Sep 14 2010
As I noted in the comments on another post, the spectacle unfolding in the DE GOP senate primary has become a joke. It seems the Tea Party and Governor Palin are being brought back to Earth in DE. The movement and governor have produced surprising and needed upheaval in the GOP. They did it by bringing in talent from outside the Political Industrial Complex. Talent who can bring fresh ideas, new energy and reinforced morals to the political process and government. Hopefully they will also be putting the federal bureaucracy on a crash diet and off its addiction to tax payer incomes.
In CO, NV, AK and CT we have real people running for office, not political automatons who will literally say and do anything to get elected. In NH the leading contender for the GOP looks like a wonderful person, and in SC Nikki Haley is heading to be the new Governor. Palin has backed some ‘incumbents’ as well, such as Michelle Bachman. All in all a laudable list of new blood I 100% support (though I am sure I do not 100% agree with).
But in DE Palin and the Tea Party picked a lemon. A really rotten lemon. Christine O’Donnell is so loose with the truth I doubt she is even as pure a conservative as Palin and others think. She has exaggerated her previous election performance, she has exaggerated her pain and suffering from being fired for breaking rules of her employer, she has lied about being in a Masters program, she has been forced to pay back taxes and wages to people who worked for her. She is not a proven paragon of conservative virtue. In fact she is just the opposite. It was a bad call.
And now her campaign is making up complete lies about Mike Castle – a long term member of the GOP with a known track record (one few would cheer):
The madness continues, as activists who support Christine O’Donnell in the Delaware Senate primary have stepped up their attacks on Mike Castle by alleging that he voted to impeach President Bush. That will come as a surprise to those who wonder how they missed such a vote, but Dan Riehl assures us that it is true. Not only that, he explicitly ties this claim to radio talk show host Mark Levin’s attack on us; he titles his post “Paging Powerline.” He says that he would “like to hear from Powerline as to why they are supporting someone who signed on to such ‘moonbattery’ and did such damage to our country.”
First of all, Riehl’s claim–which he says may have originated with Mark Levin–is absurd on its face. The House of Representatives never voted on whether to impeach President Bush. The vote that Riehl and other anti-Castle pundits refer to is this one, to refer Dennis Kucinich’s impeachment resolution to the House Judiciary Committee. That motion passed; obviously it was not an impeachment resolution, or we would have had an impeachment trial. Castle was one of 24 Republicans who voted for the referral resolution, along with conservative stalwarts like Peter King, Kevin Brady, Ralph Hall, and others.
Before the gullible get all birther on me, let me remind people that sometimes it is better to let things hit the house floor and be exposed to public humiliation, especially when it comes from Kucinich. It was always a good idea to let the impeachment nuts on the left have as much air time as possible over Iraq. It helped save the surge and our victory there because the voters saw the opposition as foolish and silly. Voting to allow Kucinich to make a fool of himself is not a traitorous act to the GOP. In fact, it is a well honored tradition.
The far right is losing it. Maybe they should take a chill pill and see if they want to continue to run around and make baseless and silly accusations about others. To do or say anything to win. To become just like those they supposedly oppose.. Because it ain’t us right of center folks whose images are getting destroyed here. No one admires people who make up lies about others. Unless of course you’re a slimy DC politician – then it is your bread and butter.
I hope Governor Palin is learning a lesson here about vetting candidates, and vetting their impact on the broad base required to defeat the dems and roll back Obamacare and the out of control spending. It will take large majorities to tame the federal beast and its backers. Purity will not win this war. We cannot condone or support divisive candidates, nor can we waste our energies on flawed candidates. DE is a wake up call to all who oppose Obama, Pelosi and Reid – and their far left agenda. At the moment that is a large and diverse group. We need to keep it that way.
Update: And I fail to see how this kind of action is patriotic or inspiring:
The chairman of the Delaware Republican Party received a death threat last week over his support for Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del) over Tea Party challenger Christine O’Donnell in the state’s upcoming Senate primary, a party official confirmed to the Huffington Post.
The threat, issued in the form of an email, told chairman Tom Ross that he deserves “a bullet in the head” for backing “political ass-kissing RINO’s” [Republicans in name only].
“It is one thing to have your country screwed over by socialists, it is far worse to be backstabbed by people pretending to be your friends,” the email read. “We will either rid the GOP of pieces of shit like you, or we will start a new ‘Common Sense Conservative’ party and render you all useless.”
Like I said – take a chill pill and get back to us when your attitudes have matured.