Archive for the ‘–Delaware Senate’ Category

30 Year Old Virgin

Monday, September 27th, 2010

There’s been a lot of focus on Christine O’Donnell’s comments on evolution, which Bill Maher released this week, but I also stumbled on this cringeworthy one from a few years ago.

“I’m a young woman in my 30′s, and I remain chaste.”

TMI Christine!…

O’Donnell Loose Ends

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Here’s a few updates on the O’Donnell situation:

PPP’s much anticipated general election poll is out. The survey (taken before the election) gives Chris Coons a 16 point lead over O’Donnell, whereas Castle would have led Coons by 10 points. PPP’s blogger said that it was “the best thing that has happened to the Democrats electorally since 2008.”

Pretty sad when the best thing to happen electorally in two years is an unforced error on the part of an opponent, but like I said before, we’ll take any good news we can get at this point. 

Here’s Steve Kornacki on the impact of the O’Donnell win.

Meanwhile, the most aggressive Tea Party guy in the Senate, South Carolina Senator Jim De Mint confirmed today what we already knew: that he would rather lose the seat than have a moderate Republican take it.

And Politico has now compiled a list of all the baggage that O’Donnell brings to the race. Having it all there in one place is pretty dramatic. Thank You Sarah!

More later on what the de-facto takeover of the Republican party by the Tea Party means for all parties, as well as the dramatic impact it could have on our national politics, but that’s it for tonight.

Lovin the Tea Party Tonight

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Wow. When I posted about Delaware’s Senate Race last night, I didn’t actually think that Delaware Republicans would send their previous governor (who was given a 94% chance of winning the Senate Seat vs. the Democratic nominee) packing for a tea party also-ran who doesn’t seem to have a real job, lied about her eduation, has been accused of using campaign funds to pay her rent and thinks that lots of people are out to get her.

America, meet the new Sharron Angle.

May be too early to say right now, but by taking a sure winner out and replacing him with someone who is running a good 26 points behind, the Republicans sure look like they may have blown their chances at taking the Senate.

Assuming that Delaware doesn’t flip, the Republicans will need to pull an inside straight, winning all of the close races as well as taking seats from incumbents in normally reliably blue states like Washington, California and Wisconsin.

The possibilities that the party would quikly coalesce around O’Donnell seems to have faded, with Mike Castle saying that he did not plan to endorse her and Karl Rove basically ripping her a new one on Fox (much to Hannity’s chagrin). As Rove noted, Republicans  were looking at 8-9 pickups in the Senate, now it looks more like 7-8 seats.

In addition to the O’Donnell fiasco, New York Republicans also nominated a teabagger for Governor who floated a plan to convert some prisons to dorms for welfare recipients who could then be taught hygiene at the prisons. Also, a veritable treasure trove of racist and pornographic e-mails that he apparently sent to close to his entire mailbox is now available for public perusal (warning–not for modest eyes).

In a funny sidenote, I actually recognized some of those e-mails, but in my defense, I was the forwardee, not the forwarder…and I’m not asking for your vote for New York Governor as the nominee of the “family values party.”

Anyway, many more layers of this onion to peel, but in all a pretty good night for the Dems in what is turning out to be an increasingly bizzare election year.

Christine O’ Donnell for Senate!

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Democrats are heartened by a new poll that came out this weekend showing Tea Party Favorite Christine O’ Donnell leading Mike Castle in the Republican primary for Joe Biden’s old Delaware Senate seat by a 3 point margin. 

Castle is a moderate GOP Congressman and former Governor of Delaware who was generally considered a shoe-in for the Senate seat. O’ Donnell is an also-ran whose previous occupations have included conservative issue advocacy, lobbying Congress on moral issues and marketing for Christian movies such as the Passion of the Christ. However, she is probably best known for her public statements in opposition to mastrubation during the 1990′s.

Oh, and she also has a number of reports of financial improprieties in previous campaigns, owes a significant amount of back taxes and apparently has a pretty strong sense of paranoia about people out to get her.

With help from a fat cash infusion from the Tea Party and some magic pixie dust sprinkled by Sarah Palin, O’ Donnell has surged into a lead and made tomorrow’s race too close to call. To get a sense of the impact an O’ Donnell nomination might have on the general election, Nate Silver recently ranked this race as an 94% chance of a Republican pickup, assuming a matchup of Mike Castle and County Executive Chris Coons. If O’Donnel wins, that chance decreases ever so slightly to 16.3%. PPP hasn’t released their general election polling yet, but has indicated that Coons does about 26 points better against O’ Donnell than against Castle.

While some commentators have opined on what bad things this race says about both political parties and the country as a whole, Democrats will take the help wherever they can get it this year.

In the meantime, Delaware Republicans need to decide whether they would rather punish moderates or win elections. In this case, I’m all for the former. 

Sharron Angle has been such a joy to behold this year. Here’s hoping the Tea Party hands us another one tonight.