Chris Christie: Nominating Christine O’Donnell Was A Mistake

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie didn’t hold back on Meet The Press when he expressed his belief that the Delaware GOP blew it when they nominated Christine O’Donnell:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says the Senate race in Delaware was “a missed opportunity” for his fellow Republicans to pick up the seat long held by Democrat Joe Biden.

Tea party favorite Christine O’Donnell won the GOP nomination in an upset over moderate Rep. Mike Castle. But she lost the general election Tuesday to Democrat Chris Coons.

Christie says he was proud to have endorsed Castle.


Christie is, of course, correct. The Delaware GOP nominated someone who had no chance of winning, and the people who donated to Christine O’Donnell’s campaign may as well have thrown their money down a rat hole. The fact that there are still people like Jim DeMint who don’t recognize this fact tells us just how far gone the GOP actually is.

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  1. anjin-san says:

    As a Democrat, I want to thank Sarah Palin & the tea party for handing us control of the senate back just as it was slipping away from us.

  2. Steve Plunk says:

    Democracy can be messy. What’s wrong with losing one or two in the process of winning so many more? Give me a break, the tide has turned even if a few things aren’t perfect.

  3. WhiskeyJim says:

    Perhaps the great Recession has taught us more than anything the great and negative externalities that ensue from a hugely powerful central government instituting policies either from the left or right.

    Banks held 5-25x their present reserves when they were not regulated. We know how to legally and conservatively invest our earnings to accomplish retirement annuities which provide life inheritances, and they are not Ponzi schemes. We wonder what the cost of health care in general would be in a firmly established free market, subsidizing individuals, not institutions; would it be 50% less?

    We see that market education and discussions can not take place at all (they are certainly not occurring in universities in any productive way) if all the candidates are basically interventionists.

    But we do know one thing about O’Donnell. And that is that she would be far less ready to pull any lever that injected the government into more meddling. She gets that. And she helped inspire that discussion, win or lose.

    So the discussion regarding O’Donnell is a little misleading. The Right has de facto control of the Senate now anyway.

    But the fundamental issue with the Senate remains. It will not divest federal power. It will just wield it in a different manner.