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Reuters: Tea Party Win Hurts Republicans

From an apoplectic Reuters:

Tea Party win hurts Republicans’ Senate chances

By John Whitesides Wed Sep 15, 2010

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A conservative "Tea Party" favorite knocked off the establishment choice in Delaware’s Republican Senate primary election on Tuesday, dealing a blow to the party’s chances to recapture the Senate in November.

Upstart Republican candidate Christine O’Donnell scored the biggest in a string of Tea Party upsets this year over nine-term Representative Michael Castle, a popular former governor and one of the last Republican moderates in Congress.

Mr. Castle is so popular is that he lost in the primary to a relatively unknown who has been pilloried even by the Republican Party.

The loss by Castle, who had been expected to cruise to victory in Delaware’s November 2 election, gave Democrats new hope in the state and bolstered their chances to retain control of the Senate.

Does anybody really believe that the Republicans will gain control of the Senate? It seems to us that this happy prospect only ever comes up when the Ruling Class is threatened with the loss of one of its members.

A Tea Party favorite was a close second as votes were being counted in New Hampshire’s Republican primary and another Tea Party-backed candidate easily won New York’s Republican gubernatorial race…

Castle is the eighth Senate candidate supported by the national Republican campaign committee to lose a primary this year and the result was perhaps the biggest display yet of anti-Washington anger…

The string of victories by Tea Party candidates was fueled by broad voter dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama and government in Washington, and left Republicans in turmoil

The Republican Senate campaign committee issued a terse one-sentence statement of congratulations on O’Donnell’s win. O’Donnell shrugged off the likelihood the committee would not spend any money on her.

"They don’t have a winning track record this season," she told CNN

Good for her. But whatever happened to the GOP’s famous ‘Big Tent’? Is it not big enough for conservatives?

In New Hampshire’s Republican Senate primary, former state attorney general Kelly Ayotte led Tea Party-backed lawyer Ovide Lamontagne, who had been endorsed by former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. O’Donnell also was backed by Palin.

Both New Hampshire candidates are quite conservative.

The Tea Party movement won another high-profile race in New York, where political newcomer Carl Paladino easily beat the establishment choice, former U.S. Representative Rick Lazio, in the Republican gubernatorial primary…

Republicans are threatening to turn voter worries about the economy and Obama’s leadership into big gains in November that could give them control of the House and perhaps even the Senate, once considered a longshot.

Republicans must pick up 10 Democratic seats to reclaim the Senate, and Delaware was once considered to be safely in the Republican column with Castle as the candidate. Without Castle, Democrat Chris Coons, a county executive, becomes at least a slight favorite to win the Senate seat in November

All of this wringing of hands about how Ms. O’Donnell’s victory might keep the Republicans from taking control of the Senate is contrived nonsense.

If the GOP gets within one seat of winning the Senate in November, it will only be because of a massive conservative turnout – fueled by the Tea Party.

In reality, it will take a national conservative tsunami to get the GOP that close to controlling the Senate. And if that happens, then Ms. O’Donnell is going to win anyway – even in Delaware.

Unfortunately, we doubt that the GOP will ever get within one seat of controlling the Senate. But if they do, it will be because of fired-up conservatives. And Ms. O’Donnell will only help fire them up further, even if she doesn’t win in Delaware.

Besides, even if the Republicans do not take the Senate, Ms. O’Donnell’s win will help turn out the conservative base and help more of their candidates win in the House.

Democrats hope the Republicans’ shift to the right and the nomination of outsider candidates in Nevada, Kentucky, Colorado and elsewhere will help them in November by alienating moderates and energizing Democrats in those crucial races. Polls show tight Senate races in all those states.

And our watchdog media will do all it can to help this, of course. 

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, considered politically dead earlier in the year, is in essentially a dead heat with Tea Party-favorite Sharron Angle in Nevada, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll on Tuesday.

Even though the same people who are bemoaning Ms. O’Donnell’s election said Ms. Angle would never stand a chance.

The rise of the Tea Party generated high Republican turnout in the primaries and created a broad advantage for Republicans in enthusiasm about voting, which Democrats fear could crimp their turnout.

Which sort of undermines Reuters’ claim that the Tea Party is hurting Republicans.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, September 15th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

33 Responses to “Reuters: Tea Party Win Hurts Republicans”

  1. AcornsRNutz says:

    Frankly, I hope the Republican party does start alienating moderates. I hold nothing in contempt so much as a so called moderate. At least the leftist, wack job, moonbat types stand for something, no matter how vapid and trend driven it may be. These moderates are similar, in my mind, to the so called “moderate” muslims. They don’t fight and expose themselves, they just sit idly by and watch the others do the work, meanwhile taking the “fair and balanced”, middle of the road mentality designed to show how enlightened and open minder they are.

    They fail to realize that a car in nuetral can go nowhere on its own, only where it is pushed. They are as much to blame as anyone pushing the car for the situation in America right now, and I hope we get loads of Republican candidates who say the kind of gutsy, patriotic right wing things that will make these “moderates” wet their pants and run. At least in the primaries. Once the real conservatives put a decent one of our own on the ballot, these “moderates” will sense the direction the wind is blowing and vote with us. The libs have known this for years, and clearly it has worked for them as they now run the country nearly unopposed. Its about time we got the testicular fortitude to stop worrying about particular demographics and get some real conservatives.

    I do fear that this lady in DE may not be a great choice, as she has tons of dirt on her, but even that may not matter come November. I don’t much care as long as the DC elite are sweating right now.

    • confucius says:

      I like your “car in neutral” analogy. Maybe that’s why we’re in Obama’s “ditch.”

    • JohnMG says:

      To carry the “car” analogy a bit farther;

      Obama insists that Republicans ran the car into the ditch, so we can’t give control back to them.

      AcornsRNutz says “….that a car in nuetral can go nowhere on its own, only where it is pushed. They (RINO’s) are as much to blame as anyone pushing the car for the situation in America right now….”, and …….”they just sit idly by and watch the others do the work, meanwhile taking the “fair and balanced”, middle of the road mentality…..”

      I have a couple of thoughts on the above.

      First, the only thing to be found in the middle of the road is a dead skunk and a yellow stripe. And…

      Second, if Republicans ran the car into the ditch as Obama claims, proving them unworthy of leadership, what does it imply about Obama and the democrats, who are not only thrilled that the car is incapacited in the ditch, but are busy stripping it of anything valuable and trying to set fire to it in order to collect the insurance money?

    • jobeth says:

      ” …what does it imply about Obama and the democrats, who are not only thrilled that the car is incapacited in the ditch, but are busy stripping it of anything valuable and trying to set fire to it in order to collect the insurance money?”

      Now that is an excellent analogy!

      Except I wouldn’t have said “imply”…it plainly says it.

      And they aren’t collecting insurance money. They are flatly robbing the owners.

  2. Enthalpy says:

    Democrats will use the criticisms of her made by RINOs in the coming weeks. Fine. On her worst day O’Donnell will stand head and shoulders above the progressive supported by the Democrats. We must never forget what Democrats have done to us. And, we must never forget that many Republicans just went along for the ride.

    Payback is hell, but often richly deserved.

  3. Right of the People says:

    Oh my, what will the LSM do if we do take back both the senate and the house? It will be nothing but doom and gloom from them. They’ll cry about how the mean old right will block their golden boy Barry from reaching his socialist goals.

    I say eff ’em.


    They say both karma and payback is a bitch! It’s going to be fun watching the lefties this fall.

  4. wardmama4 says:

    Acorns – two things – ‘tons’ of dirt – not sure if any person could stand up to microscopic inspection of past words & deeds – and not sure how any of it was portrayed accurately. Such as the Rove whine that it took her 20 years to pay off her school loans – yes, that might raise questions as to why (so let us hear her explanation) but then again – our current POTUS entered college in 1979 and on the campaign trail Michelle said that it was the ‘book deal’ in 1995 that allowed him to pay off his college loans (or theirs, not quite sure of the exact wording) – so is 20 years that much more vile (and suspect) than 16? And what does that drivel matter as to the qualifications of political person – we all have a past. What ever happened to the issues – not an over zealous, nitpicking, microscopic exam of every questionable tax bill, comment and ‘claim’ made in the National Enquirer of Globe.

    I find that it wasn’t until this past week that I heard that Castle voted for Investigating Bush for Impeachment – and he’s a Republican – where in the name of all that is right – is the GOP on this issue? Lets not mention all the Cap & Trade, against SS Reform, for Card Check ‘crossing the aisle’ votes he has made – that makes him (he voted against the Party more than McAmnesty did – he is the very definition of Dem Lite) the question is – when did he vote with his Party? But also why is all of this kept quiet by the GOP – because he is the incumbent – which apparently in the elitist politics as usual world – is the only important attribute for a candidate.

    And that brings the next question – if O’Donnell is a newcomer and not the incumbent and the Dem candidate is not the incumbent – why does everyone think that she doesn’t have a chance?

    Does she sound crazy – Yes sometimes perhaps in a statement or two allegedly attributed to her but look at Kucinich or Paul – they are the very definition of a political crazy – and this wasn’t in the last days of their campaigns that the ‘dirt’ was dug up – and they keep on keeping on getting re-elected. And look at NY – Rangal is under an ethics investigation and he got the nod (of course criminal accusations are a career enhancement for Dems).

    I just wonder if part of the problem is that the Left has so aggrandized the 2 Party system and the msm has so aggrandized RHINOS/Dem Lites/Moderates – all in an attempt to ‘nudge’ America to a one Party System. And at that – I am not a Republican – I am not of the Party of NO – I am of the Party of HELL NO.

    God Help America
    A Proud American Infidel

    • Nimblicity says:

      “Such as the Rove whine that it took her 20 years to pay off her school loans”

      Let’s give Rove a break. He must be under a lot of stress. It’s painful to be confronted with the obsolescence of a worldview* you helped to fabricate.

      *to wit, Big-Government Republicanism (which =’s “MINO” as untrainable so aptly declares it below)

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      I am not against the woman or anything, so you are preaching to the choir to an extent (although very well). My point is that with what has been thrown around about her past so far (and she does come across as a bit loopy, but that doesn’t bother me as much as another lib RINO) she was able to beat the favored Republican candidate, and with the way things are going it may not matter what they can drag up from the muck about her, she might be viable despite the assurance from the experts in the media that she is dead in the water.

    • hushpuppy says:

      “Such as the Rove whine that it took her 20 years to pay off her school loans”

      That’s it? That’s the worst that anyone – including Rove – was able to dig up about her?

      The fact she paid up her school loans says a lot of positive things about her internal character. Cross reference that with anyone with a (D) after their name and a few with an (R).

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      There was also the business of her suit against a former employer. It was strange and confusing to me, and not being a DE resident nor a supporter of Castle, I paid very little attention. Apparently it boiled down to her claiming she was denied the opportunity to pursue her masters degree when she didn’t yet have bachelors degree. Also she supposedly declared an income of $5800 in her financial disclosures for the last year and insisted that although she actually made more she didn’t have to say to anyone how much. Most of this strikes me as picking nits and really reaching to destroy the woman, but there is apparently a concerted effort to do so, and my point was that it may not matter even if ther is some substance to it (which has yet to be proven).

    • hushpuppy says:

      I don’t live in DE either, nor did I pay any attention to her at all. The first time I actually took notice of her was a few days ago when I was listening to Rush’s podcast and spoke about her – and Castle. Especially Castle.

      Fast forward to today watching a Fox News interview with Castle. He pointedly made the claim that it was because of Hannity and Limbaugh that he lost. He twice stated that Limbaugh had brought up the little matter of his voting for Bush’s impeachment. Limbaugh never said such a thing.

      I guess he was too busy licking his wounds to properly listen. But for him not wanting to support O’Donnell is his right of course but it come off sounding catty.

      I wonder if losing your perqs, power and prestige is like going through withdrawal symptoms?

  5. Rusty Shackleford says:

    What’s laughable is that the media isn’t paying very close attention. Or if they are, they aren’t letting on.

    At first, they hoped the Tea Party would split away from the republican party, thus ensuring a win for the democrats. (Think Ross Perot time again.)

    However, now they don’t really know what to make of the infiltration from within of the existing republican party and why conservatives are being fronted as opposed to the ruling class elite so well portrayed in movies like “Animal House” and even on television shows like “Family Guy”. The stereotypical “well-bred, well-groomed, upper-class” bores are not getting the message that real people want similar real people who have real experience, not just a bunch of diplomas on the wall, paid for by daddy’s blue-chip stock money.

    We want people who get it. Not some elitist who went to DC because their modeling portfolio wasn’t well-received in Hollywood. Left or right, it makes no difference to me…the elite who thumb their noses at me actually cause me to ignore them completely. I am quite capable of enjoying myself and living a full life without them. They need me a whole lot more than I need them.

    Therefore, I support any/all conservative tea-party candidates. However, I am also going to watch them very closely and should they not uphold a conservative agenda, I will call them out on it. Any appearance of “compromise” with the socialists is grounds for divorce. The gloves must come off and stay off. Can’t be afraid to anger the socialists. In fact, I’m counting on them to do just that.

    I want social welfare programs cut to bare minimum. I want unions to be held to realistic standards. I want the car companies given back to their backers and investors and let them be free from government intervention. I want government to keep its grubby little paws off of private enterprise entirely. And so on.

    Don’t tell me what to eat.
    Don’t tell me what I should drive.
    Don’t take away my lightbulbs.
    Don’t push “green” at me.
    In fact, just leave me the hell alone, government.

    The real surprise is not from the socialists…it’s from the republicans who still don’t get it. The RINO’s who actually think they are entitled to their elected positions. Thus, you will see a lot of little tantrums when they lose their cushy offices and actually may have to go work for a living. I would bet that many of them will elect to live off their “retirement” pension afforded to them by the American people. However, I also would like to see that entitlement done away with. In these tough economic times…or any times, actually, the American people cannot afford it.

    • untrainable says:

      modeling portfolio wasn’t well-received in Hollywood I love it. They say that Washington is just Hollywood for the ugly. Please refer to any recent photo of princess Pelosi and tell me I’m wrong.

    • artboyusa says:

      You said it, Rusty. The root of my loathing for the GOP “leadership” is precisely because they don’t get it. Boehner, McConnell, Steele etc are part of the problem, not the answer, and they need to make way for people who get it. The sooner the better.

    • jobeth says:

      “However, I am also going to watch them very closely and should they not uphold a conservative agenda, I will call them out on it. Any appearance of “compromise” with the socialists is grounds for divorce. ”

      Amen, Amen and a big Amen.

      It won’t take long at all to see who espoused the Conservative agenda for real…or just to get into office.
      I hope these new conservatives understand that divorce is never off the table.

      At the first sign of mutual back scratching and compromise with the progressives, we ditch them.

      Human nature is going to cause the alliances to be made…and there is nothing wrong with that…unless it includes turning their backs on the conservative…constitutional, mandate the voters have given them.

      I’m thrilled this is coming about…but I don’t trust anyone once they get to DC. Power is too intoxicating and it’s too easy to be tempted.

      If we can’t get term limits in…we voters have to be willing to vote them out…and create our own term limits.

      I can’t see a better time to insist they entertain term limits than now, with so many new ‘tea party’ candidates in (in November). At least right now most hear the people and seem to be on the same page.

      It’s going to be interesting for sure as we watch this all unfold.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      “I’m thrilled this is coming about…but I don’t trust anyone once they get to DC. Power is too intoxicating and it’s too easy to be tempted.”

      And there lies the rub. It has been well documented through the ages about how politicians are of the same breed as gangsters and other fraternatiae that use bribery, tricks, extortion, clever little gamuts and subterfuge to either get what they want or destroy someone who they either don’t like or stands in their way. Due to the fact that out and out murder is mostly frowned upon, the mechanisms have grown far more complex than decades or perhaps centuries ago but they are no less dangerous.

      These new conservatives will enter the lion’s den. A den of old heads, the cosa nostra. They are powerful people and one of the first things they’ll do is the typical wine-and-dine and then, once they have sized them up, will get down to business and start putting the screws to them. It won’t take long. There will be the obligatory conversations about “telling them how things are done around here” and so forth. And they will belittle their “Mr Smith Goes To Washington” idealism. The pressure will never let up.

      I don’t know the name for it but I’m sure there is a clinical term for the way people conduct themselves in such a hierarchy. Stratification, pecking order, whatever. Any/all who think they are there to shake up the status quo can only do so by their vote and there will not only be socialists who will not like their voting trends but also republicans who feel their power brokerage is threatened.

      However, one thing they can have in their favor is if they acknowledge that they have no friends and thus, do not look for any, they will be fine. For once they look for allegiances, they are screwed. There is the possibility that they may team up with one another, or even with a tribal elder who really is on their side. But as far as the elder is concerned, I would simply keep things amicable, but distant. No favors, no palsy-walsy meals…no socialization except for the absolute required things. Keep a low profile, yet vote conservatively.

      This is something I have always done when faced with such a situation. Friendly, but not overly so. Distant but not antisocial. Carefully guarded. Not letting them know any of my true inner thoughts. In other words—Poker.

      It takes time to figure out what’s what. Often the person who is the most beloved by the general public is a real prick behind closed doors. The facade of politics is well known. I do fear with the candidates running on the conservative angle that what we see isn’t necessarily what we’ll get. But that should go without saying. I never look for a savior….I simply look for a candidate that will do their job, listen to the bidding of the public and play by the rules. Any one thing may be simple enough but I’m sure trying to do all three will be difficult.

      Movies, books have been written about the “uncorruptable” types. But it’s a myth. The expression, “everyone has a price” is not just a flimsy claim. From Greek to Roman to Byzantine, to all the houses of royalty in the middle ages, the Vikings, the Chinese dynasties, on and on and on…none are untouched by corruption. The most interesting tales are both the ones about the central character maintaining their virtue as well as the once virtuous ones turned corrupt and evil.

      It’s part of the human condition. Let’s hope that these new conservative politicians can keep it straight.

    • hushpuppy says:

      Don’t take away my lightbulbs.

      I heard Limbaugh say he was hoarding light bulbs and I laughed out loud: we are too! Those monstrosities that we’re supposed to use give me migraines. All fluorescent lights do.

      I can just see it now: coming up the walkway are the Light Bulb Police…

  6. proreason says:

    poopy pants

  7. untrainable says:

    What nobody is talking about in the Deleware race is that, unlike here in VA., independents are not allowed to vote in the party primaries. When you take the number of independents in Deleware into account, and realize the number of independents that actually worked FOR O’Donnell’s campaign, you have to wonder why a senate loss seems to be a foregone conclusion. Weren’t we told that independents were the tipping votes for Oblamer in the presidential election? Haven’t we also been told that independents are running from Obie in droves? If so, why is it so far from even a possibility that O’Donnell could win?

    I’ve seen pundants on both sides tell us that she didn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning the primary against Castle, and that when Castle won that another win for Republicans would be a sure thing in the general election. That, to paraphrase the great Krauthammer, “the dems would give up in the first round”. I must just be too stupid to understand the thinking behind all this.

    The point is that we don’t need more Olympia Snowes standing in the aisle heralding their ability to make or break legislation by being wishy washy with their principles (if they have any). Winning a majority with RINOS makes it a majority in name only MINO and leads to the kind of socialist legislation getting passed in the dark of night because that’s the way things are done in Washington. I say… a pox on the MINO wishers.

    • proreason says:

      great point untrainable. I hadn’t heard that. Your analyis seems reasonable as well.

      But of course, we all know why a senate loss “seems to be a foregone conclusion”…….ruling class poopy pants.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      It’s very pathetic that the ruling class republicans aren’t gracious and accommodating to what the people clearly want. They have soundly rejected socialism, put the RINO’s on notice and are speaking their minds at the ballot box.

      Nobody likes a sore loser. And by the way, I don’t like the sore winner who sits in the president’s chair, either.

  8. Right of the People says:

    I think the TEA Party candidates winning is a good first step to taking back the Republican Party for us conservatives. The RINOs can all go over to the Dims for all I care. Like we used to say at the end of a gig to the folks still out dancing on the floor, “You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here.”

    The RINOs can go wherever they want but we don’t want them or need them. It’s time we took the Republican Party back to its roots.

  9. jobeth says:

    I just love all the scrambling by both the lib/dems/progressive bunch AND the , “sensible” Rinos moderates.

    We’ve learned nothing new…nothing that conservative tea party types didn’t already know. But it does make me giddy to watch all the panic! lol

    Now…we have to make sure we do NOT let up on the pressure. We must continue to hold this next bunch to the same standard as we have demanded out of the last group. We WILL be watching….And we WILL vote this group out if they deviate from the promises of constitutional conservatism.

    As hopeless as I was on Jan 20, 2009, I am just the reverse now. I at least see “HOPE for CHANGE” back to sanity! I just hope we can keep it.

  10. tranquil.night says:

    Untrainable is right that nobody really bothered to make note of the number of Independents in Delaware. That poll that had O’Donnell and Castle in reverse positions versus Coons was also before the debate and her cause were nationalized. Rush also brought up how unpopular Obama remains there and basically eviscerated their whole side today.. it was great. The results last night.. I’m close to as proud of my country as I’ve been strangely since 9/12/01.

    The Conservative Knights are right though: the whole “tactics vs message” battleline was a false premise that took hold among the “intellectual” political junkie Conservatives in Washington who were macromanaging these races without studying the details while claiming that Castle was the correct choice for the very reason of those details. This mistake probably explains Rove especially, who’s a big picture political guy that really thinks he knows the demographic sphere (as Acorn I think pointed out, the one his influence largely heped shape). If he really did try and force O’Donnell and the 9/12 Project out back in October though, he’s got bigger problems.

    The wingnut grassroots point all along has been that politics as usual are irrelevant this election. Popular insider analysis is irrelevant. Democrat controlled polls are irrelevant. A wolf in sheep’s clothing – a Dr. Evil George Soros connected Liberal that pretends to be a Republican – is irrelevant. And Ruling Class media smears, gerrymandered Democrat districts and States, can also be made irrelevant by going to the American people, who are confused and angry, and talking to them as mature Americans.

    We know how the Ruling Class Republicans are going to play this, as a repeat of the Reagan years. The one’s that have to will swallow the pill and join us. The one’s that can afford to will use whatever power they can to subvert us and the party. And now after this election, we have clear sight of who the one’s with poopy pants are. To the intellectuals that made the tactical call on the race, I hope the reasonable among us can learn the very valuable and necessary lessons from this.

    Nothing is more important this election than sending the right message to the people that still care about this country and those that are running and abusing it. The cold truth is that many professional Republicans either disagree with or are out to change that message.

    As a final note, I think there’s an opportunity for the so-called “true moderates” to find a political platform – you know.. these folks in the Northeast and Kalheefornia that are so scared that a Congress full of Conservatives is going to hold the budget hostage to an ammendment to repeal Roe vs. Wade. It’s called the Libertarian Party, and you might find a lot of common ground with disaffected Working Class Democrats if you dedicate your early cause to real free market based worker’s and small-business regulatory reforms. The problem with Castle (and Murkowski, Snowe, Collins.. take your pick) is that voting for some Republican measures and huge Liberal spending items doesn’t make them centrist or moderate. It makes them cuthroat scam artists out for themselves primarily. Be real Libertarians if that’s who you are – stick to the limited government principles of the Constitution, but go ahead and challenge us on the size and scope of our Foreign Policy, stem cell research or gay marriage. If that’s who you are, actually vote for someone who reflects that, not someone who’s the illusion of that. I think we’d all rather have those discussions than whether we should abandon the American Revolution for tyranny.

    Well, that’s advice for the future if the Democrat Party does continue to run itself right off the cliff of History with it’s Liberalism, because the point is that isn’t what’s important in public policy right now – and we ALL recognize that (or should)! We need you Libertarians and Independents united with us Conservatives right now so that these brave candidate can march into the halls of Congress and throw this derelict vehicle into park at least. It’s all that matters.

  11. proreason says:

    Seems to me that yesterday was a significant day in the history of this country.

    Peasants with pitchforks stormed the one of the king’s castles. The peasant leader looked weak, but the peasants didn’t blink. The king’s rival aristocrats had the opportunity to join the gang, and they said no. The peasant’s took the castle with prejudice anyway, and now some of the rival aristocrats are trashing the peasant leader.

    It was just one battle, but it looks like an important one to me. The outcome of the war is still in doubt, and the castle that was taken may yet be lost to the king…..but even if that happens, is it not true that the rival aristocrats who refuse to acknowledge the peasant leader have branded themselves forever?

    50 years from now, yesterday may be one of the days about which people will say “that was the moment when the peasants learned the rival aristocrats needed them a lot more than they needed the rivals”.

    Now, ol pro was conflicted about this matter to the very end, but listened to Rush yesterday and said to himself….El Rushbo is rarely wrong, better ride with him on this one.

    Congratulations to the lovely and gutsy Christine O’Donnell.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Great analogies Pro. This indeed was a nightmare to analyze and decide what was right. For me it felt like my strategic rational mind was in battle with the spirit of principle and truth.

  12. jimreport says:

    Yeah well, At least they didn’t write a book a year ago called “40 More Years”. Talk about the mother of all bad calls. It should have been titled “40 more years, or until this ink dries”.

  13. Curmudgeon says:

    I’m hearing so much fear and hateful rhetoric from liberal friends I know who see the way the winds are blowing politically and are seeing “so much religious bigotry” in our country. Even if the election results are all we could wish for, I foresee todays religious and ethnic fears being magnified over the next forty days into a riot over election results by … fill in the blank with easily duped group.

    • wardmama4 says:

      Curmudgeon – there is only one fatal flaw in your thought process – this is a mid-term election. The msm and Dems have done such a good job at dumbing down the masses and making their desired point (the The Prez is the Power) – that mid-terms are notoriously less voted than Presidential Elections. I’m a poll worker and nearly half of the people who come in during a mid-term (usually the elderly who take their right to vote very seriously) always look at the ballot and say – Where is the President race? We answer, this is a mid-term, not Presidential. The VoteorDie/RocktheVote/VoteEarlyVoteOften crowd do not bother when it is local/state issues and candidates – They know that the only power of importance is the President.

      And that is a very hard thing for the Dems/msm to fight against – as it is of their own creation.

      God Help America
      A Proud American Infidel

    • Curmudgeon says:

      Good point, wardmama4. I am comforted by a two year reprieve. However, I do see that being the strategy in 2012.

      “Nothing is more important this election than sending the right message to the people that still care about this country and those that are running and abusing it. The cold truth is that many professional Republicans either disagree with or are out to change that message.”

      tranquil.night’s advice above is politically sound. I hate to admit it. I’m not even sure that it is right, because I believe our country needs to run far away from the disease of abortion culture as fast as possible. But, this country must be stabilized above all, and stabilized by the rule of law and fiscal responsibility.
      It is going to require a lot of self-control on the part of any new congressmen to stay focused, guard their tongues and also not hand the fear-mongering battle on a platter to the screaming banshees.

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      The hell is “religious bigotry in this country”? This sounds like a pansy ass response to confrontation like a little kid realizing that none of the other boys like to play barbie. The same people who want to see Isreal absorbed into a palastinian state? Please.

      he great hope at this point is that these leftist goofballs are so ignorant and self possessed that they really believe the whole world thinks as they do. They have never been confronted by real American patriots en masse. When they do they will realize that even if the world does agree with them, they are in America, not the world community. Expect even more piddly ass whining from these libwits as they watch their academic bubble world pop in the next couple of years. Either we will win and get our country back, or there will be no country to get back. But in either case, the look on their faces will be priceless.

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