Last week I posted that some of the Republican establishment either still don't get what the Tea Party is all about, or that they are doing everything they can to squash what they see to be a threat to their power, aka 'the good 'ol boys club'. Jedediah Bila has written an excellent piece in Human Events, which expounds on points that I was making, and makes some other excellent points as well. This is a lady who really gets it. If you have not read her pieces before, I highly recommend that you make her blog one of your regular stops while surfing the net.
Principles over Party
by Jedediah Bila
Governor Chris Christie—who has commendably been a defender of fiscal responsibility in New Jersey—recently declared, “I think Delaware was a missed opportunity to have a really good U.S. Senator,” affirming that he was proud to have endorsed Mike Castle.
Former George W. Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson wrote in The Washington Post that unlike Christine O’Donnell and Sharron Angle, “Serious, mainstream Republican Senate candidates could have won in Delaware and Nevada.” He sarcastically added, “O’Donnell and Angle were gifts of Sen. Jim DeMint and Sarah Palin to their party.”
Christie and Gerson seem to have missed the mark ever so slightly … by about five-hundred feet.
O’Donnell wasn’t a “perfect” candidate—and I defy anyone to find someone who is—but she was definitely the only conservative running in the Delaware Senate race. One can’t help but ponder why any self-proclaimed conservative would have endorsed Castle, who has consistently received an F rating from the NRA and Gun Owners of America, a 0 from the National Right to Life, and a perfect 100% from Planned Parenthood and NARAL. He also earned a 43% from Club for Growth for 2009. In fact, as RedState pointed out in September, “In every year, Castle has had the most liberal voting record of any member of the 175+ Republican [CFG] caucus.”
One also can’t help but wonder who would fit into Gerson’s label of “serious, mainstream Republican Senate candidates.” Does he mean “serious” and “mainstream” as in pro-bailout, pro-abortion, pro-cap-and-tax, pro-amnesty “Republican” Lisa Murkowski? Last I checked, plenty of “serious, mainstream” Republicans helped get us into the economic and Constitution-bashing mess we’re in.
In his monologue on November 9, radio host and bestselling author Mark R. Levin offered some principled context: “Mike Castle would’ve been a disaster. He’s been a disaster. And now at least Delaware can work hard to find a candidate to defeat this guy Coons in two years and keep trying. You may not succeed, but you can keep trying. Arnold Schwarzenegger was a Republican Governor of California. He was a disaster. I mean, he ruled like a Democrat. This is the problem. You cannot advance core principles; you cannot take a fundamental stand against this kind of radicalism, if you’re all over the map and yet pretend not to be. And I’m discussing this because we have a long way to go. This battle’s gonna be very, very difficult within the Republican Party, within the conservative movement, and in the general society. And there are gonna be those who contribute to it and those who basically don’t.”
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