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Much has been made of late of the Delaware Republican Primary for U.S. Senate. I honestly wasn’t paying much attention to it a few weeks ago and probably wouldn’t have but for the absolute hysteria coming from establishment and “we just gotta get the majority” Republicans that O’Donnell would be a disaster and we must simply “hold our nose” and support Castle.
As a result of this hysteria and my reasonably in-depth understanding of the way the Senate works, it is clear to me that whatever Ms. O’Donnell’s faults, putting Mike Castle in the Senate would be a mistake.
Liberal and establishment Republicans have corrupted the entire Republican Conference in the Senate. Other than a very few stalwarts, most Republican Senators (whether they are supposedly “moderate” or “conservative”) simply do not IN ANY WAY stand for the principle of limited government – they like to spend money, they want to be seen as “reasonable” more than principled, and they get together in their little Senate club and drench themselves in the kool-aid of “getting things done” for the American people (which is code for sticking it to the people). That remains true today. They look at the Tea Party movement and what is happening in primaries around the country with dismay and disdain. They want it to go away.
Adding Mike Castle, a veteran liberal Republican, to the Senate would add another voice to the room of the need to moderate our tone. He would be a voice for compromise and reaching across the aisle. He would give lip-service about voting to repeal Obamacare, while at the same time demanding that Republicans “replace” it with something reasonable, which would undoubtedly be God-awful policy. He would be a poison in meetings of Republican Senators, where they like to talk themselves into nonsensical positions based on some mix of polling, overpriced consultants and most of all, stupid group-think.
Today, we are seeing the American people draw a line in the sand. They are tired not just of Obama and company, but gutless Republicans. This is not about Republicans being better than Democrats. As a rule, they are. This is about taking back the Republican Party so that we may actually save this country from statism. If Ms. O’Donnell has problems, I simply cannot care at this point. We are at war to save this country, and the only way to win is to make sure that the line in the sand remains crystal clear.
Maybe O’Donnell cannot win the general election. So be it. For those who think getting a Republican majority back in the Senate is the solution to our problems, you miss the naked reality that we had a sizable majority and it was liberal pukes like Castle, and the supposed conservatives who empowered them, who drove the Party and the nation into a ditch, handing the reins to nutjob leftists in the process.
It is not enough to have “less bad” policies or merely to improve what Obama and company have given us. We need a wholesale reversal and re-structuring, and we need it now. That will only come with a Republican Party with backbone – and Mike Castle ain’t backbone.