“[W]ith all due respect — Christine O’Donnell is no Sarah Palin”

The Weekly Standard folks sound unfazed. In a reply to an e-mail from CNN, Bill Kristol offers this: “I know Sarah Palin. I respect Sarah Palin. And with all due respect- Christine O’Donnell is no Sarah Palin.”

What’s this all about?

Christine O’Donnell, running as a Washington outsider, insists the Republican establishment is trying to drive her out of the race and hand victory to Mike Castle, a nine-term Republican congressman whom she refers to as “the anointed one.”

In an interview with CNN, O’Donnell bemoaned what she called “Republican cannibalism” and alleges GOP operatives are spreading “false accusations” about her as they “are fighting for not only my opponent’s political career but their own political career.” Sarah Palin is echoing that message, saying in a new robocall for O’Donnell, “I can relate to the vicious personal attacks on Christine and can tell you it’s sad to see the establishment’s desperation in this.”