September 14th, 2010
10:24 PM ET
4 years ago

ANALYSIS: A one-armed embrace

(CNN) - Shortly after Tea Party-backed Christine O'Donnell had been projected as the winner over establishment candidate Mike Castle in the Delaware Republican Senate primary, the National Republican Senatorial Committee issued this statement:

"We congratulate Christine O'Donnell for her nomination this evening after a hard-fought primary campaign in Delaware." – Rob Jesmer, NRSC executive director

"Usually, there's a second sentence in statements like these," said CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby, in which the committee promises to campaign for the party's candidate.

"The NRSC statement appears as tepid as the Republican Governors Association's initial statement following Rick Scott's victory in Florida," said CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser.

Outsider Scott defeated party favorite Bill McCollum in August in Florida's gubernatorial primary.


Filed under: 2010 • Analysis • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware • NRSC
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. 8 Years of having a drunken driver at the wheel put America in the ditch, why would working Americans return the keys to the crowd drinking at the same bar?

    "tepid"?

    The Reds would have to kick it up a couple of notches to get to lukewarm!

    September 14, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  2. Michael

    Well, the NRSC can hardly state publicly that every Tea Party victory is a death knell for the GOP, or that they would rather run against a Democrat than be associated with an extremist lunatic.

    September 14, 2010 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  3. Clwyd

    It is a sad day when educated and supposedly intelligent Americans vote for such a poorly qualified candidate as O'Donnell! She can't keep her own finances in order and yet she got the votes of the right wing nut cases. I sure hope that the full electorate shows some intelligence in November and see that this woman is not qualified to be dogcatcher!

    September 14, 2010 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  4. they call me "tater salad"

    Just one more seat the Dems will easily pick up in November. Thank's teatards for helping to increase the size of the Democrats majority in Congress by supporting these uneducated, knuckle draggers. Now maybe they can take advantage of having a REAL filibuster proof majority and push these insignificant Corruptlicans aside and finally get something done! Thank's again.

    September 14, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  5. Mike Mc

    The far right fringee's had their night tonight, they're going to need a lot more luck to win in November.

    September 14, 2010 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  6. Snow

    Hey Rob Jesmer either you are an idiot or another RINO. You do not decide who and who does not get financial support or at least you should not. If you decide to not support O'Donnell out of Delaware then we reserve the right to give our financial support directly to the candidate and not to the NRSC. We can still vote for the Conservative Republicans but we do not have to give you our financial support.

    September 14, 2010 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  7. John

    GOP 'Establishment" Leaders: The people have spoken. You represent the conservative side of this fight–now honor the people's choice and back her 100%. What are you going to do? Throw the race to the dems because you didn't get your way? Quit pouting and back her so that the BIG picture can be realized–or do you have your elephant blinders on, and you just can't see it? I am a conservative from WA state. I vote Republican, if he/she is adhering to the basic fundamentals of conservative dogma. This year, I am concerned about every race across the country. If you screw this up because you didn't get your way (a pro-abortion rights Republican? What is wrong with you?), you have lost me. I can't donate much, but I send targeted small ones when I can–or don't those matter either to you big boys?

    September 14, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  8. John Gill

    Reagan must be making hard right turns in his grave over the infighting in the repube party.

    September 14, 2010 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  9. rayinmn

    Regardless of her chances of ultimately winning, no one should feel bad about voting in the primary for the person they want to see win. The odds of Republicans winning the Senate were long at best but if the only way to win it is by putting in people whose policies you don't believe in then it's not worth winning.

    September 15, 2010 12:20 am at 12:20 am |