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Mike Castle, TARP martyr

Add defeated Republican Senate candidate Mike Castle of Delaware to the list of TARP Martyrs. He joins Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) and Reps. Bob Inglis and J. Gresham Barrett, both South Carolina Republicans, on the list of members of Congress who voted for the $700 billion Troubled Assets Relief Program in 2008 -- only to be punished for it at the polls later on.

Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell made Castle's vote for the bailout fund a major issue in the campaign. No matter that TARP probably saved the U.S. and world economies at a cost to taxpayers that will end up at far less than the initial $700 billion outlay, due to earlier-than-expected repayments by the major banks. It's a reminder that the Tea Party is as much an anti-Wall Street movement as an anti-Washington one -- and that its success could make it that much more difficult to rally bipartisan support for necessary, but ideologically impure, economic legislation.

Oh, and by the way, you know who I think must be gnashing his teeth in Delaware right now? That would be Attorney General Beau Biden, the Vice President's son, who passed up a run for his old man's Senate seat. Yes, he said he couldn't leave office before finishing up a major child abuse prosecution in the state -- but privately he also factored in the conventional wisdom that Castle was nearly unbeatable. He's had health problems since, but still -- he's gotta be thinking about the might-have-beens right now, given the conventional wisdom that O'Donnell will lose to Democrat Chris Coons.

Of course, that conventional wisdom could prove wrong, too. We shall see.

By Charles Lane  | September 15, 2010; 12:10 PM ET
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Comments

Facts don't matter when you're blind with rage. Rage that you were betrayed by the Bush administration. Rage that a black man was elected the POTUS. Rage that their hero Ronald Reagan, the great communicator, actor, GE salesman and front man for the Bechtel Corporation sold America down the tubes.

Republicans embrace another no-nothing candidate who espouses simplistic, dogmatic ideology while Democrats have their sleeves rolled up fixing the mess that Republicans made.

Further to the Right? Further into permanent minority irrelevance!

Posted by: thebobbob | September 15, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Talk about having your head in the sand.
The Democrats are dead.
They've shown themselves for what they truly are, and Americans will not forget.
Democrats won't just be defeated, they will be hunted to extinction.
It's different this time and that difference will last for at least a decade.
The GOP's not running the show anymore. The people who made up the Tea Party are, and they're not going to stop after winning one battle.
This is war now.
You made it that with your thugs.
So they are going to end you.

Posted by: democratsarenazis | September 15, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Talk about having your head in the sand.
The Democrats are dead.
They've shown themselves for what they truly are, and Americans will not forget.
Democrats won't just be defeated, they will be hunted to extinction.
It's different this time and that difference will last for at least a decade.
The GOP's not running the show anymore. The people who made up the Tea Party are, and they're not going to stop after winning one battle.
This is war now.
You made it that with your thugs.
So they are going to end you.

Posted by: democratsarenazis | September 15, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

mike castle should have spent more time campaigning, and less time
LOOKING SO OLD!!!!!

Posted by: simonsays1 | September 15, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

so what if barrack obama smokes cigarettes,
what does that have to do with mike castle being a 150 years OLD!
i think all the democrats were voting for Christine!!
the old rush limbaugh rope a dope thing,
where they voted for hillary,
cuz McCain 'the cryptkeeper' had a better chance to beat her, then obama.

Posted by: simonsays1 | September 15, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Talk about having your head in the sand.
The Democrats are dead.
They've shown themselves for what they truly are, and Americans will not forget.
Democrats won't just be defeated, they will be hunted to extinction.
It's different this time and that difference will last for at least a decade.
The GOP's not running the show anymore. The people who made up the Tea Party are, and they're not going to stop after winning one battle.
This is war now.
You made it that with your thugs.
So they are going to end you.

Posted by: democratsarenazis
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Well I see the TP Republicans have Burned your History Books...

Bet you Altruistically participated...


ISA

Posted by: vettesport | September 15, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

thebobbob

You lost me at, "No-nothing."

Posted by: yzermaneely | September 15, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

yzermaneely,

fwiw, "thebobobob" is TYPICAL of the DIMocRATS on PP. = HALF-educated, HALF-smart, SEMI-literate & filled with HATE/prejudice against everyone who doesn't agree with his leftist nitwittery.

TRUTH is that ending the reign of the DIMocRATS won't be that difficult because their most dedicated members are so ARROGANTLY ignorant of FACTS, easily led & clue-LESS.

fwiw, i have the habit of asking "obama worshipers" the following question: WHAT exactly has Obama done to end this depression that we are in the midst of?

the typical DIMocRAT, that i've questioned, just stands there looking CONFUSED, as they don't know ANYTHING that obama & his coven of crooks, union bosses, bigots, wierdos & intrusive bureaucrats have actually DONE.
(some of them are able to parrot the empty, meaningless, platitudes that the DNC issues, as "talking points". - FEW DIMocRATS can do any more than that BUT this year they seem "disappointed, dispirited & uninvolved".)

the truth about the "rank & file" DIMocRATS is: "they know NOT & know NOT that they know NOT" and (sadly) most of the DIMs aren't even bright enough to know that they are "being played" by the "party leaders", who wouldn't spit on them if they caught fire.

finally, we TEA PARTY folks are going to sweep many of the DIMocRATS out of office & take over BOTH houses of Congress because we KNOW, specifically, what we want/don't like & we are MOTIVATED to do what is necessary to makes those changes.
(in my case, since i'm now retired, i'm headed soon to DE to "walk the precincts" & "ring doorbells" for Ms O'Donnell. - i will be FAR from alone.)

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | September 17, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

to all,

i'm sure that Mike Castle (a really NICE guy, btw) could have won the election without even trying BUT he would be little better than a DIMocRAT. = he's voted WITH Princess Pelosi's cohorts/crooks/wierdos over 90% of the time.

what is going to be "interesting" is if he ACTUALLY runs as an Independent. = then Chris Coons may be THIRD in the race!

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | September 17, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

It would be interesting, but he said already he's not going to. Why am I not surprised that someone who writes in such a juvenile fashion finds it hard to keep up?

Posted by: oldabandonedbeachhouse | September 17, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

oldabandonedbeachouse,

i write as i do on PP for the singular purpose of allowing the DIMocRATS to understand what i'm saying.= DIMs aren't called that for no reason - most are, AT BEST, half-educated, filled with hate for people who don't share their prejudices & most are unable to string together a whole paragraph, without making a multitude of grammar/spelling errors.

fyi, my dissertation committee thought my writing was "perfectly acceptable", thank you.
(btw, in what academic field did you receive your earned doctorate? - you know the one that you do NOT have.)

if DIMocRATS/LIBs spent more time trying to make a LOGICAL argument, rather than engaging in constant, SILLY, "ad hominum" attacks, perhaps you would be taken seriously, by those of us who actually completed high school.

fwiw, the HATEFULNESS & SELF-absorpion of the LEFTISTS is the MAIN reason that TEA PARTY candidates are going to "beat your brains out" at the polls in less than seven weeks.

11/02/10 will be a BLOODBATH of epic porportions for the DIMocRATS/"progressives"/LEFTIST lunatic fringe.

just my opinion.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | September 17, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

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