The surge of anger among US conservatives both with Barack Obama and the Republican party reached a new high point today when the Tea Party candidate, Christine O'Donnell, ousted the Republican establishment favourite in Delaware.It’s an upset not just for pollsters, but for the ‘Guardian’ staffers who believed that Obama would unite the warring factions, part the seas, ease world hunger, etc…
It was one of the unlikeliest outcomes of the primary season, given that even a few weeks ago O'Donnell was widely regarded as being so far to the right as to be unelectable.Oh, quelle horreur!
O'Donnell, who is pro-gun, anti-abortion, fiscally conservative and believes masturbation is a sin, won by 53% to 47% for Mike Castle, who has served the Republicans for 30 years, including stints as governor and in Congress.The wailing and gnashing of teeth is just incredible!
Anyone would think the voters of Delaware had done it deliberately, just to pay the ‘Guardian’ back for the Clark County debacle…
And I suspect that Mike Castle’s ‘serving of the Republicans’ was the problem. Clearly, he wasn’t serving the voters!
Such is the anger among conservatives who think Obama is a socialist and the Republicans not rightwing enough that they were prepared to vote in O'Donnell, even though polls suggest she has little chance of beating the Democrats for the seat in November.But sometimes, the polls are wrong…
The same polls suggested that Castle could win the traditionally Democratic state.Precisely!
It was clearly more important to the voters that they send a message than that they win the seat with a RINO incumbent.
Frightening, isn’t it? It might catch on here!
Her campaign received a boost two weeks ago when the Tea Party endorsed her and gave her $250,000 in funding. Last week she was given another boost when Tea Party favourite Sarah Palin also endorsed her as did the National Rifle Association.Look! Look! It was the Hand of Sarah Palin behind it!
Is it me, or has she now become the biggest bogeyman the Left have ever had?
The ‘Guardian’ can’t resist a ‘Look, even the other rightwing nutjobs can’t stomach her!’ jibe:
The national Republican party says it will not spend any money on O'Donnell, effectively throwing her under the bus. And Castle has already said he will not endorse her.That sounds a lot more like pique and tantrum-flinging than good politics.
So, it appears the voters of Delaware chose wisely, eh?