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Castle Refuses to Back O’Donnell

“Our Ruling Class’ agenda is power for itself.”
— Angelo Codevilla, The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It

“A Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) campaign source confirmed to The Hill late Tuesday that the longtime congressman will not be endorsing Christine O’Donnell.”
The Hill


Had he won, you can bet Mike Castle would have been telling everyone it was time to close ranks and support the winner of the Delaware GOP primary.

But Mike Castle didn’t win. He lost. Big time. And so?

With the predictability of the sun rising in the East, Castle has picked up his marbles and gone home. Hell will freeze over before he supports Christine O’Donnell, and the first word on this was out by 11:24 pm Tuesday night, before midnight had tolled on the night O’Donnell had convincingly — more than convincingly — thrashed him.

All this does is infuriate Americans even more.

Castle’s instant refusal to back O’Donnell, is not only what the Ruling Class might call poor sportsmanship, it symbolizes the utter arrogance these people have as they pursue precisely the only agenda they have ever had: wielding power for itself. That’s it, that’s all. The Alpha and the Omega of the Ruling Class. They rule because they are supposed to. They will say what they have to say, and do what they have to do — to win. And if they lose? Well, hasta la vista, baby. Can you say Arlen Specter?

They believe they have a certain status in life. That they are the adult equivalent of the junior high school “in crowd.” They believe they are owed. And if you don’t happen to see this — and give them what they want — you are a rube. A hick. A fool. An idiot.

They think Christine O’Donnell is an idiot. Bless her, O’Donnell understands these very same people think the same thing of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Sarah Palin, Sharron Angle, Rand Paul and on and on into an infinity of Ruling Class arrogance. It was no less than Ronald Reagan who was once described by a condescending Washington insider (Clark Clifford) as “an amiable dunce.” Clifford, by the way, a powerful Democratic lobbyist, almost went to jail in his dotage he was so smart.

After a long morning with nothing — nothing on the NRSC website about the victory of Christine O’Donnell, National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Senator John Cornyn has gotten the message.

In a front page statement, Cornyn has backed away from news stories last night that the NRSC would refuse to assist O’Donnell, now officially the Senate nominee of the Delaware Republican Party.

But as anyone familiar with this kind of thing knows, there’s a lot more the NRSC can do for her with independent expenditures and the like. Will they?

We will see.

But there are two ways the Establishment can try and protect its power. One is, as with Castle, simply refuse to support O’Donnell outright. Or, two, as with the NRSC, appear to help but not really. Not do for Christine O’Donnell what they will do for others who have the favor of the Insiders.

This is a battle royal between average Americans and The Establishment. That Establishment can be in the Democratic White House and Congress — or a Republican NRSC. What we’re talking is a difference of degree, as opposed to a difference of kind.

The American people have long since caught on to this.

And suffice to say, as witness the O’Donnell phenomenon, they are not happy.

Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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