In the GOP Senate primary in Delaware, conservative Christine O'Donnell sent liberal septuagenarian Mike Castle to an involuntary but timely retirement.
In a year in which the economy unexpectedly continues to languish, and in which conservatives unexpectedly continue to obliterate liberals, what can we learn from Christine's victory? Not much that we couldn't have known already...
The Tea Party is powerful.
Petty pseudo-scandals don't distract voters.
Sarah Palin has amazing coattails.
It's a bad year for politicians who are insufficiently prepared to stand in the way of the Obama-Reid-Pelosi agenda.
It's the economy, stupid.
Like ten-month-old children with a jack-in-the-box, myopic pundits are startled each time these memes jump out from the headlines.
I don't know why the talking heads are having so much difficulty understanding these things. By now it should be abundantly clear to almost everyone... Americans are ready for principled opposition to the lazy, self-serving agenda of both parties' statists. If the politics of the last decade taught us nothing else, it taught us that power without principle is poison.
The heady days of "No standards, no principles... no problem" are over. The cheap and easy gains of 2004 were followed by waves of disappointment and defeat for incumbent Republicans. Now the bubble is bursting for the Democratic opportunists who filled the void in 2006 and 2008. But make no mistake...the Tea Party is ready to defeat power grabbers on both sides of the aisle.
We're fed up with the cynical "politics of whatever." We're ready for unpolished but authentic leaders who offer nothing more than the unvarnished truth and a willingness to do the unglamorous heavy lifting that comes with real leadership.
In the wake of Christine O'Donnell's unsurprisingly surprising win, I hope Mike Castle's supporters will follow Jim Geraghty's example, standing prepared to help Christine O'Donnell "beat the heck out of the once-bearded Marxist."
The reaction of the GOP establishment to Christine O'Donnell shows us just how rotten the establishment is. And they're lazy. They'd sooner lose their country than lose a primary or lift a finger to win an uphill battle.
O'Donnell may be the biggest thing to hit the political scene since Sarah Palin. That's a big threat to the GOP establishment because they prefer Republicans who will work with Democrats to grow government and bring more power to Washington.
I hope that concern trolls like Karl Rove find time to scrutinize Chris Coons as much as they've scrutinized Christine O'Donnell.
"A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency, or simply to swell its numbers.” ~ Ronald Reagan
Cross-posted at Left Coast Rebel
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