Some Friendly, Unsolicited Advice for the Delaware GOP
Political parties are not supposed to be inward-looking social clubs. They’re supposed to represent ideas and ideology, not personalities. That in mind, it’s clear that the DE GOP doesn’t represent what the GOP primary voters in the state want this year. Every move the party makes from here on will be taken with a great deal of skepticism among the O’Donnell voters, who are now a majority of the state’s Republican base. The lasting effects of Tuesday’s primary could devastate the party if it doesn’t take swift action. The party’s credibility has taken a major hit. Donations may keep coming in from the moderate major donors, but the party will have a serious grassroots problem on its hands. The DE GOP will be a house divided between its old guard, lately pejoratively called the “establishment,” and its primary voters.
The DE GOP needs to take visible action to restore its credibility and save the state’s Senate seat from the Democrats’ “bearded Marxist.” The fate of ObamaCare may hang in the balance. If the DE GOP leadership is not willing to do what the NRSC has done and close ranks to support O’Donnell, it really only has two other choices. One of those is to remain at war with her, knowing that the consequences are likely to be that the Democrats take that seat. The other is to take visible action to reconcile with O’Donnell and thereby have a better shot at taking the seat. The most visible action it can take is for Chairman Ross to resign and allow the party to choose a successor who is at least not overtly and personally hostile to O’Donnell. If Ross isn’t willing to live and work with the choice that the majority of Republican primary voters in his state have made, then it’s time for him to find other work.