There has been a lot of to do coming from Republicans following the primary the other day in Delaware with the Christine O’Donnell victory over Mike Castle.
My favorite news writer and critic, Charles Krauthammer, has a somewhat different view about the matter than I do. On two occasions he repeated his position that “a bird in hand is worth two in the bush” meaning that Castle was a sure shoo-in to win the seat giving the Republicans a great chance of reaching it 51st Senator in the coming Congress.
I agree to what the planners and experts on these matters have forcasted, that the GOP does have a very good chance of getting a 51st seat in the Senate…….and Krauthammer is certain O’Donnell will lose in the general election, likely dashing conservative hopes for checking future Obamacare stuff.
But, from what I have read and not living in Delaware, Mr. Castle was and is a RINO. After his loss, he has announced he will sit out this election. Actually, I view most of these politicians as Democrats, not even conservative ones, who run for office as Republicans only because Democrat Leftes already occupy all of the other elected offices. Most people over the past generation, who covet public office are on the Left side of center, enjoying the high that comes from having power over other people. Conservatives prefer that high to come from business.
The argument Mr. Krauthammer makes is that in order to put not just a stop to the various Obamacare plosts to ruin the American way, but to reverse them. That is much more likely to come from certain winners or at least likely winners against these Democrats in the November elections than newbies or worse yet, previous losers in these vital battles, one of which appears to be Ms. O’Donnell. Well, we kind of agree here. Except, in the future, how would one ever get rid of Castle, a male version of Olympia Snow, in my opinion, out of office once he is elected……and becomes well entrenched with Lefty support for him to go Left on the really important issues that matter to the American people?
I, nevertheless, would have voted for Castle, for the same reasons Krauthammer has offerered. Yet, I was glad she won. She certainly seems charming enough to close the gap between herself and the now heavily favored Democrat, formerly favored to lose.
I was sorry to see Karl Rove, another favorite of mine, become so animated against the O’Donnell win after the victory was declared. Primaries are meant for contests. The people had decided. He should have been available to give her a resounding acclamation.
Republicans should have better leadership from the national committee. The Party shouldn’t fear competition of ideas and nuances in the primaries. That is what primaries are for. The Party should encourage debate between or among the factions within the Party to see who can best defeat the Left, who at this time, has become a real opponent of the American way.
One might make the argument that the Democrats will become even weaker and more vulnerable to massive defeat taking whatever presidential candidate they place on the 2012 ballot down in disastrous defeat if they narrowly win this November off year election……making it very clear who is to blame for the nation’s general social and economic crisis.
The following is a piece written by John Hinderaker at Powerline on the Castle loss:
Personally, I am tired of the term “RINO.” Some on the right are quick to label anyone a RINO who disagrees with them, about anything. And yet there are times when the term really does apply.
Mike Castle says that he won’t endorse Christine O’Donnell in her race against self-described “bearded Marxist” Chris Coons. Rather, Castle will stay neutral:
Still grappling with his shocking primary defeat, Rep. Michael N. Castle of Delaware said Thursday that he will not endorse Republican Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell because he could not tolerate some of the “personal smears” he faced during the campaign.
There were smears enough to go around in the primary campaign, including the false claim that Castle voted to impeach President Bush. (I don’t know whether the O’Donnell campaign was involved in that attack or not.) But, come on–if Castle can’t make up his mind between O’Donnell and the bearded Marxist, isn’t he a Republican in name only?
Real RINOs are those who have little dedication to principle, for whom politics is mostly about ego. Charlie Crist is a great example. He was a Republican governor, but when Marco Rubio left him in the dust in primary polls Crist dropped out of the GOP and is running for the Senate as an independent. When he made the switch, he deleted a number of position statements on issues–the conservative ones–from his web site. They were no longer convenient, now that he was seeking mainly Democratic votes. For Crist, politics is all about him, not about principle.
A true Republican in name only is not a politician with a conservative foundation but also a sprinkling of moderate or liberal views on certain issues. John McCain is a good example of that type. A RINO is a politician for whom politics is not a matter of ideology, and the party is only the means to a self-gratifying end. Mike Castle, it appears, may be in that category.