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Conservative sniping in Del. race

The conservative movement is being split wide open by Christine O'Donnell's candidacy.

The tea party favorite, in case you're not familiar, is battling veteran Delaware politician Mike Castle today for the GOP Senate nomination.

She is also backed by Sarah Palin. But some Republicans just don't think O'Donnell is qualified, and that her nomination could cede the old Joe Biden seat to the Democrats.
One glimpse of the civil war came in this piece by John McCormack:

"Court documents obtained Saturday by THE WEEKLY STANDARD reveal surprising new details about the gender discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuit filed by Christine O'Donnell in 2005 against her former employer, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, a conservative non-profit based in Delaware.

"O'Donnell...sought $6.95 million in damages. In a court complaint, she extensively detailed the "mental anguish" she suffered after allegedly being demoted and fired because of her gender. And, although she didn't have a bachelor's degree until this year, O'Donnell implied she was taking master's degree classes at Princeton University in 2003.

"O'Donnell alleged in a July 1, 2005 complaint filed in district court that she had been demoted because ISI's conservative philosophy dictated that women must be subordinate to men."

To some conservatives, this was playing the gender card, an accusation often hurled at liberals. And O'Donnell acknoweldges to CNN that she never took a single graduate course at Princeton.

Now CNN reports that the O'Donnell camp is trashing Standard editors Bill Kristol and Fred Barnes.

"The charge: both men, editors of the conservative magazine the Weekly Standard, are trying to undermine Delaware Republican Senate candidate and tea party darling Christine O'Donnell, or so her campaign manager says.

"'Call Bill Kristol and ask him why he's crossing swords with Governor Palin's endorsement. And Google Fred Barnes and see about him taking money from Republican leadership,' a frustrated O'Donnell campaign manager Matt Moran told CNN...

"In a reply to an e-mail from CNN, Bill Kristol offers this: 'I know Sarah Palin. I respect Sarah Palin. And with all due respect- Christine O'Donnell is no Sarah Palin.'"

If O'Donnell wins today, she may become the new Sharron Angle--at odds with the press, and especially the conservative press.

By Howard Kurtz  |  September 14, 2010; 2:32 PM ET
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Ripley's Believe it or Not needs an entire book devoted to wackadoodle politicos.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld1 | September 14, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Those crazy conservatives are always in a civil war...right Howie...? LOL

Posted by: d1carter | September 14, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't seem too outrageous at this point to predict that the Koch Brothers party is going keep the Republicans out of office for quite some time. Ultimately there will have to be a showdown between the "moderates" and the Baggers. If people like Angle and O'Donnell start winning seats, and if someone as clearly unsuited as Palin could actually lead the party, Democrats could hold the White House for three or four terms. Then we could really get something done!

Posted by: gposner | September 14, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Party is proving to be "God's Gift to the Democratic Party"! I've always believed that He works in mysterious ways, but who woulda ever thunk it??

Posted by: Maerzie | September 14, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Party = the new Ralph Nader. We always need a "spoiler" in every election.

Posted by: Maerzie | September 14, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Amazing how these tea party candidates are suddenly "not qualified". As long as they were anti-Pres. Obama everything was okay now the Republicans don't want them taking away their votes. Too late - as someone said "the monster has turned on the doctor".

Posted by: rlj1 | September 14, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Right you are, "gposner"!!

Posted by: Maerzie | September 14, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

"rlj1 wrote: Amazing how these tea party candidates are suddenly "not qualified". As long as they were anti-Pres. Obama everything was okay now the Republicans don't want them taking away their votes. Too late - as someone said 'the monster has turned on the doctor'."

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It has been obvious for quite some time that the republican "party?" doesn't have a CLUE what they're doing! They have no organizatio, they have no leader, and they have no platform, besides: " 1.)Vote NO on everything; 2.) Try to demean Obama and any important Democrat!; 3.) Take all the lobby money we can get; and 4.) To HE]] with our constituents! They'll vote for us anyway!"

Posted by: Maerzie | September 14, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

To use an analogy conservatives would understand, she's a spider in the rifle barrel. For those of you who know nothing about guns, if a spider crawls into the barrel of a rifle, when you pull the trigger instead of taking down whatever you were aiming at, you end up shredding the rifle barrel. Seems apt description of what's happened to the Tea Party's hastily built once-glorious rifle...

Posted by: fbgraham2 | September 14, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I would encourage all Deleware t-baggers / conservatives to vote for O'Donnel. We need to keep this seat in the hands of democrats forever.

Posted by: insider9909 | September 14, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

If I were a Republican I would be at odd with the tea baggers too. I wish we could give all these people an IQ test first before they vote....
www.thethrifters.net

Posted by: dtroppy | September 14, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

fbgraham2 - I'm Googling for anything about "spider in a rifle barrel" I can get and coming up empty. Is this true? A spider in the barrel of a rifle will, when the trigger is pulled, result in a shredded barrel? Real question--not trying to throw-down or nothin'! :-D

Posted by: kingpigeon | September 14, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Don't believe she is qualified.. at least the republicans are willing to access their pols too bad the dems were unwilling to do the same when barak was running

Posted by: mandinka2 | September 14, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

The real issue here is not the "wackadoodle" O'Donnell, whose skirting the truth is typical of so many of our "public servants." The real issue is how can anybody say, with a straight face - " I know Sarah Palin. I respect Sarah Palin.?" What do people see in this pitiful woman who has proved beyond a shadow of any reasonable doubt that she is not qualified for any position of influence over the lives of Americans. Yet thousands seem to adore her and hang on her every word.
Folks, we are falling rapidly backward into the Bush type abyss of preferential treatment for the well to do, rolled back progress on health care (which will alone banckrupt the country without slow steady progress toward reform), lifting any new rules on those poor downtrodden Wall Street billionares, and, since we are on a role, lets appoint the Koch brothers to Secty of the Treasury and Fed Chairman.
What is it with the American electorate that they want to listen to and follow, unthinking, the simplest messengers that don't even offer anything but rhetoric rather than hard thought solutions. I thought there was hope for us all after President Obama was elected (and he didnt even need a decision by the Supremes. Court that is) and immediately started to make the hard but correct decisions to prevent a complete economic meltdown.
Start thinking and analyzing yourself rather than relying Sad Sarah's of the political world.

Posted by: ken40 | September 14, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Who cares
! The whole damm bunch are worthless to all but the filfthy rich. Money talks an BS walks

Posted by: LOONYBIN2000 | September 14, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

It's good that at least one of the major parties is being roiled by primary challenges and popular participation by anti-establishment forces.

Now, if we could just get the other party freed from the shackles of the Unions, civil rights industry and ambulance chasers, maybe we would see some real democracy in this country where elections represented actual choices for the voters.

Posted by: CincinnatiRIck | September 14, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Party is proving to be "God's Gift to the Democratic Party"! I've always believed that He works in mysterious ways, but who woulda ever thunk it??

Posted by: Maerzie | September 14, 2010 3:38 P
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The Tea Party is the only REAL attempt at POSITIVE change by conservatives to out the status quo.

Meanwhile you tools march lockstep to your corrupt leadership while they rob you blind and keep your loyalty by tossing you crumbs. Congratulations.

Posted by: Cryos | September 14, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Instead of focusing on the Republicans and the Tea party, as dumboturds, you might want to figure out what you're going to do with a president the entire country has come to despise. If you dump him off the ticket, now you're the "racists". If you keep him, you're slaughtered in the midterms and in 2012. Denying those facts is like burying your head in the sand as opposed to where it is usually stored.

Posted by: Bcamp55 | September 14, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

The only "war" is the difference between conservatives (the majority in The Party of Know) and the liberals (the minority in The Party of Know). When the minority ram through their agenda, the party loses (reference ramming McCain as the candiate in 2008). It's sort of like the democrats ramming through obamacare, cap and tax, "business reform," etc. Phyrric victories ... doomed to lose.

Posted by: IQ168 | September 14, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: fbgraham2

To use an analogy conservatives would understand, she's a spider in the rifle barrel. For those of you who know nothing about guns, if a spider crawls into the barrel of a rifle, when you pull the trigger instead of taking down whatever you were aiming at, you end up shredding the rifle barrel. Seems apt description of what's happened to the Tea Party's hastily built once-glorious rifle...
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To use a phrase even an idiot would understand - you my friend are an imbecile who knows absolutely nothing about rifles, physics, or politics.

Posted by: Bcamp55 | September 14, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Do I ever hope this fruitcake wins the primary today.

Posted by: hitpoints | September 14, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Just love it the crazy right fringe is taking over the Republican party, love how it all backfired on them.

Posted by: audrey2010 | September 14, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Oh My, the shame of it all. Republicans calling each other dumb & stupid. It's like crazed Apes eating their own young. Why do so many Republicans get caught lying, stealing & with someone else's wife or husband ? I believe all Republicans are born with a defective gene ... for example, look at the Bush family or Palin & Limbaugh or the boi's from that weird News Station. Nothing but incompetent fools.

Posted by: wasaUFO | September 14, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love it!! Now if we can just get a tea bagger to run against Agent Orange (Big Boehner), they will really be hoist by their own petard.

Posted by: whereareweandwhatarewedoinginthishandbasket | September 14, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: wasaUFO | September 14, 2010 5:13 PM

Oh My, the shame of it all. Republicans calling each other dumb & stupid. It's like crazed Apes eating their own young. Why do so many Republicans get caught lying, stealing
===========================================.........you mean like Rangel, Marion Barry, Alcee Hastings........et al

............with someone else's wife or husband........... you mean like the entire Kennedy clan, Clinton, Edwards, Gary Hart...et al

Now shall we talk about a racist (Robert Byrd) and a murderer (Ted Kennedy)who were each elected time and time again over a 40-50 year period by you characterless morons?

Yeah - you dumboturds have a lock on integrity alright?

Posted by: wasaUFO

Posted by: Bcamp55 | September 14, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

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Riiiight. So will it be characterless morons who elect Ensign, or the diaper wearing-prostitute habitue Vitter? You know who they are, I assume?

Posted by: whereareweandwhatarewedoinginthishandbasket | September 14, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Kingpigeon--yes it's true and can happen from partial obstruction of the barrel. Google partial bore obstruction and you'll see more information about it.

Bcamp55--thank you for gracing the discussion with a precise example of the rush to judgment and insult-hurtling that characterizes both the rise and fall of the Tea Party.

Posted by: fbgraham2 | September 14, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

"Now, if we could just get the other party freed from the shackles of the Unions, civil rights industry and ambulance chasers, maybe we would see some real democracy in this country where elections represented actual choices for the voters."

Thanks for the suggestion, but we in the other party prefer our candidates to be educated and knowledgeable about how government actually works, not a line up of amateur extremists, who belong on reality shows, not Congress.

Posted by: Koko3 | September 14, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

ken40 asked:
What do people see in this pitiful woman who has proved beyond a shadow of any reasonable doubt that she is not qualified for any position of influence over the lives of Americans.

T&A.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | September 14, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Why does it seem strange that the liberal inside-the-beltway mainstream media is suddenly the (very pessimistic) arbiter of conservative politics?

Time will tell whether WaPo has a tin ear in this regard.

Posted by: Miner49er | September 14, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

It's a tough one to decide.

With McDonald and Palin photos side by side.

Who has the bigger mouth!

Posted by: kishorgala | September 14, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

I meant O'Donnell and not McDonald....

I am sure some of you were thoroughly confused. Specially of the Tea Party Variety>

Posted by: kishorgala | September 14, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

I hope every last one of these tea party candidates wins the primary and the general election. Then t them go to

Posted by: bgreenage | September 14, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Angle, O'Donnell and Palin??
Breath taking!

Posted by: thebobbob | September 14, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Angle, O'Donnell and Palin??
Breath taking!


Posted by: thebobbob | September 14, 2010 6:08 PM
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Yes they do take breaths!

Posted by: kishorgala | September 14, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

"We The People" can live with the outcome.

Posted by: rteske | September 14, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

The upshot of the likes of O'Donnell, Palin, the tea-baggers from Nevada, Alaska and other states is a testimony to the fact that the educational system in the US has really fallen behind. This seems to be part of the plan of big corporations. People get their indoctrination from FOX news and other organs of the corporate establishment. Then the uneducated masses who have never learned to think clearly find that the simplistic, fearful, angry, anti-tolerance arguments thrust at them by people who are "just like them" are very appealing. It is quite possible that the tea-bagger approach may become a dominant force in US politics. It would be another down-turn but it can happen. It is interesting to see that, like many third-world countries, the uneducated electorate of the US can be convinced to vote against its own best interest by those who would profit from the ignorance of the majority rather than find ways to educate and raise people up. What a world!!

Posted by: MickyD1 | September 14, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

If you feel this way about the Tea Bag Party candidates don't forget to get out and vote in November and get those that think like you to do the same. That would really take the thunder out of the Conservatives. You have to vote to show that your comments really mean something.

Posted by: mcdonalsherry | September 14, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Being at "odds" with the press is good. They were responsible for McCain being on the last presidential ticket. Identifying Castle as a veteran politician is not doing him any favors.

Posted by: wwwilins | September 14, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

A sadly unhinged, very angry "conservative" wrote here about President Obama a little while ago: "a president the entire country has come to despise."
How do people like him/her even brush their teeth and tie their shoes?

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | September 14, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Christine O'Donnell is "unqualified"? What exactly does "unqualified" mean? No experience at running up multi-TRILLION dollar national debts. No experience at handing out favors to lobbyists. No experience at voting on legislation they haven't even read.

There is no difference between a RINO republican and a liberal democrat. If Christine O'Donnell loses, then it really doesn't matter who wins. You will get the status quo.

Posted by: penniless_taxpayer | September 14, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

If it's true that we get the government we deserve, then what did the good people of Delaware do to deserve O'Donnell? It does make one wonder.

Posted by: queenofromania | September 14, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

"In a reply to an e-mail from CNN, Bill Kristol offers this: 'I know Sarah Palin. I respect Sarah Palin. And with all due respect- Christine O'Donnell is no Sarah Palin.'"
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Wrong Bill, Christine O'Donnell is exactly like Sarah Palin, whi is exactly like Sue Angle and if that is what the Republicans want to represent them in Washington more power to them. You see, for decades Conservatives have tried to destroy government through neglect. Starve the beast, so to speak. Having failed to kill it entirely now you nominate and run candidates like Palin, O'Donnell, Angle, Miller and Buck so they can go to Washington and figuratively (I hope) blow the place up. The Tea Party with the exception of Miller from Alaska (who I think has some smarts for the job) has forwarded folks who are singularly unqualified to serve as county dog catcher to serve in the United States Senate. Insanity reigns in the Republican Party and this just proves it. You go guys!

Posted by: army164 | September 14, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Christine O'Donnell is "unqualified"? What exactly does "unqualified" mean? No experience at running up multi-TRILLION dollar national debts. No experience at handing out favors to lobbyists. No experience at voting on legislation they haven't even read.

There is no difference between a RINO republican and a liberal democrat. If Christine O'Donnell loses, then it really doesn't matter who wins. You will get the status quo.

Posted by: penniless_taxpayer | September 14, 2010 9:05 PM
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How about has never held a job. How about has a decade of irresponsible personal debt issues. How about has lied about her past and has questionable education background. She is "qualified" by age. So was the clown the Democrats nominated in South Carolina. You folks are insane, absolutely insane.

Posted by: army164 | September 14, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Christine O'Donnell is "unqualified"? What exactly does "unqualified" mean? No experience at running up multi-TRILLION dollar national debts. No experience at handing out favors to lobbyists. No experience at voting on legislation they haven't even read.

There is no difference between a RINO republican and a liberal democrat. If Christine O'Donnell loses, then it really doesn't matter who wins. You will get the status quo.

Posted by: penniless_taxpayer | September 14, 2010 9:05 PM
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How about has never held a job. How about has a decade of irresponsible personal debt issues. How about has lied about her past and has questionable education background. She is "qualified" by age. So was the clown the Democrats nominated in South Carolina. You folks are insane, absolutely insane.

Posted by: army164 | September 14, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Well, if you're the Democrats, you simply couldn't ask to have the table set any more favorably in an awful election year.

This person is just as much a clown as Rand Paul, Sarah Palin, Joe Miller, Sharon Angle, and a bunch of others.

If Democrats can't beat them, then we all will deserve the SIX YEARS they are going to give us.

God help us all.

Posted by: SwellLevel5 | September 14, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Cryos said "The Tea Party is the only REAL attempt at POSITIVE change by conservatives to out the status quo."

Replacing the Republican status quo with more mendacious, meaner and less sane (sorry couldn't come up with a "positive" variant on insane) people requires a real stretch into the dregs of humanity - sadly they've been up to the task.

The Dems are more timid than I'd prefer, but I wouldn't replace them with people who belong in the sanitariums Reagan closed up.

Posted by: TisforTwit | September 14, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

O'Donnell won ... laffin at the stupid Republicans. Could the P-bags really be Democrats dressed up in funny suits to look like a Republican ? They're the Democrats best friend, watch them drop like fly's in the November Elections.

Posted by: wasaUFO | September 14, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Oooh, it's gonna be so easy to whup Christine in November!

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | September 14, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the Democrats are very upset at losing one of their stalwarts ~ Congresscritter Castle of Delaware.

Oh, darn ~ now they'll be mad.

Posted by: muawiyah | September 14, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

"I know Sarah Palin. I respect Sarah Palin. And with all due respect- Christine O'Donnell is no Sarah Palin."

Well that would be an insult if they were talking about Lincoln or Kennedy. In the case of Palin that would be a compliment wouldn't it?

I would count it a compliment and say: "Thank you, thank God in Heaven it's true."

Posted by: watchingtheworldgoround | September 14, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Yea, baby! Divide and Conquer! The Tea Baggers are going to get shagged by non-insane politicians in November! Party on!!!

Posted by: braultrl | September 15, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

Don't start your Dem victory parties yet.

We Tea Party folk have some voting to do in November. And we will vote.

You can count on us..... taking back America

Posted by: RonKH | September 15, 2010 1:14 AM | Report abuse

I'm not from Delaware, so I won't be voting for any of the above, but I have a comment on a minor point regarding O'Donnell's credibility:

Re "And, although she didn't have a bachelor's degree until this year, O'Donnell implied she was taking master's degree classes at Princeton University in 2003" — I know from personal experience that in some schools it is possible to begin graduate studies before finishing a bachelors degree.

Posted by: NJmom77 | September 15, 2010 7:13 AM | Report abuse

What part of "sending a message" is it that both the liberal and conservative press don't get?

It matters little if Christine wins in November, what matters is that a message has been sent to all the career politicians who line their pockets with money from the special interests they all decry while they vote over and over for things that serve those special interests...and this goes for both parties folks.

A message has been sent to the establishment that no longer will the people be satisfied with the status quo..with electing folks because they are Kennedy's, or because they are Bush's. This country was not founded to have a new form of aristocracy and yet, through the years, that is what we have become.

The victory will be when the Democrat voters join us in sending that same message.

Posted by: LMW6 | September 15, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

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