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November 05, 2010

O'Donnell, Who Lost By 17 Points, Still Sending Out Press Releases Attacking People

O'Donnell didn't cost us one seat; she cost us three. Chalk Rossi's and Buck's loss up to her as well.

But here's O'Donnell saying it wasn't her "standing up for principle" that cost her the election, but shady machinations against her.

I also agree it wasn't "principle" that cost her the election. I think it had more to do with the fact that 1, she wasn't bright (at all), 2, she had no accomplishments whatsoever (and yes, people do want to know someone's actually done something to earn the right to be one of 100 in the Senate), 3, she had a series of bizarre statements from her past ("mice with fully functioning human brains"), and 4, she couldn't articulate a conservative message in a way that sounded appealing or intelligent.

And 5 -- I want a strict accounting of how her campaign donations were spent. Know what I mean? I'd like to know if any money was squirreled away for "future campaigns."

Although, yeah, 6, her bright-red right positions of course were a drag in blue Delaware. I think a Joe Miller type or Sean Bielat would have had a chance to sell such a message even in blue state -- as either easily passes the hurdles of credibility and seriousness -- but even for a strong candidate, you can still lose when you're advocating positions the constituents just don't agree with. As Bielat lost, and as Miller will almost certainly lose.

Those were good candidates I endorse rolling the dice with.

But, on the other hand, a candidate who begins in a hole due to serious questions about credibility and qualifications and whose positions are in disagreement with the majority of people she would presume to represent? That right there is the difference between a race that could have been won and a blow-out.



Christine O’Donnell Fires Back at GOP on “Today Show” Refusing to back down and calling out the political establishment


NEW YORK, NY – Former recent Delaware senatorial candidate and Tea
Party favorite Christine O’Donnell took a bold stance in a pointed
interview on NBC’s “Today Show.”

Host Meredith Veiera challenged Ms. O’Donnell with a litany of tough
questions, asking if Sarah Palin failed her and if Ms. O’Donnell’s
principled campaign cost the GOP seats in her election and others down
ballot. Undaunted, O’Donnell fired back at the Delaware and national
GOP establishment with the truth behind the campaign.

O’Donnell explained how GOP insiders maneuvered to undermine her
campaign from day one. According to O’Donnell, the beltway political
class joined forces with the Delaware GOP to silence the voice of the
people. In O’Donnell’s view, it was not her insistence on principle
which caused her loss, but the refusal of the political ruling class
to fully support her, who could not forgive O’Donnell for soundly
defeating their hand-picked, establishment candidate - Mike Castle -
in the primary, O’Donnell continued. Castle never did endorse
O’Donnell upon her win, which is an unusual public rebuke, even after
a rancorous primary.

Without party backing, O’Donnell’s campaign claims they had to build
the get out the vote effort from scratch in just six short weeks,
ultimately costing her the election. O’Donnell told Veiera, however,
the backroom machinations went much farther. Washington D.C.
political insiders undermined her campaign, including Karl Rove, Vice
President and former Delaware Senator Joe Biden, and according to some
even the White House.

Faced with such powerful foes, O’Donnell remained committed to what
she described as “giving a voice to the voiceless.” Standing up for
the political interests of everyday Delawareans, like the farmers and
workers who make the state great. She concluded the interview,
assuring Delaware that she will continue her fight to represent small
government, lower taxes, and the traditional values that make America
strong.

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