Delaware Meltdown: Limbaugh vs Rove vs Reality

“I could buy a parrot and train it to say, ‘tax cuts,’ but at the end of the day, it’s still a parrot, not a conservative.”
— Delaware Republican Party chairman Tom Ross

The win of TEA Partyer Christine O’Donnell in Delaware has exposed some raw nerves within the Republican establishment. For the first time ever, senior and prominent Republicans have come out swinging at a TEA Party candidate.

Delaware has become the lose thread that when pulled unravels the bond between the Republican Party and the TEA Party.

From TPM on the growing internal fight over Delaware’s primary outcome:

O’Donnell’s nomination has created deep divisions between the Republican Party and right-wing activists. Last night, Rove bashed O’Donnell — and her chances of being elected — and insisted that she’s said a lot of “nutty things.” He was attacked by some right-wingers for those comments. O’Donnell whacked him back in a televised interview this morning. And then Rove responded to O’Donnell and his right-wing critics, daring them to ‘prove me wrong’. Then Palin slammed Rove. Now it’s Limbaugh’s turn.

Yes, Christine O’Donnell won the Republican primary, upsetting the party’s favorite. Hooray for democracy. Hooray for the ability of the people to challenge the status quo and to make a difference.

However, what were they thinking?

O’Donnell ran a campaign in which she unabashedly felt the ability the ability to say almost anything — to include accosting her opponent as an old queer.

Things are what they are. Mike Castle lost the Republican primary yet was 30 points ahead of his Democratic opponent  … in a Democratic state. Thirty points is almost how far behind O’Donnell is from her Democratic opponent.

Prediction: Delaware will vote Democratic in November. Soundly. Republicans just lost the one senate seat that they could have counted upon gaining.

As a conservative, I find it appalling that the rightwing posing as conservatives believe that the end justifies the means.

It is not a good day when lack of thought of process or of making the numbers actually balance represent ‘conservatism’ versus the intellectual conservatism of Reagan and conservatives of his generation — and having worked in many of those campaigns, to include working for Reagan’s election, we worked with position papers that had numbers and thoughts on them. Conservatism in 2010 has become nasty sloganeering, nuttiness and a willingness to say anything to make your opponent look to be on your left.


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One response to “Delaware Meltdown: Limbaugh vs Rove vs Reality

  1. Excellent post , Bill. I never thought I would be agreeing with Karl Rove. You have captured the problem in a nutshell.

    To what end. A candidate needs to have your philophy AND be electable.

    If I were the Tea Party, I would throw this one back and erase my name off the catch list.

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