scene in Brazil.

Kini on September 30, 2010 at 1:55 AM

One of the reasons the Dems are spending the money is because they know if she loses, it will demoralize many of you.

They would be wrong about that and such a misunderstanding about what is actually going on may work to the advantage of the GOP.

If you are staking the Future of Conservatism (TM) on this one stinkin’ race, then they believe that by winning they will “refudiate” conservatism. So don’t stake the future of conservatism on this race.

Sekhmet on September 30, 2010 at 1:49 AM

Actual conservatives have seen RINO’s, moderates, compassionate conservatives, progressives, Democrats, etc, come and go.

We don’t believe the things we do based on popularity, fads, or what the neighbors think. We believe them because they are true. That doesn’t change when Clinton gets elected, or Obama, or if O’Donnell, wins or loses.

sharrukin on September 30, 2010 at 1:55 AM

Kini on September 30, 2010 at 1:55 AM

He is a bit of a pessimist. He didn’t believe Scott Brown would win until Coakley conceded. I guess we have enough cheerleaders, AP is the voice of reason. Now that’s funny.

Cindy Munford on September 30, 2010 at 2:06 AM

Sweet dreams everyone.

Cindy Munford on September 30, 2010 at 2:06 AM

He is of little faith.

Kini on September 30, 2010 at 1:55 AM

That’s punny…

Gohawgs on September 30, 2010 at 2:19 AM

He is a bit of a pessimist…..
…. Now that’s funny.

Cindy Munford on September 30, 2010 at 2:06 AM

Well, the coin toss is always a 50/50 chance, but I like the half full approach and hope the people of Delaware hear O’D message. True, it’s her’s to lose, but it doesn’t help when our own doesn’t back the dark horse on a broomstick. I want Samantha to WIN!

She’s got a great message. I worry because I haven’t heard of any O’D ads on the Bearded Marxist record in Delaware.

I want more Free Thinker’s in November to win, rather than Partisan Followers.

Kini on September 30, 2010 at 2:27 AM

I was against O’Donnell from the start because she’s a flake.

We ought to be careful about who we call a “real conservative”. She’s lived life like she’s auditioning for a reality TV show. That’s not conservative.

But this Castle guy is a loser. I can’t say that I wish O’Donnell would have lost in the primary. I would have liked to have that seat, but this guy is about as reliable as an Obama campaign promise.

Suffice to say, the Republicans really need to start recruiting better candidates. A choice between a worthless old goat and a ditz, is not really a choice at all.

NoDonkey on September 30, 2010 at 2:28 AM

NoDonkey on September 30, 2010 at 2:28 AM

Actually it is.

It’s a choice between someone who will support the Constitution versus someone who will forward the leftist, progressive agenda.

Whether some people think our candidates are flaky, aggressive, crazy, whatever… NONE OF THAT MATTERS.

What matters is stopping and rolling back the liberal progressive agenda.

Chris Coons supports the leftist agenda. Christine O’Donnell does not.

Why are people complicating things more than they have to be?

powerpro on September 30, 2010 at 3:04 AM

Suffice to say, the Republicans really need to start recruiting better candidates. A choice between a worthless old goat and a ditz, is not really a choice at all.

NoDonkey on September 30, 2010 at 2:28 AM

Well, that’s been the problem, hasn’t it?

Telling us who to vote for, and remember that was the little spat we had with Rove and others about electability.

The problem with the Republicans is that they have taken the more moderate left point of view. The movers and shakers within the Republican leadership, where the message is crafted, and delivered to us.

To date, they still haven’t got it. Murkowski’s continued support by the GOP is a good example. They would rather support Castle, than O’D, because they didn’t recruit better?

Dude, who else stepped up to the plate? Nobody!

Running for office is an individual effort. Along the way, the system is designed to destroy anyone it deemed not fit enough to qualify to enter the club.

It’s not a popularity contest, its a contest of ideas, values, and follow-through.

It’s not the entire fault of the Republicans, it’s also the fault of the electorate. O’D is a result of that indifference, of being there with a message.

If we scrutinized every democrat the way O’D is being transparent’ed, then we wouldn’t be having this discussion.

Kini on September 30, 2010 at 3:05 AM

The right thing would have been to endorse O’Donnell Jan Ting right away and not play sore loser footsie with the idea of a write-in campaign.

Missy on September 29, 2010 at 11:24 PM

Losers of primaries shouldn’t run as write-ins, not even if one of the losers of those primaries has the name of Christine O’Donnell, right?

While I was having a pow-wow with my bestest boy pals, fellow RINOs “Tokyo” Rove and “Sore Loser” Castle, in Miss O’D’s bushes one night last week, Mike whispered, hoping to not draw Miss O’D’s attention to us as she searched around her residence to make sure she wasn’t being followed, that he modeled his idea of a write-in run on Miss O’D’s own similar endeavor in 2006. Mike told Karl and me that he figured since it was agreeable among non-RINO True Conservatives™ for Miss O’D to have done it, they, being people of great principle and integrity, would say it’d be ok for him in this particular instance, too. Karl warned him not to go too far out with that thought, however, and reminded him that the True Conservatives hated his RINO ass and wanted him out of the Party, so he should expect that they’d hold him to a different, significantly higher standard than they would their Empress, the Great Witchiepoo, who had flown to DE from Living Island on her Vroom Broom.

He couldn’t believe what he was hearing – there was no way such respectable people would treat a fellow Republican, dedicated to defeating Democrats, like gay dirt, he said. I told him to wait and see that while these True Conservatives™ would relentlessly rip on him and try to toss him overboard, they’d still be expecting him to give his fawning allegiance to their Empress. Not only that, I told him, they would be utterly clueless, to the point of hysteria, as to why people on the outside looking in would call his rabidly pro-O’D haters selfish hypocrites, the type of schmucks who are prone to taking their balls and going home when the rules don’t completely favor them.

A few days ago, we met again in Miss O’D’s bushes, and he told me I was right, by golly! He told me he realized this after reading a few threads about him and Miss O’D at HotAir, and seeing how his haters were too stupid to understand why they’d be denied the joy of his endorsement of Miss O’D, considering that they wouldn’t have supported him, if he’d won, the same way they want him to support their Empress. He said to me that if you want to get respect, you should be willing to give it first, and if you aren’t willing to do that, you’re an idiot if you get surprised when people who aren’t pushovers don’t care to serve you the way you wish they did.

Bizarro No. 1 on September 30, 2010 at 3:27 AM

If we scrutinized every democrat the way O’D is being transparent’ed, then we wouldn’t be having this discussion.

Kini on September 30, 2010 at 3:05 AM

The point is, we need to be better than the Democrats.

Because Republicans get much more scrutiny from the media. You can’t hide anything.

But more importantly, because we need to be better, to differentiate Republicans.

They elect clowns like Franken and frankly, Obama. Unprepared jackasses.

We laugh at them for that, then we run an O’Donnell? For the Senate?

The damage is done. I hope she wins, but I don’t think she will and the damage is done anyway.

NoDonkey on September 30, 2010 at 4:01 AM

Unseen and the other RINO haters don’t get it. Kick whatever brains you possess into gear and acknowledge the reason the Dems were able to cause so much damaage was because they weren’t purists. They may not have welcomed the Blue Dogs with open arms, but they tolerated them because they knew their votes could be counted on MOST of the time.

And so the stimulus, ObamaCare, financial regulation, etc. are now the law of the land. Effin’ ObamaCare.

Likewise the RINO’s would vote with the Republicans most of the time, certainly more often than Democrats would. But because “inclusion” is a dirty word to the right (led by that sanctimonious bully, Jim DeMint) your mission is to ostracize everyone but the true believers, even if it puts you in the minority. Tell me again–how is that a winning political strategy?

Revel in your purity, haters, because you won’t have any political victories to celebrate as long as you’re out of power.

It was a thing of beauty to see Ace decimate unseen last week. Ace evidently shares my low tolerance for stupidity.

Meredith on September 30, 2010 at 4:04 AM

Kwitcher Bitchen AP.

Ideological conservatives have rescued the Republican Party from political disaster. Did anybody think, in January 2009, that the Republicans would contend for power in either House of Congress in two short years?

The RINOs had their day, and what it gave us was massive debt, Barack Obama, and huge Democrat supermajorities in the House and Senate. If the RINOs remained in charge, we could expect more of the same, as far as the eye could see.

You can’t expect people to vote for a party without giving them a reason to vote for the party. Castle may have been a Win, but at the cost that we would continue to lose elsewhere.

Haiku Guy on September 30, 2010 at 6:08 AM

Unseen and the other RINO haters don’t get it. Kick whatever brains you possess into gear and acknowledge the reason the Dems were able to cause so much damaage was because they weren’t purists. They may not have welcomed the Blue Dogs with open arms, but they tolerated them because they knew their votes could be counted on MOST of the time.

Meredith on September 30, 2010 at 4:04 AM

The difference between RINOs and Blue Dogs is that Blue Dogs are ideological fakes. Blue Dogs talk about being moderate in order to get elected, but can always be counted on to vote with the Speaker when the chips are down.

RINOs, on the other hand, talk about being good partisans in order to get elected, but can always be counted on to stab their party in the back when the chips are down.

So, you see how that works? Blue Dogs help the Democrats but RINOs destroy the Republicans because they are all voting with Pelosi and Reid whan it matters.

Haiku Guy on September 30, 2010 at 6:15 AM

You know, I wish a lot of you Castle supporting “moderates” would just fess up that you don’t want Conservatives anywhere near seats of power. Again I say, we have supported center and even keft of center Republicans with words and money right from this site. But, I can’t for the life of me understand why you think that means we’ll get behind anyone you “moderates? say has the best chance of winning a race. And I can’t for the life of me understand why you don’t support some Conservatives in return. I thought we were all in this Republican and Libertarian together?

After all I’ve read about Castle, I’m not sure even if he’d won, it would have been somehow better.

Anyway, get your moderate-and-won’t-support-conservatives petition going right here, right now. You know you want to.

hawkdriver on September 30, 2010 at 6:22 AM

nice am backhand hawk…

ted c on September 30, 2010 at 6:31 AM

we will take the senate regardless (WV, WI, WA, NV, CA… these are all going red) of delaware or not.

Unlikely we will take CA, Boxer is ahead by over 5.

Right now we are certain to pick up 3 seats (ND, AR, IN),
likely to win another 3 (WI, PA, CO), and are also slightly ahead in WV and IL.

So to reach 10 we will need to win those 8 seats, plus 2 more. There are 3 states where we are behind, but by less than 5 points (NV, WA and CT).

I think if the election were held today we would win the 8 plus NV, in which case throwing away DE would have cost us the Senate.

Jon0815 on September 30, 2010 at 6:33 AM

It was a thing of beauty to see Ace decimate unseen last week. Ace evidently shares my low tolerance for stupidity.
Meredith on September 30, 2010 at 4:04 AM

Need link now. :)

And I can’t for the life of me understand why you don’t support some Conservatives in return. I thought we were all in this Republican and Libertarian together?

hawkdriver on September 30, 2010 at 6:22 AM

I can’t think of any other race more contested than this. In my defense, it had little to do with Castle or Coons. If I’m convinced of something, I’m not likely to simply shut up and tow the line directly afterward in the name of unity. As I just told someone in the GR, we aren’t the Borg collective.

I hope my fellow conservatives can see my positions across the board as consistently conservative even if I disagree here. Let’s use some discernment and stop vilifying each other for differing opinions.

Bee on September 30, 2010 at 6:37 AM

Let’s use some discernment and stop vilifying each other for differing opinions.

Bee on September 30, 2010 at 6:37 AM

Let’s, I agree Bee. And right after that we can get behind each others candidates. Heck, we can even get excited and make guys like Scott Brown “our” candidate and cheer him on and send him money.

Oh yeah, we already did that.

hawkdriver on September 30, 2010 at 6:46 AM

This is a great first step by Castle. Now if he got behind O’Donnell and supported her, he’d be showing some awesome dignity, grace, and class. Castle can learn some valuable lessons from Mitt Romney.

olesparkie on September 30, 2010 at 6:52 AM

I guess the good news for “true conservatives” is that, no matter what happens, at least there’s no way a RINO will win the seat now. Hooray?

Goosing up that resume to send to Charles Johnson,eh, AP?

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on September 30, 2010 at 7:14 AM

ted c on September 30, 2010 at 6:31 AM

2nd that

cmsinaz on September 30, 2010 at 7:26 AM

I guess the good news for “true conservatives” is that, no matter what happens, at least there’s no way a RINO will win the seat now. Hooray?

Yes, hooray. However, it is not over yet.

tgillian on September 30, 2010 at 7:29 AM

hawkdriver on September 30, 2010 at 6:22 AM

Anti-last-minute-substitutions-with-bad-numbers-going-in-in-a-race-the-GOP-was-winning-before =/= anti-conservative.

There was never this kind of controversy with Rubio, Angle, or even Miller. Ever wonder why?

Sekhmet on September 30, 2010 at 7:42 AM

hawkdriver on September 30, 2010 at 6:46 AM

(Most didn’t think Brown was unfit for office.)

How many got behind Dede?
How many of us stand solidly behind Sharon Angle? Fiorina? Chuck DeVore? My point in a nutshell: there’s a lot of room for disagreement and each race should be treated separately. Everyone wants unity? That’ll require allowing for differences.
We all want quality candidates who can win. We just might disagree from race to race how to get there.

Bee on September 30, 2010 at 7:54 AM

There was never this kind of controversy with Rubio, Angle, or even Miller. Ever wonder why?

Sekhmet on September 30, 2010 at 7:42 AM

Because they didn’t have a history of dodgy behavior?

Bee on September 30, 2010 at 7:58 AM

Not only would Castle have improved O’Donnell’s chances of an upset by peeling Dems away from Coons, he would have increased the GOP’s overall chances of taking the seat. Now O’D has to climb that 16-point hill without any help.

First off, the choice to use the 16-point poll rather than other polls showing this race much closer is telling. Castle is a phony Republican, the facts don’t lie. The GOP was infiltrated by Liberals in disguise, it’s in their play book. Castle is an unprincipled man who is addicted to power; is this not the definition of a Liberal… Selfish and self-centered well beyond that of a normal human, this is Castle in a nut shell. F*** this wipe and may he have a real blast showing his ugliness in public for the rest of his life. Spent his professional career living the life of a phony.

Keemo on September 30, 2010 at 8:11 AM

Bee on September 30, 2010 at 7:58 AM

The tales about her behavior never bothered me. I’m pretty eccentric myself. In an election, it’s not about what you think. It’s about what those guys walking into the voting booths are going to think. And even if they think some pretty wild stuff, if there is the time and the means to counter that negative narrative.

Sekhmet on September 30, 2010 at 8:13 AM

The right thing would have been to endorse O’Donnell Jan Ting right away and not play sore loser footsie with the idea of a write-in campaign.

Missy on September 29, 2010 at 11:24 PM

Losers of primaries shouldn’t run as write-ins, not even if one of the losers of those primaries has the name of Christine O’Donnell, right?

Where did I say I supported O’Donnell’s 2006 write-in campaign?

Missy on September 30, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Report Card is all that matters with our politicians.
How did they vote?
The rest of it is just lies and spin…

A simple stroll through Castle’s report card tells us everything we need to know about this man. Same goes for every other politician up this November; the report card is what matters.

Keemo on September 30, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Keemo on September 30, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Great, if you wanted rid of Castle, and I definitely see why, maybe y’all should have found a candidate with more positives, and brought him/her forward six months or so before the Delaware primary.

Sekhmet on September 30, 2010 at 8:28 AM

Report Card is all that matters with our politicians.
How did they vote?
The rest of it is just lies and spin…

A simple stroll through Castle’s David Duke’s report card tells us everything we need to know about this man.

Keemo on September 30, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Nice to see you would support a Nazi.

That’s what happens when you throw character overboard.

JohnGalt23 on September 30, 2010 at 8:29 AM

Sekhmet on September 30, 2010 at 8:28 AM

Any positives (beyond the talk), would have been nice.

COD is as loopy as your average CBC member.

NoDonkey on September 30, 2010 at 8:31 AM

That’s what happens when you throw character overboard.

JohnGalt23 on September 30, 2010 at 8:29 AM

So every person you’ve ever voted for was of pristine character, then? Come on.

It’s down to two candidates. One supports the leftist agenda and one does not. Most of us will not be voting for either one, because we don’t live in Delaware.

Missy on September 30, 2010 at 8:40 AM

Nope, the ideal outcome is for her to win. A conservative in the Lame Duck session is really, really badly needed. I don’t care what people say about her mental state. Most of it’s probably not true anyway. My worry has been that Delaware general election voters believe the tales, and her sudden win has given her no time to counter the smears. If she loses, I want it to be clear that poor planning on her supporters’ part and a poor understanding of Delaware politics would be to blame, not conservatism itself.

Too many people are trying to turn this race into a Referendum On How Sarah Palin Will Do in ’12. Palin’s positives are going up, mainly because she has been getting to know voters, as voters have gotten to know her, and understand if she throws her hat in the ring, she is in it to win it. This takes both time and effort. BOTH time and effort. O’Donnell does not have the time, IMHO to overcome Delaware voters’ negative impressions of her.

One of the reasons the Dems are spending the money is because they know if she loses, it will demoralize many of you. If you are staking the Future of Conservatism (TM) on this one stinkin’ race, then they believe that by winning they will “refudiate” conservatism. So don’t stake the future of conservatism on this race.

Sekhmet on September 30, 2010 at 1:49 AM

Good advice. :-)

Aitch748 on September 30, 2010 at 8:41 AM

JohnGalt23 on September 30, 2010 at 8:29 AM

Not sure where you’re coming from here; pretty sure I wouldn’t understand even if you wrote an essay explaining that comment.

David Duke??? Wow

Sekhmet on September 30, 2010 at 8:28 AM

A quick stroll through your site tells me everything I needed to know about you pal…

Keemo on September 30, 2010 at 8:45 AM

powerpro on September 30, 2010 at 3:04 AM

I sincerely hope COD wins now, but the next time the Democrats nominate a really marginally qualified candidate, we can all grab a big steaming cup of STFU because Republicans are no different.

One thing in particular I despise about Democrats are the clowns and losers they have in office.

I can’t get excited about another one being the GOP nominee. I hope she wins because she might be a reliable vote (although I wouldn’t rule out a DC conversion because this gal LOVES the spotlight) and because the damage is already done.

NoDonkey on September 30, 2010 at 8:48 AM

One of the reasons the Dems are spending the money is because they know if she loses, it will demoralize many of you. If you are staking the Future of Conservatism (TM) on this one stinkin’ race, then they believe that by winning they will “refudiate” conservatism. So don’t stake the future of conservatism on this race.

Sekhmet on September 30, 2010 at 1:49 AM

Good points.

The Dems are spending a bunch of money to defend Joe Biden’s seat in blue Delaware.

Think about how bad things are looking for them that they’re playing defense in their own territory.

They’re trying to make it seem as if a Coons win will be a huge defeat for conservatism. But in the big picture, they’re falling terribly behind and they know it.

Missy on September 30, 2010 at 8:48 AM

NoDonkey on September 30, 2010 at 8:48 AM

If we the people can clean house (both sides) of the corruption and criminal behavior in our government, it will likely take several election cycles in order for that to happen. I’m sure you would agree. We know who Coones is, we know who Castle is. O’Donnell might not be what we had hoped for; we don’t know that yet.

This government currently acting against the will of the people took decades to form. The machinery that corrupts our government has been building for decades upon decades. We have a huge mess on our hands, and this will take a great effort on our part to fix. I pray every night that we have what it takes.

Keemo on September 30, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Keemo on September 30, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Agree, but I don’t believe in half-ass approaches and that’s what COD’s candidacy represents.

I don’t know your resume, but I am quite sure you are far more qualified to be a Senator, in every way, than COD.

Delaware Republicans had the choice of two atrocious candidates in the primary and I certainly don’t blame them for selecting COD.

I blame the GOP in not getting a better candidate. They need to stop backing whatever retread hack backs into the primary. Mike Castle is a terrible candidate, they should have told him to pound sand, agree.

My guess is that they will learn nothing, unfortunately. It’s easier to back the hack.

NoDonkey on September 30, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Sekhmet on September 30, 2010 at 8:13 AM

In this particular race, I was struck by how those of us who found her purely ineligible for office were vilified. That actually hurt. Knowing who I’ve supported and my own con. cred, I couldn’t believe it. I know primaries can be brutal, but if I’m convinced someone’s basic character is suspect, I’m not going to support them as if they’re even in the same league as Rubio, Palin, Angle, etc. I hope that makes sense.

There is a bit of bad blood still, I’ll admit. The people who wanted a Coons win over Castle and crucified mods for their pragmatism over principles are now the ones telling other conservatives who have reservations about O’D’s character to tow the line for the party. Seems hypocritical to say the least.

Bee on September 30, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Of course Castle decides against a write in. That could take away votes from the Democrat!

jeffn21 on September 30, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Keemo on September 30, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Well said, my friend.

kingsjester on September 30, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Let me get this straight. “Real” Republicans think Castle should have run as a write-in to help O’Donnell, and some are even criticizing him for not doing so.

Which means, I guess, that they’d be praising Castle now if he had decided to get back into the race.

You know what? I don’t believe that.

And another thing — why in the world should Castle endorse a candidate who he doesn’t believe is qualified? He shouldn’t. Even if she’s the better of two seriously flawed candidates, that’s not a good enough reason to publicly endorse her.

Anyway, he’s a RINO, remember? Why do people who call him a RINO expect him to endorse O’Donnell — just because she’s a Republican? That makes no sense.

O’Donnell will lose, and she and her supporters will own that loss. You can’t blame Castle; he’s not a cadidate.

Tres Angelas on September 30, 2010 at 9:03 AM

My guess is that they will learn nothing, unfortunately. It’s easier to back the hack.

NoDonkey on September 30, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Agreed… We are learning much about the GOP leadership and the commitment they have to the establishment. We know who the Liberals are and what they think of we, the people. What is truly disappointing to me is just how f***ed up the GOP leadership is.

A huge project on our hands if we are to return our government to it’s rightful owners.

Keemo on September 30, 2010 at 9:06 AM

I blame the GOP in not getting a better candidate. They need to stop backing whatever retread hack backs into the primary. Mike Castle is a terrible candidate, they should have told him to pound sand, agree.

My guess is that they will learn nothing, unfortunately. It’s easier to back the hack.

NoDonkey on September 30, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Yes, but Castle is very powerful in Delaware. I don’t think anyone thought he was going to have primary trouble. We can hope for better candidates, but it’s not realistic to think that state parties are going to go out and recruit against someone who has an established position of power in the party.

That’s why O’Donnell’s win (and Miller’s win) is important no matter what happens in November. The threat of getting primaried is the only thing that will give establishment candidates pause when they’re deciding whether or not to vote for things like cap and trade. You’ll see – it will make for a nice rightward shift in the Senate among the GOP candidates up in ’12, and there are a lot of them.

Missy on September 30, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Two best things about this:

1. If Coons wins, the votes for the Obama agenda will be coming from a hyper-partisan Democrat instead of a backstabbing RINO hustler.

and

2. Nothing can change the fact that Mike Castle will never be a Senator and that was victory enough. An O’Donnell win would be nice, but nothing more than gravy at this point. He may not have gone the Murky route, but he’s sure shown a willingness to pout like a b**ch over this, hasn’t he?

SuperCool on September 30, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Let me get this straight. “Real” Republicans think Castle should have run as a write-in to help O’Donnell, and some are even criticizing him for not doing so.

I could be wrong but I’m not seeing a lot of people criticizing Castle for not running as a write-in.

I criticize him for even considering doing so, regardless of whether or not it would help O’Donnell. I don’t like the fact that O’Donnell did it in 2006 either.

Missy on September 30, 2010 at 9:09 AM

So every person you’ve ever voted for was of pristine character, then? Come on.

Missy on September 30, 2010 at 8:40 AM

There is a difference between forgiving lapses in character, and saying, outright, that character doesn’t matter.

Grownups know the difference.

JohnGalt23 on September 30, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Let me get this straight. “Real” Republicans think Castle should have run as a write-in to help O’Donnell, and some are even criticizing him for not doing so.

Ummm, hate to break it to ya, but you don’t have it straight.

Keemo on September 30, 2010 at 9:13 AM

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