Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Thoughts on Christine O'Donnell

Christine O'Donnell has won the Delaware GOP Primary upsetting longtime Congressman and former Delaware Governor Mike Castle. O'Donnell won 53% of the vote.

No sooner than O'Donnell ran her victory lap, Karl Rove denounced her while the National Republican Senatorial Committee indicated it would not give her a penny.

O'Donnell has come under increasing scrutiny in recent days following revelations published by The Weekly Standard concerning a 2005 gender discrimination lawsuit she filed (and subsequently dropped) against the Intercollegiate Studies Institute as well as questions about her college credentials.

Undoubtedly, this scrutiny will only become more intense now that she is the GOP standard bearer and held in high regard by The Tea Party. The questions raised by The Weekly Standard are ones she will have to answer. Yet I do not agree with Rove. O'Donnell can win in November and based on tonight's victory I would not be so quick to underestimate her. Anti-incumbency is at a fever pitch and the Tea Party is out in full force for O'Donnell. This isn't to say some voters won't have reservations about O'Donnell but those misgivings are likely to be overshadowed by the anger they feel towards President Obama and in the case of Delaware voters anger towards Joe Biden.

If O'Donnell can run Mike Castle from his kingdom then she surely has a chance against her Democratic opponent Chris Coons.

Needless to say, things haven't been this intense in Delaware since the Delawarean/Delawarite debate. Boy, I sure do miss Taxi.

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