Before the Cornyn and NRSC offer of O’Donnell support:
Let there be no mistake: The National Republican Senatorial Committee – and I personally as the committee’s chairman – strongly stand by all of our Republican nominees, including Christine O’Donnell in Delaware.
I reached out to Christine this morning, and as I have conveyed to all of our nominees, I offered her my personal congratulations and let her know that she has our support. This support includes a check for $42,000 – the maximum allowable donation that we have provided to all of our nominees – which the NRSC will send to her campaign today.
Carl Cameron was careful to note this a.m. that it’s not the maximum of what the NRSC can do, however. I’m glad it was dealt with so quickly and interpret it as a goodwill gesture of unity and perhaps one of the first signs that the beltway realizes they can accomplish nothing without the people. An apology to voters would also rock as well.
Is anyone else glad that the primaries are over and the healing can begin? Here’s the shooting-star-the-more-you-know bit:
it’s healthy and encouraged for conservatives to fight over candidates and vet folks to find the best solution. After the boiling process, however, everyone needs to mop up the mess and hug it out. Hopefully that can now happen.
Delaware was the most contentious of the night’s primaries.
Mike Castle is taking his ball and heading home:
A Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) campaign source confirmed to The Hill late Tuesday that the longtime congressman will not be endorsing Christine O’Donnell.
As to whether the national party would back O’Donnell, a Castle campaign source said the campaign has no knowledge of their thinking but said “they should save their money.”
Rep. Mike Castle acknowledged Tuesday the results of the Republican Senate primary here would serve as a national test case of whether a moderate can survive in a party increasingly dominated by the tea party movement.
Insert dramatic lispy falsetto here: OMG! Those tea partiers are sooo extreme! Those extreme extremists! Here I am, just a simple moderate who, according to my voting record, is to the left of the actual moderates out there who are now polling closer to center right!
Castle refused to get back on the party base of limited government so the voters revolted. Voters, he’s just not that into you.
The point has been made that the NRSC, who dropped trou and defecated all over Christine O’Donnell’s win by immediately announcing that they will not support her general campaign. That’s fine. The NRSC can do what it wants and forget the “R” in its name. Some folks have aimed to defend it by pointing out a tiny handful of grassroots-supported candidates like Rand Paul whom the NRSC endorsed – but it doesn’t change that fact that their record isn’t solid, it’s barely an even break. It doesn’t change that the NRSC’s decisions can have a negative or positive effect on voters. It doesn’t change the fact that we’re all supposed to be on the same team and regardless who makes it out of the primary, everyone should suck it up and unite. It also doesn’t change that this behavior by the NRSC is a vestige of conservative apathy which, until recently, plagued the right. It’s a ripple, a consequence still being reaped from lack of action, lack of checks and balances.
I said this on Twitter, it’s time for the tea party to put its money where its mouth is. When you take on the beltway and win, you better help your candidate accumulate some cash. I hope everyone who opened their mouth about O’Donnell and pushed her as a candidate now unites and donates money and/or time to help her take the general. She needs cash on hand, not promises on Twitter. Any less from her webernetz supporters is posturing and poseuriffic.
People also complain about the process. Don’t like it, change it. It’s that simple. We’re not going to have perfection in one election, maybe not even two, and as I said last Sunday, you’re not going to change a generation of government dissolution in one election cycle. It’s a hard task and if you care enough about your convictions to stand on the street corner with a placard, you better care enough to put some muscle behind them. Standing and holding signs is the easy part. You wanted a grassroots candidate, you got it, and now it’s up to YOU to make her win in the general a reality.
Malkin notes a 26 – 9% difference in Delaware voter turnout, favoring GOP.
Other races I’ve watched: Grassroots’ Lamontagne – Ayotte in NH, Ayotte leads, barely.
NY’s Paladino takes Lazio (anyone could take Lazio, really. Chairy from Pee-Wee’s Playhouse could take Lazio, IMO). Paladino coasted on grassroots support.
I’ll be on Fox and Friends tomorrow a.m. to discuss.
Robin Carnahan has been trying to distance herself from President Obama as early as last spring when she passed on his St. Louis fundraiser with McCaskill. It’s not her proximity to Obama that is driving voters off, it’s her incessant approval of his policies.
Until she understands that, expect this gap to only widen:
A new poll shows that public support for health care reform dropped sharply in August — a dagger in Democrats’ hopes that their landmark legislation will help them in November’s midterm.
The Kaiser Health Tracking Poll has support for the bill dropping 7 percentage points in August — down to 43 percent — while opposition rose 10 points to 45 percent. That’s the weakest showing since May — and a far cry from the bump proponents had hoped to see as some of the law’s more consumer-friendly provisions kick in.