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What Was Her Name Again?

By on 10.15.10 | 8:46AM

Other than what's been relayed to us by Jeff Lord about his exchange with NRSC spokesman Brian Walsh about Christine O'Donnell's campaign, I don't know where the truth lies. Seems like Walsh makes some valid points, but as we all know, activity and support go beyond just money.

On the other hand, Charles Krauthammer's column this morning (his assessment of the overall campaign season, in which he doles out several "honors") seems telling:

Luckiest guy on the planet. Chris Coons, Delaware. He draws the short straw to run against the anointed Republican establishment candidate Mike Castle, who had never lost a statewide election in 12 tries. Good soldier gamely plays sacrificial lamb -- then, bingo: Castle stunningly loses the primary. Coons is now up by 18 points.

Unluckiest guy on the planet. Beau Biden (see Delaware, above), groomed for years to inherit his father's seat. After Castle declared, however, the young Biden decided to forgo the race, citing important unfinished business as attorney general. He must now watch Coons walk off with the family jewel.

Most important socio-demographic trend. The rise of the conservative woman. Sarah Palin's influence is the most obvious manifestation of the trend. But the bigger story is the coming of age of a whole generation of smart, aggressive Republican women, from the staunchly conservative Nikki Haley (now leading the South Carolina governor's race) and the stauncher-still Sharron Angle (neck-and-neck with Harry Reid in Nevada) to the more moderate California variety, where both Carly Fiorina (for Senate) and Meg Whitman (for governor) are within striking distance in a state highly blue and deeply green. And they are not only a force in themselves; they represent an immense constituency that establishment feminism forgot -- or disdained.

So Krauthammer discusses two of the biggest stories of the campaign season where O'Donnell is at the core of both, and he can't even mention her name?

Can this be anything other than Beltway Republican establishment resentment?

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