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Castle Needs to Show Some Class & Endorse O’Donnell

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:18 am - September 16, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections

There are classy ways to accept defeat and classless ways.  Ovide Lamontagne, as Moe Lane informs us, though losing the nod for the Republican nomination for a United States Senate seat for New Hampshire by a whisker (fewer than 2,000 votes), showed us the classy way:

He conceded the primary, will not seek a recount, and has endorsed Kelly Ayotte (video here).  Ayotte has accepted the concession with equal grace and politeness, calling Lamontagne a gentleman and a principled conservative (H/T: Hot Air). From now on, it’s all about defeating [Democratic nominee] Paul Hodes in the general election.

That’s how it’s done in politics.

While I supported Castle and have concerns about Christine O’Donnell, she won the Delaware GOP primary fair and square.  She has an uphill battle to beat Harry Reid’s “pet“, former Marxist, Chris Coons.  Her fellow Republicans shouldn’t make that climb any steeper.

She did a great job fundraising since her victory, yet lags in the polls (and this from the same outfit which first forecast her victory).  I predict she’ll do a lot better than most pundits now forecast, winning two-thirds of the counties in the First State.  (And given the political environment this year, she may even pull off another upset.)

Mike Castle should do the classy thing, bow out gracefully and endorse Miss O’Donnell.  After all, the party that nominated her gave him sustenance and succor these past three decades.

It is the decent thing to do.

UPDATE: Writing in a similar vein, Ed Morrissey offers:

Instead of pouting, Republican leaders in Delaware and around the country need to unite around the nominee, who was chosen by the Republicans in Delaware.  Had Castle won the nomination, they would have demanded unity themselves, and rightly so.   If they want to continue to issue snarky, anonymous asides and in essence take their ball and go home, don’t expect the electorate to follow them into battle in the future.

(Via Instapundit.)



  1. What i don’t understand is why the White House would be in contact with the Republican candidate in the Delaware race, instead of the candidate who represents the President’s own party.

    Comment by gastorgrab — September 16, 2010 @ 9:10 am - September 16, 2010

  2. I hope Ovide will come back in a couple of years to take out dingbat Jeanne Shaheen.

    Comment by V the K — September 16, 2010 @ 9:41 am - September 16, 2010

  3. She’s a dimwitted airhead, just like Sarah Palin.

    Comment by steve — September 16, 2010 @ 10:15 am - September 16, 2010

  4. Steve, you have not watched O’Donnell’s interviews; all your doing is more unthinking Obama zombie attacks because you can’t sell the Marxist Obama Democrat agenda. Throwing mud never wins elections. The people have to have a reason to vote for a candidate. O’Donnell gave her reasons as a contrast to RINO Castle & the people agreed.

    Ironically, due to Obama Democrat successes of Porkulus, ObamaCare, & his other crap, the Obama Democrats are running away from their supposed achievements. Why? The people reject the Marxist powers; as a result, the Democrats are in disarray as Obama himself shrinks to that of an insect. He’s not walking on water anymore because he never could; it was all smoke & mirrors. The Obama Ilusion is forever shattered in the face of stark Marxist reality.

    Keep throwing mud Steve. Pigs love the mud.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — September 16, 2010 @ 10:38 am - September 16, 2010

  5. Are we sure steve isn’t bnl?

    Their level of discourse is about the same.

    Comment by The_Livewire — September 16, 2010 @ 10:59 am - September 16, 2010

  6. Why should Congressman Castle endorse a nut who helped propel rumors that Castle had a sexual relationship with a young male on his staff. (Conservative Karl Rove mentioned that twice, once on Hannity and again on Greta Van Sustern’s program.)

    Comment by Lee — September 16, 2010 @ 3:18 pm - September 16, 2010

  7. Lee, Castle’s endorsement of O’Donnell shows he’s an adult instead of a corrupt politician with a pacifier in diapers; in other words, Castle’s reticence is showing the nation he’s a bald version of Dede Scozzafava. Remember her from NY-23?

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — September 16, 2010 @ 3:31 pm - September 16, 2010

  8. O’Donnell didn’t say that Castle was gay, but she did say things like, “I don’t know if he’s gay or not”. Sort of like, Hilliary when asked if Obama was a Muslim said, “He’s not Muslim, as far as I know.”. O’Donnell, I’ve heard, but don’t know for a fact, has a lesbian sister.

    Comment by larry — September 16, 2010 @ 10:31 pm - September 16, 2010

  9. I think Mr. Castle showed class in that Town Hall video when he told that crowd of nutbags that the issue of President Obama’s birthplace/certificate was now a non-issue. Folks here talk about how these TP candidates are shaking up the system, etc, but you want Castle to have “class” by backing her.

    O’Donnell has shown in 3 campaigns now that she has no education, no job experience of any kind and already has a cloud of theft of campaign funds hanging over her (she has no job and has apparently used campaign donations to live off of). Long on vague rhetoric, but short on real ideas. Would she have won if media darling Sarah Palin had not endorsed her so late and provided her with $150g? Is she, like Palin, going to disparage the media, solely because things she says won’t stand up to even the slightest of examination?

    Maybe you should give Castle the same credit for shaking things up by not just blindly supporting someone in his own party if he truly believes that she’s unqualified for office.

    Comment by Kevin — September 17, 2010 @ 5:41 am - September 17, 2010

  10. Kevin,

    All we have ever heard from the ‘establishment’ of the Republicans is ‘now we need to get behind X’ when X is a wishy washy moderate (see Spector, Arlen (R)(D)) for how well that plays out. All the base is asking is some consistancy from people like Rove.

    She is the Republican Candidate. She’s not David Duke or Gerry Studds or Ted Kennedy, so we want some consistancy.

    Comment by The_Livewire — September 17, 2010 @ 6:52 am - September 17, 2010

  11. Mike Castle expected to win; therefore, as Martha Coakley before him, he made the mistake the primary election was pretense. When the bottom fell out on election day, Mike Castle was beside himself in shock. He remains a sore loser since he did not see this coming. The MSM also did not see O’Donnell’s win coming; hence, her media exposure & the need for the establishment politicos on both sides & the MSM to tear her down. Castle still needs to call & congratulate her before it’s too late.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — September 17, 2010 @ 9:53 am - September 17, 2010

  12. the “bottom fell out” by 1500 votes. That’s not exactly a huge margin. Exactly how many how many days before the election did Palin endorse her and funnel her $150K? There wasn’t a huge turnout of Republicans for the primary, so I’m not sure what kind of support she had early on.

    And, once again, the woman is long on rhetoric, but short on any real ideas (much like the woman who endorsed her).

    Consistency from Rove? You mean consistency in how he plays his dirty tricks and who he plays them for/against?

    Comment by Kevin — September 17, 2010 @ 11:59 pm - September 17, 2010

  13. Awww, it must be hard for Kevin to be so afraid of women in positions of power.

    And again, he misses the point.

    Comment by The_Livewire — September 20, 2010 @ 7:26 am - September 20, 2010

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