Mike Castle Considering Write In Campaign Against O'Donnell

Thursday, September 23, AD 2010

Hattip to Allahpundit of Hot Air.  Perhaps joining a list of defeated Rinos who simply want to hang on to power at all costs, Charlie Crist in Florida and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mike Castle is considering a write-in campaign in the Senate race in Delaware. 

“I don’t want to necessarily interfere with Republican chances,” said Castle, although he added, “I’ve had a lot of people approach me about it.”…
Asked directly whether he was considering a bid, Castle said: “I’ve given it some thought. I probably won’t do it…. I’m not exactly approaching this with bated breath.” Castle spokeswoman Kate Dickens said the congressman has had conversations about a write-in effort but that he likely won’t pull the trigger.
“We are getting a lot of mail and calls on it,” Dickens told POLITICO. But she said the likelihood of Castle mounting a campaign was still, “under 5 percent.”

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10 Responses to Mike Castle Considering Write In Campaign Against O'Donnell

  • Two thoughts

    First there is actually a line of thought thsi could help O Donnell.

    Second this is not a good race to show as a example of “RINOs”w wanting hold power at all caost since O Donnell herself did a write in effort after losing the GOP Primary for Congress in the past

  • JH, O’Donnell ran as a write in protest in 2006 in the Senate election. The primary winner Ting, was a liberal Republican who everyone knew had no chance. Ting got 17% in the general election and O’Donnell got 4% as a write in. In 2008, the best Democrat year since 1964, O’Donnell got 35% against Joe Biden. That same year Ting endorsed Obama and left the Republican party. O’Donnell by running as a write-in in 2006 ensured that the voters would actually be able to vote for a Republican.

    I think it is clear that Castle running as a run in would be helpful to O’Donnell, and I think the polls will show that if Castle gets back in.

  • Well I am generally against epople running as a write in after they lose a primary regardless if they be conservative moderate or liberal. If this is not stopped soon we are going to have huge problems .

  • I think a write-in campaign would hurt her. She’s going to get the tea party and conservative Republican support either way. Castle could get the moderate Republican and moderate independent vote, which O’Donnell will need to offset the Democratic support for Coons.

  • I disagree Pinky. Castle would take far more votes from Coons than he would from O’Donnell. His voting record is hard to distinguish from a liberal Democrat. Additionally, Castle and Coons are status quo politicians and will both draw from the same pool of voters who believe that the country is in the best of hands right now. O’Donnell will take almost every vote in Delaware cast by a voter who believes the country is most definitely not on the right course, and that the people at the top do not have the faintest clue how to rectify the situation.

  • OT, but here’s some terrific news:


    My admiration for Christie continues to grow. And that’s not the end of PP’s woes. Surprise, surprise, according to a PP whistleblower, it looks like there’s some very creative accounting going on there:


    For example, in one year Gonzalez says PPLA paid $225,695.65 for Ortho Tri-Cyclen birth control pills, yet billed the government $918,084 – for a profit of $692,388.35.

  • Liberals and the media really seem to hate nice looking consevative women for some reason…

  • It is great news Donna, and you anticipate my post today!

    Jasper, attractive conservative women running for office is pure heresy as far as liberals and the mainstream are concerned. The sight really does produce the most amusing antics from them!

  • The problem in this country we have alot of physically mature people who have never grown up. These politicians like Lisa Murkowski, Charlie Crist, Arlen Spector and Mike Castle are the perfect example.

    Part of maturity is showing integrity, and courage to accept the will of the people and support your party. Now we have people who want to “get even” with the member of their party who dared to take their apparent job for life from them.

    I have always been troubled by the number of Senators and Congressmen for life from both parties. Frankly it is time for term limits to the House and Senate, in both cases no member can serve for more than 12 years in the House and 12 in the Senate.

  • The fact that being a politician has turned into a career is a problem. It tends to influence one’s decisions in office towards that of self-interest rather than that of true representation.

T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII Weighs in on the Delaware Race

Friday, September 17, AD 2010

The indispensable Iowahawk brings us again the thoughts of T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII, Rino of the Rinos, and his musings on the Christine O’Donnell victory in the Delaware GOP Senate primary:

Thus I assumed when the Delaware Republican party approached me last week requesting high-level strategic advice it was in regards to the November general election. Mr. Biden’s elevation to the executive branch created an open Senate seat and, mercifully, a rare moment of kismet for moderate and intellectual conservatives; here, at last, the right kind of seat, for the right kind of state, and the right kind of candidate in Mr. Mike Castle. With his nomination a forgone conclusion and a voting record scarcely distinguishable from Mr. Biden’s, Mr. Castle would be undoubtedly competitive in November and could be supported by a better stripe of conservative without fear of Washington social embarrassment. Better yet, his nomination would represent a return to the rational conservatism which has been all but eclipsed by the dark moon of Tea Party lunacy. All that remained to formulate a strategy to position Mr. Castle further to the center for the general election, and to make arrangements for cocktails; two task for which I am eminently qualified and brimming with ideas. Instead, I was mortified to learn from party officials that they were in fact seeking help in parrying a primary challenge to Mr. Castle from a dark horse Republican who was in the midst of a last minute charge in the polls.

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  • Not a bad article, but a real T. Coddington etc. wouldn’t be a “VII.” Roman numerals are only appropriate for monarchs, who are also the only people who get to count everyone whose ever had the name. For the rest of us, Jr., Sr. and ordinal numbers are only used to distinguish between living people with the same name, as in “George W. Bush 3rd,” if George’s father and grandfather are still alive and have the same name. It’s barely possible to be a “5th” in families that marry young and live a long time, but mostly it’s only “Sr, Jr, and 3rd.” /pedantic etiquette rant.

    This message has been delivered to you by Captain Karen Cox of the 5th Light Pedantry.

  • I salute you Captain! I hesitate to dispute a superior officer, but I would note that it is the custom, at least here in the untamed Midwest, to use Roman numerals. No numerals are used in my family, because although my sainted father, and my alive and kicking son, share the same first name with me, we all have different middle names.

  • Karen, what happens if you were a 3rd, and then the Sr. dies, and a fourth is born? Does the 3rd revert to Jr. and the putative 4th becomes a 3rd? Does everyone move up a notch as the more senior passes away?

  • Unfortunately, the “etiquette” doesn’t take into account idiotic credit bureaus destroying one’s credit rating when “James Thomas Anderson Jr.” can’t buy a house because, unbeknownst to him, he already has 2 other mortgages.

    Speaking as a “Jr.” to a “Jr.” to yet another “Jr.”, I make no apologies to the etiquette snobs (like my own mother) that my son’s name is and shall remain – unless and until such time as he sees fit to change it himself – “James Thomas Anderson V”.

    /rant off


  • As I said to my mother: “Have you read the names in the birth announcements section of the newspaper lately? Do you really think it’s going to raise anyone’s eyebrows that your grandson has a “V” appended to the end of his name?”


Biden: Don't You Want To Follow In My Footsteps Son?

Tuesday, January 26, AD 2010

On Sunday Harry Thermal of Delaware Online ran a story that said he had the following conversation with the Veep:

Now, one year later, he is dismayed by what has happened to the Senate, and he is trying to convince a reluctant son to run for his former seat.

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7 Responses to Biden: Don't You Want To Follow In My Footsteps Son?

  • Evidently he was a prosecutor for nine years and his first run for public office was at the age of 37. Perhaps he wants to be a working lawyer, or something proximate to it.

  • I’m sort of astonished at the lack of respect and concern this father shows for his son. But I guess this sort of thing happens in many professions/vocations/trades.

  • Interestingly, Castle is pro-choice (although he voted in favor of Stupak). Kaufman was one of 7 Dem senators to vote for the Stupak language.

  • Maybe Beau Biden took his cue from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan? The parallels are kind of interesting:

    Lisa Madigan was at one time considered an odds-on favorite to run for Obama’s former Senate seat, and (if I remember correctly) even Obama himself tried to persuade her to run for it; but she said no, she was sticking with the job she had.

    Like Beau, she is married and has two young children, as well as a powerful and well-known father, Ill. House Speaker Mike Madigan. However, Mike Madigan, unlike Joe Biden, rarely says anything foolish because he rarely says anything at all, least of all concerning his daughter’s political future.

    Finally, her decision not to run for the Senate made a Republican, Congressman Mark Kirk, pretty much the frontrunner for that seat. Kirk is a RINO on most issues, but, like all the GOP congressmen, he did vote for Stupak (as Castle did despite being pro-choice).

    It’s deja vu all over again for the Dems!

  • Some years back, Rudolph Giuliani said something to the effect that once you had been involved in producing ‘output’ in an executive position, a seat in a legislature is not so attractive. Consider the possibility that not only does the general public look upon Congress and state legislatures as the dregs, so do other politicians.

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