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Christine O’Donnell Has A Good Attitude

Posted on | October 24, 2011 | 40 Comments

by Smitty

Dondero reports:

“We should learn a lesson from what happened in my race last year. I was consistently beating my democratic opponent in the pre-primary head to head match up and then the Republican Establishment launched their shameless attack and changed all that,” said O’Donnell. “As the saying goes, a lie runs around the world while the truth is still lacing up its shoes.”
“Right now, I’m 70 percent behind Romney,” she said. “I will absolutely max out if he’s the nominee.”

The blog applauds O’Donnell’s decision to learn from the past, without being imprisoned therein. Would that I had had such wisdom in my younger years. We can bicker and argue over ‘oo is shinier than ‘oo during through the primaries, but, after that, it’s time to retire BHO.
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40 Responses to “Christine O’Donnell Has A Good Attitude”

  1. Joe
    October 24th, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

    Ms. O’Donnell was certainly betrayed by the Republican Establishment, who were bitter and petty over their guy, Mike Castle, not winning.  Castle of course pouted and refused to endorse O’Donnell and probably voted Democrat that year (of course that was not a big deal for Mike Castle–given his past voting record). 

    That said, Ms. O’Donnell is a big warning example to Herman Cain.  She was green and her opponents, both on the right and the left used that against her.  She was not the best candidate, mostly do to inexperience.  Herman Cain should make note not to fall into the same traps Ms. O’Donnell did with the press.   

  2. Joe
    October 24th, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

    I recognize my comment is not exactly on point to the point you just made.  I am not thrilled by Romney, but will back him completely if he turns out to be the nominee.  Mitt has his flaws, but they are minor compared to the ongoing disaster that is Barack Obama. 

  3. AngelaTC
    October 24th, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

    Not feelin’ it. “… the Republican Establishment launched their shameless attack and changed all that,” said O’Donnell. “As the saying goes, a lie runs around the world while the truth is still lacing up its shoes.”   “Right now, I’m 70 percent behind Romney…”

    So, she’s joining the shameless Republican Establishment, and that’s supposed to be good for the country or something?

    Heh. Had to endure the “hold your nose and vote for McCain!!!”  silliness last time, so I shouldn’t be surprised to hear them start it up again.

  4. ThePaganTemple
    October 24th, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

    Oh come on, give the girl a break. She has campaign debt to retire.

  5. Souleater078
    October 24th, 2011 @ 5:32 pm

    Honestly, I will (maybe) vote for a third party candidate before Mitt Romney. I’m so sick of getting these center-left republicans and having to suck it up and take it.

    maybe when the libertarian party gets 5% of the vote the establishment might rethink ignoring us. were taking the senate and will probably see a supermajority in the house, so nothing will get done on that front anyway. the worst BHO can realistically do is further erode our image abroad, and most of them don’t like us anyway.

     The RNC establishment is just as dangerous as the democrats, and either one of them will lead our country to ruin, the only difference is many of our conservative friends are behind the establishment, our country can’t survive much more liberalism from Mittens OR Barry, by voting for Romney you are telling the establishment that you will continue to support them, and to prop them up as long as they kill off all the conservatives in the primary. the country wont survive like that.

  6. Anonymous
    October 24th, 2011 @ 5:35 pm

    What is it that O’Donnell has learned from the past? Is it that anyone who crosses the Republican establishment can expect to pay a price, even if that price means that a Democrat will be elected? Did the establishment use her race as a way of sending a message to the Tea Party people that they have to play by the rules of the establishment or they cannot play at all? Is her endorsement of Romney her way of telling the establishment that she understands that message and will not get out of line again? And did that message influence Sarah Palin in her decision to sit out this election?

    (O’Donnell has flaws and idiosyncrasies, but have you looked at what is in the House and Senate? She would not have been an outlier.)

  7. rosalie
    October 24th, 2011 @ 5:58 pm

    I won’t vote third party.  I’m just not voting if Romney’s the candidate. 

  8. rosalie
    October 24th, 2011 @ 6:01 pm

    You’d think that O’Donnell would have endorsed Cain, or even Perry, rather than Romney – especially after what happened to her.

  9. Adjoran
    October 24th, 2011 @ 6:34 pm

    Frustration is understandable.  I’m frustrated, too.  But that doesn’t justify doing something stupid.  We must realize the next President will appoint probably two Justices and 200-300 lower federal judges to life terms.  Do Sotomayor and Kagan ring a bell?  Do da name Ruby Begonia mean anything to ya?

    A vote not cast for the GOP nominee, whether wasted on a third party or just wasted, might as well be a vote for Barack Hussein Obama.

    If simple logic won’t move the skeptics, we’ll have to motivate with magic.  Help us out, Christine!

  10. Adjoran
    October 24th, 2011 @ 6:35 pm

    What did Romney do to her?

  11. Anonymous
    October 24th, 2011 @ 6:40 pm

    OT but interesting. Cain and Gingrich Mano a Mano.

  12. Anonymous
    October 24th, 2011 @ 7:27 pm

    Sorry, not swallowing anymore crap sandwiches that do NOTHING but give socialists bi-partisan cover. If ORomney’s the nominee, I vote straight D.

  13. richard mcenroe
    October 24th, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

    A vote for Romney will not retire Obama, just whitewash him.  And with Romney in the WH and the RNC ascendant (assuming we even keep the House with a demoralized and demotivated base), who do we turn to?

  14. Joe
    October 24th, 2011 @ 8:35 pm

    Ahhhh. no she doesn’t.  She got quite a lot from the tea partiers around the nation and only spent a portion of it on her Delaware senate run.  She is still sitting on about a million and basically can pay her self to do so. 

    She should send a big tip to The Other McCain. 

  15. Joe
    October 24th, 2011 @ 8:36 pm

    She is trying to get in with the establishment republicans by saying she will back Romney.  She thinks Romney will win. 

  16. Joe
    October 24th, 2011 @ 8:38 pm

    Romney endorsed her after she beat Castle. Not exactly a profile in courage, but obviously every GOP member should have done this.  Quite a few did not. 

  17. Joe
    October 24th, 2011 @ 8:41 pm

    I am no Romney fan.  But he is 1000 times better than Obama.  That said, fight like hell for Herman Cain now.  Becuase I am sorry, it isn’t likely going to be Perry, or Bachmann, or Santorum.  It is pretty much down to Cain and Romney. 

  18. Joe
    October 24th, 2011 @ 8:42 pm

    Romney is not Obama.  Not by a long shot.  Like Bush, just kicking the can down the road, yeah, that is possible.  But the damage Obama could do in another four years is scary. 

  19. smitty
    October 24th, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

    Again, @richard_mcenroe:twitter a Rubicon has been crossed: the American people are either going to pay attention and save the country, or accepted permanent boned-ness.

  20. BLBeamer
    October 24th, 2011 @ 9:45 pm

    “We should learn a lesson from what happened in my race last year. I was
    consistently beating my democratic opponent in the pre-primary head to
    head match up and then the Republican Establishment launched their
    shameless attack and changed all that,” said O’Donnell.

    Interesting.  Or should I say she’s deluded?  The fact she ran a crappy campaign had nothing to do with it?  If she had taken Stacy’s advice and come out swinging after her primary win, she had a chance.  Instead, she essentially hunkered down and did almost everything wrong from then on.

    I’m not excusing the dip-sh** Establishment’s non-support, but as far as I’m concerned, if any year could have been picked to take advantage of their irrelevance, 2010 was that year.

  21. Anonymous
    October 24th, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

    I make it 60/40 the country accepts permanent boned-ness.

  22. ThePaganTemple
    October 24th, 2011 @ 10:34 pm

    Actually, if she sends any to anybody she should send me a hell of a big chunk, because I usually defend her anytime her name is brought up in a disparaging way. And she’s not even a real witch. But this shit about being 70% in Romney’s corner has got me wondering about her. Is this some kind of weird political Stockholm Syndrome at work here?

  23. Joe
    October 24th, 2011 @ 10:54 pm

    Romney endorsed her when she won the primary.  Hardly a profile in courage, but I guess she figures he might win and she might as well back the winner.  Sad. 

  24. Joe
    October 24th, 2011 @ 10:57 pm

    She ran a crappy campaign.  She was a crappy candidate (she really was) but you know something…she was still better than Mike Castle.  That said, I do not want to see a repeat in the presidential election in 2012. 

  25. ThePaganTemple
    October 24th, 2011 @ 10:57 pm

    No shit? I didn’t know that. Okay then, no harm no foul. I can accept that.

  26. ThePaganTemple
    October 24th, 2011 @ 11:05 pm

    I’m leaning very strongly toward a Bachmann-Gingrich ticket. Of course that’s dependent on how well Bachmann does in Iowa, but as of now I’m not seeing a reason to change my mind.

  27. ThePaganTemple
    October 24th, 2011 @ 11:12 pm

    A mangy dog running around humping everybody’s legs would be a better candidate than Mike Castle, but you’re wrong, O’Donnell wasn’t that bad. She might not have been the best campaigner in the world, but there’s only so much you can do when you don’t have sufficient support.  At least she knew the constitution, a whole hell of a lot better than the ignorant fucking Chris Coombs, and I believe she would have striven to uphold it.

  28. Anonymous
    October 25th, 2011 @ 12:29 am

    “Is it that anyone who crosses the Republican establishment can expect to pay a price, even if that price means that a Democrat will be elected?”

    You are on to something, plots within plots (seriously). 

  29. Anonymous
    October 25th, 2011 @ 1:25 am

    OK.  I was gonna hope like hell this was purely a sarcastic post by Smitty.  But Joe’s posts, especially, convinced me there may be mitigating circumstances.

    I can’t imagine her backing Romney if she hadn’t gotten his endorsement.

    Well, maybe I can.  Like ThePaganTemple, I usually was NOT on the side of the Rovians when it came to O’Donnel.  It’s not that I ever “supported” her campaign.  I just couldn’t stand watching what the Rovian jerks did to it.  (That includes a bunch over at Ace’s.) But I never really understood her campaign, so maybe her endorsement is an attempt to gain something.  I dunno.

    But hey, disparage all you want during the primary process.  But to disparage the nominee is to put you squarely in the opposition.

    I won’t vote for Romney if he’s the nominee.  But neither will I post screeds about him if he’s facing Obama. That’s scumbag behavior.

  30. Anonymous
    October 25th, 2011 @ 1:30 am

    ABO (Anyone But Obama) makes an unwarranted assumption: that the ABO nominee will repeal Obamacare.

    It makes zero difference to the future of this country if Obamacare survives–in any part–do to Obama’s re-election, or due to the election of the wrong Republican.

    Zero difference.

  31. Adjoran
    October 25th, 2011 @ 4:28 am

    Repeal isn’t up to the nominee.  The main obstacle is 60 votes in the Senate to block filibuster, but Harry Reid may have set a precedent for ignoring that.  Presumably any GOP President would sign the repeal if passed by Congress, especially considering the mutiny he would face if he vetoed it.

  32. Adjoran
    October 25th, 2011 @ 4:31 am

    My only cause for optimism is that even idiot Republicans will do the necessary thing once there is no feasible alternative.  If we can thank Obama for anything, it is for driving us to that brink where there isn’t any way to kick the problem down the road anymore.

  33. Adjoran
    October 25th, 2011 @ 4:35 am

    “better candidate than Mike Castle” – she would certainly have had a better voting record in the Senate IF she got there.  But she didn’t.  Castle had won 4 statewide races and never lost a general, and had a lifetime rating from ACU of 53 – about Snowe and Collins territory.  Castle also always voted with the party on “leadership votes” – key issues important to the party.   Coons votes with Obama 100% of the time. 

    Half a loaf is better than none.

  34. Anonymous
    October 25th, 2011 @ 5:45 am

    Nothing sad about that. If she’d beaten Coons she’d be a Senator now, and as such not to be ignored while looking for supporters. It’s the way the game is played.

  35. ThePaganTemple
    October 25th, 2011 @ 8:00 am

    Actually, while I still hope that Romney is not the nominee, since I found out he endorsed O’Donnell I feel a little better about him.

  36. ThePaganTemple
    October 25th, 2011 @ 8:05 am

    Mike Castle is a classless piece of shit. Had he won the primary, I have no doubt whatsoever that O’Donnell would have endorsed him, and probably would have even campaigned for him. He doesn’t deserve your defense. Sometimes you’re better off with a Democrat. When somebody is that petulant, that childish, that’s a solid indication of a person who has an attitude of entitlement, an arrogant disposition that makes you wonder exactly what he would do behind closed doors if he got a little too much power. Sorry Adjoran, but the less authority this scumbag leeches onto the better I like it.

  37. Quartermaster
    October 25th, 2011 @ 8:06 am

    There’s not enough of a difference between Mittens and Obummer to matter. Sorry, but a vote for Romney is a vote for more of teh same with a different face.

  38. Quartermaster
    October 25th, 2011 @ 8:08 am

    It can get through the Senate without having to worry about filibuster. Just remember what Dingy Harry did recently with the nuke option.

  39. Bob Belvedere
    October 25th, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    Optimism will only bring you grief.

  40. Anonymous
    October 25th, 2011 @ 5:44 pm

    Yeah, but…the Arm-twister In Chief is the President.

    If we have a guy who’s gonna cave on repeal, because of misguided political instincts, then we become Britain.

    Death panels, 1950’s style hospital wards, bad teeth, and all.