I didn’t follow the O’Donnell/Castle GOP primary race until I listened to Tammy Bruce’s interview with Christine O’Donnell just a few days ago. I like to support the underdog and was impressed with O’Donnell’s spunk, so I tossed $20 or so her way. It seems, though, based upon last night’s primary results, that the underdog was actually Mike Castle, although he apparently didn’t know it. Christine O’Donnell beat long time Republican Congressman and former Delaware Governor Mike Castle handily 53% to 47%.
Well that set off a very interesting series of events, and in case you haven’t followed them, here’s a rundown:
The Beltway Republicans in the NRSC did not like the Delaware Republicans’ choice of candidates to represent them, so while Ms. O’Donnell was giving her victory speech last night, the media reported that the NRSC said it will not give a dime to her campaign. Needless to say that caused a firestorm of criticism from voters and conservative grassroots activists who published messages all over Twitter last night that the NRSC should not bother calling them for donations this year because they’re not getting a dime. This morning, John Cornyn came out and insisted that the media reports were all wrong and that the NRSC is giving her the maximum donation of $42,000. Cornyn said the media reports were wrong and that the NRSC had planned on supporting her all along because they support all their Republican candidates. If this were the case, why didn’t he try to correct the report when it came out, instead of allowing it to circulate all night long? l suspect the NRSC realized that if they didn’t get on board and support O’Donnell, the train would leave the station without them because in the hours since she was declared the winner, her campaign website is well on its way to raising $500,000.
Even more baffling than the NRSC’s diss of O’Donnell was Karl Rove’s rant against O’Donnell on Hannity last night. He said she lacked rectitude and honesty. Then he said she needs to explain why she took so long to pay off her student loans and why she had a run-in with the IRS. O’Donnell said she addressed those accusations a number of times before but did so again with George Stephanopolis on Good Morning America this morning:
The Washington Examiner’s Byron York was at the O’Donnell victory part last night and published this report:
O’Donnell’s win was “inexplicable,” Rove said. “There are serious questions about how did she make her living, why did she mislead voters about her college education, how come it took her nearly two decades to pay her college bills, and why did she sue a well-known and well-thought-of conservative think tank,” Rove added. “This is not a race we’re going to be able to win.”
It would be the understatement of the year to call those comments unpopular at the Elks Lodge. If Chris Coons, O’Donnell’s Democratic opponent, had walked into the room, people probably would have booed. If Karl Rove had walked in, they would have killed him.
So far, Rove hasn’t found his way to respecting the will of Delaware’s Republican primary voters and went onto Fox again today to repeat his views from last night. Yet he fully supports Sharron Angle in her race against Harry Reid even though she hasn’t run the most effective campaign since her GOP primary win.
In the mean time, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell having witnessed the public flogging the grassroots gave Cornyn and Rove made sure Republican voters knew that he said even before the primary last night that he would support O’Donnell’s candidacy if she won.
What I find baffling is the GOP establishment’s belief that O’Donnell’s win automatically means a win for the Democrats. They are the only ones who are convinced she’s unelectable. The media may say the Democrats are salivating at the idea of running against her, but as Rush mentioned on his show today, there’s not that any excitement in the media about O’Donnell’s win. Rather, Obama Democrats are in serious trouble, while those Democrats who stood up to the far Left are doing well. In fact, all 34 House Democrats who voted against ObamaCare won their primary races, even though the Democratic leadership said they would run primary challengers to defeat them. Don’t forget Obama’s approval rating is in the tank everywhere, not just in red states, yet Beltway Republicans think Delaware voters are chomping at the bit to cast their votes for Democrat Chris Coons, a self-described “bearded Marxist” and guaranteed vote for Obama’s big government takeover agenda.