Skip to comments.NRSC Will Not Support O'Donnell [Update: NRSC now says it will support O'Donnell]
Posted on 09/14/2010 7:35:04 PM PDT by LurkerEdited on 09/15/2010 9:49:12 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
Full statement by John Cornyn, head of the NRSC:
“Let there be no mistake: The National Republican Senatorial Committee – and I personally as the committee's chairman – strongly stand by all of our Republican nominees, including Christine O'Donnell in Delaware.
“I reached out to Christine this morning, and as I have conveyed to all of our nominees, I offered her my personal congratulations and let her know that she has our support. This support includes a check for $42,000 – the maximum allowable donation that we have provided to all of our nominees – which the NRSC will send to her campaign today.
“We remain committed to holding Democrat nominee New Castle County Executive Chris Coons accountable this November, as we inform voters about his record of driving his county to the brink of bankruptcy and supporting his party's reckless spending policies in Washington.
“In the weeks ahead, we will decide where to best allocate additional financial resources among the large number of competitive races at stake this November. While it's not in Republicans' interest to advertise our spending strategy to our opponents, it's worth noting that just yesterday, the NRSC's first independent expenditure ad aired in support of Dr. Rand Paul's campaign in Kentucky, where we firmly believe that he will win in November.
“It remains to be seen whether national Democrats will provide a similar level of support for many of their nominees, including in key battleground states like Indiana, Ohio, Florida, Arkansas, Illinois, and New Hampshire, among others. The Democrats' indecision reflects the fact that Republicans are on offense in at least 12 Democrat-held states and we are leading in the polls in seven of those 12 states.
“Finally, on the matter of the New Hampshire Senate race, while the results remain outstanding, we continue to monitor the Republican primary race, and we stand ready to fully support whichever candidate is chosen as the nominee.”
Oh, I agree 100%. This is a battle. I for one am glad that the Tea Party candidates are sweeping the board.
Had this race gone the other way, I would have wanted everyone on this board to swallow hard and say, OK, I’m on board for RINO Castle. I’ll hold my nose and go vote for him.
I am pretty sure that wouldn’t have happened. And of course that’s the prerogative of everyone here. I just don’t see the point in righteous indignation that Rove is doing to the conservative candidate in DE exactly what Freepers would have done to Castle had the tables been turned.
I’m all in favor of a primary battle for the soul of the GOP. I’m all in favor of losing some general election battles in the short term in the pursuit of long term gains. What bothers me is POINTLESS losses. As members of the same party, RINOs and conservatives should feel free to pummel one another in the primaries, so long as they come together and support one another in the general.
I’m happy that Castle is out even though that likely means the loss in the general. I think O’Donnell has a shot and to me it’s worth taking the risk; and moreover, if there is a loss then next time around this clears the decks. Castle is just plain done and gone.
But Rove is a donkey’s hind end for the way he behaved last night. He is merely helping to seal the very outcome (a loss in DE) that he laments happening.
And yet ... his nonsense is no worse than a fair bit of what I read here.
Let’s have a battle royale for the soul of the party. I’m happy for that. I’ll sign up, with some reservations, for the Freeper side. But let’s never forget that the real adversary is the left.
Then I won’t support the RNSC. Fair’s fair.
“I just dont see the point in righteous indignation that Rove is doing to the conservative candidate in DE exactly what Freepers would have done to Castle had the tables been turned.”
Perhaps people had hoped that Rove was closer to our side, than the other side. Perhaps we hope to pull Rove closer, who knows. But in any case, disappointment with people’s hypocrisy when they say they’re conservative, is a normal human emotion - for both Conservatives and moderates - I imagine.
I would also add, for years people have blasted on Conservatives as wackos and extremists...it’s about time we gave back some of that ‘love.’ ;)
“As members of the same party, RINOs and conservatives should feel free to pummel one another in the primaries, so long as they come together and support one another in the general.”
Yes, we’ll see just how much RINOs feel they are ‘members of the same party’ once we wrest control of the party from their white knuckled hands. Will they hold their noses and vote for our Conservative candidates? We’ll see just how much they believe in the ‘big tent’ coming all the way over to where we, and much of America is! I think it was DeMint that actually suggested a better metaphor -
The Big Magnet...come on over folks, and come on in - the water’s fine!
“The NRSC will play where they want to”
They will get squashed like a bug then, in the current political rising tide.
Liberty.com will set up an office on DE for the remainder of the campaign to help Christine O’Donnell knock off Coons:
I don’t normally write personal style emails like this one, so please read carefully the words that follow.
Last night something big happened. A personal friend of mine, and a person who I believe to be one of the most authentic, conservative minded people in the Tea Party Movement, fired 40 year politician Mike Castle.
Well, actually, the voters of Delaware rejected/fired Mike Castle. But it can certainly be said that Christine O’Donnell herself played a significant role in the process.
On April 15th, 2010, I attended and spoke at the Tax Day Tea Party on the lawn in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. It was at this event where I first met Christine O’Donnell.
At the time, she was virtually unknown outside of Delaware. Most “A-List” bloggers had no idea who she was, all the big names in politics weren’t interested in her candidacy, and her shot at the Senate primary had a “well, it would be nice” sort of feel.
It was during the following few days that I decided I would help Christine in her bid for U.S. Senate. I joined the campaign in late April, and stayed on, redesigning her website, setting up a lot of social media efforts, and working with Steve Foley to put her on the map online.
About six weeks ago, Steve and I both had to separate from the campaign because of our work with Americans for New Leadership and Liberty.com. We have, however, worked tirelessly to promote her candidacy behind the scenes. And on the flip-side of that, we’ve worked to expose the liberal policy of progressive Republican Mike Castle.
LAST NIGHT’S PRIMARY FIGHT
In a shocking blow to the establishment, Christine O’Donnell won the primary battle with a wide margin and no question as to where the voters of Delaware stand.
For almost two years now, this movement has been warning establishment politicians that we will no longer tolerate an abandonment of conservative principles. We’ve said this at tea party protests, during media events, media appearances, conferences, letters, personal visits, etc.
Yet, people like Mike Castle refuse to listen and stand by their progressive, bankrupt positions.
HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM
Much of the establishment is not happy. An entrenched politician like Mike Castle has a lot of special interest strings attached, and him going down the way he did stripped power and money from a lot of individuals on all sides of the political isle.
Mike Castle and his establishment ilk are suggesting that Christine O’Donnell cannot win in the general, while ignoring the fact that she came from being some 20 points behind to beating Castle by 6+ points, and she did so in just three weeks.
Why on earth would she not be able to do the same in the next seven weeks? She can, but that’s not what the establishment hacks would have you believe.
OUR PART OF THE SOLUTION
Americans for New Leadership and Liberty.com is proud to announce that we’ll be opening an office in Delaware for the remainder of the 2010 election cycle. We’ll also be spending a sizable amount of money on media buys in support of Christine O’Donnell for Senate, and in opposition of Coons, her Democrat opponent.
The purpose of our on-the-ground office is to put together a get-out-the-vote campaign and implement an aggressive organizing blitz across the state.
Let there be no mistake: The National Republican Senatorial Committee and I personally as the committees chairman strongly stand by all of our Republican nominees, including Christine ODonnell in Delaware.
I reached out to Christine this morning, and as I have conveyed to all of our nominees, I offered her my personal congratulations and let her know that she has our support. This support includes a check for $42,000 the maximum allowable donation that we have provided to all of our nominees which the NRSC will send to her campaign today.
“I would also add, for years people have blasted on Conservatives as wackos and extremists...its about time we gave back some of that love. ;)”
I disagree, but I’ll limit myself to this one remark: Your/our side is winning, and with victory should come a significant element of “good sportsmanship.”
O’Donnell gains nothing by getting into a p*ssing match with Rove. And more generally, the conservatives on this site and in the halls of power have nothing to gain by duking it out with the other end of this party. Y’all have won and should now take on the aura of winners. Attention must now turn to defeating the democrats. The roles have all been cast. The actors and actresses have all been chosen, so let’s put all of the fights over casting aside. The play must go on. The Dems must be thrashed.
Having spoken his piece, I predict that knucklehead Rove will now shut up, because he has nothing to gain either from having this continue to play out.
As the winner, O’Donnell should take the high ground and leave Rove to make an arse out of himself if he chooses. I predict that he falls in line and that the general election will end up quite close.
The difference is that the liberal media, educators and entertainment industry have brainwashed people into thinking conservatism is extremist.
The truth is that conservatism is what this country was founded on...limited government, individual responsibility, Christian-Judeao values, family values, and a national defense to protetct the country.
We aren’t too far to the Right, we are correct. Liberalism in the current American political sense was never envisioned, not by one Founder.
We are tryng to return to the original Constitutional “normal”.
It would be so sweet if Christine’s camp said “Gee thanks but I think ‘the people’ have it covered...keep your money you establishment buttheads!”
I have my Gadsden Flag flying proudly at home here in So. Cal, which is a dangerous thing since all the liberal whack jobs assume you’re starting a militia as a result. LOL.
The difference is that Freepers and Tea Party people are actually the middle-of-the-road. You only think of them as "extreme" because that's been the media template about conservatives for 60 years.
I first became aware of this when a radio show host (I wish I can remember his name because I loved him) who is a former Republican pollster said that the "real" polls, the serious and expensive polls, that the parties conduct consistently show that the average American's views are closer to Newt Gingrich than to Bill Clinton.
That's a shock because it means our whole political spectrum must be re-calibrated to put Rush Limbaugh slightly to the right and the media and Democrats so far to the left that they sit in another galaxy.
So, to us on FR, saying Obama is an extremist but O'Donnell isn't is about the same as saying Ebola bad penicillin good. Penicillin is not "extreme" just because it kills strep. We are making an evaluation based on our values.
Just contributed $25 to O’Donnell, I wish to put this as eloquently as possible, Karl Rove, go FU@* YOURSELF. There I feel much better.
“ODonnell gains nothing by getting into a p*ssing match with Rove. And more generally, the conservatives on this site and in the halls of power have nothing to gain by duking it out with the other end of this party. Yall have won and should now take on the aura of winners. Attention must now turn to defeating the democrats.”
Considering Rove was slamming O’Donnell DURING the election yesterday, still desperately trying to influence it for Castle’s favor, I’d say a bit of a response was OK.
I agree, we need to move on, as long as Mr. Rove is willing to do so. If not, I’ll come to Christine’s defense myself - his “genius” of 2000 and 2004 notwithstanding...:)
“Having spoken his piece, I predict that knucklehead Rove will now shut up”
I sure hope you’re right about this...I know we’ll be listening/watching...;)
“We arent too far to the Right, we are correct. Liberalism in the current American political sense was never envisioned, not by one Founder.
We are tryng to return to the original Constitutional normal.”
Beautifully stated - bears a repeat...:)
“I have my Gadsden Flag flying proudly at home here in So. Cal, which is a dangerous thing since all the liberal whack jobs assume youre starting a militia as a result. LOL.”
I admire you! It’s tough enough to fly a US flag anywhere on the Left coast (which I do proudly in my neighborhood monitored closely by our homeowner’s group - lol - I’m only half kidding (we can’t put up political signs, for instance, on our own property - without getting the ire of the other homeowners. Perhaps someday I’ll challenge that provision - but that today isn’t that day yet...:))
I’m not following this as closely as others are, but aside from Rove, whose behavior I find astonishingly and perplexingly bad, I haven’t seen any of the Republican mainstream badmouthing of O’Donnell that is being alleged. The powers that be are all coming to her support.
I’m likely just misinformed on this, and perhaps she has been unfairly panned by the leadership of her own party. But does anyone have any non-Rove evidence of this ... since the polls opened on election day?
I’m always suspicious of MSM reports. They have an incentive to trump up these differences. I’d be interested to know if any Republican has been willing to go on the record since the end of the primaries to bash O’Donnell.
For the record, leading up to election day a certain amount of intra-party bashing is to be expected. The leaders of our party are allowed to endorse whoever they want.
My question is this, to repeat. Who is on the record as a villain here, other than knucklehead Rove?
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