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2:15 p.m. - Christine O'Donnell told CNN's Jessica Yellin in a mocking tone that the National GOP does not have a "winning track record" in GOP primaries this season.
The NRSC, under the leadership of John Cornyn, has in fact backed losing GOP candidates this primary season in Kentucky, Alaska, Colorado, and more.
I just interviewed Cornyn, who responded to that by saying, "My record will be determined after November 2nd and how many pickups we'll have. I'm not making any predictions here today. We have about a dozen seats in play. I think November 2nd, that's when my report card will get graded."
Still, Cornyn is joining other GOP leaders in bending over backwards to signal there is unity now that O'Donnell is the GOP nominee from Delaware.
A day after telling me he thinks he has "doubts" about O'Donnell's electability and that it is a "serious issue," now he says this:
"I mean it's a blue state. But my motto, after Scott Brown won in Massachusetts, is if it can happen in deep blue Massachusetts, it can happen anywhere. And I think that what Ms. O'Donnell demonstrated is the intensity of the rage and anger that people are feeling against Washington. Obviously she motivated a lot of people to come out and vote for her in that primary, surprising a lot of people. But I think she's tapped into something that is going to mean big changes in Washington come November 2nd."
But since he is part of Washington and the GOP establishment, I asked him this:
"Is there a message among Republican voters at people like you?"
Cornyn responded by saying, "I don't think voters are happy with anyone in Washington right now. I think that's the message. And frankly, some Republican voters have been discouraged, that Republicans, when we were in power, were spending too freely and we had lost sight of our fiscal conservative principles."
And what about money? A Republican source suggested to CNN that the NRSC would not give money to O'Donnell's candidacy, and now Cornyn has pledged $42,000 – a small, but symbolic amount.
Cornyn made it clear he would not be giving more unless polls soon show O'Donnell will defy conventional wisdom and become competitive against Democratic Chris Coons.
"My responsibility is basically simple addition. Anything we can do to spend a dollar to help a candidate get elected to the senate we're going to do. At some point there are going to be limited resources. We're going to run out of those resources. So what we'll do over next 48 days or so is look at where we can put those dollars where it will have the biggest impact. If that's Delaware, then we'll be there in Delaware. If it's somewhere else, then we'll be spending it elsewhere," said Cornyn.
My colleague, Ted Barrett, also ran into Cornyn, who said that internal polling showed Castle leading. "I think it's fair to say it was a little bit of a surprise," Cornyn conceded.
And why was the NRSC statement Tuesday night so terse, and from Executive Director Rob Jesmer instead of the senator?
"I wouldn't read too much into it. What I would read into this is I did talk to Christine O'Donnell, visited with [Sen.] Jim DeMint. We're all on the same page and united going into November," he insisted.