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Chris Coons can't coast to victory against Christine O'Donnell

Democrats are right to be thrilled about Christine O'Donnell's victory over Mike Castle for the Republican Senate nomination last night. The seat once held by Vice President Biden that everyone thought would go to the well-regarded Castle is now "Leans Democratic." But I'd like to interrupt the Democrats' euphoric conga line from Dover to Capitol Hill to remind them that nothing is guaranteed. To quote Yogi Berra, "It ain't over until it's over."

All I know about the Democratic nominee, Chris Coons, is that he's the New Castle County Executive and that he's up in the first poll out since O'Donnell's victory. What we don't know is how well he'll do on the stump statewide. Just because you're an affable fella who is a proven vote-getter, can raise money and is believed by everyone to be able to beat O'Donnell doesn't mean you can win statewide. Just ask Martha Coakley. Remember her? She's the Massachusetts attorney general who has been on the Commonwealth's political scene for a decade. Coakley was supposed to easily win (and keep in Democratic hands) the Senate seat held by Ted Kennedy for nearly 47 years. Instead, the candidate who couldn't lose did just that when now-Sen. Scott Brown beat her 52 percent to 47 percent.

So, the question now is: Will Coons successfully avoid becoming the new Coakley?

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 15, 2010; 12:57 PM ET
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Martha Coakley is not "affable."

Coons will crush this nutbag. He will campaign with Joe Biden, Beau Biden, Gov. Jack Markell, House Rep. to be John Carney, etc., and other beloved Delaware figures.

O'Donnell will not campaign with anyone of note who actually lives in Delaware, becauese they all hate her and/or think she is a moronic nutjob.

Posted by: Observer691 | September 15, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

"Don't ever underestimate the power of we the people."

-Christine O'Donnell
Tea Party winner in the Delaware senate primary

Nice quote! I have an even better one than that:

"No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people."

-H.L. Mencken

That's more like it.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

Posted by: tomdeganfrontiernetnet | September 15, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

her and palin are crazy loons!
racists! christian nutjobs.
the Post told me so,
and I believe the Post.
thanks for thinking for me.
she is gun toting moose killing
wolf murdering
she only hate obama cuz he's
a minority, he was too born in
the USA! oh yeah!
didn't think I saw that one
the deficit was built up by republicans!
every democrat who ever held the white house not only created a surplus but ended global conflicts and
so there!!!

Posted by: simonsays1 | September 15, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Liberal Howard Fineman writes today in Newsweek about his visit to Delaware:

"what I heard at a little polling place in Newark, Dela., told me, even before the day’s election results were in, exactly what to expect in November:"

"An earthquake."

"Democrats are trying to convince themselves the GOP is hopelessly divided, but that’s wishful thinking."

"President Obama, meanwhile, is behaving like a guy unsure of which way to run as buildings collapse around him."

Think Obamacare, TARP, bailouts, Victory mosque, amnesty...

If Fineman says "earthquate" ? Dems better keep running for the hills : )

Posted by: pvilso24 | September 15, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Contempt for the enemy is always a bad idea.

Posted by: sjpatejak | September 15, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

The lesson of O'Donnell's victory is that the conservatives beat the Republican Establishment. Will the Republican Party bosses learn this lesson?

The electorate learned that lesson in Nov 2008. "Mainstream" McCain lost to "Liberal" Obama. The Republican base wants conservatives, not someone who "could win".

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | September 15, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Do not overestimate the sheer partisan stupidity of most Washington Compost opinion writers. From Eugene (failed 3rd grade twice)Robinson to the oddly sophomoric Ruth Marcus (we need good government, I mean liberals in both parties or I'll cry). Good for you Jonathan Capehart, an actual lucid thought.

Posted by: JackReacher | September 15, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

to all,

what Chris Coons BETTER remember is that THIS year, BHO & just BEING ON the DIMocRAT ticket is a MAJOR disability, regardless of how good/decent a person that a particuliar candidate may be.

i predict that COONS will LOSE, even in DE, solely because of the STUPIDITY, ARROGANCE & HATE-FILLED opinions of the donkey party's LEFTISTS.

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | September 15, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Christine O'Donnell will get huge Republican and Independent support. Why? Because the electorate is sick of Obama's tax, spend and big government policies and programs.

No one believes or trusts Obama any more. Post Office Health Care, an all out assault on business and an arrogance by Obama Liberal elites believing they know more than the American people who are primarily concerned about the ECONOMY and JOBS.

No more Bushblame, lies, payoffs or pathetic charges of racism. Ha! Last time I looked Chris Coons was just another bald headed white guy.

November can't come soon enough!

Posted by: 2012frank | September 15, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

You rascally wing nuts. Just can't limit yourself to the column, can you. Do you cut and paste this stuff or is it like a tape recording in your head replete with invisible barking dogs. Oh, and ease up on that "caps" key. There is a secret limit to how many times you can capitalize while bloviating and a hidden government agency monitoring you as we speak

Posted by: craigjjs | September 16, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

If political pundits, commentators, and editors were paid based on the accuracy of their analyses, an unemployment check would look good to them.

L E T 'S V O T E !!

Posted by: pilsener | September 16, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Coons appears to be a vastly superior candidate compared to Coakley (just look at his national interviews in past 24 hours), and O'Donnell is a much weaker candidate than Scott Brown. Brown had also served in the MA state legislature and, despite his Tea Party support, had taken and continues to take middle of the road positions on many issues. So I appreciate the nod toward taking nothing for granted, but the Massachusetts comparison is not valid. The next shoe to drop is Mike Castle endorsing Coons.

Posted by: BillB10 | September 16, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse


IF you don't like how anyone else here types
you have nothing to say that illustrates your ability to think/reason/make intelligent comments, perhaps you should go over to some other website where you get to make the rules. - Post Partisan is not that place.
(i seriously doubt that anyone on PP will long regret your leaving.)

fyi, i type to suit me & nobody else - it's called "freedom of speech". - you have at least heard of that, have you not?

if not, you might want to check out the First Amendment to The Bill of Rights.
(the Amendment on "freedom of expression" is FIRST for a reason. - can you guess why it IS first?)

btw, it has been my long experience that those who complain/moan/carp/whine/whimper endlessly about SILLY things like "typing style" (rather than "content" & "ideas") have NOTHING of importance to say & it makes them "feel really big" to say something/anything.

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | September 16, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

“Chris Coons: The Making of a Bearded Marxist.”

Self-penned, self-descriptive.

No lie.

Posted by: bubbabgone | September 16, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Washington establishment,

Underestimate Christine O'Donnell at your peril.

And so it goes...

Posted by: pgould1 | September 16, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

It should be a cake walk for coons.

Posted by: MikeMcLamara | September 16, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Hey bubba, got a link to this? We'll be waiting.

Meanwhile, you teabaggers just keep on dreaming that moderate independents will vote for a social nutbag like O'Donnell.

Posted by: Observer691 | September 16, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

It's impossible to underestimate O'Donnell since she is the lowest of the low. Just a two-bit grifter who makes Sarah Palin look like the president of the Anchorage Mensa chapter.

Posted by: Observer691 | September 16, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Hasn't Coons called himself a Marxist? Maybe Capeheart could commit some journalism and investigate that. Dontcha think the voters might think that's important?

Posted by: bandmom22 | September 16, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Chris Coons is a self-described socialist. His socialist views and socialist past could easily end up redounding more to his detriment than it will for O'Donnell that it took her 12 years to pay off her college debt. I graduated 14 years ago, and I'm still paying it off.

And FYI: there are far more conservative independents than there are moderate or liberal independents. Fully 40% of the country now identifies themselves as "conservative." And I think the American people in EVERY state in our union are growing sick and tired of being told by the intelligentsia that certain people are "out of the mainstream." The cold hard truth is that liberals are out of the mainstream, as they comprise the smallest segment of the American electorate.

A government takeover of health care insurance would be unpopular even in robust economic times, as would suing a sister state for enforcing its southern border, or building triumphantly a mosque on the ashes of dead Americans, or a government takeover of a car company or the entire student loan industry. The Dems are in a 30% hole - the positions they are taking place them in a minority of the 30% range among the American people.

We are NOT witnessing a Republican wave. The voters think LESS of the GOP than they do of the Democrat party. But in the face of raw socialism, the American people seem willing to give the more conservative party another chance out of a lack of alternative choice.

This is a CONSERVATIVE wave: there are a ton of independents all across this country waking up to the fact that they are well to the right of center. All it took for them to realize it was an unabashedly socialist agenda to be put forward and enacted, and they are revolting against it because it is not what they voted for.

According to any liberal's most favorite polling firm, GALLUP, 43% of all Tea-Party supporters are independent. So independent voters are far more conservative, on average, than the intelligentsia is willing to admit. Independents are not people devoid of opinions. They are devoid of any sense of loyalty to any political party machine.

This is actually the best thing that can happen to the GOP. A large, nationwide bloc of conservative independents is going to swing this election to the GOP in hopes that the more conservative party has learned its lesson from abandoning its principles in the middle of this decade.

This wave is ideologically driven, by people with no loyalty to any political party. If the GOP drifts leftward again, they'll lose again. It helps to assure that the GOP will actually stay true to its platform, a document 70% of which most independents would agree with.

Posted by: madisonian | September 16, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I have a bad feeling about this. After watching the GOP throw everything at her, it seemed to help her. Coons will do the same thing.

The meme I get from from voters is that amateurs cannot do worse than the professional politicians have.

Sadly I bet she wins.

Posted by: katorga | September 17, 2010 6:48 AM | Report abuse

katorga; all,

Chris O'Donnell WILL very likely win.

further, she will probably be the 11th GOP "turnover" that will return the Senate to the GOP & SINK "obamacare", "cap & tax", the "manmade global warming" HOAX & every other BIG government, wasteful program passed by the DIMocRATS since BHO came to the WH.

the unvarnished TRUTH is that any group of 535 people, randomly picked from the voter rolls of the 50 states, could do NO worse (and probably MUCH better) than the motley collection of liars, elitists, "sell-outs", fools, shyster lawyers, machine politicians, nitwits & other LOSERS that fill the 2 houses of Congress.

as for BHO, he is a "creature without honor" or even common decency, who will SAY,CLAIM, AGREE TO & DO anything (and i mean ANYTHING, no matter how immoral/amoral) to "get ahead".
he cares for NOTHING & NOBODY except his small claque of Chicago thugs, the northeastern elites and himself.

be NOT deceived: IF tomorrow 3% of the population decided to engage in cannibalism, BHO would happily say that he supports the practice as "an acceptable life-choice" & offer everyone WH recipes for cooking people.

that lack of HONOR is the main reason that:
1. the DIMocRATS coalition is melting away,
2. the "progressives" feel unappreciated,
3. the "poor" feel abandoned
4. why the Tea Party arose from being a small but activist group (of conservatives & libertarians) to become the largest & fasting growing citizen's reform organization in the USA.

the TRUTH is that in about six weeks the DIMocRAT Party will be buried in a landslide of ANGER by the voters, will be MARGINALIZED & made IRRELEVANT (perhaps forever).
further, BHO will be America's very own LAME DUCK for the rest of his single term.

just my opinion.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | September 22, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

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