Forget viability. What about competence?



Will writes from Washington, D.C. (well, Arlington, Virginia). You can reach him at willblogcorrespondence at gmail dot com.

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  1. Avatar Jaybird says:

    I just don’t like voting for women.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Jaybird says:

      @Jaybird, Er, I mean, we’re in a situation where the folks are “throwing the bums out”.

      Castle, according to people who cared enough to show up to vote, was yet another bum who had his nose up the establishment’s nethers.

      The crazy chick who I do not endorse, however, cannot be said to have her nose up anywhere.

      I probably would have voted for her too.

      If the Republican Party Machine cannot compromise enough to run a real friggin’ candidate rather than someone like Castle, then the Republican Party Machine deserves to be castrated.

      This shouldn’t be seen as an endorsement of that crazy lady. It’s not.

      It’s a repudiation of Castle.

      God Bless America.Report

  2. Avatar Koz says:

    I lived in Delaware I’m sure I’d vote for her in the general election. As bad as O’Donnell is, there is never any excuse for voting for a Democrat.

    But it’s a bigger issue than just voting the right way. Political office has to be more than simply in-group maintenance. It has to be that way because nobody’s clique, including the Tea Parties, is big enough to dominate American demographics by themselves.

    It can be worth our time and energy to demonstrate to non-Tea-Party types that Rand Paul or Dino Rossi are fine candidates who are worthy of their support. It’s just a completely hopeless cause for Miss O’Donnell.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Koz says:

      @Koz, there’s more to political compromise than telling the voters that they need to compromise.

      The Republican Party Machinery needs to wrap its head around the fact that the Tea Party is America’s only hope for Fiscal Responsibility.Report

      • Avatar Koz in reply to Jaybird says:

        The GOP Establishment definitely needs to get simpatico with the Tea Parties wrt fiscal conservatism. That doesn’t mean we have to make Caligula’s horse a Senator.Report

        • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Koz says:

          @Koz, there were two horses running in this election, Koz.

          The voters picked the preferable horse.

          Next time, the Machinery might want to consider running a candidate that Conservatives might want to vote for.Report

  3. Avatar Michael Drew says:

    1) At first I thought it was saying she had sue the ISI (i.e. of Pakistan) for mental anguish. That would be rather awesome and is frankly something Barack Obama might consider, and George W. Bush might consider signing onto.
    2) I support women candidates in going ahead with the “unmanly” charge. It shows pluck, and is almost certain to be accurate.Report

  4. Avatar Kolohe says:

    But in an election over a backbencher House seat, does it really make sense to hold candidates accountable for anything other than ideological purity?

    You mean a Senate seat that could very well be the deciding vote on a lot of things the way the Senate is currently run, or am I missing a joke here?Report

  5. Avatar Robert Cheeks says:

    Will, where I come from we’d call her past ‘colorful,’ my last two congressional reps where chamgs: one ended up in prison for bribery and the other was pitched for hiring secretaries based on their ‘performance.’ Talk about ‘class.’
    Re: this: “At what point does a candidate’s personal problems or demonstrable lack of competence become a reason not to vote for them?”
    Will, please, this from a commie-Dem? Can you say: Jim Traficant, Dennis the Menace Kruzinski(sp), Algore, Bob KKK Byrd, and the recently deceased Penna Congressman Murtha, Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry, W.Va’s Mullohand…I mean, dude, the list of stupid, insipid, defective, lying, theiving Democrat Congressmen/Senators is seemingly limitless.
    I’d say Ms. O’Donnell, morally speaking, will probably be head and shoulders superior to these bottom feeders.Report

  6. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Derb chimes in, God bless him.

    Not much doubt about what Republican voters were saying yesterday. Something like WE HATE ESTABLISHMENT REPUBLICANS! Whether, as the rising E-R whine has it, this is a gift to the Democrats, remains to be seen.

    For once I was in harmony with the Zeitgeist. I voted for Carl Paladino in the NY gubernatorial GOP primary. What’s not to like? Carl’s opponent — I’ve forgotten his name already — was the last establishment Republican I ever sent money to ($100, in the 2000 election) in response to a fundraiser mailing. He’ll be the last for a long time — until establishment Republicans convince me their party stands for something other than government bloat, runaway spending, open borders, ethnic pandering, educational romanticism, and futile half-hearted wars.Report

    • Avatar gregiank in reply to Jaybird says:

      @Jaybird, i would think the derb is really not down with o’donnell’s anti-wack off beliefs.

      but i’m not surprised derby isn’t bothered by a candidate who says sort of racist type jokes, compared jews he doesn’t like to hitler and wants to use prisons as dorms.Report

  7. Avatar Ken says:

    And here I was thinking Palin’s 2012 candidacy was stillborn because she’s realized that she can make more money and fame, with far less actual work and responsibility, as a celebrity.Report