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Mark Levin vs. Allahpundit (PLUS: How Many Pro-Lifer Voters in Delaware?)

Posted on | September 5, 2010 | 30 Comments

Levin is rapidly becoming talk radio’s most Web 2.0-savvy host. He’s got nearly 40,000 Twitter followers and more than 200,000 fans on Facebook. And he’s not only reading blogs, he’s arguing with bloggers:

Allahpundit over at Hotair, linking to like-minded bloggers here and there, argues, among other things, that he thought Beck was wrong when Beck said he’d rather have seen Obama as president than McCain.  This is off the mark.  I criticized Beck for the same thing.  But comparing a conservative challenge to a liberal in a Republican primary to Obama v. McCain in a general election is incoherent. . . .

Read the whole thing. The subject is the Delaware GOP Senate primary, where Levin is Christine O’Donnell’s most influential supporter. Here’s his June 24 interview with Christine:

O’Donnell points out that she could beat Mike Castle in the Delaware with as few as 20,000 votes. Let’s parse those numbers just a bit. According to a CNN exit poll, 27% of Delaware voters in 2008 were Catholic, and 39% of those voted for John McCain. So roughly 11% of the Delaware electorate are Republican Catholics — probably solid pro-lifers – and in 2008, the turnout in Delaware was 408,000 voters.

So let’s say there are 40,000 pro-life Catholic voters in Delaware, and there have got to be at least 10,000 pro-life evangelical Protestants. If there are 50,000 pro-life voters in Delaware, that’s almost exactly the total turnout (50,237) in the 2008 Delaware GOP primary. But this is an off-year election and, in 2006, the total vote in the Republican primary was 14,386.

Do Delaware’s pro-life they know that Mike Castle gets only a 10% score from the National Right to Life Committee? Do these pro-life voters know that Mike Castle was one of only 11 Republicans who voted against a law that would have made it a federal crime to transport a minor across state lines for abortion without parental notification? Have they seen the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List’s endorsement of O’Donnell, when SBA president Marjorie Dannenfelser said:

“Unlike her primary opponent, who has an explicitly pro-abortion voting record, O’Donnell has expressed her strong determination to be a vocal advocate for women and unborn children in abortion debates on the floor of the U.S. Senate . . . A new women’s movement which affirms its original pro-life roots is making its way to the U.S. Senate and O’Donnell is one of its brightest new stars.”

Forget about everything else: This is about life vs. death, Christine O’Donnell is pro-life, and I know what pro-lifers are like. They vote. They will crawl through broken glass and scale a 10-foot fence with three strands of concertina wire on top just to get to the polls on Election Day, if you show them a candidate who will stand up for the right to life. We know who that candidate is, don’t we?

CHRISTINE O’DONNELL for U.S. SENATE

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  • TR Sterling

    Thanks RSM.
    Nice to show a new angle to Christine and with a bank shot off Allapundit! Keep up good work buddy.

  • TR Sterling

    Thanks RSM.
    Nice to show a new angle to Christine and with a bank shot off Allapundit! Keep up good work buddy.

  • Estragon

    The only problem with the logic is that most pro-life voters also have strong moral and ethical beliefs. We don’t approve of lying about your record, filing false disclosure forms, or “funny” financial transactions like paying your rent with campaign money or selling your house to your campaign lawyer to avoid foreclosure.

    Character counts.

    It’s O’Donnell’s bad luck to be running as a Republican, where such things matter, instead of as a Democrat, where all sorts of perversions and turpitude are routinely overlooked if you have the “correct” positions.

  • Estragon

    The only problem with the logic is that most pro-life voters also have strong moral and ethical beliefs. We don’t approve of lying about your record, filing false disclosure forms, or “funny” financial transactions like paying your rent with campaign money or selling your house to your campaign lawyer to avoid foreclosure.

    Character counts.

    It’s O’Donnell’s bad luck to be running as a Republican, where such things matter, instead of as a Democrat, where all sorts of perversions and turpitude are routinely overlooked if you have the “correct” positions.

  • http://teaparty-editor.blogspot.com T.L. Davis

    So many great candidates out there and we get Dan Maes for Governor in Colorado. It just ain’t fair I tell you.

  • http://teaparty-editor.blogspot.com T.L. Davis

    So many great candidates out there and we get Dan Maes for Governor in Colorado. It just ain’t fair I tell you.

  • http://912member.blogspot.com just a conservative girl

    Just for the sake of arguement here, if they felt that strogly about pro life why in the heck was Biden re-elected time and again?

    I also think Beck was right, we wouldn’t have nearly as many people engaged right now had McCain won the election. He would do primarily the same things as Obama, just in slower fashion where most people wouldn’t have noticed. But, I don’t think I need to tell you that.

  • http://912member.blogspot.com just a conservative girl

    Just for the sake of arguement here, if they felt that strogly about pro life why in the heck was Biden re-elected time and again?

    I also think Beck was right, we wouldn’t have nearly as many people engaged right now had McCain won the election. He would do primarily the same things as Obama, just in slower fashion where most people wouldn’t have noticed. But, I don’t think I need to tell you that.

  • Dad’s belt

    If your @ss clown friends had not soiled the TP movement yet again , I would help her . But alas frankly my Stacy I just don’t give a rat’s @ss

  • Dad’s belt

    If your @ss clown friends had not soiled the TP movement yet again , I would help her . But alas frankly my Stacy I just don’t give a rat’s @ss

  • Joe

    If Christine can take out Castle, then Castle was not so electable anyway. This is a race, I want to see it play out. And whoever wins deserves our support (which BTW is where Beck was completely wrong about thinking we were better off with Obama over McCain).

  • Joe

    If Christine can take out Castle, then Castle was not so electable anyway. This is a race, I want to see it play out. And whoever wins deserves our support (which BTW is where Beck was completely wrong about thinking we were better off with Obama over McCain).

  • waylay

    I know what pro-lifers are like. They vote. They will crawl through broken glass and scale a 10-foot fence with three strands of concertina wire on top just to get to the polls on Election Day, if you show them a candidate who will stand up for the right to life. We know who that candidate is, don’t we?

    Nice to note that you, RSM, don’t identify yourself as a maniacal zealous pro-lifer jerk.

    I would love to hear some thoughts from prolifers at ToM about you seeing them as a ‘vote bank’ who can be manipulated to vote on a single issue however bad the candidate sucks or is not inline with their other political views.

  • waylay

    I know what pro-lifers are like. They vote. They will crawl through broken glass and scale a 10-foot fence with three strands of concertina wire on top just to get to the polls on Election Day, if you show them a candidate who will stand up for the right to life. We know who that candidate is, don’t we?

    Nice to note that you, RSM, don’t identify yourself as a maniacal zealous pro-lifer jerk.

    I would love to hear some thoughts from prolifers at ToM about you seeing them as a ‘vote bank’ who can be manipulated to vote on a single issue however bad the candidate sucks or is not inline with their other political views.

  • waylay

    RSM’s math is levelheaded though, he correctly identifies anti-abortion rights as primarily a religious issue than a pro-womens issue which O’Donnell attempts to bullshit with. You don’t have to be a genius to predict that O’Donnell is sure to lose more votes, than gain, if she were to make abortion the sole issue on the November ballot in Delaware (given she wins the primary).

  • waylay

    RSM’s math is levelheaded though, he correctly identifies anti-abortion rights as primarily a religious issue than a pro-womens issue which O’Donnell attempts to bullshit with. You don’t have to be a genius to predict that O’Donnell is sure to lose more votes, than gain, if she were to make abortion the sole issue on the November ballot in Delaware (given she wins the primary).

  • dr kill

    Well gee, RSM, now we know where you stand on the entire —big tent tea party I don’t care if you love or hate the baby Jesus but can’t we at least agree to cut the size of government — argument.

    One article and you destroy all that cred you’d built up with me. Finally , I thought, a religious nut who understands that freedom of religion and freedom from religion are the same idea.

    You disappoint me, dude. This is your hill? As an American or as a xtian?

  • dr kill

    Well gee, RSM, now we know where you stand on the entire —big tent tea party I don’t care if you love or hate the baby Jesus but can’t we at least agree to cut the size of government — argument.

    One article and you destroy all that cred you’d built up with me. Finally , I thought, a religious nut who understands that freedom of religion and freedom from religion are the same idea.

    You disappoint me, dude. This is your hill? As an American or as a xtian?

  • http://almostchosenpeople.wordpress.com Paul Zummo

    You know I’ve been kind of on the fence on this whole issue. I am persuaded in part by Geraghty and Ace that O’Donnell is just not a very strong candidate, and that Delaware is too leftist a state to elect a weak conservative like her. But I also know that I were a Delaware voter and in the voting booth on election day, I would probably end up pulling the lever for O’Donnell.

    Then I look at the comments left by guys like waylay and dr. kill, and I am fully persuaded into the O’Donnell camp.

  • http://almostchosenpeople.wordpress.com Paul Zummo

    You know I’ve been kind of on the fence on this whole issue. I am persuaded in part by Geraghty and Ace that O’Donnell is just not a very strong candidate, and that Delaware is too leftist a state to elect a weak conservative like her. But I also know that I were a Delaware voter and in the voting booth on election day, I would probably end up pulling the lever for O’Donnell.

    Then I look at the comments left by guys like waylay and dr. kill, and I am fully persuaded into the O’Donnell camp.

  • Jenfidel

    The more I hear this women talk, the more I loathe her.
    She is the Republican Alvin Greene–an absolute electoral disaster!
    Castle looks better by the minute, RINO or no.

  • Jenfidel

    The more I hear this women talk, the more I loathe her.
    She is the Republican Alvin Greene–an absolute electoral disaster!
    Castle looks better by the minute, RINO or no.

  • Kendall

    I lean pro-life, but I’m more concerned about federal taxpayer funding of abotions. We are never going to resolve this issue. The best we can do is to outlaw the most egregious forms of abortion, provide parental notification, and preclude federal funding. The pro-abortion crowd wants no restrictions on abortion, which tells you all you need to know about their moral compass.

    Castle is nothing but a self-serving RINO, and a scientific illiterate at best. He was one of only five GOP House members to vote fo the atrocious cap and trade bill. The global warming crisis is a fraud and he bought into it hook, line and sinker. He lacks the ability to rationally comprehend issues and, thus, has no place in Congress.

  • Kendall

    I lean pro-life, but I’m more concerned about federal taxpayer funding of abotions. We are never going to resolve this issue. The best we can do is to outlaw the most egregious forms of abortion, provide parental notification, and preclude federal funding. The pro-abortion crowd wants no restrictions on abortion, which tells you all you need to know about their moral compass.

    Castle is nothing but a self-serving RINO, and a scientific illiterate at best. He was one of only five GOP House members to vote fo the atrocious cap and trade bill. The global warming crisis is a fraud and he bought into it hook, line and sinker. He lacks the ability to rationally comprehend issues and, thus, has no place in Congress.

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