Tea Partier Christine O'Donnell Wins in Delaware
She knocks off GOP-favored Mike Castle
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2010 7:51 PM CDT
Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell talks to voters in Wilmington, Del., Tuesday.   (Robert Craig)

(Newser) – Another huge message from the tea party and potential bad news for Republicans: Christine O'Donnell defeated the GOP establishment candidate, longtime congressman Mike Castle, in Delaware's Senate primary, reports Politico (whose headline begins "GOP Nightmare ..."). She won 53% to 47%. "Don't ever underestimate the power of 'we the people,'" she said in her victory speech, later giving out a shout of thanks to Palin ("You Betcha!") and a nod of recognition to Glenn Beck's 9/12 project.

At one point, her supporters began a chant of "Yes we can." In his concession speech, Castle did not mention his opponent, and he took no questions about whether he'd endorse her. O'Donnell had the backing of Sarah Palin, along with the enmity of many Republicans who fear she's going to lose in November to Democrat Chris Coons. Her win could in fact reduce Republican chances of retaking the Senate, as Nate Silver spelled out today in his FiveThirtyEight blog.

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Non-deep-thinker
Sep 15, 2010 8:46 AM CDT
The Democratic party is on life support. Everything else is just an interesting exercise in the kind of "magical world" human beings go to when uncomfortable truths start raising their heads. None of them want to hear about this, of course. Or as author William Golding put it: “A crowd of grade-three thinkers, all shouting the same thing, all warming their hands at the fire of their own prejudices, will not thank you for pointing out the contradictions in their beliefs.”
AndJusticeForAll
Sep 15, 2010 7:55 AM CDT
I thought I would alight from my feather mattress equipped bed a little earlier this morning. Been using it as my regular military issue cot needs repair. When I checked my Newser for the latest developments I was elated to learn that Christine O'Donnell had won. Good God Almighty, another nail in the Republican coffin. This warrants putting my party hat on and wearing it all day. I'm really looking forward to those who have expressed such strong opposition to her I suppose a great deal attributed to her anti-masturbation plank which I confess is somewhat unorthodox but also a rib-tickler. While I'm logged on has anyone else noticed how vicious some of the other posters have gotten when someone expresses an opinion? I'm first to state and defend that they have a right to express an opposing comment. I live by two books always at hand-The Good Book (Bible) and the Constitution. But these folks are downright rabid, voicing things like one is nuts, a lunatic, a son of a bitch, et al and always proclaiming you need psychiatric treatment. It's certainly not healthy, intelligent disagreement and discussion. It's flailing, venomous attacking as if you don't have a right to speak or even exist. Such behavior is redneckish and their posts are usually one-liners and their grammar and spelling makes me wonder if they are at all educated. They certainly are not informed and seem to resent those who are. I believe they are symptomatic of a sick society, desperate and so angry that they take it out on other posters. I wager that the vast majority don't vote, drink a lot of beer, watch nothing but ball games, drive only pickups and SUV's, kiss their dogs and kick their wives (just kidding, neither is appropriate) and just plain want to be copperheads lying in wait to bite someone. By the way, before someone's ire is raised, Rednecks evolved from a wonderful, courageous group of Appalachian coal miners who fought for their rights to a better life and is probably misused. So to the aforementioned folks, take a pill and lie down. Hell, we all get pissed off really bad on issues, me included, but target the real root of the problem. Apathy has always been our enemy and since the advent of time it's been a battle for the distribution of resources. Need to get my coffee so I'll check on the potshots later. Wish everyone a good day.
Riffran
Sep 15, 2010 5:14 AM CDT
well at least she won't be playing the two finger tango with a ceeegar in the oral orifice..er uh office