Three cheers for the Republican voters of Deleware, and for the Tea Party, for Christine O'Donnell, and for Jim DeMint and Sarah Palin.
Daniel Foster, writing on NRO reports that Castle primary voters support the Democrat Coons over O’Donnell 44-28 in the general election. I’m not sure if that is a before the primary or overnight after the primary poll, but either way it is instructive about where “Moderate” Republicans are coming from. They expect Conservatives to bite the bullet and vote for RINOs, in order to obtain Republican majorities in Congress, but when a NOTD conservative defeats a RINO in the primary, the Republican Moderates find more in common with Liberal Democrats than with Conservative Republicans. The “get behind the Party’s candidate” riff is strictly a one-way street, and the only reason the façade has held as long as it has, is because the bluff usually works to persuade enough GOP Primary voters to cast their ballots for the “electable” Moderate. Recent examples include Arlen Specter, John McCain and Mark Kirk. So, how’s that been workin’ out?
A couple other observations, from Foster’s post:
<CNN’s Mark Preston quotes an unnamed GOP official: “Until she demonstrates some viability in the polls we are not going to have any money for her.” The official said it is now incumbent on Jim DeMint, Sarah Palin, and the Tea Party Express to support O’Donnell. “They got her here.”> And these Republican Party officials can’t figure out why the millions of $25 to $100 grass roots donations have dried up on them? Conservatives and Tea Party voters in Deleware were expected to take one for the team and vote for RINO Mike Castle, because the most important thing was to get a Senate majority, yet following O’Donnell’s primary win the GOP (according to this anonymous official) suddenly calculates that winning a Senate majority isn’t the highest priority after all?
<Only 31% of Delaware voters think Christine O’Donnell is fit to hold public office.> Memo to 69% of Deleware voters, public office is currently held by people generally considered fit to hold it. Considering the results, rather than the resumes, isn’t it time to re-calibrate our assessment of what makes a candidate fit to hold public office? Could we perhaps replace the qualification of an Ivy League degree with the qualification of a knowledge of and reverence for the U.S. Constitution? That would be a start towards restoring our Republic to health.