Fairleigh Dickinson poll: Coons 53, O’Donnell 36

posted at 4:59 pm on October 6, 2010 by Allahpundit

There are actually two polls out today, one from FDU and the other from the University of Delaware showing Coons up 19, but the latter is a poll of … randomly selected Delaware adults. Why on earth would anyone spend good money to survey a sample as broad as that at this point in the campaign? We’re less than 30 days from the election, boys; from now on, it’s likely voters or bust.

FDU did confine its own poll to likelies, though. The last survey of likely voters in Delaware was by Rasmussen on September 26 and showed Coons up just nine points. Whether his lead is actually expanding or these FDU numbers are simply an outlier will depend, I guess, on what Ras comes up with later this week.

Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell is actually better known to Delaware’s likely voters than Democrat Chris Coons: 93% say they have heard of Coons, while 97% say they have heard of O’Donnell. Nonetheless, according to the most recent poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind, Coons leads O’Donnell 53%-36% in the special election…

Democrats have largely united behind Coons: 85% say that they will vote for their party’s nominee. However, only 68% of Republicans say that they will vote for O’Donnell. Independents lean to Coons by 46% to 37%.

“Typically, Republicans are more loyal to their party than Democrats,” said Dan Cassino, professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University and survey analyst for the university’s PublicMind research group. “This hesitation by Republicans is hurting O’Donnell.”

A few things here. On the upbeat side, remember that O’Donnell’s ad campaign is just starting to roll out and that she’s got tons of cash to keep it running. (In fact, FDU’s poll was concluded the day before her “I’m not a witch, I’m you” spot debuted.) The ad barrage and the debate between her and Coons a week from today will be all-important, obviously; if she’s still down by double digits 10 days from now, oh well. On the downbeat side, one thing not mentioned by FDU in its summary but worth flagging in the crosstabs is how much worse O’Donnell’s doing among women than men. Among male likely voters, Coons leads 50/41; among women, it’s 56/32. That’s strikingly similar to CNN’s poll of this race from a few weeks ago, which showed a roughly even split among men but a 29-point lead for Coons among female voters. The tea party’s favorable rating in Delaware is equally skewed: Overall it’s 34/48 but just 40/45 among men versus … 29/51 among women. In fact, the gender gap is much wider vis-a-vis views of the tea party then it is on abortion. In Delaware, 36 percent of both men and women describe themselves as pro-life compared to 51 percent and 56 percent, respectively, who say they’re pro-choice. We already knew that women voters generally tilt towards Democrats but they’re tilting waaaaay over towards Coons’s side in this state. And if that’s because they simply can’t stomach the tea-party paradigm of small government then I’m not sure what O’Donnell can say policy-wise to win them over.

As for the boldfaced stuff in the excerpt, some of those wayward Republicans are bound to come home on election day but the high name recognition for both candidates is worrisome. It’s one thing if blue-state voters are leaning towards the Democrat instinctively because they haven’t looked at the Republican yet, it’s another if they have looked at him/her and are leaning Democrat anyway. Here’s hoping Team O’Donnell’s got some killer ads in the pipe. Call Ladd Ehlinger, guys! Dale Peterson is standing by.


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I’d rather see O’Donnell lose to the democrat, than Castle win and the hand Obama the victory of “bipartisanship” every time he votes with the democrats. One GOP vote for a contentious bill makes the media swoon about bipartisanship.

Rational Thought on October 6, 2010 at 8:17 PM

Abso-friggin-LUTELY.

ddrintn on October 6, 2010 at 8:59 PM

I seriously doubt that Rasmussen could be so wrong (by 10 points?!).
If he is wrong, that means that the electorate doesn’t like Christine…however, Coons’s record as a tax and spender is well-documented.

Especially from now on until election day, the Left will use polls to try and shape opinion, not document it.
Beware and vote accordingly!

Christine has her resumé problems, but still and all, I’m glad the GOP is not putting up that RINO Castle.
(Even if Coons wins, I think I’ll still be glad, as Castle’s votes wouldn’t be all that different from Coons’s.)

Jenfidel on October 6, 2010 at 9:00 PM

yep, Christine is a phonycon, talks the talk but unable to walk in a straight line, unable to pay bills and taxes but good at creating phony educational profiles, call opponents gay, and eager to sue conservative organizations for millions because she can’t pay her rent

windansea on October 6, 2010 at 8:57 PM

And Castle’s a liberal.

ddrintn on October 6, 2010 at 9:01 PM

Hey RYWALL where were your coke jokes about Obama ya toady?

CWforFreedom on October 6, 2010 at 9:08 PM

If it weren’t for the True Conservatives ™ , you’d probably be looking at trying to squeeze out a net gain of 10 seats this cycle. Moderates do nothing but benefit from conservative legwork and muscle and then somehow imagine that every victory belongs to them.

ddrintn on October 6, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Thread winner!!!

Isn’t it amazing that the RINOS that were busy drinking the Obama Kool Aid in 2008 and early 2009 didn’t waste any time at all in hitching themselves to the Tea Party coattails. They were busy telling us that the era of Reagan was over and we had become a permanent minority – now they seek to attack conservatives for not stepping aside and returning the GOP to the same failed policies that lost us both the White House and Congress in less than a decade.

Sorry that dog won’t bite anymore!

TheRightMan on October 6, 2010 at 9:13 PM

Sorry that dog won’t bite anymore!

TheRightMan on October 6, 2010 at 9:13 PM

Yes Sir

CWforFreedom on October 6, 2010 at 9:16 PM

I would rather lose with O’Donnell than win with the backstabbing Castle.

Let Delaware send the bearded Marxist Coons to the Senate – same as with Obama, the woll will get peeled off their eyes when they find out who they’ve elected. There are few politicians that can survive a barrage of attacks from the opposing party and traitors within their own party. 68% of Republicans support O’Donnell? Let the 32% find peace and happiness in the “bearded” Coons – of course RINOs have more in common with Marxists than with conservatives!

TheRightMan on October 6, 2010 at 9:20 PM

(Even if Coons wins, I think I’ll still be glad, as Castle’s votes wouldn’t be all that different from Coons’s.)

Jenfidel on October 6, 2010 at 9:00 PM

just 52% diferent, nothing for your IRA right?

windansea on October 6, 2010 at 9:21 PM

returning the GOP to the same failed policies that lost us both the White House and Congress in less than a decade.

Sorry that dog won’t bite anymore!

TheRightMan on October 6, 2010 at 9:13 PM

yeah, lets lose a senate seat, that’ll prove those rinos wrong!!

windansea on October 6, 2010 at 9:23 PM

I’d rather see O’Donnell lose to the democrat, than Castle win and the hand Obama the victory of “bipartisanship” every time he votes with the democrats. One GOP vote for a contentious bill makes the media swoon about bipartisanship.

Rational Thought on October 6, 2010 at 8:17 PM

YES. For this reason alone, I will always appreciate O’Donnell. Plus, I hope she wins of course.

JustTruth101 on October 6, 2010 at 9:28 PM

The RINOblicans are rubbing their hands together in barely disguised glee, just waiting for the chance to scream “Told ya SO!” and win a few useless bragging points.

Bishop on October 6, 2010 at 8:36 PM

What point would be served by telling you that? You’ve already set the parameters at “If O’Donnell wins, it’s because of us, it O’Donnell loses…..um, YOUR fault, not ours.”

The only reason to point out someone’s hubris is if they can learn from it.

Vyce on October 6, 2010 at 9:30 PM

(Even if Coons wins, I think I’ll still be glad, as Castle’s votes wouldn’t be all that different from Coons’s.)

Jenfidel on October 6, 2010 at 9:00 PM

They absolutely would be different, and you thought so too, not that long ago.

Vyce on October 6, 2010 at 9:32 PM

Castle or Coons… they are going to vote the same way anyway whether they have a D or an R behind their name. Same candidate different day. Why not try something different? Couldn’t be any worse at this point.

Gulfcoastconservative on October 6, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Except, as I’ve already explained, in some areas of the country – Delaware being one of them – the voters as a whole – NOT Republican PRIMARY voters, who the “true cons” seem to think are somehow representative of the entire voting public of the area – actually WANT the moderate “RINOs”.

If that’s the case, then RINOs are going to have to work a little harder at threading the needle and not taking conservative votes for granted.

Castle totally blew it. It was his race to lose, supposedly. Maybe if he hadn’t been such an entitled, establishment “It’s my turn to hang out with my Dem pals in the Senate, bipartisanly” candidate, he might have won the nomination.

Cry me a river.

Missy on October 6, 2010 at 9:36 PM

YES. For this reason alone, I will always appreciate O’Donnell. Plus, I hope she wins of course.

JustTruth101 on October 6, 2010 at 9:28 PM

That’s why you people are O’Donnell nuts.

Chudi on October 6, 2010 at 9:37 PM

yeah, lets lose a senate seat, that’ll prove those rinos wrong!!

windansea on October 6, 2010 at 9:23 PM

Windansea, let me spell this out for you sloooowly…

Conservatives do not care for a GOP majority in the Senate this cycle if it is going to be run by RINOs like McConnell and the reborn Maverick, McCain.

A majority in the House has always been what we have been working for because of the abundance of “true conservatives” as one poster trademarked above. When we weed out more RINOs from the Senate in the next cycle, then we can re-evaluate and see whether the GOP is ready to take on the majority again. Gosh… I have given away the game plan!

Conservatives are fighting a war, Windansea, and are in it for the long term. We intend to restore America bit by bit and send liberals back into a long hiatus. You win some battles and lose others in a war – so whether or not O’Donnell wins now is immaterial – conservatism will gradually creep back in Delaware. We will not settle for RINOs without principles anymore!

TheRightMan on October 6, 2010 at 9:39 PM

TheRightMan on October 6, 2010 at 9:39 PM

Yes, you are.
Randy

williars on October 6, 2010 at 9:44 PM

If it weren’t for the True Conservatives ™ , you’d probably be looking at trying to squeeze out a net gain of 10 seats this cycle. Moderates do nothing but benefit from conservative legwork and muscle and then somehow imagine that every victory belongs to them.

ddrintn on October 6, 2010 at 7:12 PM

No, the people to thank for Republicans looking to make huge gains are disaffected independents, who are open to the GOP this season due to 1) disenchantment with the Democrat party, who promised “change” (and proceeded to just engage in rampant partisan politics and corruption), 2) a terrible economy which you can largely pin the blame for on Democrats, and 3) the message of fiscal conservatism.

Number three being the key.

This is what is the most frustrating thing about the “true cons”; a perfect storm in politics has happened here, something that happens MAYBE once in a generation, where there’s a huge paradigm shift about to happen, and you think it’s because America has awoken and embraced “true conservatism”. They haven’t; Democrats screwed up, screwed up and disrespected voters to the point where they really can’t make up for it (maybe not for YEARS), and the other guys are preaching a sensible message of fiscal responsibility which is the perfect note for people to latch onto now.

Once you guys start adding in the whole social conservative nonsense, and start morphing into the Religious Right, which is already starting to happen, watch how quickly those independents start to abandon you.

Vyce on October 6, 2010 at 9:44 PM

In 2012, unlike right now, we are going to have to worry about the top of the ticket. The takeaway from this is, while we can frakk around this year and lose a seat in the Senate, this crap can cost us four more years of 0bama come 2012 if folks pull this stuff again. I don’t want to see any more of this in 2012.

If you want a RINO gone, you do it when your favored candidate has a snowball’s chance in Ammit’s stomach of being able to make his or her case. You don’t get happy-slappy when you take down someone hated like Merkinkowski or Lindsey Graham, and YEAARRGH! your way to another scalp on the wall five gods-blasted weeks before the election.

Sekhmet on October 6, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Okay. How hard can this be? All O’Donnell needs to do is come out with an ad that says “We are facing a critical time in our nation’s history. I will stop this administration’s fast clip to socialism. If elected, I’ll be seated immediately. Vote for America. Vote Christine O’Donnell for Senator. My name is Christine O’Donnell and I approve this message to get America back on track for the will of the people.”

LoneStarGal on October 6, 2010 at 9:45 PM

If you want a RINO gone, you do it when your favored candidate has a snowball’s chance in Ammit’s stomach of being able to make his or her case.

No, you do it when you have the opportunity. You may never have another.

Missy on October 6, 2010 at 9:51 PM

We will not settle for RINOs without principles anymore!

TheRightMan on October 6, 2010 at 9:39 PM

see thats the thing, what makes you think O’Donell is a true conservative?

gay baiting?

her website?

tax problems?

mortgage problems?

lying about her academic credentials?

or was it the bogus gender based lawsuit against a conservative organization that gave her a job?

she’s a phony and reflects badly on the tea party and Sarah Palin for endorsing her

windansea on October 6, 2010 at 9:54 PM

No, you do it when you have the opportunity. You may never have another.

Missy on October 6, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Umm, and what’s the title of this thread? O’Donnell is going to lose. Energized Democrats are likely to pull other races in the D direction. In 2012, this will include the Presidential election.

I want you to say it: I want Barack 0bama to win re-election, because defeating a single RINO anywhere is worth it. Just say it.

Sekhmet on October 6, 2010 at 9:54 PM

Coons could take a 90 point lead by simply going to the debate and asking, “Christine, If al qaeda members came to your house and asked if your family was home so they could lop their heads off, would you lie to them and deny your family was inside, yes or no?”

TheBlueSite on October 6, 2010 at 9:54 PM

No, the people to thank for Republicans looking to make huge gains are disaffected independents, who are open to the GOP this season due to 1) disenchantment with the Democrat party, who promised “change” (and proceeded to just engage in rampant partisan politics and corruption), 2) a terrible economy which you can largely pin the blame for on Democrats, and 3) the message of fiscal conservatism.

Vyce on October 6, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Hmmm… and I guess we should thank politicians like your idol, Castle, who have provided such a sharp alternative to the Dems for the angry Independents and therefore led to the resurgence for the GOP /sarc (roll eyes).

Vyce, if we had depended on RINOs to help provide alternatives for voters sick of failed liberal policies (note you made no mention of this – you only talked about Dem partisanship), we will be looking at a maximum 2 seat gain! Have you ever wondered why purple states (previously red under Reagan) that keep on electing RINOS eventually turn deep blue? (cf. California). There is no iota of difference between the GOP and Dems in those states, just power-hungry politicians fighting for crumbs – just like that loser GOP party head in Delaware.

TheRightMan on October 6, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Sekhmet on October 6, 2010 at 9:54 PM

That’s been my point. O’Donnell’s campaign runs the risk of making dems and independents think that ALL conservative are batshit crazy. She hurts conservatives everywhere. Any kook nut candidate who gets natl attention does.

TheBlueSite on October 6, 2010 at 9:56 PM

I want you to say it: I want Barack 0bama to win re-election, because defeating a single RINO anywhere is worth it. Just say it.

Sekhmet on October 6, 2010 at 9:54 PM

Ridiculous strawman. Read my comments on this site. I dislike Castle, who is you must admit, a crappy candidate, because he couldn’t even win his own primary. I don’t think O’Donnell is the bee’s knees.

Conservatives had the chance to get rid of Castle and they did. If he couldn’t figure out which way the winds were blowing, it’s his fault. He took DE Repubs for granted and he LOST.

He sucks. And now Rs may lose the seat because of it. Don’t blame O’Donnell because your guy didn’t know what the f*ck he was doing.

Missy on October 6, 2010 at 10:02 PM

Energized Democrats are likely to pull other races in the D direction. In 2012, this will include the Presidential election.

Let me get this straight: you are implying that because Castle couldn’t beat a nutjob like you say O’Donnell is, that means Dems are going to be energized enough to put Obama over the top in 2012?

Using your logic, why vote for Republicans at all? It might piss off a Democrat and get them energized or something.

Missy on October 6, 2010 at 10:06 PM

TheBlueSite on October 6, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Bullcorn.

I really think that those who think she’s crazy want to believe she’s crazy. Now, why would someone whose handle is “The BLUE Site” want to think a Republican candidate is crazy….?

My problems with her candidacy are purely tactical. If she were put forward and promoted as heavily six months ago, she’d probably be in a position closer to that of Sharon Angle. By the way, see the other post on the Reid-Angle race? Angle’s doing just fine. Of course, it helps that Reid has seemed to cheese off his voters, much like David Dinkins and John Corzine did before losing to Giuliani and Christie.

Sekhmet on October 6, 2010 at 10:07 PM

TheRightMan on October 6, 2010 at 9:39 PM

Yea, re ‘maverick’, did you see the article on Johnny Mac and Lindsay Graham battling over use of the label ‘maverick’? Isn’t that like fighting over who gets to be labeled a ‘Benedict Arnold’, or ‘unprincipled’?

slickwillie2001 on October 6, 2010 at 10:07 PM

Sarah is going to help Christine down the stretch and on Hannity she called out the DC insiders who dissed sarah but are “beginning to see the light”

Tokyo Rove and SourKraut?

Coons find a tree the mama grizzlie is comin for ya!

dhunter on October 6, 2010 at 10:11 PM

Once you guys start adding in the whole social conservative nonsense

Yeah, I’m for abortions too, as long as the GOP gets itself some seats then what’s a few chopped up babies between friends.

Bishop on October 6, 2010 at 10:12 PM

Let me get this straight: you are implying that because Castle couldn’t beat a nutjob like you say O’Donnell is, that means Dems are going to be energized enough to put Obama over the top in 2012?

Did I say she was a nutjob? No! Read the rest of my posts on this thread.

Using your logic, why vote for Republicans at all? It might piss off a Democrat and get them energized or something.

Missy on October 6, 2010 at 10:06 PM

Look at the media. The Dems are riding this race like a rented mule. And the Presidential race is determined state by state. An unforced error like this in a vital state could energize the Democrats in the state, who will vote Democrat in other races.

Sekhmet on October 6, 2010 at 10:12 PM

ooppps should be dissed Christine NOT Sarah

dhunter on October 6, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Luntz was on O’Reilly tonight talking focus group he did in Florida. Since he had them he tossed in the O’Donnell ad and showed the dials. The Rs loved it, the D’s not so much.

Luntz concluded: “She has a chance”.

And if you don’t know, Luntz does not sugar coat. If he says she has a chance, it’s not over.

KittyLowrey on October 6, 2010 at 10:18 PM

Look at the media. The Dems are riding this race like a rented mule. And the Presidential race is determined state by state. An unforced error like this in a vital state could energize the Democrats in the state, who will vote Democrat in other races.

Sekhmet on October 6, 2010 at 10:12 PM

I see what you’re saying but I think it cuts both ways. While the media blows up this race, Raese and maybe McMahon are sneaking across the finish line. The media is bound to pick a race to amplify to make it look like they can beat Repubs. Why not have it be a race where the GOP candidate hasn’t got much of a chance, rather than a race where he/she can win? I’d much rather the media spotlight be on DE right now than elsewhere. I doubt your average Dem O’Donnell hater has any idea that Manchin is slipping in WV. And that’s a good thing.

Look, I am gunning for the Senate just like others here. I just think we need to get the heck over this freaking race and stop fighting and concentrate on winning where we can. We can have the RINO vs. True Cons argument later. Personally, yes, I’m happy to get rid of Castle because I think he’s the worst of the worst. I can live with RINOs in other places if I have to.

Missy on October 6, 2010 at 10:20 PM

O’Donnell’s campaign runs the risk of making dems and independents think that ALL conservative are batshit crazy. She hurts conservatives everywhere. Any kook nut candidate who gets natl attention does.

TheBlueSite on October 6, 2010 at 9:56 PM

yep, this ruins the tea party brand and Palin as well

it’s not just the big money GOP establishment guys like Rove and Kraut, middle america independents are thinking WTF? you want me to vote for this joke?

Palin is toast for this endorsement, she knows it, just saw her on Hannity and she was like “uh yeah, sure, I’ll be right over to Delaware” weak tea..

windansea on October 6, 2010 at 10:22 PM

Did I say she was a nutjob? No! Read the rest of my posts on this thread.

Sorry, I should have said “like many here” instead of “you.”

Really, though, about the media. They hate us. They hate us and will try to beat us in every possible way they can. If they weren’t focused on DE they’d be focused somewhere else, I promise you. They want GOP blood and there is no way in hell to appease them. So we might as well suck it up and fight.

Missy on October 6, 2010 at 10:24 PM

She’s getting the full sara Palin treatment to destroy her campaign. They’ll focus on her past (which is much ado about nothing) and divert as much attention away from the issues as possible. As much as I like O’Donnell, she’s either going to lose or it’ll be so close that we’re dealing with recount after recount until the Dems steal it.

I guess it all comes down to how many sheeple are going to let the Dems pull the wool over their eyes.

Yakko77 on October 6, 2010 at 10:25 PM


Once you guys start adding in the whole social conservative nonsense

Yeah, I’m for abortions too, as long as the GOP gets itself some seats then what’s a few chopped up babies between friends.

Bishop on October 6, 2010 at 10:12 PM

Checkmate goes to the Bishop.

tigerlily on October 6, 2010 at 10:30 PM

Arkansas, 95% chance to flip to Republicans
California, 24% chance to flip to Republicans
Colorado, 63% chance to flip to Republicans
Connecticut, 25% chance to flip to Republicans
Delaware, 10% chance to flip to Republicans
Illinois, 53% chance to flip to Republicans
Indiana, 86% chance to flip to Republicans
Nevada, 38% chance to flip to Republicans
New York, 38% chance to flip to Republicans
North Dakota, 97% chance to flip to Republicans
Pennsylvania, 84% chance to flip to Republicans
Washington, 35% chance to flip to Republicans
West Virginia, 56% chance to flip to Republicans
Wisconsin, 87% chance to flip to Republicans

way to go Pbots!

Sarah chose unwisely

windansea on October 6, 2010 at 10:32 PM

The people of DE must be crazy. The state is apparently too liberal for me. Take her completely out of the equation for a moment,try to figure out what in the heck the fine people of DE see in Coons, or Castle?.. mind boggling.

shar61 on October 6, 2010 at 10:32 PM

windansea, I am absolutely thrilled with the results. A liberal republican is no different than a Democrat in my eyes.

shar61 on October 6, 2010 at 10:35 PM

way to go Pbots!
Sarah chose unwisely
windansea on October 6, 2010 at 10:32 PM

I have to admit this tears it for me, there is no way I can support Palin now, she should have known better than to endorse someone who wasn’t a shoe-in.

The fact that Palin made all those people in Delaware turn their backs on RINOblican Mike Castle irks me, where does she get those special powers?

Bishop on October 6, 2010 at 10:35 PM

Palin is toast for this endorsement, she knows it, just saw her on Hannity and she was like “uh yeah, sure, I’ll be right over to Delaware” weak tea..

windansea on October 6, 2010 at 10:22 PM

You must be high, or just untruthful. I just saw Palin on Hannity also, and she said she it “will be an honor” to go and campaign for Christine O’Donnell.

She also was strong, focused and pounding out point after point, from giving advice to the candidates to stay on the message of time tested conservative truths and being specific in what they will do to get the country back there, to speaking out about the mama AND papa grizzlies who are rising up to reclaim the nation because their CHILDREN are imperiled by what obama, pelosi and reid are doing to the nation. She was very specific about defending the children. It was a great appearance. It also gave credence to my theory that Sarah is going to run for many reasons, but first and foremost to save her son Trig from obamacare and it’s death panels. Any mother worth her salt would do the same, given the same circumstances.

tigerlily on October 6, 2010 at 10:39 PM

agreed missy. Take every opportunity and pray for the rest. I believe the entire future of the country may rest on getting this one right.

Gulfcoastconservative on October 6, 2010 at 10:48 PM

Trollapalooza! Gimme a break.

kingsjester on October 6, 2010 at 10:48 PM

yep, this ruins the tea party brand and Palin as well

it’s not just the big money GOP establishment guys like Rove and Kraut, middle america independents are thinking WTF? you want me to vote for this joke?

Palin is toast for this endorsement, she knows it, just saw her on Hannity and she was like “uh yeah, sure, I’ll be right over to Delaware” weak tea..

windansea on October 6, 2010 at 10:22 PM

Really, ruins the Tea Party brand? I did not know middle America were all voting in DE. You blame Palin for this whole thing, I think Demint also endorsed her. Also, you have decided all on your own that the voters of DE are all stupid, good job. They voted and COD won, end of story. It is not like Castle was some unknown to the voters of DE, was he?

bluemarlin on October 6, 2010 at 10:50 PM

Saracuda is comin Coons find a tree, marxist, the Tea Party patriots are gonna blanket the state and turn it RED!

dhunter on October 6, 2010 at 10:53 PM

I am heartened by the majority of the comments here. Yes, it does not look good for O’Donnell, but I am really relieved that Castle is out of the running. Losing with principles feels much better than winning without principles.

KickandSwimMom on October 6, 2010 at 10:55 PM

This election isn’t about social issues. This one is going to be about keeping our country and capitalism as we know it as well as our sovereignty.

Gulfcoastconservative on October 6, 2010 at 10:57 PM

You must be high, or just untruthful. I just saw Palin on Hannity also, and she said she it “will be an honor” to go and campaign for Christine O’Donnell.

watch what happens sucker, “it will be an honor” is code for “I may have a scheduling problem”

windansea on October 6, 2010 at 11:00 PM

No, the people to thank for Republicans looking to make huge gains are disaffected independents,

Vyce on October 6, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Oh, come off it. Take away the tea partiers and townhall participants and Palinistas taking the heat for “death panels” and loads of other things, and you and your precious moderates/independents would be LUCKY to gain 10 seats.

ddrintn on October 6, 2010 at 11:04 PM

O’Donnell’s campaign runs the risk of making dems and independents think that ALL conservative are batshit crazy. She hurts conservatives everywhere. Any kook nut candidate who gets natl attention does.

TheBlueSite on October 6, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Oh gimme a break.

“Batshit crazy” has become so cliche. You guys sound like a broken record.

Coons is the sober choice here, obviously.

*rolls eyes*

Saltysam on October 6, 2010 at 11:06 PM

This election isn’t about social issues. This one is going to be about keeping our country and capitalism as we know it as well as our sovereignty.

Gulfcoastconservative on October 6, 2010 at 10:57 PM

These are social issues.

Saltysam on October 6, 2010 at 11:08 PM

This is what is the most frustrating thing about the “true cons”; a perfect storm in politics has happened here, something that happens MAYBE once in a generation…

Vyce on October 6, 2010 at 9:44 PM

And your only answer is to run a bunch of Dem Lite candidates (pro-choice and pro-gay marriage of course; can’t alienate all those indpendents who are pro-choice and pro-gay marriage after all). It wasn’t moderates who set the fire. That’s not what they do. They ride the bandwagon and carp about what others are doing.

ddrintn on October 6, 2010 at 11:09 PM

O’Donnell’s campaign runs the risk of making dems and independents think that ALL conservative are batshit crazy. She hurts conservatives everywhere. Any kook nut candidate who gets natl attention does.

TheBlueSite on October 6, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Quite the contrary, as I said earlier (and I hope she does pull a hail mary for the win) O’Donnell jumped on the grenade here, she is taking the brunt of the bad press nationally. Since she hit the papers she has stayed in the papers. She has managed to (and unfortunatly for her) suck up all the negative vibes the Dems have thrown out. Leaving the rest of the so called “crazy tea party” candidates to run their races locally and in relative peace. For that I thank O’Donnell and still hope she wins.

Koa on October 6, 2010 at 11:10 PM

Isn’t it amazing that the RINOS that were busy drinking the Obama Kool Aid in 2008 and early 2009 didn’t waste any time at all in hitching themselves to the Tea Party coattails. They were busy telling us that the era of Reagan was over and we had become a permanent minority – now they seek to attack conservatives for not stepping aside and returning the GOP to the same failed policies that lost us both the White House and Congress in less than a decade.

Sorry that dog won’t bite anymore!

TheRightMan on October 6, 2010 at 9:13 PM

Hear hear!

Saltysam on October 6, 2010 at 11:14 PM

saltysam, Not saying that social issues aren
‘t important. There’s just a lot at stake here that I don’t think the average person understands. I am a true patriot. I love this country, and this is not change I can believe in.

Gulfcoastconservative on October 6, 2010 at 11:21 PM

And your only answer is to run a bunch of Dem Lite candidates (pro-choice and pro-gay marriage of course; can’t alienate all those indpendents who are pro-choice and pro-gay marriage after all). It wasn’t moderates who set the fire. That’s not what they do. They ride the bandwagon and carp about what others are doing.

ddrintn on October 6, 2010 at 11:09 PM

bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzt strawman alert, nobody gives a crap about gay marriage and abortion right now, let God sort em out

fix the economy…period

running faux conservative scam artists with zero experience like O’Donnell is a losing proposition

she’s the weakest national office candidate Republicans have nominated this season by far, a joke that affects the chances of actual conservative candidates

Palin jumped the shark here, and will pay for it

nobody is prposing running

windansea on October 6, 2010 at 11:27 PM

Christine? Are you out there? Go negative on the lefty tool rubber stamp. Drag his a** ino the mud. We gave you the resources. Now get busy and re-define the opposition.

exdeadhead on October 6, 2010 at 11:33 PM

No one else had the stones to step up. I say give the girl a chance. She can’t possibly be worse than what’s already there.

Gulfcoastconservative on October 6, 2010 at 11:33 PM

bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzt strawman alert, nobody gives a crap about gay marriage and abortion right now, let God sort em out

windansea on October 6, 2010 at 11:27 PM

bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzt idiocy alert. What do you think “moderate” entails? Social issues, genius. The moderates get their knickers in a twist over having to share a party with a bunch of knuckle-dragging Neanderthals.

ddrintn on October 6, 2010 at 11:34 PM

windansea on October 6, 2010 at 11:27 PM

I suggest a career with the DNC.

Saltysam on October 6, 2010 at 11:36 PM

Neanderthals love their babies!!!

Gulfcoastconservative on October 6, 2010 at 11:36 PM

bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzt idiocy alert. What do you think “moderate” entails? Social issues, genius. The moderates get their knickers in a twist over having to share a party with a bunch of knuckle-dragging Neanderthals.

ddrintn on October 6, 2010 at 11:34 PM

Odd too, is the fact that the so-called fiscal Republicans are the one s who so often vote for big government. Guys like Chris Christie are the exception, not the rule, which is why he is such a sensation. He actually means it.

sharrukin on October 6, 2010 at 11:37 PM

windansea on October 6, 2010 at 11:27 PM

I suggest a career with the DNC.

Saltysam on October 6, 2010 at 11:36 PM

What, you don’t think windansea is ALREADY on the payroll?

Irritable Pundit on October 6, 2010 at 11:45 PM

There are two types of people. Those who fight for the right to kill children, and those who love them and fight for their rights. Which one are you?

Gulfcoastconservative on October 6, 2010 at 11:45 PM

bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzt idiocy alert. What do you think “moderate” entails? Social issues, genius. The moderates get their knickers in a twist over having to share a party with a bunch of knuckle-dragging Neanderthals.

ddrintn on October 6, 2010 at 11:34 PM

see anything about social issues here?

http://www.gallup.com/poll/127247/voters-rate-economy-top-issue-2010.aspx

nobody cares about your religion or who you have sex with

they want jobs and lower taxes

windansea on October 6, 2010 at 11:50 PM

Back on topic: I think the polling data is skewed…

4 more weeks…

Khun Joe on October 7, 2010 at 12:02 AM

Bishop on October 6, 2010 at 10:35 PM

Made me laugh.

hawkdriver on October 7, 2010 at 12:25 AM

O’Donnell isn’t saying anything new or anything with real substance. Same old gop talking points. Which is what you get when you hire your traditional / conventional gop consultants. She’d better get a “hook” real quick or she’s done. Darvin Dowdy

Darvin Dowdy on October 7, 2010 at 12:27 AM

I cry racism every time you post something about Delaware. Then I realize that it’s the guy’s name, and forgive you.

Still…

Kevin M on October 7, 2010 at 12:49 AM

O’Donnell has been a terrible candidate. When she was nominated, I was hoping she would start a long comeback and would eventually get close enough to win.

Instead she has been such an embarrassment, I’m not even sure I want her to win. It’s not even for 6 years and I’d be a lot more comfortable with her out of politics. She is NOT helping.

Pythagoras on October 7, 2010 at 1:33 AM

Farleigh Dickenson? Why not a rubber chicken poll?

Tennman on October 7, 2010 at 1:38 AM

Every time Pundon’t posts something about Christine O’Donnell, I donate $50.00 to her campaign. It’s going to be a bleak Halloween in the long_cat household.

long_cat on October 7, 2010 at 1:51 AM

yep, this ruins the tea party brand and Palin as well

it’s not just the big money GOP establishment guys like Rove and Kraut, middle america independents are thinking WTF? you want me to vote for this joke?

Palin is toast for this endorsement, she knows it, just saw her on Hannity and she was like “uh yeah, sure, I’ll be right over to Delaware” weak tea..

windansea

I agree. It’s all over. We should probably sit this one out, and try again in 2012.

see anything about social issues here?

http://www.gallup.com/poll/127247/voters-rate-economy-top-issue-2010.aspx

nobody cares about your religion or who you have sex with

they want jobs and lower taxes

windansea

So, no one chose religion or gay marriage in a poll that had neither as a choice? What are the odds, lol.

By the way, you might want to look at the poll again. See anything about lower taxes there? Nope, so clearly….CLEARLY, nobody cares about lower taxes.

Not too smart, are you?

xblade on October 7, 2010 at 5:01 AM

With all due respect, screw the polls!

I would rather wait for the one poll in November that actually counts, the one held on Election Day!

pilamaye on October 7, 2010 at 7:45 AM

What does she care, she still wins. She’s a star within the Tea Party. She got the national name recognition she wanted. The only thing in her way of cashing in on it is the now futile general election. After she gets clobbered, she’ll go on to make her millions while the people of Delaware get stuck with a Marxist slug who will rubber stamp every last item of the Obama agenda.

ncconservative on October 7, 2010 at 8:12 AM

poor thing

next time nominate someone with some actual accomplishments instead of a lightweight CON artist

windansea on October 6, 2010 at 7:52 PM

You nuts can’t get over the fact the primary is over. O’Donnell is the Republican candidate.

You continue to stomp, cry, whine, scream and attack anyone who supports her specifically because she’s the damn candidate. There’s no one else to hang a hat on. Get it?
Moron twerp.

darwin on October 7, 2010 at 8:13 AM

There is still time, but even if she loses, she was the one who should have won.

I would rather die doing the right thing, then live doing the wrong thing.

jeffn21 on October 7, 2010 at 8:24 AM

Jenfidel on October 6, 2010 at 9:00 PM

Wow, apparently the only thing that could coax Jenfidel out of her thumbsucking fetal position and back to the comments was her hysterical hatred for CO. Welcome back, Jen.

Akzed on October 7, 2010 at 9:03 AM

I guess we’re looking at Coons getting caught with a dead girl or a live boy in his bed as the only way O’Donnell might be able to pull this out.

Bennett on October 7, 2010 at 9:08 AM

darwin on October 7, 2010 at 8:13 AM

Judging from the copious amount of irrational Trolls on this thread who somehow don’t comprehend that O’Donnell is the Republican Candidate, no, buddy, I’d say they don’t get it.

kingsjester on October 7, 2010 at 9:12 AM

As an FDU alumnus,I can tell you I have zero faith that their poll is worth more than a bucket of warm spit.

wildweasel on October 7, 2010 at 9:18 AM

obviously; if she’s still down by double digits 10 days from now,

9 is a single digit. She already gained 2 points prior to advancing any ads.

maverick muse on October 7, 2010 at 9:30 AM

According to Real Clear Politics, if the election were held today Delaware would have been the 51st GOP seat in the Senate had the right not shot itself in the foot.

As it stands now the democrats will still be in control, because of this colossal f-up.

Boxy_Brown on October 7, 2010 at 9:41 AM

To quote M. Simon:

Vote for the Republican. Top to bottom.

Yeah. I know. Some of them are not so good. And some of them are bad. The alternative is worse. Besides sometimes a sound political thrashing wakes up the thrashed. And sometimes they just buy off the new guys. But every once in a while it works. In the current climate I think it is worth a shot.

Fallon on October 7, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Boxy_Brown on October 7, 2010 at 9:41 AM

The goal is not to have the most Senators, the goal is to have enough like minded people to STOP these progressives in their tracks.

Mike Castle does not help us do that.

Elizabetty on October 7, 2010 at 9:48 AM

According to Real Clear Politics, if the election were held today Delaware would have been the 51st GOP seat in the Senate had the right not shot itself in the foot.

Good thing the election isn’t being held today, then.

Missy on October 7, 2010 at 9:48 AM

As it stands now the democrats will still be in control, because of this colossal f-up.

Boxy_Brown on October 7, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Thanks for being so positive and helping the Republican candidate win in Delaware!

Again, thanks for your upbeat vibe. The people of Delaware thank you for your comments.

Oh … so does Coons.

darwin on October 7, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Boxy_Brown on October 7, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Thank you for your concern.

kingsjester on October 7, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Boxy Brown? As in Barbara and Jerry from Cali?

Delaware is still in play. It will be until the election is held.

“Vote for the Republican. Top to bottom.”

Fallon on October 7, 2010 at 9:57 AM

What interests me is that there was a 35-40 point swing between Castle and her vis-à-vis Coons. Does that mean that if she meets Castle halfway politically she pulls even with Coons? Or is this purely a character/image thing? I bet they rebrand her as a reach-across-the-aisle “moderate” before long. (“Jim DeMint? I don’t believe I’m familiar with that name.”)

She still has a month to coax an endorsement out of Castle, too.

Seth Halpern on October 7, 2010 at 10:05 AM

CAN WE DO IT

YES WICCAN

Dave Rywall on October 6, 2010 at 6:04 PM

OK, we all know Drywall is a troll, but this one was pretty funny.

UltimateBob on October 7, 2010 at 10:08 AM

O’Donnell has been a terrible candidate. When she was nominated, I was hoping she would start a long comeback and would eventually get close enough to win.

Instead she has been such an embarrassment,
Pythagoras on October 7, 2010 at 1:33 AM

Yep I HATE it when terrible candidates win the nomination over obviously superior and so much better candidates that they could not even win the nomination.

If memory serves me Christine was down in the polls leading into the primary and SHOCKER, WON!

This ain’t over, it has barely just begun since the primary was so late.

Whose on record for more taxes whose against DE?
All that matters is who is ahead on Nov. 3rd.

Get out there DE Taxed Enough Already Party!

Don’t go alone take two or three like minded with ya, get absentee ballots for like mindeds who won’t go, its not hard to do, I HAVE done it, sent in two, gonna get three absentees!
Bury the Bastrids!

dhunter on October 7, 2010 at 10:19 AM

As it stands now the democrats will still be in control, because of this colossal f-up.

Boxy_Brown on October 7, 2010 at 9:41 AM

You need to stop playing the game the Dems and moderates have told you to play. Its not about having the most senators right now. What would a Republican majority of Graham’s, McCains and Castles get you? It would get you Republicans that would “reach across the aisle” and STILL pass everything the progressives want.

Koa on October 7, 2010 at 10:20 AM

It would get you Republicans that would “reach across the aisle” and STILL pass everything the progressives want.

Koa on October 7, 2010 at 10:20 AM

And get Republican minorities again as we couldn’t implement our policies even with supposed majorities.

Dems in Republican hides are worse than the Dems in the light.
The enemy you know is easier to defeat than the ones who hide in your midst and sabatoge you, ask the Iraqis!

dhunter on October 7, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Parties running sacrificial lamb candidates….
Sekhmet on October 6, 2010 at 5:40 PM

You would have a point, except that

Coons is EXACTLY a party running sacrificial lamb.

Sir Napsalot on October 7, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Hey RYWALL where were your coke jokes about Obama ya toady?

CWforFreedom on October 6, 2010 at 9:08 PM
——-
Obama has done coke?
Whoopee sh*t.
Who gives a flying f*ck.

Are you suggesting that anybody who has done drugs should not be in the White House, the Senate or Congress?

Dave Rywall on October 7, 2010 at 11:24 AM

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