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DE-Senate: Castle To Run

Delaware Rep. Mike Castle is running for the Senate. Dennis Brack/Bloomberg News

Update, 1:30 p.m.: Castle made it official earlier this afternoon, drawing an implicit contrast between himself and likely Democratic opponent Beau Biden. "We are best served by an experienced, independent voice and that is why I am announcing my intention to run for the United States Senate," said Castle.

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In a major recruiting coup for national Republicans, Rep. Mike Castle (R) will enter the open seat Senate race in Delaware later today, according to sources familiar with the decision.

Castle had been weighing a race for the seat being vacated by Vice President Joe Biden for months. Former governor Ruth Ann Minner (D) appointed longtime Biden staffer Ted Kaufman to fill the seat until the 2010 election.

The Republican congressman is widely regarded as the only GOP candidate who can win the seat next November given the decided Democratic lean of the First State. Castle has been a statewide elected official in Delaware since 1980 when he was elected lieutenant governor. Four years later he became governor, staying in that post until 1992. That year Castle was elected to Delaware's at-large House seat where he has stayed for the past 17 years.

Castle is likely to face off against state Attorney General Beau Biden next fall. Biden, the son of the vice president, who recently returned from a year-long deployment in Iraq in Iraq and is expected to make a decision soon about his political future. Castle's presence in the race could complicate that decision although one Democratic source said Tuesday that he still "fully expects Biden to run".

Castle's candidacy is a major recruiting victory for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which had been aggressively courting the Delaware GOPer for months.

The Rothenberg Political Report, which handicaps House and Senate races, immediately moved the Delaware contest to "lean takeover" upon word of Castle's entrance into the field.

Eric Schultz, communications director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, was less sanguine about the Castle candidacy. "Mike Castle ran his first campaign in 1967," said Schultz. "After four decades in politics, it is clear which direction Mike Castle wants to move Delaware and the country."

The Senate bid by Castle also opens up his House seat, a prime pickup opportunity for House Democrats. Former Lt. Gov. John Carney (D) has been in the race for months and is touted by national Democrats as a star recruit.

Given the seat's strong Democratic tilt -- President Barack Obama won 62 percent in the state in 2008 -- and the decidedly thin Republican bench, the House seat is a near-certain takeover for Democrats.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 6, 2009; 10:45 AM ET
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Hey Arm...

It's philosophically IMPOSSIBLE to be both a fascist and socialist... you obviously don't know what you're talking the way, this Liberal has ALWAYS respected the soldiers who put themselves in harm's way to protect us and I also have friends and family members who are active duty or are in the reserves that have spent time in both Iraq and Afghanistan...

Posted by: mffortmann | October 8, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Where are the intelligent conservatives?

Posted by: nodebris | October 6, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Do you suppose Mike Castle realizes that he will spend the next year beating the trail for the GOP only to have them complain that he isn't a true Republican?

Google Mike Castle RINO and the ugliness tumbles onto your screen.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | October 6, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DDAWD | October 6, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

The good people of Delaware have become accustomed, over the last 2 or 3 decades, to voting for Castle AND Biden, whenever their names appear on the ballot. Thus, 2010 will present them with an unusual choice. Assuming, of course, that Beau Biden runs.

Posted by: mikenmidland | October 6, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Umm, armpeg, you may have failed to notice, but it's not 1974.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | October 6, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Following trashing a deployed soldier, snow follows up by trashing the former Sec., who resigned over the failure the size of the Navy. Par for the course. Miniature golf, in Zouk's case.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | October 6, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

armpit is just another sick rightwing nut who comes here to spew his vile hate. i read his posts once or twice, now i just scroll past, don't want to lose my lunch.

Posted by: drindl | October 6, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

EYES ONLY TO: armpeg @ 1:59 p.m.

Was the man who wrote these words -- GEN. DWIGHT DAVID EISENHOWER -- also a "military-hater" because he warned of the "acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex"?

If you are not totally brainwashed -- that is, if you are not a hard-wired neo-fascist --perhaps you can still learn something by reading HIS words, not mine:

"This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence – economic, political, even spiritual – is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

"We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together."

-- President Dwight David Eisenhower "farewell address, Jan. 17th, 1961

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 6, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I agree with "45upnorth". Castle running in this race has certainly thrown a "monkey" (no racial slur intended) wrench into the Biden family's plan for a Kennedy-like political dynasty : )

Posted by: JakeD | October 6, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

armpit: curious if you have any idea what the party affiliation of those 8 lost soldiers this week in Afghanistan are. It is truly sick of you and your party to put a party label on our military acing as though Democrats like Max Cleland don't lose limbs or bleed and die in battle. That is truly sick.

Posted by: leichtman | October 6, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

"The value of the dollar skidded as investors fretted over a report that crude oil could one day be priced in other currencies."

And the more it skids, the more likely an alternative currency "basket", perhaps even including gold, will be adopted.

And in turn, when that happens, all support for the dollar will collapse.

Thanks all you people who vote Republican. I know you love your rugged individualism creation myth. But the party of go out and shop, SUV tax breaks, drill baby drill, mock cowboy militarism, you made this bed and now we all have to lie in it.

Posted by: shrink2 | October 6, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Webb wrote and introduced the VEAA. I have a LOT of respect for him because of that.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 6, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Funny how all you liberal Democrap Socialist Obama worshippers commenting here have suddenly found that military service is a plus for a potential Democrap Socialist nominee, when in the past you've all hated our military, and looked on our guys in uniform as if they were sh** on your shoes. I guess that I shouldn't be surprised though. These low-life America and American Military--haters, who now call themselves liberals, progressives, and Democrats, but really aren't (they're nothing more than Communists, Socialists, Facists depending on degree of fanatisism) all are the same ones who once spat on our returning soldiers, sailors and Marines comming back from the Viet Nam War, or clones thereof. I still remember being advised by my Commanding officer that it might be a good idea to not be seen in my military uniform in the states, when I was comming home from that he**hole, because of all the negative and anti--military hatred going on. That hatred of our military and your feeling of superiority to our guys in uniform I'm sure hasn't changed among you liberal scumbags, but it's funny to see you all now putting on your phony patriotism and pro-US military mantel in order to drum up votes for your cause and political party. Wasn't it Democrap Socialist John Kerry who once told his college student audience that if they didn't do well in college, that they'd be sent to Iraq, as if being a guy in uniform serving our country was a punishment?

Posted by: armpeg | October 6, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse


Don't break out the champagne quite yet, CC. Check your Delaware history and you'll have a better idea of how the First State's political winds may blow in 2010.

Beau Biden is a bright, engaging public servant with an impressive record as the state's attorney general, his statue enhanced by his military service.

Castle is old, shop-worn, the epitome of the status quo candidate.

Today's Delaware reflects a much more cosmopolitan political landscape than was the case back in 1972, when a 29-year-old county councilman named Joe Biden dared to challenge the venerable veteran Republican senator, J. Caleb Boggs, who was considered a shoo-in by local pundits.

The young, Kennedyesque, loquacious Biden overcame a plagiarism controversy to squeak by with a razor-thin victory, nosing out Boggs by a mere 3,100 votes.

With his father in the White House and a young, upwardly mobile Delaware electorate, I'd predict a solid Beau Biden victory over Castle -- by a much more substantial margin than that put up by his dad thirty-seven years earlier.



Where is the DOJ Civil Rights Division investigation into the covert use (read: TORTURE) of silent, harmful microwave and laser directed energy weapons on unjustly targeted Americans and their families by a Bush-legacy federal-local "multi-agency coordinated action program" that continues to commit civil and human rights violations under Team Obama -- including government-enabled, warrantless GPS-activated, covert "community stalking" harassment and terrorism? OR RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 6, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

After a highly contested election, Gallenod. After the Brooks Brothers Riots [repubican Hill staffers] shut down the recount by force.

That was the difference.

Posted by: drindl | October 6, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

actually Webb has a 65% approval rating from the people that actually count; the residents of Va which you likely are not one of.You see the people who are his constituents, their opinions count just a tad more then a potty mouth partisan like you. Since you refuse to tell us of your service we should presume that your contribution is to post Glen Beck like diatribes. So you can trash Jim Webb if that proves your manliness, but believe me I would much rather have him in the trencehes next to me and as my Senator then you.

Posted by: leichtman | October 6, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Some people's personal Reality Distortion Fields seem to be in overdrive today.

There's a good article in the October issue of Scientific American on implicit social cognition that may help explain some current right-wing Conservatives' perma-campaign behavior:

Then again, many Liberals exhibited the same symptoms after Bush was declared the victor in 2000.

Of course, only the "other" side is the irrational one. The people on the "right" side of the fight are merely misunderstood truth-tellers, not deranged, desperate losers like those other guys.

Posted by: Gallenod | October 6, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

because you wanted to talk about Webb. what does all that other stuff have to do with it? Is this the famous liberal fake out when a weak point is revealed.

I am sure Mr Webb was a fine soldier. he should have stayed in a career he was more suited for. or perhaps writing trashy novels suitable for reading in a fold up chair.

Posted by: snowbama | October 6, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

So you trash marines potty mouth. Nice.
Why don't you tell us of your noble military service or even better why don't we discuss the 6 deferments our former VP had or the champaign duty of our last POTUS.

Posted by: leichtman | October 6, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

"they haven't actually held elections yet." My point exactly since there have not even been primaries yet and Rs come here and brag of their 8 US Senate seat pickup. They lost the only unresolved US Senate seat since November. Interesting how they conveniently forget that.

Posted by: leichtman | October 6, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Jimm Webb, former Secy of Navy and Marine Corp infantryman?

Posted by: leichtman |

who quit that post after 2 months. no giant uprising over quitting early like someone else I know.

and to date his greatest feat as a US Senator - gaveling the senate in session over thanksgiving to stop bush from appointing recess judges. sounds like he is after the Kerry/Obama record for number of claims with nothing to back them up.

Posted by: snowbama | October 6, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

"how many US Senate seats have these arrogant Rs picked up since November? "

Well, dude, they haven't actually held elections yet. We won't see any senate elections until next November.

BTW, I love Minnesota's new Senator. He's funny. The difference between him and the rest of the party is *>He intends to be funny<*

Posted by: Skeptic1 | October 6, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

enough of this garbage about how you love the soldiers more. Hey potty mouth: do you have any idea what party affiliation those poor 8 lost solders were? The answer: it doesn't matter. There are Rs and Ds dying every day in war today, and all of us with any kind of soul or sense of decency mourn their tragic loss. Its hard enough to watch the evening news and see these horrific losses. The very last thing any of these heartbroken families would want to read from you is your politicizing their gut wrenching loss for your partisan political advantage.

Posted by: leichtman | October 6, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

it seems honesty and integrity still can't squeeze out a win against the forces of theft, fraud and rancor.

but I think the voters now get it. the culture of corruption is thriving ever stronger in Dc and elsewhere under Lib guidance.

ACORN was not on the radar quite yet as the criminal enterprise that barry had set up. and all that hollywood money to elect a clown didn't help.

Posted by: snowbama | October 6, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

"In contrast, Barack Obama’s legacy is shaping up as “The Buck Passes Here.”"

I've got a great idea for Obama to bolster his ratings and make him appeal to the other half of the country:

Give him a good nickname.

Trust me "Barrack Hussein" may get him the cupie doll at the Syrian State Fair, but I propose calling him "Buck".

"Buck" Obama.

It's a good start. But then we need to folks it even more

Hussein will never cut it. Really. Let's change that to "Henry", and then adjust it a bit to sound a little more irish (Kind of like what Franco Harris did).

Here we go:

Buck Henry O'Bama.

I could get him elected to run the vatican with a name like that. Henry has a great nickname of "Hank".

So it could go to:
Hank O'bama

However, I want to be clear in that case the Buck does not stop here.

Thank you. Thank you. I'll be here all week.

Posted by: Skeptic1 | October 6, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

how many US Senate seats have these arrogant Rs picked up since November? How did Minnesota work out for you guys?

Posted by: leichtman | October 6, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

trash a deployed serviceman


funny coming from the party of General Betray Us.

in case you forgot, the Libs were braying about dead soldiers as a means to win office. Spineless Harry declared the war already lost. now that task is taken over by Obambi.

Posted by: snowbama | October 6, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

here is an even more interesting question: how many US Senate seats have these arrogant Rs picked up since November? Sounds exactly like their same hubris in 2008 when they were busy counting their victories before the primaries even started. How did Minnesota work out for you guys?

Posted by: leichtman | October 6, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

"#10 on the line at best. Interesting how some of those posting today feel motivated to trash a deployed serviceman. Says a little about the party, no?"

Same as cheering losing the Olympics. The truth is, the modern 'conservatives' hate America and their fellow Americans. Hate is the only thing that motivates them. That and their p*ssing in their pants fear of everything from women to gays to brown and black people.

Posted by: drindl | October 6, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

here's an interesting question:

who will the Dems elect as leader once Reid is tossed out?

how about a Dem who can lead? is there one?

Posted by: snowbama | October 6, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Nine months after his departure, the former president insidiously still has his hand in almost everything that seems to plague Barack Obama’s utopian plans. At other times “the Republicans,” “the far Right,” “conservatives,” or even the “mob” have kept America from getting the future it deserves. One would never guess that the Democrats have held the Senate and the House since 2006, own the executive branch, and enjoy the support of the ever-obsequious media.

Instead, demons everywhere are busy at work to stall Obamism.

There is a growing credibility problem with this young administration. When Barack Obama promises a public option in health-care reform, or the passage of such legislation before the August break, or a renewed commitment to the necessary war in Afghanistan, or an end to lobbyists in government, or a new transparency, no one believes any of it anymore. Even worse, we know that the broken promises and policy mishaps will always be someone else’s fault.

The problem with all this is that while Americans may tire of duplicity, they hate whining with a passion. Harry Truman became a folk hero for not blaming others for the myriad of crises that he inherited. In contrast, Barack Obama’s legacy is shaping up as “The Buck Passes Here.”

Posted by: snowbama | October 6, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

"another takeover in a Democratic state"
we love your arrogance. Lets just cancel the 2010 elections.

Posted by: leichtman | October 6, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

#10 on the line at best. Interesting how some of those posting today feel motivated to trash a deployed serviceman. Says a little about the party, no?


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | October 6, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Lincoln Chafee is a Rhode Island moderate as well. Being a moderate in the R party is not exactly the best place to be positioned these days.

Posted by: leichtman | October 6, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Environmental Group Endorses Republican. No, Really.: The New Jersey Environmental Federation has been around for almost 30 years, and has never endorsed a Republican for statewide office.

the tide is surging our way.

poor liberals. talk a good game. walk like snails. all it took was to let them run things for a few weeks. end of story.

Posted by: snowbama | October 6, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

That is another great victory for John Cornyn & Senate Republicans. Another real shot at another takeover in a Democratic state. So now Republican takeover opportunities grow:
1. Delaware
2. Illinois
3. Pennsylvania
4. Nevada
5. Conneticut
6. Arkansas
7. California
Also, North Dakota and New York are on the recruiting radar for Cornyn & Senate Republicans. Now that we have Castle, those 2 states are next. In New York, Republicans have put on a full court press trying to get Former 3 term governor George Pataki in the US Senate race against Kristen Gillbrand. If Pataki runs, he will enter the race as a slight favorite. In North Dakota, Republicans are trying to recruit 3 term governor John Hoeven to run. If Hoeven runs, he becomes the instant favorite over longtime US Senator Dorgan. But were not counting New York & North Dakota yet, as those 2 candidates are not yet in the race.

Even so, Republicans have great recruits for all of the open GOP seats. In Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is in and is likely gonna win. In Kansas, Sebelius is out and Moran vs. Tiahrt is in a Republican primary, which the winner of will be the de-facto US Senator of Kansas. In Ohio, Rob Portman is in and ahead in cash & newly ahead in the polls. In Missouri R's & D's both got their best recruits possible, Robin Carnahan vs. Roy Blunt and the polling says 46%-46%. In Kentucky, thank God for the GOP that Sen. Bunning retired and Sec. of state Trey Grayson is in the race and is the favorite. Democrats have a rough n tumble primary between Atty. Gen. Conway vs. Lt. Gov. Mongairdo. Finally in New Hampshire, the GOP has napped State Atty. General Ayotta to run and she is beating out US Rep. Hodes in polls already.

With all of the genuine recruits we have in Democratically held states, and the expensive media markets therein, Democrats will have to spend heavily to protect their own rather than trying to spend to win those open Republican seats. Even with all the success R's had in 2004, it looks like even more here in 2010!

Posted by: reason5 | October 6, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Castle was going to retire in 2010. Deciding to run for the Senate is a chance to burnish his legacy, which is already quite good, by capping his career with a term in the Senate.

He doesn't need it, though. He's likely just doing this as a favor to his party. If he wins, he helps his party and gets "Senator" on his resume.

If he loses, he fought the good fight and he gets to retire, like he planned in the first place.

It's no-lose for Castle. Beau Biden, on the other hand, now faces a major roadblock.

This will be an interesting race. Both men would make good Senators, for different reasons. But barring some massive upheaval I think Biden will eventually prevail simply because Delaware leans heavily Democratic.

Posted by: Gallenod | October 6, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

babes: that is the best you got?
"Dems prefer inexperienced, know-nothing babes"
Are you referring to folks like Jimm Webb, former Secy of Navy and Marine Corp infantryman?

Posted by: leichtman | October 6, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I grew up in Delaware and the national GOP will be very surprised by Castle's politics. He is not deep red conservative, he is a very moderate voice that actually thinks before towing the party line. If you read between the lines over the last decade, castle has felt disenfranchised by the GOP leadership in the house. Will be an interesting election for the First State.

Posted by: wildwest | October 6, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

also looking forward to nevada. easy pickins with another spineless Dem.

Is that a new union rule?

and isn't arkansas headed back to the good side of the force?

Posted by: snowbama | October 6, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

This is great news for DE. Castle is experienced, thoughtful and he works first and foremost for the people of his state - even with, when interests align, Carper and former Senator Biden. DE likes him and he attracts a lot of independent support because he is good at what he does. Every state should be so lucky.

Posted by: Puddin34 | October 6, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

it seems based on the posts here that the Dems prefer inexperienced, know-nothing babes who can't decide which shoes to wear in the morning. well we got one of those already and he is a disaster.

give me old and wise. not young and inspiring any day. I am not inspired by government any longer. If I want to see failure, that is where I look.

Posted by: snowbama | October 6, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

"Why is it that the republicans try and elect these old, white men who were past their prime 25 or 30 years ago? "

that's all they got.

Posted by: drindl | October 6, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

"another seat headed for R"huh which other ones?

since you can't seem to get over your loss in November, why don't you please describe to us all of the other US Senate seats(another?) that you are so proud to have won in November. Is it the US Senate seat in Alaska or Minnesota that you are so proud to have won?????????????????????????????????????

Posted by: leichtman | October 6, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

You betta fix that Senate line CILLIZZA !!!

Posted by: nyjetsfan345 | October 6, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Sounds as though Mr. Castle has already done his bit for the country, and besides, why would anyone think that a man this old could relate to the changes in the world today.

Why is it that the republicans try and elect these old, white men who were past their prime 25 or 30 years ago? Get some young blood into these races, people with new ideas and the energy to impliment them.

The republican party is truly desperate, look at who is in the running for the GOP nomination for 2012.....a woman with rocks for brains and more old, white men.

Posted by: liberalwesterngirl | October 6, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

fresh blood=we are Rs and desperate to win anywhere.
As to legacies, don't exactly remember hearing that whine when they were pushing the Bush family on us, did you?

Posted by: leichtman | October 6, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Go get em!! Republicans will charge forward again!

Posted by: jjcrocket2 | October 6, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

As Will notes, it wasn’t simply the egotism of the appearance but of the speeches themselves that should give us pause. A festival of “I” and “me” and personal tales of playing ball with dad. Who cares? Well, not the IOC.

This is, of course, nothing new. Obama’s entire presidential campaign was constructed on nonsensical rhetoric and an inflated sense of his own fabulousness. From “We are the change we have been waiting for” to the embarrassing Berlin rally to the knee-jerk “I am not George W. Bush” approach to nearly every issue of national security — it’s all been about him. And he has a remarkable lack of ideas and facts to impart. He lectures us on racial profiling because he knows best (but not the facts). He blankets the airwaves but with nothing much to say. He champions health care but lacks a plan with his name on it. And then he goes to the Olympics to tell us how swell it was when everyone came out to celebrate his election. He is the quintessential celebrity — famous for being famous but for not much else, and lacking enough material for anything beyond late-night talk-show interviews.

This might be more tolerable if this president had accomplished something. Every leader deserves a victory lap now and then. But considering all that he has actually done in office — passed an overstuffed and ineffective stimulus bill, alienated key allies around the world, picked a ranting lunatic as the favorite candidate in Honduras, gave the Iranians a free ride and an open invitation for chats in Geneva, and pitted the finest military leaders ever assembled against civilian leaders – it might be time for some humility. And a moratorium on TV appearances might help, too.

Posted by: snowbama | October 6, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

good. another seat headed for R.

Posted by: snowbama | October 6, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

according to the Rs posting here today Delaware should just cancel their Senate election and anoint Castle as their next US Senator.The fact that their minions are already here trashing Beau Biden should prove otherwise.
It is exactly that kind of hubris/arrogance: "Castle will be a great Senator!" that has gotten the Republican party where they are today. My suggestion, keep it up and we will see them get their collective heads handed to them again. They have already told us that they know Corzine has lost already. That prediction is not going so well, is it.

Posted by: leichtman | October 6, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

This is like making a big deal out of a Democratic candidate for a Senate seat in Utah.

Cillizza is hands down the most stupid political "analyst" in the country.

Posted by: bigbrother1 | October 6, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Nothing personal against the man, but he does fit the perception of the GOP. Old, out of touch, and cranky as he**.

Posted by: ScottChallenger | October 6, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

fresh blood?

Posted by: shrink2 | October 6, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

re: Beau Biden. I'm tired of all these family legacies that seem to entitle politicians families from automatically winning their father or uncle's vacant seat. We need some fresh blood in Washington and need to get these long time politicians and their families out.

Posted by: 45upnorth | October 6, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

71 year-old Freshman Senator?

Posted by: margaretmeyers | October 6, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

"Beau Biden...did a poor job...including failure to investigate patient abuse and corruption at the State's only psychiatric hospital."

If you have time, could you please send a link or two to develop this point.
Thank you.

Posted by: shrink2 | October 6, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Telling, isn't it, that CC on the previous thread put up a piece about chris christie's jingle instead of this poll that puts corzine ahead?

"A new Fairleigh Dickinson poll has Gov. Jon Corzine (D-NJ) with a one-point edge over his Republican opponent, former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie -- the first poll that has had Corzine ahead during the entire general election season."

Posted by: drindl | October 6, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

scooped you CC.

Posted by: snowbama | October 6, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

He looks like Ted Stevens (R-home improvement projects).

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 6, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Excellent ! ! !

I am a former DE Democrat and hold moderate conservative Mike Castle in high regard.

Beau Biden barely served in the elected Atty Gen post, and did a poor job...including failure to investigate patient abuse and corruption at the State's only psychiatric hospital.....then, of course, jumped into the military. What an excuse !

Enough 40 watt Dems from DE in the Senate.

Posted by: DiscerningCitizen | October 6, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Assuming he'd otherwise make great US Senator, he's too old to gain any of the seniority needed to get things done in the Senate. He can serve at most 2 terms, and then the process has to start all over again.

Posted by: Garak | October 6, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse


He is a tremendously experienced and well liked Congressman -- infinitely more qualified than Biden's son. How arrogant and presumptuous for anyone think for a minute that Joe Bidens son should be elected to the Senate -- wait for the polls to come out. This race won't be close -- Delaware has had about enough of "legacy" canidates.

Posted by: dbunkr"

How is it presumptuous? Biden is running for the seat and has to get elected just like anyone else.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 6, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks Biden is a lock for this race is seriously uninformed as to how Delaware politics works and how Castle entering this race changes the dynamic. Real question is the now open House seat.

Posted by: Anonymous8 | October 6, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I don't understand why this is characterized as a "coup" or a "major" victory for the GOP. Meaning, if Castle is seen as the only Republican with even a scant chance of winning than recruiting Castle wasn't just a must but also a given. It's not a major victory when you do what you're supposed to do. Besides, the Dems knew this one was coming since last November so the campaign against Castle has already been planned. Not much of a coup at all.

Posted by: anthem2k | October 6, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

He is a tremendously experienced and well liked Congressman -- infinitely more qualified than Biden's son. How arrogant and presumptuous for anyone think for a minute that Joe Bidens son should be elected to the Senate -- wait for the polls to come out. This race won't be close -- Delaware has had about enough of "legacy" canidates.

Posted by: dbunkr | October 6, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Another republican tool.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | October 6, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Yeah -- great catch for them!

A 71-year old whom the loony R base doesn't like, against a young soldier named Beau Biden returning from honorable service to his country...

"A little evidence that this conspiracy theory is showing up in uncomfortable situations for Republicans: Here’s Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.), a moderate Republican who hasn’t announced whether he’s running for re-election or for the U.S. Senate next year, at a town hall meeting earlier this month.

A woman gets up, holding a baggie containing her birth certificate, and unleashes a rambling, minute-long tirade about how the president is a “citizen of Kenya.” The crowd hoots and cheers when she’s done. Castle responds, diplomatically: “Well I don’t know what comment that invites. If you’re referring to the president, then he is a citizen of the United States.” That elicits roars and boos from the crowd, so Castle presses on. “You can boo, but he is a citizen of the United States.”

So here’s one of the least conservative members of the House GOP conference, in a state that gave the Obama-Biden ticket 62 percent of the vote, and he has to deal with the angry howling of birthers:

Frankly, I feel sorry for the guy.

Posted by: drindl | October 6, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Castle will be a great Senator! He brings in depth experience as Governor and as a member of the House of Representatives. He could contribute much to the Health Care Debate.

Posted by: peterroach | October 6, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Some polling in the next few days should flesh out if this was a good decision on Castle's part. Also you can bet that his house seat is now a prime target for the other democrats in the state not named Biden.

I tend to think that Biden will win this one. Coming back from Iraq and being the vice-president's son in a state that has 100,000 more registered democrats then republicans. Thats a BIG edge to overcome.

Posted by: AndyR3 | October 6, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

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