Skip to comments.Rep. Castle gets challenger for House race
Posted on 04/15/2009 7:00:33 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
Delawares former Democratic lieutenant governor announced Wednesday he will challenge Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.), who is thought to be mulling a run for the Senate.
The decision by former Lt. Gov. John Carney (D) could provide a tougher fight for Castle, who cruised to reelection in 2008 with 61 percent of the vote even as President Obama won 62 percent of the vote in Delaware.
Democrats have talked frequently about mounting a challenge to Castle, given the Democratic lean of his statewide district.
Carney is fresh off a loss in the gubernatorial primary and a failed effort to get appointed to Vice President Joe Bidens former Senate seat.
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Since both the Senate and House races in Delaware are statewide and he’d face a tough race in either case, the logical thing for Mike Castle to do is run for the Senate. He’d have a lot more influence and an individual Senator has more influence than an individual Congressman. And it looks like Castle is the only Republican who has any chance of winning that race.
They are both leftists, so I seriously don’t care what happens! No leftists also includes no RINOs!
Castle doesn’t stand a chance the Biden machine already has the seat warm for Beau Biden.
I figure it’d be somewhat easier for him to hold his house seat.
RINOs would get someone to replace Specter.
Speaking of which.
” While I doubt Arlen could win an election in my home state of Texas, I am certain that I could not get elected in Pennsylvania (not with that attitude although I think they love douchebags so maybe you would have a shot). I believe that Senator Specter is our best bet to keep this Senate seat in the GOP column,” explained Cornyn”
“RINOs would get someone to replace Specter.”
Perhaps, but right now, Castle is our only hope. At his age, I figure he could be a one-term seat-warmer who would retire in 2016, giving us the opportunity to find someone to replace him. You have to look at the big picture.
Cornyn really is a jackass.
We have no farm team in Delaware anymore. The GOP there has fossilized. Castle is a prime example of that.
Our Senate prospects look bad. The early polls look bad for Bunning, Blunt, and Burr. I am a bit more optimistic for Portman. Specter looks iffy.
For the Senate, we could go down to Watergate levels.
Then the False Prophet will have the mandate to pass card check, cap and trade, assault weapons ban, and partial birth abortion.
It is quite possible we win a number of House seats next year (presuming we get our act together) and still drop into the 30s in the Senate.
Bunning will not win reelection in a general. He is viewed as senile, and if we don’t remove him in the primary, that seat is gone.
I think Roy Blunt is simply a terrible choice to run in MO. He has won statewide, but not since the 1980s and he has been an awful GOP Minority Whip (we lost dozens of seats while he held it) and his Dem opponent is the highest vote-getter in MO. I prefer Sarah Steelman to be the nominee.
Burr can still pull off a win, but he is sitting in the infamously jinxed seat (without equal in the Senate) to which no incumbent has been reelected since 1968. Roy Cooper, the AG, could take it away from him (and it was the AG back in the early ‘70s that started the 1-term trend, Robert Morgan).
Portman I think is somewhat in the same position as Blunt, although he won’t be facing a real contested primary (barring a surprise entry), in that he is an unexciting and tired candidate. However, at the present, he benefits from a potentially ugly primary battle between the corrupt Sec of State Jennifer Brunner (a freshman who doesn’t even want to run for a second term fearing defeat) and Lt Gov and former AG Lee Fisher. I think Fisher will get the nod, but Brunner needs to really dirty him up. If she gets the nod, I think Portman has a better shot.
But basically, we have very slim pickings to target. A lot of FReepers are under the misconception we can win back the Senate in ‘10, but I’m here to disavow anyone of that notion. Even in ‘94, we really fared poorly in Senate races in dislodging incumbents. We only booted Harris Wofford (who hadn’t even served a full term and had won a fluke upset over an establishment GOP choice) in PA and the likely incoming Dem Majority (Minority) Leader in my state of TN, Jim Sasser, whose two-face routine had finally caught up with him (and his opponent, Bill Frist, had enough money to compete with him, even if this was his first real foray into politics). We only won the Senate exclusively on retirements, where we really lucked out and swept every open seat. Absent those retirements, we probably would’ve only gotten up to around 46 seats (and Shelby of AL & Campbell of CO probably wouldn’t have switched parties, either, to give us a modest cushion).
Might be best to put our efforts to try to retake the House, as difficult as that may be, since if we capture even one body, we’ll be able to stop the False One’s more radical agenda (although no telling what he’ll force through between now and January 2011).
“Our Senate prospects look bad.”
That’s why I support RINO Mike Castle for the Senate, even though he has far from the ideal voting record.
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