Mike Castle Ponders Write-in Campaign
(The New American) -- by Bruce Walker --
Congressman Mike Castle, a longtime fixture in Delaware politics, who lost his race in the Republican nomination for the Senate seat vacated by Joe Biden, is pondering an independent write-in campaign for that Senate seat. The rationale is a little fuzzy. Castle has been a lifelong Republican, a former governor, a congressman with many terms under his belt, and he ran in the primary of his party and lost. Castle has declined to endorse the Republican who bested him, Christine O’Donnell.
The Republican congressman did not seem upset, however, when O’Donnell undertook to challenge Senator Biden in 2008, which in an election year that also had Biden as the vice presidential nominee of the Democrat Party, made him a prohibitive favorite. O’Donnell still managed to get 35 percent of the vote in that election. Christine O’Donnell has three times challenged powerful Delaware politicians in seeking to represent Delaware in the Senate: Castle in 2010, Biden in 2008, and Carper (Senator and former Governor) in 2006. At a time when Americans seem unhappier than ever, O’Donnell seems to truly challenge the status quo.
Castle, however, has been an elected official continuously for the last 44 years, serving first in the Delaware House of Representatives, then the Delaware State Senate, then as lieutenant governor, then as governor and, since 1992, as U.S. representative. What, precisely, does Castle plan to offer if he mounts a write-in campaign? “New ideas” would not seem to be on the list: He has already served in five different elected offices and no great reforms have attached to his name.
Mike Castle seems to have the (Alaska Senator) “Lisa Murkowski” or (Florida Governor) “Charlie Crist” syndrome: Run in the Republican primary, lose in a fair fight, and then decline to endorse the candidate who defeats you. His endorsement could help O’Donnell win — she is within striking distance now — but his pique at losing a primary election seems to have overwhelmed any stronger instincts...MORE...LINK
Decrepit, bitter old lemon-sucker Mike Castle resents the fresh face and small government ideas of Christine O'Donnell and the Tea Partiers, who show him and his Establishment GOP/neocon comrades up for the purveyors of leviathan corruption, greed and warmongering they are