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Did NRSC Sabotage Christine O'Donnell with "Witch Ad" Unauthorized? [EXCERPT & COMMENT]
FORBES Magazine ^ | August 11, 2011 | Adam Geller (with commentary by me)

Posted on 08/11/2011 7:41:47 PM PDT by Moseley

EXCERPT FROM FORBES MAGAZINE:

She says she never wanted to make the ad - which was prompted by questions about a statement she had made on a late-night talk show years earlier - and was surprised when it showed up on the Internet. She blames an insistent media consultant but also her own inability to put her foot down.

"It was a wrong-headed move, made for all the wrong reasons, but it was mine," O'Donnell writes in "Troublemaker: Let's Do What It Takes to Make America Great Again." The book is scheduled to go on sale Aug. 16. The Associated Press purchased a copy on Thursday.

Soon after, she hired Davis to produce ads for her campaign, based on the recommendation of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. O'Donnell writes that Davis pushed her to film the "I am not a witch," commercial, even though she made clear she was deeply uncomfortable with the idea. Even then, she says, she never intended to use the ad. According to O'Donnell, her hand was forced only when the ad was leaked and posted on the Internet.

"It was a wrong-headed move, made for all the wrong reasons, but it was mine," O'Donnell writes in "Troublemaker: Let's Do What It Takes to Make America Great Again." The book is scheduled to go on sale Aug. 16. The Associated Press purchased a copy on Thursday.


(Excerpt) Read more at forbes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Delaware
KEYWORDS: 2010; christineodonnell; delaware; nrscdirtytrick; romneydirtytrick; witch
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Christine O'Donnell writes in her new book TROUBLEMAKER that establishment Republican TV guru Fred Davis pushed Christine O'Donnell into filming the infamous "I'm not a witch" ad - by saying "Let's just see how it looks" after Christine's repeated objection and rejection of the script. Then Fred Davis posted the ad on the internet, sent it to the New York Times, and placed it with TV stations -- WITHOUT FINAL AUTHORIZATION from Christine O'Donnell.

Other witnesses who were present at the filming of Fred Davis' "witch" ad confirm Christine O'Donnell's account -- that Christine O'Donnell rejected the "witch" script the night before, sat down and got wired in with ear piece and microphone, and then was confronted with the script she had rejected the night before. Fred Davis badgered O'Donnell to just "TRY OUT" the script, and if she didn't like the result they wouldn't use it.

Fred Davis, as confirmed by other witnesses, then used the unapproved version on the internet and in TV ad buys and sent the ad to the New York Times.

So.... Did the RINO insider establishment intentionally sabotage Christine O'Donnell's campaign?

Christine O'Donnell admits in her book that it was her moment of weakness that she acquiesced to Fred Davis' badgering. She admits she should not have allowed herself to be pushed into it -- even on the promise that it was only a test to see what it would look like, not a "real" version of the final ad.

Christine O'Donnell told me personally that if she could have 20 seconds of her life back it would be NOT her now-famous moment of honesty about her teenage years on "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher," but the moment she agreed to hire Fred Davis after having her arm twisted by XYZ at great length.

XYZ is very close and buddy-buddy with Republican insiders at the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

O'Donnell was encouraged to hire Fred Davis by XYZ with the idea that hiring one of the Republican insider's consultants could give them confidence in her campaign and bring the Republican establishment on board in a unity drive for the Delaware U.S. Senate seat. O'Donnell spent a lot of effort trying to bring the GOP together for the November 2 election.

But... Was this all a set up from the start?

Did a GOP insider pressure O'Donnell to hire Fred Davis, so that Fred Davis could intentionally make an ad damaging to O'Donnell -- and then run it without approval?


1 posted on 08/11/2011 7:41:53 PM PDT by Moseley
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To: Moseley

Never EVER underestimate the slime that can ooze from the beltway insiders.

RINOs are lying, manipulative, bottom feeding, scum who will happily hand a race to the democrats so they can say “told you so”.


2 posted on 08/11/2011 7:46:31 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: Moseley

Conservatism and the liberal establishment portion of the GOP have been at war since August 29, 2008.


3 posted on 08/11/2011 7:48:41 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Bristol Palin's book "Not Afraid Of Life: My Journey So Far" became a New York Times, best seller.)
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To: Moseley

She was a horrible candidate and no standard bearer for conservatives. Get over it.


4 posted on 08/11/2011 7:50:29 PM PDT by indianrightwinger
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To: Moseley

Karl Rove continued to sabotage her constantly, AFTER she was nominated. Not much doubt that the establishment was out to get her.

And the same thing happened with Sarah Palin. Read “Going Rogue.” McCain’s operators deliberately sabotaged her, again and again, even though it cost McCain the election.

Frankly, I was disappointed in some of the folks here on FR as well, since they didn’t seem to understand what was going on, and accepted with the Left Wing Press had to say about O’Donnell.


5 posted on 08/11/2011 7:51:15 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: Moseley

Karl Rove continued to sabotage her constantly, AFTER she was nominated. Not much doubt that the establishment was out to get her.

And the same thing happened with Sarah Palin. Read “Going Rogue.” McCain’s operators deliberately sabotaged her, again and again, even though it cost McCain the election.

Frankly, I was disappointed in some of the folks here on FR as well, since they didn’t seem to understand what was going on, and accepted what the Left Wing Press had to say about O’Donnell.


6 posted on 08/11/2011 7:51:36 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: Moseley

Lesson learned. If you’re a conservative Tea Party type, NEVER accept help from RNSC/RNC insiders. Demand money from them, but hire your own people.


7 posted on 08/11/2011 7:53:17 PM PDT by Antoninus (Nothing that offends God can possibly be a legitimate right.)
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To: indianrightwinger

She sounded good with conservative words and we all jumped into the bandwagon ! But,she was a horrible manager of her campaign ! For god sake, she could not use the money to do the 24 hr continuous ads in the local channels because the campaign did not submit the ads at the right time ! That was supposed to be the last push for the campaign! She had 1 million dollars that was not spent ! Are you kidding me?

Also, she lacked any credible experience and that was a big factor !Yes, the Rhinos like Karl Rove screwed her too !


8 posted on 08/11/2011 7:57:52 PM PDT by Ranjit
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To: Moseley

No. She made the add. She was in in it and said the words.


9 posted on 08/11/2011 7:58:00 PM PDT by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: Moseley
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You starred in that dumb ad that finished off your campaign. Man up.

10 posted on 08/11/2011 8:00:00 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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11 posted on 08/11/2011 8:00:09 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: ansel12

I thought that war had been going on at least since the Taft/Roosevelt days.


12 posted on 08/11/2011 8:04:23 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: cripplecreek

don’t ever give to the party....let them go begging at their masters feet....


13 posted on 08/11/2011 8:06:19 PM PDT by cherry
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To: Moseley

The ads run by Castle against Christine O’Donnell in the primary were as viscious as any ads I have ever heard. When she won the primary, rather than do the honorable thing, Castle and the GOP establishment chose not to support her.


14 posted on 08/11/2011 8:06:56 PM PDT by Abby4116
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To: Cicero
I'm convinced that Mccain didn't want to win....probably an inside agreement between him and the zero.....he picked Palin thinking she would ensure his defeat and SURPRISE....she brought in more money, more attention, and more passion than the little squirmy McCain ever could...and I notice that they were close to pulling ahead when the "meltdown" occurred....to this day,I half believe it was a planned occurance....

I just can't listen to Rove and Hannity should stop having him on his show...

15 posted on 08/11/2011 8:09:13 PM PDT by cherry
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To: Hunton Peck

The hostilities are eternal, but all out war only shows up when we get a game changing conservative that actually stands a chance of winning the Presidency.


16 posted on 08/11/2011 8:12:17 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Bristol Palin's book "Not Afraid Of Life: My Journey So Far" became a New York Times, best seller.)
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To: Moseley

Nothing is too low for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.


17 posted on 08/11/2011 8:12:20 PM PDT by SUSSA
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To: Moseley

“Did a GOP insider pressure O’Donnell to hire Fred Davis, so that Fred Davis could intentionally make an ad damaging to O’Donnell — and then run it without approval?”

A LOT of us figured it was a setup. That’s why we have such CONTEMPT for the Republican leadership.


18 posted on 08/11/2011 8:13:57 PM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: Moseley

Christine O’Donnell writes in her new book TROUBLEMAKER that establishment Republican TV guru Fred Davis pushed Christine O’Donnell into filming the infamous “I’m not a witch” ad - by saying “Let’s just see how it looks” . Then Fred Davis posted the ad on the internet, sent it to the New York Times, and placed it with TV stations — WITHOUT FINAL AUTHORIZATION from Christine O’Donnell.

Other witnesses who were present at the filming of Fred Davis’ “witch” ad confirm Christine O’Donnell’s account — that Christine O’Donnell rejected the “witch” script the night before, sat down and got wired in with ear piece and microphone, and then was confronted with the script she had rejected the night before. Fred Davis badgered O’Donnell to just “TRY OUT” the script, and if she didn’t like the result they wouldn’t use it.

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....after Christine’s repeated objection and rejection of the script...
....and then was confronted with the script she had rejected the night before......

O’Donnell said no but she didn’t mean it apparently. If she was in charge all she had to do was get up and walk. To me this says a lot about her capibilities, all talk but no walk.


19 posted on 08/11/2011 8:16:17 PM PDT by deport ( In Texas it's hotter than two goats fighting in a jalapeno patch.)
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To: deport

O’Donnell isn’t running for anything. What her own capabilities may have been doesn’t matter. It’s what the RINOs are capable of that conservatives need to be attentive to.


20 posted on 08/11/2011 8:23:33 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: deport

Sounds to me like she trusted the wrong people. You know, those establishment Republicans who want to maintain the status quo.


21 posted on 08/11/2011 8:27:23 PM PDT by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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To: Moseley

In the end she is responsible for her own judgement. Had I been her campaign manager, right after that whole ‘witch’ thing happened I would have played with it instead of against it...and made a TV commercial recreating a scene from the Wizard of Oz with Pelosi as the Wicked Witch of the West, and then cut in O’Donnell and Glenda, with some easily interjected dialogue. It would have been a classic immediately, and would have won her the election. Too many people overplay how to influence popular media. The lowest denominator, passion, and humor will always win.


22 posted on 08/11/2011 8:32:31 PM PDT by GOP_Muzik (If all the world's a stage then I want different lighting)
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To: deport
If she was in charge all she had to do was get up and walk

Christine O'Donnell agrees that she should have gotten up and walked out. However, consider:

1) Fred Davis replied, Let's just try it and we'll look at it together and see what it looks like. It was filmed not for actual use but just in the development process to think about different approaches and strategies. So saying the lines was sold as only a test, an experiment, not as the actual ad for broadcast on television.

2) If you watch the ad, you can see Christine flinching while she says the first couple lines. You can see (especially if you know her at all) that she absolutely hates the lines she is saying. Then after the 3rd or 4th line, she gets comfortable with the rest of the script and becomes her normal self again, speaking normally.

3) When a person is sitting on the studio set, they are wired in with the microphone and the ear piece. SHe could not just easily get up to leave.

4) A good legislator is a consensus builder, especially in the US Senate. Christine would be good at patching together 51 votes for a bill or amendment. Christine was not running for military General, but for consensus builder.


23 posted on 08/11/2011 8:32:31 PM PDT by Moseley (http://www.defenseforvirginia.com/odonnell.html)
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To: Moseley

No doubt in my mind that the NRSC and the NRP sabotaged Christine’s run for the Senate. I will not give the back stabbers any of my money.


24 posted on 08/11/2011 8:33:37 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: GOP_Muzik
Had I been her campaign manager, right after that whole ‘witch’ thing happened I would have played with it instead of against it...and made a TV commercial recreating a scene from the Wizard of Oz with Pelosi as the Wicked Witch of the West, and then cut in O’Donnell and Glenda, with some easily interjected dialogue

Kind of incomprehensible that the campaign manager did not think of any number of better responses. There are several dozen ways they could have had fun with it, defuse the issue with humor, etc. The campaign played it too safe, I think. A fan created a better funny ad on his own, about how Obama made the budget disappear like magic, etc., etc.


25 posted on 08/11/2011 8:35:14 PM PDT by Moseley (http://www.defenseforvirginia.com/odonnell.html)
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To: indianrightwinger
She was a horrible candidate and no standard bearer for conservatives. Get over it.

You speak with Rovian tongue.

26 posted on 08/11/2011 8:35:50 PM PDT by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: Abby4116
The ads run by Castle against Christine O’Donnell in the primary were as viscious as any ads I have ever heard.

TELL US MORE, I had not heard about that. What were Castle's ads like in the primary? Are they available somewhere like on You Tube?
27 posted on 08/11/2011 8:36:53 PM PDT by Moseley (http://www.defenseforvirginia.com/odonnell.html)
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To: Abby4116
The ads run by Castle against Christine O’Donnell in the primary were as viscious as any ads I have ever heard.

TELL US MORE, I had not heard about that. What were Castle's ads like in the primary? Are they available somewhere like on You Tube?
28 posted on 08/11/2011 8:40:40 PM PDT by Moseley (http://www.defenseforvirginia.com/odonnell.html)
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To: deport

Yeah, shame on her for trusting the hired consutants from her own party. She should have known the party she was a member of would stab her in the back. What ever would make her think republican “leaders” would close ranks around the candidate the voters of the republican primary chose?


29 posted on 08/11/2011 8:44:00 PM PDT by ngat
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To: indianrightwinger

Member of the Rovejo Tribe, huh?


30 posted on 08/11/2011 8:47:19 PM PDT by ngat
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To: Moseley
They were radio ads, run on Delaware and Philadelphia stations. Really nasty, bitter, belittling ads. The primary was less than 2 months before the general election, so those negatives remained in voters' minds. I doubt youtube would have audio clips.

I don't know if there were tv ads (I don't watch much television).

31 posted on 08/11/2011 8:49:21 PM PDT by Abby4116
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To: Moseley
They were radio ads, run on Delaware and Philadelphia stations. Really nasty, bitter, belittling ads. The primary was less than 2 months before the general election, so those negatives remained in voters' minds. I doubt youtube would have audio clips.

I don't know if there were tv ads (I don't watch much television).

32 posted on 08/11/2011 8:49:30 PM PDT by Abby4116
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To: Ranjit
But,she was a horrible manager of her campaign !

If you are familiar with campaigns, the saying goes that a candidate's job is to do ONLY TWO things: (1) raise money and (2) show up and speak.

That's what campaign experts will tell you, in their sleep, with the slightest prompting.

Everything else is suppposed to be handled by an experienced campaign manager and other staff.

Remember that in late 2009, no one gave Christine O'Donnell any chance of either beating Mike Castle (who got in *LATE* after O'Donnell had been in the race for nearly a year) or beating the Democrat in a 293,000 Democrat to 183,000 Republican voter registration state.

So who would O'Donnell get as her campaign team with no money and supposedly no chance of winning (so they thought) when the election started around February / March 2010?
33 posted on 08/11/2011 8:51:44 PM PDT by Moseley (http://www.defenseforvirginia.com/odonnell.html)
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To: upsdriver

I don’t take that as an insult. That guy won two Presidential elections. Dear Ms. Christine showed her failure as a horrible candidate.


34 posted on 08/11/2011 8:54:35 PM PDT by indianrightwinger
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To: Snickering Hound

Rehabilitating ones self by blaming others for ones failure is the wrong path to rehabilitation. She obviously was a horrible candidate. Now, she will prove further her horrible nature by blaming everyone under the sun.


35 posted on 08/11/2011 8:58:11 PM PDT by indianrightwinger
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To: indianrightwinger

I have never been able to find anything that’s the least bit “right wing” about you.


36 posted on 08/11/2011 9:00:49 PM PDT by bwc2221
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To: indianrightwinger

She was a good enough candidate to take down the most powerful figure in the Delaware Republican party. She’s also eons better than about 70% of the losers in the Senate today.


37 posted on 08/11/2011 9:00:49 PM PDT by ilgipper (political rhetoric is no substitute for competence (Thomas Sowell))
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To: indianrightwinger

I have never been able to find anything that’s the least bit “right wing” about you.


38 posted on 08/11/2011 9:00:55 PM PDT by bwc2221
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To: Moseley

The O’Donnell campaign never ever runs out of excuses, “enemies”, and scapegoats. Does it. She had zero appeal outside her base. And that base in such a liberal state was just broad enough to allow her to lose humiliatingly.

Voter registration for Delaware’s 2010 election totaled Democrats: 47 %. Republicans: 29.4%. “Other” & Independents: 23.5%

http://elections.delaware.gov

Rove and the NRSC could have adopted her into their own homes and those numbers would have been the same.

I also recall the “I’m just like you” (I didn’t go to Yale) ad. She was quite proud of it at the time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxJyPsmEask&feature=player_embedded

I’ve spent the last 20 minutes or so browsing old FR O’Donnell threads from before the election. The disconnect from reality seen in them is just as bad as I remembered.


39 posted on 08/11/2011 9:02:35 PM PDT by tlb
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To: ilgipper

Sorry, comparing her to sitting Senators is meaningless. She did not win. Without winning a senate seat and establishing a record, we can all fantacize about million other people who will be better than current Senators.


40 posted on 08/11/2011 9:05:41 PM PDT by indianrightwinger
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To: bwc2221

Why? Because I am against candidates like Sharon, Christine and Palin types?

I am certainly more interested in winning elections and expanding our majorities in the long term by convincing the majority of the electorate that our way is the best way for this country and them.


41 posted on 08/11/2011 9:10:49 PM PDT by indianrightwinger
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To: indianrightwinger

You are saying she was a bad candidate when she beat a political powerhouse. Someone who defeats an entrenched political figure obviously dis something right.

She campaigned very effectively in the issues. She became a ‘bad’ candidate because the left took a random clip from a comedy show 12 years before, and many on our side undercut her. She probably would have had a hard time winning in a blue state anyway, but never had a chance.


42 posted on 08/11/2011 9:16:25 PM PDT by ilgipper (political rhetoric is no substitute for competence (Thomas Sowell))
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To: Moseley
O'Donnell was never a shoo-in to win in heavily Dem Delaware, but did have a good chance to win against the slimeball the Dems had.

From the very moment she won her primary, Tokyo Rove and the establishment RINOs shot her chances down, it took McConnell and the boys two or three days to even start giving her any assistance, and it was obvious that was very grudging. Her individual contributions in the first couple days was greater than most other Senate candidates; the enthusiasm she brought with her was very high, and guess what? The NRSC and the crony GOP did everything in their power to shoot that down....and succeeded.

When the general election rolled around shortly after her nomination, she was far behind because of the nonsupport and awful campaign advice from her establishment handlers.

This didn't just effect a single senate seat, it set the tone for the entire voting in the entire country! Delaware's polls closed a 6PM, at least two hours before any other in the country, and the result of her loss was chortled loudly by every MSM outlet, which set the tone for the rest of the country. Although the races for the house were strongly in our favor, at least four closely contested Senate (WV,CO, WA and AK, and perhaps NV and CA) seats went to the Dems by very close margins, and I believe were influenced by this early loss. IF, and this is a big IF, Christine had pulled off a narrow victory, the GOP could well be holding the Senate Majority today... Or, if there had been a "too close to call" in this race for a couple more hours, Rease in WV would have likely won, setting the tone for the races in the west, and the GOP would likely have between 49-51 seats there. Big difference.

Yep, the senate GOP establishment types managed to weasel out of having to take responsibility for doing the right things in the 113th congress, all right. Thank God the TEA parties were strong enough to, with Sarah's valuable help, take over the house and give our country a chance to survive until the 2013 change of power!

43 posted on 08/11/2011 9:17:53 PM PDT by fantail 1952 (They don't make 'em like Reagan any more. Now it takes a woman to do a mans job!)
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To: ilgipper

If she was not ready to compete and win in a Blue state with her baggage, why did she enter and compete in the primary? I hope we don’t encourage people to enter our primaries just to prove a point to our own party folk. I hope they are in it to win it and have the actual ability to win it all the way.


44 posted on 08/11/2011 9:24:06 PM PDT by indianrightwinger
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To: fantail 1952
but did have a good chance to win against the slimeball the Dems had.

No one who loses any election by 17 points ever had a chance to win.

45 posted on 08/11/2011 9:34:49 PM PDT by Strategerist (There is only so much stupidity one man can prevent - Andrew Marshall)
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To: tlb
I’ve spent the last 20 minutes or so browsing old FR O’Donnell threads from before the election. The disconnect from reality seen in them is just as bad as I remembered.

They're basically all the Catherine Harris for Florida Senate threads, cubed.

The best part was all the fabricated "internal polls" that supposedly showed the race was close, posted, I suspect, by fundraiser shills.

46 posted on 08/11/2011 9:37:39 PM PDT by Strategerist (There is only so much stupidity one man can prevent - Andrew Marshall)
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To: Moseley

Of course. The NTSC wanted O’Donnell to lose. Angle too.


47 posted on 08/11/2011 10:06:23 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: indianrightwinger
why did she enter and compete in the primary?

You have the history backwards, good sir. Christine O'Donnell expressed an interest in running in December 2008 on her website, told the radio station WDEL on February 13, 2009, that she was considering running, and filed her official Statement of Candidacy on March 20, 2009, with the Federal Election Commission. That form is not due right away.

It was not until around October 2009 that Mike Castle decided he wanted to bump Christine O'Donnell off.

Christine O'Donnell did not enter the race against Mike Castle. O'Donnell declared in March 2009 and was the only candidate in the race throughout 2009.

Mike Castle decided he wanted to jump in -- remember he was already in a safe U.S. House seat. But the tea party groups revolted because they found Castle (politically) revolting.
48 posted on 08/11/2011 10:47:55 PM PDT by Moseley (http://www.defenseforvirginia.com/odonnell.html)
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To: tlb
She had zero appeal outside her base.

Not true. In the Summer of 2010, Christine O'Donnell was polling ahead of the Democrat Chris Coons.

You point out that Delaware's voter registration is 29.4% Republican, yet Christine O'Donnell got 40% of the vote.

Delaware is registered 293,000 Democrats to 183,000 Republicans. Yet in the Summer O'Donnell's polling -- not internal polling, either, but independent -- was AHEAD of Chris Coons.

That would require O'Donnell to attract a significant number of Reagan Democrats and Independents.

It is true that 19% of registered Republicans voted for some other candidate, not for their own nominee, according to exit polling (when protesting RINO's would be likely to say they opposed the nominee). So the sore loser contingent in Delaware is at least 19%.

Let's note: ISN'T IT THE MIKE CASTLE CAMPAIGN THAT NEVER RUNS OUT OF EXCUSES??? Christine O'Donnell beat Mike Castle. Yet the sore loser class keeps trying to attack Christine O"Donnell to make excuses for their humiliating loss in the Republican primary.

Stop making excuses. Your guy Mike Castle lost. The Republican voters of Delaware rejected him and you. Grow up.
49 posted on 08/11/2011 11:02:40 PM PDT by Moseley (http://www.defenseforvirginia.com/odonnell.html)
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To: Moseley

The disconnect I mentioned is well illustrated in your post. Elections aren’t held in the summer.

What a shame the election was held in the fall, and not before people remembered why they didn’t like her the first time she ran for senate in the prior election.

btw. Not everybody registered actually votes.

>>> The Republican voters of Delaware rejected him and you. Grow up.

Note what happened with O’Donnell and take your own advise. But you won’t of course.


50 posted on 08/11/2011 11:15:13 PM PDT by tlb
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