The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

Reply to Rick Moran

Posted on | September 22, 2010 | 29 Comments

Dan Riehl breaks his vow never to pimp-slap Rick again.

Me? I’m just kind of at a lost for words at Rick’s description of “an identifiable tea party establishment . . . a self identified elite who are more interested in maintaining their position at the top of the tea party ziggurat than in stopping the far left agenda of the Obama administration or in promoting conservative principles in their candidates.”

What in God’s green earth are you talking about, Rick? Look, if it hadn’t been for Christine O’Donnell, Mike Castle would have been uncontested in that GOP primary. And Castle voted for that “far left agenda,” including cap-and-trade, so in what parallel universe can you say that support for Mike Castle was the same as opposing Obama’s agenda?

When Smitty first blogged about Christine here, back in March, nobody gave her a snowball’s chance in hell of winning that primary. She wasn’t even a blip on the national media radar.

When I was shadowing Team O’Donnell in Vegas two months ago, they were begging for a chance to get her interviewed for online podcasts. It wasn’t any “establishment” or “elite” that made this miracle upset happen, Rick. It was a lot of hard work by a bunch of people you’ve never heard of.

Hey, Rick: How about you stop sitting around reading polls and pundits and actually go talk to some of the people involved in this “tea party” stuff you’re writing about? It really isn’t hard. Here’s a video clip I shot last week at the Elks Lodge in Dover:

“We had an army of volunteers who are committed to a cause greater than themselves. . . . The cause is restoring America.”
Christine O’Donnell, Sept. 14, 2010

Did you see when Christine introduced her volunteer coordinator on stage, Rick? Did that volunteer coordinate look like the “establishment,” part of an “elite”? Did she seem like she was interested in maintaining her position atop a “ziggurat”?

Those cheers you heard on the video came from a room full of hundreds of volunteers who worked hard to make that impossible upset victory happen. Now they’re working just as hard to make an even bigger upset happen on Nov. 2.

And what are you doing, Rick?



29 Responses to “Reply to Rick Moran”

  1. Ran / Si Vis Pacem
    September 22nd, 2010 @ 6:18 pm

    Dude, great article, but you’ve repeatedly misspelled “Moron.”

    Gone. Have a good weekend.


  2. Robert Stacy McCain
    September 22nd, 2010 @ 6:41 pm

    Dude, great article, but you’ve repeatedly misspelled “Moron.”

    Why are you insulting morons?

  3. newrouter
    September 22nd, 2010 @ 7:05 pm

    the real ? is: are we going to get carl paladino coverage?

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  5. newrouter
    September 22nd, 2010 @ 8:16 pm


    “Have I voted for the mayor? Yes,” Cuomo said.

    Actually, he didn’t. The Cuomo campaign had to issue a clarification, saying he was only registered to vote in New York City in 2005 when he endorsed Democrat Fernando Ferrer.

    The Paladino team used the faux pas to taunt Cuomo about not yet agreeing to debates.

    Paladino spokesman Caputo said “Perhaps that’s why Andrew is afraid to debate. He misspeaks so much he fears facing the voters.”


  6. Paco
    September 22nd, 2010 @ 8:27 pm

    Very well put, Stacy. I think Rick would benefit by relying less on what he imagines Tea Partiers to be and more on actually talking to some of them.

    And, yes, I, too, am curious to know how yielding the field to RINOs is going to stop “the far left aganda of the Obama administration.”

  7. Kelly
    September 22nd, 2010 @ 9:06 pm

    According to Delaware Online, Castle is not ruling out a write-in campaign.

  8. Kojocaro
    September 22nd, 2010 @ 9:19 pm

    Jenfidel-I loathe this bitch and voting for her is voitng for wingnuttery the tea partiers screwed up as usual

  9. Chris Cooms
    September 22nd, 2010 @ 10:40 pm

    Thanks Kojocara, every little bit helps. Woo Woo.

  10. Chris Cooms
    September 22nd, 2010 @ 10:42 pm

    Lefties of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your beards and integrity.

  11. Paco
    September 22nd, 2010 @ 11:20 pm

    Perhaps if I try to talk to Kojocaro in his own language. . .

    Greetings, Kojocaro! Paco come in peace, make ’em friend talk.

    What for Kojocaro dump ’em hate words on missy O’Donnell? Bad medicine, brother. By an’ by, she turn Kojocaro into frog, maybe. Kojocaro be up creek on leaky lily-pad then. Paco already see Kojocaro type with feet. But can him type ’em with web feet? Damn good trick, but Paco think no can do.

    Kojocaro belong donkey tribe? Paco tell Kojocaro true words: stay in hut, keep ’em head down. Donkey tribe get ’em a$$ kicked next moon coming. Kojocaro catch eye of elephant tribe with hate-spoutings, maybe catch dart in neck, maybe elephant warrior shrink ’em head, put ’em in garden, scare crows away. Bad end for Kojocaro.

    Smoke ’em pipe, think over. Paco go now. Peace, brother!

  12. Bob Belvedere
    September 23rd, 2010 @ 7:44 am

    Paco: And how!

    Kojocaro belong Fukarewe Tribe – ’em like nozzle of douche in river of poo.

    Bob Dances With Boobies
    [1/16th Cherokee*]

    *Though I wear a shirt and tie,
    I’m still a Redman deep inside.

  13. Kojocaro
    September 23rd, 2010 @ 10:47 am

    dude i’am on your side i’am just mocking jenfidel

  14. Paco
    September 23rd, 2010 @ 3:00 pm

    Kojocaro: My supreme bad!

  15. Bob Belvedere
    September 23rd, 2010 @ 7:32 pm

    Me sorry too.