November 3rd, 2010
11:50 AM ET
4 years ago

O'Donnell says 'Republican cannibalism' one reason for loss

(CNN) – Republican Christine O'Donnell sounded a defiant tone the day after losing her Delaware Senate bid to Democrat Chris Coons, calling her loss a "symptom of Republican cannibalism."

"In other areas, where the establishment Republican didn't win their primary, the local Republican parties united right away. Solidarity goes a long way. Unfortunately, that never happened in Delaware," O'Donnell said during an interview on CNN's American Morning.

O'Donnell has frequently lamented her party's initial reluctance to back her candidacy since she beat longtime Rep. Mike Castle in the Republican primary in September.

"Sen. Cornyn says there was nothing we can do, we didn't have enough money. But if he and Karl Rove had said, look, she is articulate on the issues as many people after watching our debates were able to say…there was verbal support they could have offered as pundits, so to speak, that they chose not to for whatever reason," O'Donnell said.

"I think had Karl Rove immediately come out to support us, had the NRSC even helped us verbally, we could have closed the gap," O'Donnell said.

O'Donnell's primary win shocked her party's establishment, and the Tea Party-backed newcomer initially confronted skepticism from her party's state leadership, as well as many prominent national Republican figures who thought her primary opponent had the best chance of beating a Democrat in the race for Delaware's Senate seat previously held by Vice President Joe Biden.


Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware
soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. mfn57

    Ms. O'Donnell seems like a nice person, and this loss will probably be a blessing as theDemo media would have hammered her until they destroyed her, like they would have Sharon Angle.

    November 3, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. Dave O

    Unqualified isn't the word. Disturbed is more like it. She needs a psychologist.

    November 3, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. twm

    Gee, sorry Christine!
    You didn't lose because of the GOP – you lost because you're a flake – matter of fact – a whole box of flakes!

    November 3, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. GaryB

    What is it with the lack of personal responsibility among many of the tea partiers? From Sarah Palin on down, it's always somebody else's fault. It's the lamestream media. It's the establishment Republicans... These whiners seem to forget that in 2007 the establishment Democratic Party's choice for president and the media's darling was Hillary Clinton, yet President Obama (a guy they think very little of) managed to clinch the Democratic nomination and the presidency. Are they saying they're not as tough as Obama?

    November 3, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. gary

    This person needs to get a regular job, if anyone will hire her. The wink and a smile does not accomplish anything, especially if the person is short on brains. I'm sure she will sweet talk someone into paying her bills and rent in the coming years, but the political area is one place she does not belong.

    November 3, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. Dave

    Hilarious! O'Donnell didn't lose because of "GOP cannibalism." She lost because she's a moron who couldn't spell her own name without cue cards and isn’t qualified to scrape gum off the sidewalk. Thankfully, the people of Delaware figured that out.

    November 3, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. Damian

    It's frightening that even that many people voted for this dimwit.

    November 3, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. Dave

    Theocracy sells big amongst Republicans, but among the general public it's not nearly as popular... and, make no mistake, Christine O'Donnell was a theocratic candidate. She knew nothing about policy, but was just trained to run for office as a means to evangelize.

    The Republican party, as it now stands, is a theocratic party. What will go big for Republican voters in a primary will not make most of the rest of the population happy at all.

    Anyway, lucky them – now they get to share in the responsibility, so if things don't improve, they'll get to share the blame.

    November 3, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. NVa Native

    Typical Repub excuse – "it's not my fault, it's everyone else's fault". I wonder if she prcaticed saying that in the mirror?

    November 3, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. hankers

    What's next? Send out a call for more money to pay the election bills, keep half and give the rest to the vendors who will most likely be stuck with a loss. Next, sign a book deal. If there are as many Tea Idiots out there as I think there are, then she has an audience. Next, keep in the public eye and hope for a spot as a FOX commentator.

    November 3, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Well, when you make some small mistakes, people can sympathize. When you make the whoopers that she did, people think you are a complete loon. She had trouble answering question about what was going and supreme court decisions. She wasn't keeping up to date. Almost seems like Palin.

    November 3, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. Dave O

    I can't wait until the Federal Election Commission starts their investigation of her finances. Her 5th Treasurer in two years just quit on Sunday. She is so screwed... 8-)

    November 3, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. curtther

    Go to fox there's a job for you with your hommie Sarah.

    November 3, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Sara

    when will she realized that she is not ready for prime time. learned, get educated, read constitution if you are to appear in front of law students. shows how stupid she is.

    November 3, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    So will your next commercial feature you looking into the camera and saying, "I am not a cannibal. I am you."?

    Christine, you lost because you're a loser – and the good people of Delaware aren't as stupid as you think!

    November 3, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. josephine

    I wonder what she's going to do with the unspent campaign money she still has? Probably return it to the GOP.

    November 3, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. Sara

    as a grown-up woman, take responsibility for your stupidity and move one. stop crying, big baby.

    November 3, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. RealityCheck

    Sounds an awful lot like sour grapes to me, Christine. The PEOPLE voted for you, my dear, not Karl Rove or his cronies.
    Note to self: when thinking about running for office, maybe turn down invites on talk shows where I might show what a complete idiot I am. Oh, and maybe I should really study the constitution too. Just a thought.

    November 3, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Sara

    Sarah Palin, you are nest !

    November 3, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  20. Former Republican - Now Independent

    She is right, but this works both ways. When a GOP candidate wins a primary election over a Tea Party candidate; Tea Party supporters respond that they would rather the GOP candidate loose because he/she "isn't conservative enough." They then pretty much walk away from the election like a bunch of spoiled children.

    November 3, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. SAY WHAT!!!

    Don't you get it if money was the only reason to win then Meg Whitman would have won...if the support of your party was the only reason then Sharon Angle would have won...YOU LOST BECAUSE YOU ARE YOU...

    November 3, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Ya right... the reason can't possibly be that she's stupid and unqualified.... what a dope

    November 3, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. Lolu

    The Republican Party leaders did not take her seriously because she is not a serious person. The Delaware voters did not take her seriously because she is not a serious person. It's just that simple.

    November 3, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. anagram_kid

    Another reason – unqualified candidates. We really need to raise our standards....

    November 3, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  25. Rockefeller Republican

    She is so offensive to my idea of Republicanism that I actually donated money to her opponent. If she had won I would have had to leave Delaware because I would have been too embarassed to be represented by her. She won the primary because everybody knew she was a joke and thought Castle was a shoo in. Look at the numbers, very few Republicans voted in the Primary. I have voted Democratic for several years now because the small minded bigots who have taken over the Republican party have no room for moderates in their tiny little pup tent. We will now have two years of gridlock because the Republicans refuse to believe that there is room in the world for differing points of view.

    November 3, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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