This is my first in what I hope to be a regular series of diaries entitled Step Up To The Plate in 2010
Today, Christine O'Donnell announced that she would run for Joe Biden's vacant seat in Delaware. O'Donnell made a brave run in 2008 against Joe Biden, likely knowing full well she could never win in the political environment that existed in 2008, but went for it anyway.
But that was 2008, this is 2010. The Dems are choking on their own vomit with this socialistic healthcare bill, and we need to Kick them while they are down. There is very little doubt in my mind that DE will go red in the Senate due to the fact that the lamester liberals are running a candidate who has never run at the state level and not someone who could make it competitive like Beau Biden. So here is my proposition:
RUN A REAL CONSERVATIVE
Sure, we have Mike Castle who has been a career politician for literally more than half his life (45 years, he is 70), who is with us on some things, but against us on important things, here is a small list:
- Supported SCHIP (HR2, 7/14/2009)
- Supported Omnibus Appropriations (HR1105, 2/25/2009)
- Supported Mortgage Loan Modifications (HR1106, 3/5/2009)
- Voted Against Balancing the Budget in 10 Years (HRes 85, 4/2/2009)
- Supported Hate Crimes Bill (HR 1913, 4/29/2009)
- Supported Parental Leave for Federal Employees (HR626, 6/4/2009)
- Supported Cash for Clunkers (HR2751, 6/9/2009)
- Supported funding for Legal Services Corporation (HR2847, 6/18/2009)
- Voted Against Missle Defense (HR2647, 6/25/2009)
- Supported Cap & Trade (HR2454, 6/26/2009)
- Supported funding for Planned Parenthood (HR3293, 6/24/2009)
This is simply inexcusable to me, and this is one of the reasons why we need O'Donnell as our GOP nominee.
It's time for a fresh face who will be with us 100% of the time as opposed to an old face who will be with use 80% of the time, and stab us in the back on close votes like what Specter, Snowe, Collins, and Brown have done in the past. It is disturbing to me that an organization as inept as the Democratic party is able to field candidates against incumbents because they feel they aren't representing their best intrests.
I feel that us as conservatives are just willing to play it "safe" to win an election, and then everyone is surprised why we have RINOs running the senate. When was the last time a conservative primaried an incumbent? Toomey and Rubio. Look at them now, they are both poised to win seats in bluish/purple states.
It's time to get real and time to support candidates that will fight for us, and that we can be proud of. This doesn't just pertain to Delaware, but also in Arizona, New Hampshire, California, and wherever there is a conservative willing to put their neck on the line for our movement.
Americans are tired of Obama's ideas, but people won't vote for us unless they are able to differentiate on a policy level, not just a party level.
As primaries move closer, I will be examining specific races around the country where the Establishment choice is not essentially the best choice for us Real Conservatives.