September 13th, 2010
03:30 PM ET
9 years ago

LEWES, DELAWARE: BBQ and a bitter campaign

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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.

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soundoff (11 Responses)

    Okay Obamanites come on lets show everyone what a monkey in a cage has to say more ignorant remarks about palin. She left the door open for your dumb butts. I am so tired of all your RACIST CRAP it is sicvkening. You so dume you donlt even have a clue what a racist is. WELL LOOK IN THE MIRROR IDIOT.

    September 13, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. Cbass

    Oh, it must be 3:42. Time for another Obama bashing story from CNN. Really this is getting so old.

    September 13, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. jeff, alabama

    People up north don't know Jack about how to BBQ.
    When I saw a BBQ in Delaware in the leader I had to
    force myself to read the rest of the article.

    September 13, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. sammieb51

    I love all these coddled politicians these days - if they can't take the heat from the public, their constituents or the press, OUR advocates, I don't think they will hold up very well under any other pressures of the office, and I am sure there are many!

    September 13, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. D. Bunker

    The GOBPbaggin' teatards are sheeple conned by the lies and propaganda of their ultrarich corporate overlords. They are treasonously anti-American.

    September 13, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. Shibumi

    Castle is an old and crusty RINO. O'Donnell is a hottie. No further discussion needed.

    September 13, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. Nellie Bly

    Sarah Palin is a harbinger of hate.

    September 13, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. Dave

    It would be fun watching the GOP tear itself apart if it wasn't that roughly 40% of the voters are GOP. A lot of these candidates are talking armed insurrection if they don't get their way (read elected).

    As I stated earlier, the terrorists won on 9/11. They created a mean, nasty, hateful America. They created a whole class of americans that feel no compassion for their fellow man, woman or child. They created a climate of fear that has been exploited by every politician at some time or another to further their agenda (especially republicans).

    Think back to the 1990s. America was on top of the world. We had a budget surplus. We were respected. We were at peace. Americans helped each other. We sure have come a long way since then; unfortunately it has been the wrong way.

    September 13, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. u2canfail

    When the T haters are involved, what do you expect.? A walk on a calm day, presentations with facts? It is all about lies, being angry, and winning.
    We need a large assylum so Tbags can rest and get some anger management..

    September 13, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. Diane

    That's your Tea-Party for you. We didn't have any of this mess until they came along.

    September 13, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    Tbaggers at their height of hate and fear, smear, threats, unethical behavior.

    Oh Lawdy Lawdy Lawdy

    September 13, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |