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Round-up on the O’Donnell lovers and the dissers

Christine O’Donnell’s stunning victory in Delaware over the liberal — but, as some have argued, much more electable — Republican Rep. Mike Castle for the GOP Senate nomination was the culmination of several days of heated back-and-forth among conservatives. Here’s a sampling:

The O’Donnell doubters

Rich Lowry, National Review: “O’Donnell will be…a conservative standard-bearer who could have been selected by a group of hostile people out to create an unflattering impression of us.”

Columnist Charles Krauthammer: “It’s a big mistake,” he said of Sarah Palin and Sen. Jim DeMint’s endorsement of O’Donnell. He also called it “capricious and irresponsible.”

Former Bush presidential adviser Karl Rove: “It does conservatives little good to support candidates who, at the end of the day, while they may be conservative in their public statements, do not evince the characteristics of rectitude and truthfulness and sincerity and character that the voters are looking for.”

MSNBC host and Former GOP Rep. Joe Scarborough: “I agree with Karl Rove,” on the quote above.

William Kristol, Weekly Standard:  “Christine O’Donnell is the exception to the rule that Republicans have, on the whole, nominated strong, electable and conservative candidates in key Senate, gubernatorial, and House races…In the Senate, Christine O’Donnell will almost certainly lose a seat that could have been won.”

Matt Kibbe, president of former House majority leader Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks: “We stayed out of that race because we’re not convinced that Christine O’Donnell can win.”

Daivd Brooks, New York Times: “Take a look at Christine O’Donnell’s victory speech last night in which she embraced the idea that freedoms in America are uniquely under threat. It’s all ugly narcissism, not reality.”

The O’Donnell supporters

Rush Limbaugh: “In an election year when voters are fed up with liberalism, you vote for the most conservative Republican in the primary — period.”

Radio host Mark Levin: “I am also confident that for those of us who believe in the Constitution and fear for the future of this country, O’Donnell would be a far better senator than Castle, and she’s worth our support. Castle had his chance.  He failed.”

Levin also took a shot at the Weekly Standard’s John McCormack for a piece he authored on O’Donnell, calling the reporter “sleazy.”

Newt Gingrich predicted after O’Donnell’s primary win that she’ll go on to victory in November: “2010 is the year of the grassroots over the establishment.”

Sarah Palin: In her endorsement of O’Donnell on Sean Hannity’s radio show: “I do support the conservative in the race. She is against Obama’s cap and tax scheme, she is against Obama care, she is for the free market principles that need to get plugged in to put our economy on the right track. I do support the conservative in the race.”

Blogger Erick Erickson: “Sorry folks, but if we need Mike Castle for a Senate majority, we do not need a Senate majority.”

Blogger Dan Riehl: “Fox Should Suspend Rove And Investigate, Cornyn Must Resign” for opposing O’Donnell.

  • RHO1953

    It doesn’t do us any good whatsoever to elect a RINO that is going to support the bulk of the democrat agenda. What is the point of that? It is time to stand on principles and vote for conservatives. Too many republicans are just ruling class elitists, not much different than the big government liberals. They can either accept a changing republican party that will rather quickly become legitimately conservative, or they can be a distant third party.

  • Supernatural Witness

    Snap out of people!!! This board is usually divided between conservatives and trolls. Since this primary, it has been Libertarian against Social Conservatism.

    If we are going to throw out the elites, the Christians and Libertarians need to be united. Attacking Christian Conservatives as if they want to legislate morality is a stupid red herring. Our Christian founders are the ones who gave you separation of church and state, a bill of rights, and small government with separation of powers.

    Democrats gave you welfare, big government, social security “insurance,” and the thing you Libertarians hate the most: oppressive, unaccountable agencies that can make up rules with no check or balance on their power such as FDA/DEA/ATF/OSHA/NEA/EPA.

    Believe me when I say we, Christians want to dismantle those agencies NOT create the Department of Sexual Control.

  • rebekahhuang

    O obviously I didn’t mean to make anyone snicker at the unfortunate combination of candidate Coons last name and Sen. Reids nickname for him…obviously! My pet Coons won’t come up at all this season.

  • rebekahhuang

    Typically Charles Krauthammer is the only man alive who I would leave my husband of 30+ years for BUT I have to part ways with him here.
    His loyalty is to the Republican Party and it’s advancement and mine is to We The People.
    The people of Delaware held a primary election and voted for O’Donnell.
    End of story.
    Of the Republican leadership talking points only one is worthy of address:
    tax problems. she’s in good company there, isn’t she?

    • teapartypatriot64

      The people of Delaware haven’t spoken yet. Also, how much of the money that got O’Donnell elected came from outside the state? I’m willing to bet a lot.

      • rebekahhuang

        I was very careful to place PRIMARY before election dear patriot and if the people of Delaware choose Harry Reid’s “pet” Coon over O’Donnell I will applaud them for going to the polls in the GENERAL election and putting the person that best represents them and their ideology in office.
        PSST…your sobriquet doesn’t really match your statement.
        People will respect you more if you simply call yourself a patriot instead of trying to pass yourself off as a member of the Tea Party; or here’s a novel idea…how about your actual name?

        • riseabove

          Or perhaps to make him more comfortable, we could all change our usernames to things like lovedems or obamagroupie. But we wouldn’t do that because it makes no sense whatsoever to misrepresent ourselves.

      • truebearing

        Another post from the TeaParty fraud.

        BTW, we didn’t need you to include your IQ with your deceptive name.

  • truebearing

    I respect Krauthammer very much, but is it his position that voting for Castle was responsible? Castle is a liberal. It is a non sequitur to say that conservatives not voting for a liberal is a mistake. There is nothing to gain by electing someone who is essentially your political opposition.

    Is O’Donnell a brain surgeon? No. But let me remind the pundits the Joe Biden is known as: “the Sage of Delaware”. The idiot is now the vice president.