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Harry Reidís ĎPetí
National Review Online ^ | September 20, 2010 | Stephen Spruiell

Posted on 09/21/2010 1:42:02 AM PDT by Delacon

 

  If Delawareans want a down-the-line, tick-the-box, reliable vote for President Obama and the Democratic leadership, Chris Coons is their man.

Christine O’Donnell is the Republican nominee for the Senate in Delaware, and whatever you think of her qualifications, it is time to take a look at her opponent and decide what is at stake in this race. Chris Coons, the Democratic nominee, would be, if his record is any indication, a solid vote for tax increases, against repeal of Obamacare, for cap-and-trade, and against most GOP proposals to curb spending. He would be likely to back another stimulus package if Obama proposed one. His background indicates that he shares the president’s exception-taking to American exceptionalism. More than anything else, he would be a down-the-line, tick-the-box, reliable vote for President Obama and the Democratic leadership, whether or not that still includes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who recently called Coons “my pet.” Here are five things you should know about Chris Coons:

1. Obama’s rubber stamp: “I’m someone who would broadly support the agenda of our president,” Coons told a group of supporters. “I think we need more folks in the Senate of the United States who are . . . willing to work in responsible partnership with an administration that I think made the right choice on health care, on the stimulus, on the jobs bill.” Coons backs other pillars of the administration’s agenda such as a cap-and-trade program and the Dodd-Frank financial regulation. His support for taxpayer-funded abortion and partial-birth abortion earned him a 100 percent rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America. He favors amnesty for immigrants who are here illegally. His statements on the economy indicate that he thinks we need another stimulus bill. Obama is our most liberal president in decades; Coons would be a reliable vote for whatever remains of his agenda and a reliable vote against repealing those items he has already enacted.

2. Party man: In a wave election year where voter sentiment is running strongly against the Democratic party, Coons is the epitome of a party apparatchik. When all signs were pointing toward Mike Castle’s being the Republican nominee, Coons was recruited by Democratic elders to run against him, and he gladly accepted the mission, despite its apparent futility. Castle, a fixture of Delaware politics and winner of eleven straight statewide elections, was expected to win the seat walking away. Ted Kaufman, the longtime Biden aide who took over Biden’s seat, had already announced that he wouldn’t run. Most political observers assumed that Kaufman was keeping the seat warm for Biden’s son, Beau, an Iraq War veteran currently serving as Delaware’s attorney general. Beau was widely expected to run in 2010, but last January, following the Scott Brown stunner in Massachusetts, Biden fils announced that maybe this just wasn’t his year. The party needed someone else to get beaten by Castle, so — loyal party man that he is — Coons stepped up to take the fall.

3. Three tax hikes in four years: In 2004, when he was elected county executive of New Castle County, Coons inherited a budget surplus and promised not to raise taxes. He proceeded to break that promise three times between 2006 and 2010, raising property taxes by 5, then 17.5, then 25 percent. When asked about the tax hikes at a recent debate with O’Donnell, Coons said, as reported by the Wilmington News Journal, that “Without a tax increase, he would have been forced to lay off police and close parks and libraries.” Like most Democrats, Coons has been cowed by public-sector unions into taking the position that public-sector jobs are more important than the jobs that are inevitably lost when taxes rise. In the Senate, he would be a proud member of the voting bloc that has already transferred tens of billions of dollars from federal taxpayers to those state governments that spent the bubble years spending themselves into insolvency.

4. Politicized hiring and firing: Coons is running as a good-government liberal who will clean up Washington, promising to introduce a law restricting lobbying by former lawmakers. But as county executive, Coons engineered the dismissal of a political opponent’s brother in a manner that, had a Republican done it, would have prompted liberals to cry scandal. In 2004, Coons beat Sherry Freebery in the Democratic primary for county executive. Freebery’s brother, a county manager, had supported her campaign. When Coons took office, he pushed state lawmakers to change the status of county managers from merit-based positions to political appointments, according to the News Journal. As soon as the legislature made the change, Coons fired Freebery’s brother. This kind of thing formed the basis of the allegations of politicized hiring and firing against George W. Bush’s Justice Department and against Sarah Palin as governor of Alaska, but Coons apparently gets a pass because he’s a Democrat.

5. Drank the Amherst Kool-Aid: While an undergraduate at Amherst College in Massachusetts, Coons published an article in the student newspaper about how his exposure to the academic Left had transformed him from a “proud founding member of the Amherst College Republicans” into a “bearded Marxist.” He was only slightly exaggerating. According to Politico:

In one passage of the article, Coons explains how in the months leading up to the trip abroad “leftists” on campus and college professors had begun to “challenge the basic assumptions” he had formed about America.

A course on cultural anthropology, noted Coons, had “undermined the accepted value of progress and the cultural superiority of the West,” while a class on the Vietnam War led him to “suspect . . . that the ideal of America as a ‘beacon of freedom and justice, providing hope for the world’ was not exactly based in reality.”

Coons wrote that a study-abroad experience in Africa completed his transformation — something about the many parallels he saw between Kenya’s kleptocratic elites and American capitalists. None of us wants to be judged by our college ramblings, but Coons turned his ramblings into a career: He spent the first ten years of his post-grad life at various left-leaning nonprofits and in the academy, and, of the eight years he spent as a lawyer in the for-profit sector, four overlapped with the beginnings of his career as a politician. Coons’s academic and career choices have perfectly prepared him to serve as a valet to Barack Obama in the Senate. Delaware voters should deny him the opportunity.

Stephen Spruiell is a National Review Online staff reporter.  



TOPICS: Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Delaware
KEYWORDS: capandtrade; chriscoons; democrats; liberals; obamacare; odonnell; senate; teaparty

1 posted on 09/21/2010 1:42:04 AM PDT by Delacon
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To: MarkLevinFan; DelaWhere

ping


2 posted on 09/21/2010 1:43:05 AM PDT by Delacon ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." H. L. Mencken)
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To: Delacon

What they don’t mention is that every male student who went on that trip had to write that same article, as an assignment.
It’s amherst’s way to make sure all their students stay liberal democrats.


3 posted on 09/21/2010 1:50:18 AM PDT by truthfreedom
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To: truthfreedom

that’s not actually true


4 posted on 09/21/2010 1:50:51 AM PDT by truthfreedom
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To: truthfreedom

So every student was required to write an article titled “Chris Coons: How I became a bearded Marxist”? Nah, more likely all the students were required to write ABOUT their experiences. And if they felt compelled to tow the line so much so that they had to write a pro marxist paper and they gave into it, then Amherst grads of that time are no more deserving to lead the country than a bucket of spit.


5 posted on 09/21/2010 1:57:50 AM PDT by Delacon ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." H. L. Mencken)
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To: Delacon

The fly in the ointment is that Delaware voters, predominantly liberal Demonrats (are there any other kind?), may support all that crap.


6 posted on 09/21/2010 2:05:10 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop Barry now. He can't help himself.)
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To: luvbach1

Worse, there are plenty of RINOs who love that crap. This election might just come down to how many Castle voters go for Coons, out of spite. If it does, and Coons wins, the stupid RINOs will be crowing about it. The next state convention should be a hoot.

The girlfrienf of oen of my boys works in a Wilmington flower shop. The day after the primary, the O’Donnell campaign sent Castle a huge bouquet. Castle still won’t acknowledge Christine or to call her. Class?, I leave it to you.


7 posted on 09/21/2010 2:17:03 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Delacon

He’s lost his mind. He’s now referring to Gillbrand as a ‘hottie’.

Imagine if this was a republican..........


8 posted on 09/21/2010 3:57:02 AM PDT by Carley (For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: Delacon

Universities are now requiring incoming freshmen to read the Koran.

Evidently critical thinking is a long lost art in this country.


9 posted on 09/21/2010 3:58:12 AM PDT by Carley (For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: Delacon
Thank GOD someone is finally turning their attention to the self proclaimed “Bearded Marxist” Chris Coons.
10 posted on 09/21/2010 3:58:51 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (The problem with Socialism is eventually you run out of other people's money. Lady Thatcher)
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To: luvbach1
No Biden sold himself to the voters as a Blue Collar Democrat they are not big Marxist type San Fransisco liberals.
11 posted on 09/21/2010 4:00:07 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (The problem with Socialism is eventually you run out of other people's money. Lady Thatcher)
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To: Delacon
harry n chris copy
12 posted on 09/21/2010 4:08:17 AM PDT by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: Delacon

So Harry has a pet Coon? What a poor choice of words; ummm ummm umm!


13 posted on 09/21/2010 4:10:26 AM PDT by Lion Den Dan
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To: Delacon


14 posted on 09/21/2010 4:23:18 AM PDT by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality: Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: Delacon

15 posted on 09/21/2010 4:24:27 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: luvbach1
I think it runs 35% registered dems to 25% registered republicans in my state. Here is my take. Delaware is NOT a predominantly liberal dem state. I will say it again. We have the most conservative oriented laws of any state this far north(taxes, spending, abortion, gays, gun rights, death penalty). More so than VA, MD, PA and NJ. Why is that so? Because of us cons, down state republicans and independents. All that has to happen is for Christine to fire up the base and the independents(who love low taxes, fiscal responsibility, right to life, marriage, gun rights, and law and order)to show up and for the dems to stay home. The dems are going to stay home. If we tie the Obama policy albatross around Coons’ neck and show him for the tax and spend, socialist weenie Reid lackey he will be, we can win this one for O'Donnell. Don't believe the MSM that Delaware is “trending” liberal. We are just volatile. Comes with being a small state with a small population. We talk in terms of swaying a thousand votes as opposed to most states swaying 10 thousand. It serves to make a well known and popular candidate win elections but we saw how that worked for Castle this time around. Coons isnt known outside of New Castle County(except for us party wonks). O'Donnell is known across the country. Down state republicans and statewide independents are going to show up to stick it in Obama/the MSM/and the establishment(read liberal New Castle County) GOP’s eye.
16 posted on 09/21/2010 4:32:50 AM PDT by Delacon ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." H. L. Mencken)
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To: NTHockey

You must understand that there are New Castle County republicans who are disgusted with Tom Ross and Mike Castle’s post primary reactions. I am one, and I know of a few others. Many were for Castle because he was a sure thing. I wasn’t because of his cap and trade vote. But now, I bet most rank and file republicans in NCC are going to vote for O’Donnell if for no other reason than to send a message to the state GOP that they cant jerk us around like this. We are tired of the circle jerk that goes on between the dems and the state gop. Tired of finding out that the state GOP picked Michelle Rollins over Urquhart to fill Castle’s seat even though she and her family have given money to Biden’s senatorial campaigns over the past decade or so. Urquhart won. The head of the state GOP Tom Ross said of Christine O’Donnell that she could get elected dog catcher. I say that Tom Ross and the state GOP couldnt get ANYONE elected dog catcher.


17 posted on 09/21/2010 5:00:34 AM PDT by Delacon ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." H. L. Mencken)
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To: MNJohnnie

I’ll say this for Joe Biden and the state democratic party, they have never shown the crazy liberal tendencies of MA or CA or NY. Until now. Coons, if given a chance, will sit in that senate seat and vote like Obama for the rest of his live.


18 posted on 09/21/2010 5:14:08 AM PDT by Delacon ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." H. L. Mencken)
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To: Delacon

>>You must understand that there are New Castle County republicans who are disgusted with Tom Ross and Mike Castle’s post primary reactions.<<

You and I are in the same boat; I live in northern New Castle County. However, I know that there are some RINOs here, like my State Rep. and his wife, who are unlikely to vote for Christine O’Donnell. Big RINOs! And they might be enough to swing the election.


19 posted on 09/21/2010 6:13:45 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Delacon

Harry Reid's Pet Coon

Even if I were a Democrat, I'd feel being referred to as Harry Reid's "pet" as a Not Good Thing. That's a phrase that should accompany every single public reference to Coons.

20 posted on 09/21/2010 7:12:44 AM PDT by Kenton (Just my $0.02 worth...)
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To: Delacon

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21 posted on 09/21/2010 7:12:49 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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