Wednesday, September 15, 2010

RINOs are running scared

Last night was very instructive for a lot of people. When Christine O'Donnell dispatched Mike Castle last night in the Delaware GOP senatorial primary, 53%-47%, I have to admit that I was shocked just how whiny and bitchy the establishment Republicans quickly became. First, Mike Castle immediately refused to endorse the Republican candidate who had just defeated him. Then Karl Rove went on Hannity and absolutely trashed Christine O'Donnell in a way that made me think I was watching MSNBC, calling her "nutty" and flat-out saying that she can't win in November. Meanwhile, you have Lisa Murkowski up in Alaska, who, after having lost her primary battle to Tea Party-backed candidate Joe Miller, is still looking for some way to stay in the race. First she tried getting on the ticket of the Libertarian Party, and when that tanked, she is now mulling over whether or not to be a write-in candidate. And then there is Charlie Crist in Florida who, after losing the Republican senate primary to Marco Rubio, continued his campaign as an Independent (although he kept all the campaign contributions that Republicans had given him). Crist still hasn't figured out that he has been wholly rejected by conservatives in the Republican party who have instead flocked to the candidacy of Marco Rubio. So Crist continues his quixotic quest for the Florida senate seat, even though his support seems to dwindle by hour. This just goes to show that many of these entrenched Republican politicians are just as addicted to power, prestige, and federal swag as most of the Democrats.

While the establishment Republicans whine about how the Delaware senate seat is now lost, and are blaming the Tea Party and Sarah Palin's endorsement of O'Donnell, I call B.S. on that one. I have a better idea. If blame is to be given, how about putting the establishment Republicans on the defensive by asking them why they offered Delaware's Republican voters a pro-abortion, anti-gun, pro-cap-and-tax candidate like Mike Castle who holds a 52% lifetime rating from the ACU (the rating went as low as 28% in 2008)? Once again, we are seeing that conservatives are sick of these wishy-washy Republicans-in-name-only running the show, and are as eager to get rid of these RINOs as they are the statist Democrat majority that the RINOs seem so eager to emulate.

If you are a Republican who supported Mike Castle, it is time to put away your binky, man up, and endorse Christine O'Donnell. Had O'Donnell lost, conservatives in the party would have lined up in support of Castle, even though they would have been holding their nose behind closed doors. Let's see if the establishment Republicans can manage to be magnanimous enough to do what they ask of us conservatives when one of the so-called moderate candidates - ahem, John McCain - is nominated.

After last night and this morning, I have a whole new view of just how despicable much of the establishment Republican machine can be. If only they spent half as much energy going after the failings of O'Donnell's Democrat opponent rather than O'Donnell herself.

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson

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