Posted on | November 12, 2010 | 18 Comments
DOVER, Delaware — Christine O’Donnell did not merely defeat Mike Castle in Tuesday’s Senate primary. She beat the Republican establishment, both nationally and in Delaware, and she beat a veritable army of naysayers who said she couldn’t do it. . . .
— “This Changes Everything,” The American Spectator, Sept. 15, 2010
The other day, in defending Mark Levin, I offered my post-mortem critique of the O’Donnell campaign and was willing to move on. But then Instapundit linked Professor Bainbridge who linked Doug Mataconis who linked Dan Riehl who said:
Surrendering to liberalism, while claiming victory as a Republican, is a defeat for conservatism.
Whatever else Dan Riehl said — and he’s obviously not trying to get a gold star for “plays well with others” — that one sentence is exactly right.
Defeating Mike Castle in the GOP primary was a big victory. Electing Christine O’Donnell on Nov. 2 would have been a bigger victory but, to quote a very wise man, “Don’t demand perfection, or you’ll be disappointed.”
So if the outcome in Delaware wasn’t perfect, it was much better than the prospect of Mike Castle getting elected to the Senate. Good-bye, Mike — enjoy your retirement.
As for the rest, let us keep in mind the words of a very wise man: “Political change is a process, not an event.”
In 2004, the GOP powers-that-be ganged up to thwart Pat Toomey’s primary challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter. Less than five years later, with Toomey leading Specter in their Republican primary rematch, Specter quit the GOP, lost the subsequent Democratic primary and is now just two months away from surrendering his seat to Pat Toomey.
Conservatives were told for decades that Arlen Specter was the best they could hope for in Pennsylvania, a state that was alleged to be trending inevitably toward Democrats.
In the words of a very wise man: “Heh.”
Not only did Toomey chase Specter out of the primary and beat Joe Sestak on Election Day, but Pennsylvania Republicans won the governorship and five House seats, defeating incumbent Democrats Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-3), Bryan Lentz (PA-7), Patrick Murphy (PA-8), Chris Carney (PA-10) and — sweetest of all — 26-year incumbent Paul Kanjorski (PA-11).
So much for that inevitable trend, you see.
The trend-hoppers thought jumping aboard the Obama express was their ticket to ride, and instead it was their ticket to political oblivion.
Charlie Crist embraced the stimulus. Good-bye, Charlie!
Mike Castle voted for cap-and-trade. Good-bye, Mike!
I’m reminded of what a GOP operative said to me shortly after the NRSC endorsed Crist in May 2009: “All they care about is getting their chairmanships back, and they don’t care how they get there.”
Yeah. Fuck John Cornyn, fuck the NRSC and fuck your chairmanships, you treacherous bastards.
The Tea Party movement didn’t succeed in defeating all the backstabbing RINO crapweasels — cap-and-trade-endorsing Mark Kirk managed t0 get elected in Illinois, Lisa Murkowski appears likely to survive in Alaska, and that two-faced son of a bitch John McCain got re-elected in Arizona — but the Tea Party succeeded often enough to put the GOP Establishment on notice henceforth.
Busting the balls of the Establishment is a process not an event.
A very wise man said that. You can look it up.