It Has to Be Said: Christine O'Donnell Lost Because She was a Weak Candidate
I refrained from being critical of Christine O'Donnell after she won the DE primary because a) she was the nominee at that point and b) if elected, she would vote better than Chris Coons, the bearded Marxist whom the Democrats nominated. But the election is over, so I have to get this off my chest and O'Donnell's latest hit, that the Republicans didn't supporter her because of "bruised egos," is ridiculous.
Which isn't to say that bruised egos may not be involved at all. It's politics -- egos are always part of the story somewhere. I don't have insider knowledge of the DE GOP and haven't heard anything directly from the NRSC on the subject. But when push comes to shove, parties generally put the ego stuff aside and pour in the resources -- if the candidate that they're backing looks like a winner. And sorry to say, O'Donnell never looked like a winner to me. She just didn't.
I'll tell you my impression of her the first time I saw her interviewed on Fox. She reminded me of Debra Medina, the perennial GOP candidate here in Texas who seems conservative at first glance, but spends her time trashing fellow Republicans who hold real offices and responsibilities, when she's not threatening to sue her own party. In interviews, Medina gives the air of almost knowing what she's talking about ... but not quite. That's how O'Donnell struck me as a first impression. That was around the time of the primary, but she hadn't won yet.
Except for Medina's Truther tendencies, of course. O'Donnell thankfully carries none of that insanity. She's worlds better than Medina, all tolled, but that really isn't saying much.
It wasn't just O'Donnell's lawsuit against her former employer, the conservative Intercollegiate Studies Institute, that reminded me of Medina though. It was the way she, on the one hand, didn't handle herself all that impressively, while on the other hand she kept giving off the vibe of a righteous martyr for the cause, the cause being Christine O'Donnell. She keeps on giving off that vibe, and the media is happy to string her along as long as she's trashing her party. Again, there's a hint of Medina in there. And it's tiresome.
But I didn't trash O'Donnell at the time, or ever after, because by the time I was paying any attention at all to that race, she was the nominee. There wasn't any point to piling on, and I hoped she'd find a way to win. I even suggested that the DE GOP needed to get over the Castle loss and either find a way to work with O'Donnell, or resign and give way to others who would work with her. That's because the facts on the ground spoke for themselves: The state GOP had bet big in the primary and lost. That is, incidentally, why state parties and entities like the NRSC shouldn't get so deeply involved in primaries. The potential for blowback is just too great. Like in Florida, where the NRSC-backed candidate ended up leaving the GOP and conspiring against its nominee, who only happens to be one of the most stellar Republicans of his generation.