Our reader Alex in Denver reminded us that William F. Buckley, Jr. once said that Republicans should nominate the most conservative candidate who can win. And that is one reason why I, who cheered when I learned Lisa Murkowski conceded to Joe Miller in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, am joining Ace and Paul Mirengoff at Powerline in backing moderate Republican Mike Castle in the GOP primary to serve out the balance of Joe Biden’s term in the United States Senate.
“Alaska“, Allahpundit reminds us, “is a red state, of course, and even so, Miller’s eventual victory still isn’t quite fully assured.” Delaware hasn’t gone Republican in a presidential contest since 1988. Alaska hasn’t gone Democratic since 1964.
And much as we may grouse and groan about Castle’s imperfections, he voted against the “stimulus”, against Obamacare (and favors its repeal) and supports extension of the Bush tax cuts.
As Ace puts it:
Mike Castle will vote against us on 30% of stuff. You will not like him. I will not like him.
But I will like him better than the Democrat Coons, voting against us on 88% of stuff. And yeah, in a blue state, with a strong Democratic majority, he can afford to be one of the solid liberal votes for Obama’s socialist agenda. Because he is notgoing to have to worry about losing his seat for voting too liberal.
In a similar vein, Paul at Powerline opines:
I will say the following, though: (1) Delaware Republicans aren’t as conservative as Alaska Republicans, (2) O’Donnell seems like a less attractive candidate than Miller, and (3) unlike Miller, O’Donnell has little chance of winning in November, so Castle’s defeat in the primary would likely mean that the Dems hold a seat they have been expecting to lose.
Simply put, you can’t get an ideal candidate in every state. In Alaska, a solid libertarian conservative can win, but in Delaware, probably not.