Jim DeMint, Mark Levin, and the Tea Party Express have declared war on America.
The Republican Party is being hijacked by those who care more about inflating their egos than stopping the destructive Obama agenda. If we agree as Republicans — and I think we can — that failed stimulus packages, phony healthcare “reform,” and subdued attitudes abroad are bad for the United States, then we must conclude, as a matter of basic logic, that an axis of egotists worked against American interests last night.
If there were any evidence that Mark Levin and Jim DeMint cared about promoting conservative principles, I might retain a modicum of respect for them. But what we witnessed in Delaware last night was not the elevation of Christine O’Donnell: it was the purging of Mike Castle. Christine O’Donnell is a quixotic, fraudulent, gold-digging liar with no job and no accomplishments. DeMint and Levin would endorse Mahmoud Ahmadinejad if he promised to purge the party of RINOs.
It is true that Mike Castle supports cap-and-trade. So does Chris Coons, who, thanks to the Tea Party, is about to coast to what will probably be a cushy, lifetime job in the Senate. Castle, however, unlike Coons-style liberal Democrats, voted against Obamacare, against the stimulus package, and in favor of Republicans to fill the all-important House leadership positions. Chris Coons will be one more vote in favor of Harry Reid for majority leader (I would have written Chuck Schumer, but thanks to the DeMints and Levins of the world, that too is in doubt). Spare me any nonsense about Christine O’Donnell’s ability to win: she can’t win, and she doesn’t deserve to. The only Republican in Delaware who could win that seat is Mike Castle, and his career came to a shocking and humiliating conclusion last night.
Republicans from deeply-red states like South Carolina and Alaska are utterly ignorant of what it actually means to sacrifice moderates on the altar of purity. Hailing from states where people like Christine O’Donnell and Joe Miller regularly win statewide elections, DeMint and Palin are completely unable to comprehend the real-world consequences of their actions. Republicans in left-leaning states like Delaware and neighboring Maryland — my own home state — quickly learn to compromise with moderate and center-right candidates like Mike Castle and the victorious Bob Ehrlich. When we blue-state Republicans nominate unelectable candidates, we actually have to live out the consequences: here in Maryland, we have put up with years of the tax-raising, government-expanding leadership of Martin O’Malley, and few Republicans here are interested in going through another four of them in the name of “purity.” We in the blue states are the ones who suffer the greatest consequences of out-of-state propaganda from the likes of DeMint.
Stopping the Obama agenda is not on the minds of Jim DeMint, Mark Levin, Sarah Palin, and the Tea Party Express. The only agendas this band of narcissistic posers care about are personal ones: how they can inflate their egos and fatten their wallets — even if it means flushing a Senate seat down the toilet.