Contributed by: filbert Wednesday, September 15 2010 @ 10:04 AM CST
Christine O’Donnell’s primary win in Delaware is a potential win-win for conservatives, the Tea Party, pretty much everybody in the pro-liberty, back-to-the-founding-principles movement.
If she wins the general election–and the Republicans take both the House and Senate as a result, the shockwaves throughout the entire political world will be approximately 10 on the Richter scale. As Don Surber[*1] noted: “The boss is on the premises. The boss is looking for people to lay off.” But the Republicans will have to follow through in a big way–they can’t play defense at all in the next Congress. They need to be aggressive–something like passing basically all of the Heritage Foundation’s policy proposals (or even better, all of Cato Institute’s policy proposals), or as much of those as they can manage to get through the House and the Senate, and make Obama veto everything in sight.
If she loses the Delaware Senate race, and the Republicans don’t control the Senate as a result, it doesn’t really change the above legislative strategy–IF the Republicans win the House and be legislatively aggressive, as noted above.
Either way, the Republicans can then run their Presidential and Congressional races in 2012 on “hey, we’re trying to fix things but the DEMOCRATS (or Obama, or both) SAID NO–Who’s the real ‘Party of No?'”
I’m not holding my breath that the establishment Republicans in Washington are actually smart enough to do this. I suspect the new-wave Tea Party Republicans are, but they’ve got two uphill climbs ahead of them–first, the Republican Party, then the Democrats in Congress and the President.
I’m pretty sure Christine O’Donnell is not my favorite candidate–I’d prefer somebody with a (much) less–er–colorful backstory. But if you’re a Democrat–let me just tell you: before you come complaining to me about O’Donnell, first go do something significant about Charlie Rangel and Chris Dodd and the other corrupt Democrats already in Congress (like voting them out of office, or throwing them out of Congress)–pull the plank out of your own eye first, OK?