Well, this battle over Mike Castle and the soul of the Republican Party has officially gone off the rails. It’ll shift tomorrow as the Delaware primary between Castle and O’Donnell will conclude (G-d don’t let it be a tie!).
Here’s a primer on what’s happening:
*Mike Castle is a liberal Republican who has served in government since 1966. He’s been a Governor, a Congressman and other smaller offices. With Biden now Vice President, his Senate seat is open. Castle jumped at the chance to add this office to his resume. Castle is very, very liberal serving a state that is very, very liberal. He often votes with the Democrats on big issues like Cap and
Trade Tax, and the recent DISCLOSE Act. He did not vote for the massively unpopular Obamacare, but has hedged on whether he’d being willing to vote for its repeal. In short, if elected, Castle would be the most liberal Republican in the Senate; more liberal than Snowe, Collins, Graham or Lugar.
*Against Castle in the GOP primary is Christine O’Donnell, who is a Jim DeMint style conservative, however, she is a bit of a flake. She’s had some shady financial issues/problems. She’s sued a former employee for mental anguish, accused the Castle campaign of breaking into her office and a group advocating her election spread rumors that Castle is gay.
The race has created a huge split among conservatives. Mark Levin, Dan Riehl, Robert Stacy McCain and Erick Erickson head the pro-O’Donnell (or at the very least Anti-Castle) wing while National Review, the Weekly Standard, Power Line and others have come out for Castle feeling O’Donnell is just too much of a dumpster fire and only a liberal like Castle can win in Delaware, and with that, give the GOP a chance for Majority rule in the Senate. The Levin wing feels even if Castle gives the GOP the majority, he’ll just vote with the Democrats at every opportunity. O’Donnell may be a flake, but she’ll vote the right way.
The fight over this has been very intense.
I’ve gone back and forth on this, ultimately siding with the Levin wing though feeling we should support Castle if he wins the primary (the half-a-loaf theory), but then I heard something Rush Limbaugh said today that I think sums it up nicely:
“A Senate full of Mike Castles is not going to get us anywhere. It’s gonna get a bunch of Republicans their Chairmanships on committees, but it’s not going to do anything to reverse Obamaism, not one thing. If that’s our majority with a bunch of Mike Castles there, we’re in trouble.
There’s nothing ideal about this battle in Delaware, but it’s bigger than just deciding who might be the next Senator from that state. We simply have to get as many rock-ribbed conservatives into government as possible. There’s just too much at stake.
To put an exclamation point on the issue, it’s worth re-reading this Angelo Codevilla piece from a few weeks back: America’s Ruling Class — And the Perils of Revolution.