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3 p.m. ET - On the road to Rehoboth beach Delaware for an interview with Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell. Stopped for BBQ at Belly's Deli – pulled pork on salad. A measure of how bitter this GOP primary has become? Sarah Palin recorded a robocall for her new endorsee, tea-party favorite Christine O'Donnell, in which she accuses the "Republican establishment" of making "vicious personal attacks on Christine." She calls it "desperation."
And the state Republican party says one of their officers got a death threat via email, subject line: "You deserve a bullet in the head!" The email accuses this person of being a "political ass-kissing RINO".
Whose Delaware is this? Certainly not what most folks here are used to. One longtime Delaware politico points out Delaware has such a long history of amicable, tame campaigning and that burying the hatchet is part of their political tradition. Literally. Since the 1870s Delaware's political leaders have gathered several days after the general election – the Democrat and Republican opponents ride to the Sussex County Courthouse in a horse and buggy. Then they actually bury a hatchet. One online history describes this as "the dramatic burial of the Tomahawk."
So you see why the state produces such affable politicians and why traditionally, campaigns here don't get too nasty. So much for tradition.