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In Delaware, frustration with Republican Party led to Christine O'Donnell's win

By Amy Gardner and Sandhya Somashekhar
Washington Post
Wednesday, September 15, 2010; 11:35 PM

DOVER, DEL. - Long before Sarah Palin endorsed Christine O'Donnell and the Tea Party Express sent a last-minute surge of cash and manpower to help her win the GOP Senate nod in Delaware, conservatives here decided they had had enough of Rep. Michael N. Castle and the Republican Party establishment.

A sentiment had taken hold that party elders weren't listening, weren't true to conservative beliefs and assumed that everyone who votes Republican would go along with their decisions, just as they always had.

"There's been a feeling for many years, a frustration over the idea that the party's trying to tell everyone all the time, 'Here's who you need to vote for' and 'Here's who you should follow,' " said Bill Colley, the host of a local conservative radio talk show, who stopped by the Georgetown Family Restaurant on Wednesday afternoon. "This resentment has been roiling for years, and the pot boiled over this year. There is no Republican Party anymore in the state of Delaware."

For the national political world, Castle's primary defeat by O'Donnell, an unknown candidate with questionable credentials, means a sudden dampening of the GOP's chances to take over the Senate - and another rift within the party. It also puts national leaders on notice that, even in moderate Delaware, the anger of the "tea party" movement is a force they can't ignore.


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what *I* read was that she wants . . .

"victory" in the middle east.

That was enough for me to feel dashed.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

So anyone up against the

So anyone up against the establishment now is a Tea Partier????

Come on... this whole thing stinks! This woman is not for freedom and liberty, she's for Big Brother stepping in and forcing religion down your throats and god knows what else!

I mean, have you heard her speak and her beliefs?

People like O'Donnell are the reason why Clinton was voted into Office after Bush Sr. People were sick and tired of the Evangelicals trying to force their beliefs down the rest of the country's throat!

Is this 1988 again???

This woman will drive me out of the Republican party and back to apathy....

I don't

know enough about her to make a comment.

But it seems that the establishment doesn't like her, and is working to try to stop her. That might lead one to believe that she's not in their pocket.

That's one thing in her favor, right there.


may have quirks, but where do you think she will be having lunch every Friday if she gets to Congress?

Ron Paul's Congressional luncheon table, that's where.

Then her education can begin.

How can any of you blindly

How can any of you blindly support someone whose official page is just a picture of her face asking for money and information? And the other website doesn't even have an 'issues' section. We've really lowered the bar here at the DP. As long as a bunch of activists say you're a 'Tea Party' candidate and the media agrees, she's all good?

If you don't even have the integrity to publicly display your views on the many issues that face America today, but you have no problem asking for a donation, you don't deserve to be in any office. Given the accessibility of the internet, it shouldn't be even a minor chore to discover what a candidates principles are.

Correct me if I'm wrong...

"The casualty of partisanship is objectivity."

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It wasn't just me?

I SCOURED that little page and did google searches trying to find her ISSUES. Where are they? Who can get excited or even interested if we don't know what her position and worldview are?

The only thing I could find is that she is extra-Christian, but that doesn't tell me where she stands on fractional banking or imperialism or anything.

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See my comments below...

... I understand your doubts, but see if my reasoning in posts below make sense to you. I think Christine will have a proper website in the next couple of days. Remember she ran a campaign on a shoe string and only won two days ago. I want a yard sign and ask my son to put it in his yard in Wilmington. I'm just as anxious for a proper website, but that did not deter me from making a small donation.Not always the size of the donation, but the vote of confidence. A million donations go along way. I also donated to Jake Towne. I have huge admiration for Jake.

Plano TX

Rasmussen: Coons (D) 53%, O'Donnell (R) 42%

Election 2010: Delaware Senate
Delaware Senate: Coons (D) 53%, O’Donnell (R) 42%
Thursday, September 16, 2010 Email to a Friend AdvertisementDemocrat Chris Coons holds a double-digit lead over Republican hopeful Christine O’Donnell in the first Rasmussen Reports post-primary survey of the U.S. Senate race in Delaware.

Coons earns 53% of the vote to O’Donnell’s 42%, with leaners included. One percent (1%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided.

The Delaware race is now viewed as Solid Democrat in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings.

This marks a remarkable turnaround in a race that at the beginning of the month was rated Solid Republican and was on track to be a GOP pickup. At that time, Congressman Mike Castle led Coons as he had been leading all year. O’Donnell trailed Coons at that time 47% to 36%.

But O’Donnell, a conservative activist picking up endorsements from Sarah Palin and South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint and riding a Tea Party wave of opposition, upset the more moderate Castle in Tuesday’s state Republican Primary. Her victory highlights the voter anger sweeping the nation this year. That anger is described in a new book by Scott Rasmussen and Doug Schoen, Mad as Hell: How the Tea Party Movement is Fundamentally Remaking Our Two Party System.

More at


If the Tea Party candidates want to win, they are going to have to tie the GOP establishment to George Bush and Dick Cheney and the Democrats to Obama. If they do that, the main-stream media will look silly calling them "extremists."

Bravo, Simple Sam!

You are dead nuts on! And you expressed it so well.
So, when will YOU be running for office? I'd vote for ya...

I posted this earlier.

I posted this earlier. Similar comments were made on the BBC's main news broadcast last night.


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What is her foreign Policy? Is she down with Ron Paul?

After going to her website which provides nothing in the way of what her issues are ...just asks for name, email, and Money... http://www.christine2010.com/

and after searching the net, I see only that she is anti-abortion (good), however unfortunately she is a big time sexual puritan (aka a prude), a former Catholic turned Evangelical Christian who would turn public schools into christian ones with tax money, but little else.

As far as understanding RP foreign policy, who knows?

As far as being wisely educated like Ron Paul, its doubtful. Her and Sarah Palin together may be able to change a light bulb, but does she know how to write a real pro-american foreign policy? Is she down with the Free Market? Is she against "net neutrality"? Is she against the REAL ID? IS she for abolishing the IRS? The CIA? THE FBI? The DHS? The Dept of Energy? The dept of Education? Is she for shrinking the government down to just Courts, police & military DEFENSE? like the good doctor Paul?

I have my doubts, but she is so cute to watch, I am sure people in the Tea Party are thinking Palin/O'Donnell 2012


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What you just said, that's what I thought.

According to the Daily Show, she's against masturbation as well. If she passes that legislation, that I can see state succession for sure.

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Living here in Texas...

... we have the gold standard when it comes to a true RP candidate in Debra Medina. Christine is no Debra Medina but we must give her credit for sticking it to the GOP establishment. She proved the power of the people.

I think this comment is just over the top, she would "turn public schools into christian ones with tax money, but little else." She is committed to limited government and we need the likes of her in Congress.

No, neither Palin or O'Donnell are presidential material, but for now I resent the GOP's derision of Christine. We need to support her and use every opportunity possible to berate the GOP for their mean spiritedness. I regularly get calls and mail from the GOP establishment. I will use that as an opportunity to point out that my anger to the GOP is a consequence of its treatment of Christine. Some phonies like Romney is trying to kiss up to us by giving Christine a $5,000 donation. Just shows how cunning he is, trying to curry favor. Won't work. We have sat under Ron Paul's tutelage. We have been enlightened. Money don't sway us.

Plano TX

Those who lament a likely

Those who lament a likely Democrat win in Delaware in November — which increases the odds against the Republicans winning a majority in the Senate — don’t understand the ferocity of ordinary citizens’ anger at the way the “political class” has been destroying America. If O’Donnell, a candidate with no government experience who provides numerous angles of attack by her opponent, can pull off such a major upset, the political establishment’s stronghold in Washington is obviously eroded and is on the verge of crashing down.


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We just had a belief that we could beat the heck out of the GOP

keep postulating ...

"We just had a belief that we could beat the heck out of the GOP," said Lynn Brennan of Rehoboth, who helped form the Delaware Conservative Coalition this summer.

"The way [Delaware GOP Chairman] Tom Ross has treated the conservatives in this state - oh, my Lord. No true conservative could come up through the ranks of the GOP, because Mike Castle and Tom Ross wouldn't let them."

Just sent this to the WSJ

I know it is not your intention to please everybody all the time. However, there is a revolution a foot in the country. Voters are rebelling against the Washington establishment. This does not sit well with the WSJ’s editorial board and the likes of Karl Rove.

Prior to the Delaware primary, Karl Rove wage a war against Christine O’Donnell, supported by a WSJ editorial. Karl Rove, the GOP establishment and the WSJ care about power, rather than the people. The GOP establishment has power and money. It has served them well in the past, but no longer. We have discovered that the power of democracy resides with the people. If we organize, with sheer numbers we can overcome the establishment. Christine O’Donnell proved that on Tuesday.

Instead of eating his humble pie in private, Karl Rove decided to continue his public humiliation of Christine O’Donnell. It so incensed me that I have decided to take it out on the Wall Street Journal. I know you will say that I am being unfair. However, indirectly, I pay for Karl Rove’s insipid commentary in the Journal every week. No longer. When my subscription (online and hardcopy) runs out, I will not renew, unless you ditch his commentary, which I know won’t happen. I bid you adieu. That’s the least I can do for Christine O’Donnell to support her against the venom of Karl Rove. In addition, I shall generously contribute to her campaign, even though with no help from Karl Rove or WSJ editorials, she faces an almost insurmountable task.


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great letter.

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I don't trust anything out of Tea Party Land

I don't trust anything or anyone who uses Sarah Palin for a launching pad. There is nothing to celebrate here, as far as I can see. It's just the same old neocon agenda, the wolf in sheep's clothing.

This is turning into a political nightmare. The Tea Party is actually the NWO, and if you see this thread about Palin's puppet master from PNAC, it becomes all the more clear:

Pardon me, but I wholeheartedly believe that the people who contribute time and energy to the Tea Parties are, deliberately or not, forging their own chains. What they wish for innocents abroad (torture, destruction, and death) is going to boomerang back on the United States. It's always that way, you reap what you sow.

(As I've said before it doesn't matter what the Tea Party people actually think, they will always be represented as pro-war, for propaganda purposes. They don't have a real voice.)

Do you trust Ron Paul?

He seems to believe that this is a part of a revolution. What do you think? Ohhh yeah you think its the new world order that is behind Rand Paul and the Tea Party. Palin is trying to co-opt the revolution by endorsing the tea-party candidates, to be on the winning team. This is suppose to add credibility for her "rogue" run for president in 2012.

"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."
Thomas Jefferson

Pardon me, sorehead

I need some guidance. I don't like Palin and her pro-war stance either. Also, I don't think O'Donnell has figured out the neo-cons. That said, Palin endorsed Rand Paul. (Yah, I know she also endorsed McCain and Rick Perry - terribly "konfused" woman.)

In the media, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and in the GOP establishment (with Rove leading the charge) O'Donnell is being trashed. In the light of this, I think she needs our support. Do I send her a donation or not? (If so, I have difficulty finding her official campaign website. Hate mongers have hi-jacked her domain name and it takes me to dubiosu websites.)

I value your input.

Plano TX

Its MORE then that....

Its CONSERVATIVES waking up to the fact their whole party the "Republicans"......

...Has been hijacked for over fifty years, by the far-left Democrats.

Dick Armey and Dick Gephardt?


Dick Cheney and John Bolton?


John McCain, Lindsay Graham and Norm Coleman?

Triple Check!

Tom DeLay, George Bush Jr. Rick Santorum and Joe Farah?


There hasn't been more liberal elitist scum than THESE above IDIOTS within the democratic party in twenty years!!! Yet THESE are the leaders of the Republican party!

These out and right FAKE cons, aka liberal elitist scum have completely DESTROYED the Republican party. On top of that lets not forget Ronald Raygun Reagan who wanted Star Wars. An outright communist nut who absolutely cherished FDR!!!

How the hell can so many conservatives still ADORE Ronald Reagan!?!?? Good lord!!

They've been duped for fifty years now by these GOP establishment, elite liberal hacks!!!

It is absolutely thrilling that they finally have a voice worth having in government, with some actual conservatives like Ron Paul, Christine Odonnell and of course Jim DeMint. Elitist scum has also infiltrated the independent party, turning it into absolute filth.

It's a huge wakeup call....actual conservatives who want to reduce the size of government. That can only be a good thing....and they are now going back to school....time to learn why the "Big War" agenda was all designed to bankrupt the USA. Demoncrats have done a perfect job on killing the Democratic party, followed by actually electing the leaders of the Republican party in each city.

Great stuff

Great stuff

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