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Tea Party's Next Target: Mike Castle in Delaware
ABC News ^ | 9/7/2010 | Devin Dwyer

Posted on 09/07/2010 9:07:51 AM PDT by Qbert

Republican Rep. Mike Castle of Delaware appears well positioned to win next Tuesday's GOP Senate primary and run a competitive campaign for the seat Vice President Joe Biden occupied for 36 years.

He has millions of dollars in his campaign coffers, support from the Republican establishment and a tidal wave of national public opinion swinging in his favor. Recent statewide polls put him well ahead of his opponent, Christine O'Donnell.

But appearances can be deceiving, especially when the Tea Party Express throws its weight behind a primary challenger, as the case of felled Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski showed last month.

O'Donnell, a marketing consultant who ran unsuccessfully against Biden in 2008, is vowing to give Castle, a former governor and nine-term congressman, a run for his money, making the race the next big test for establishment Republicans who are trying to keep their jobs.

The Tea Party Express has spent $250,000 campaigning for O'Donnell so far, airing its first ad last week that cast O'Donnell as the more conservative candidate and Castle as "one of the most liberal Republicans in Congress."

Castle voted against the Recovery Act and Democrats' health care law, but he supported the 2008 bank bailout, cap-and-trade legislation and Democrats' campaign finance measure known as the Disclose Act. He also voted for the state fiscal aid bill last month.

A Tea Party Express poll of likely Republican voters last week showed O'Donnell and Castle in a dead heat.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Delaware
KEYWORDS: christineodonnell; de; mikecastle; teaparty
"..."My opponent has a sense of entitlement and assumes Delaware voters are just going to hand him a U.S. Senate seat," she said last week, "but I prefer to hand him a pink slip."
1 posted on 09/07/2010 9:07:54 AM PDT by Qbert
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To: Qbert
...and a tidal wave of national public opinion swinging in his favor.

The corrupt MSM just simply does not understand (or refuses to understand) exactly what's going on "out there".

2 posted on 09/07/2010 9:11:01 AM PDT by Obadiah (I can see November from my house!)
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To: Qbert

BTTT for Christine!


3 posted on 09/07/2010 9:11:29 AM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: Qbert

O’Donnel is a horrible candidate. If she is nominated she will lose.


4 posted on 09/07/2010 9:16:04 AM PDT by big black dog
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To: Qbert

"..."My opponent has a sense of entitlement and assumes Delaware voters are just going to hand him a U.S. Senate seat," she said last week, "but I prefer to hand him a pink slip."

Exactly Christine!

You yourself may indeed in the long run not turn out to be the antidote, to return America to respecting and supporting the responsible while turning the lazy and irresponsible to face themselves, in which case you should go in turn. But for now please please get people like Mike Castle, the subversive professional politicians, out of our government.

5 posted on 09/07/2010 9:23:14 AM PDT by jnsun (The Left: the need to manipulate others because of nothing productive to offer.)
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To: big black dog

“O’Donnel is a horrible candidate. If she is nominated she will lose.”

Well, Mike Castle is a horrible politician. If he wins, he will undermine everything that the conservative cause has been striving for in the past two years.

And he will be used as a pawn by the administration (and the MSM) to go along with the radical agenda and demonstrate what “a good Republican” is supposed to look like, unlike all those “hateful extremists” who dare to oppose Obama’s policies.


6 posted on 09/07/2010 9:28:40 AM PDT by Qbert
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To: Qbert

Castle is also refusing to repeal Obamacare, that alone should disqualify him.


7 posted on 09/07/2010 9:29:04 AM PDT by Kenny
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To: Qbert

NBC Obama channel blogger calls Tea Party members ‘Tea Nuts’

Ward Room
Bill Brady, Tea Party, mad to the bone
Tea’s Nuts: Brady Brings the Tea Party to Cook County but, Like, Why?

Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/bill-brady-tea-party-morton-grove-cook-county.html#ixzz0yrSTrVnd


8 posted on 09/07/2010 9:29:25 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Qbert

We have an answer - check this out...

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2010/09/the_power_of_images_turned_aga.html


9 posted on 09/07/2010 9:32:05 AM PDT by GOPJ (BE the change you wish to see.... Gandhi)
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To: big black dog
and the substance behind this ridiculous statement ....?


Well ..... we're waiting ...

10 posted on 09/07/2010 9:34:13 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free ...)
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To: Qbert

BUMP


11 posted on 09/07/2010 9:41:40 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: big black dog
My Black Lab is apparently smarter than that:

"Castle’s terms marked the full establishment of what Delaware political commentator Celia Cohen has called “the Age of Incumbency.” Following du Pont’s very successful and popular terms as Governor, Delaware politics seemed to have reached a consensus, with leaders of both parties being regularly re-elected, while working closely and quietly together on a conservative fiscal low tax, pro business, and clean government agenda.

Prior to du Pont only four men had served eight years as Governor and one of those had two non-consecutive terms. From 1977 until the present there have been four governors, two from each party, each emulating Castle in essentially carrying out the program initiated by Pierre S. du Pont, IV."

12 posted on 09/07/2010 9:41:55 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: big black dog
O’Donnel is a horrible candidate. If she is nominated she will lose.

Please elaborate instead of posting a hit-and-run piece.
What makes her a horrible candidate? She has had some financial and personal issues, yes, but how does that translate into her being a bad candidate?
She's not going to vote for liberal garbage like Castle is.

13 posted on 09/07/2010 9:42:08 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Mexico is the U.S. version of Hamas)
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To: big black dog
Way more people than you think realize that this election cycle is not like previous ones. Way more is at stake - Conviction and Conservatism are lots stronger than you may think.

Christine's unflinching positions:

Pro-Constitution - Pro-National Defense - Pro-Life - Pro-Family - Pro-Second Amendment - Pro-States Rights - Pro-Border Security - Pro-Free Market - Pro-Freedom - Anti-High Taxes - Anti-Big Government - Anti-ObamaCare.
(Aren't these the values we said we are looking for?)

Learn more and support her at: Christine2010.com

14 posted on 09/07/2010 9:42:33 AM PDT by DelaWhere (Better to be prepared one year early than one day late!)
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To: GOPJ

Wow! I can’t wait for the movie to come out. The trailer is great!


15 posted on 09/07/2010 9:51:30 AM PDT by DallasDeb (USAFA '06 Mom)
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To: DelaWhere

Some scaredy cats just refuse to believe a conservative can win in Delaware (presumably, they believe the same about the entire northeast). O’Donnell can win if she does not have to fight her own party after winning the primary.


16 posted on 09/07/2010 10:04:19 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Most "have nots" are not "can nots". Most are "will nots".)
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To: big black dog
Mike Castle is a horrible candidate. If elected, he will vote with the Democrats on everything.

So, there!

17 posted on 09/07/2010 10:09:48 AM PDT by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
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To: Kenny
Castle is also refusing to repeal Obamacare, that alone should disqualify him.

I am not a fan of Castle, but at least be honest about his position. He is not in favor of trying to repeal Obamacare because Obama would veto any such bill, and so it would be a waste of time and effort. He has said he would support such an effort if a GOP president is elected in 2012.

Now, you might think it is worth trying to repeal Obamacare even with the knowledge the effort will be vetoed, and that is a legitimate opinion. But I think there is a big difference between saying I don't want to repeal Obamacare, and saying I don't believe we can repeal Obamacare right now...

18 posted on 09/07/2010 10:28:13 AM PDT by CA Conservative
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
I don't know if O'Donnell is a bad candidate, but it is extremely likely if she wins the primary that she will lose the general election. She is trailing the Dem by 11 points in the latest poll, and does more poorly with the GOP and independents than Castle.

That being said, I would be okay if she wins the primary. I really would rather the GOP not take over the Senate this cycle, because I don't want to give Obama a "do-nothing Republican Congress" to run against in 2012. He wills till try, but it will be a harder sell if the Senate is still run by the Dems. And with the filibuster, 49 or 50 GOP senators can prevent any offensive legislation from passing, even if Snowe, Collins, Brown, Graham and McCain ALL voted with the Dems.

19 posted on 09/07/2010 10:34:22 AM PDT by CA Conservative
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To: DelaWhere
Many of us have been in a less than magnanimous mood for 20 months.

Those that do not see what we what for a future, (our constitutionally limited republic back) and politically stabbed us in the back are paying the price, Bennett, Murkowski, but not McCain.

Castle should be next, we are mad as hell and we do not want to take it anymore, get rid of all the career politicans, especially namby pamby Rinos like him. Bla bla bla she can't win, who cares, let us go down swinging.

Go Christine Go...

20 posted on 09/07/2010 10:36:42 AM PDT by taildragger ((Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Qbert

Just donated to Christine. No RHINO’s please!


21 posted on 09/07/2010 10:49:58 AM PDT by Harry Pothead (Go Sarah!)
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To: CA Conservative

Why would forcing Obama to veto a repeal of Obamacare be a waste? Sounds to me like a picture perfect issue to frame the 2012 election with.


22 posted on 09/07/2010 11:12:08 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (If Pelosi were Pope abortion would be a sacrament.)
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry
Why would forcing Obama to veto a repeal of Obamacare be a waste? Sounds to me like a picture perfect issue to frame the 2012 election with.

I don't know, but it seems like it is at least a reasonable opinion, even if you don't agree. I'm with you, I think making him defend this horrible legislation with a veto gives us more ammo. But I can see where others might have different opinions.

It also is a far cry from someone making a blanket statement that they would not repeal Obamacare under any circumstances, which seemed to be what the poster implied.

23 posted on 09/07/2010 11:18:43 AM PDT by CA Conservative
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To: big black dog

Really? Why? And be specific, without quoting the Castle lies.


24 posted on 09/07/2010 11:42:54 AM PDT by manic4organic (Obama shot hoops, America lost troops.)
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To: CA Conservative

I stood on the mall and protested the night before they passed this monster and I can’t abide anyone, candidate or Congressman, dismissing it. Whether they can actually repeal it or not, stopping it should be every conservative’s #1 priority. Boehner says he’ll defund it, whatever it takes and that’s what I want to hear.

This was the turning point for many Americans, where they finally got involved and decided to fight back against politician’s who completely ignored the wishes of the American people.

I don’t live in DE so I guess my opinion doesn’t matter much but a lukewarm, “we’ll get to it when it’s more realistic,” wouldn’t do for me.


25 posted on 09/07/2010 12:01:38 PM PDT by Kenny
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To: CA Conservative
How about saying “I will DEFUND Obamacare if he vetoes a repeal bill”.
26 posted on 09/07/2010 12:02:10 PM PDT by ThomasMore (Patrick Henry and Joe Wilson...Patriots past and present!)
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To: Harry Pothead

“Just donated to Christine. No RHINO’s please!”

Right on!


27 posted on 09/07/2010 1:50:28 PM PDT by Qbert
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To: big black dog

Then we ought to put our best foot forward and try our damndest so she can win.


28 posted on 09/07/2010 6:40:25 PM PDT by BenKenobi (We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once. -Silent Cal)
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To: DelaWhere

Pro-Life

There we go. Thanks for the banner! I love O’Donnell and I think she will make a fabulous candidate!


29 posted on 09/07/2010 6:42:05 PM PDT by BenKenobi (We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once. -Silent Cal)
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To: taildragger

>>>Castle should be next, we are mad as hell and we do not want to take it anymore, get rid of all the career politicans, especially namby pamby Rinos like him. Bla bla bla she can’t win, who cares, let us go down swinging.<<<

My theory exactly - You never know what you can do till you try!

p.s. Every time I see your nickname on FR, it brings back fond memories - Taildraggers I have known intimately - J-3, J-5, 140, 170, Taylorcraft, Helio Courier...


30 posted on 09/11/2010 1:16:26 PM PDT by DelaWhere (Better to be prepared one year early than one day late!)
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To: DelaWhere

Thanks man, glad to bring up the memories, Helio Courier wow, rare bird, please do tell.... Luv TCrafts ;-)...


31 posted on 09/11/2010 3:40:17 PM PDT by taildragger ((Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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