In Delaware, frustration with Republican Party led to Christine O'Donnell's winSubmitted by bobbyw24 on Thu, 09/16/2010 - 07:32
By Amy Gardner and Sandhya Somashekhar
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.