Like it or not GOP, Christine O'Donnell is your Senate candidate
Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell won the GOP primary for the Delaware Senate seat, but her own party thinks she is unelectable. Image: CC eli pousson/Flickr

Christine O’Donnell could be a prime example of the axiom “Be careful what you wish for; you might get it.” O’Donnell unpleasantly surprised the Republican establishment Tuesday by winning Delaware’s GOP Senate primary. With support from the Tea Party, she defeated veteran congressman Mike Castle and will compete with Democrat Chris Coons for the Senate seat formerly held by Vice President Joe Biden. Before she won, Republican senators united in their support for Castle said she would be unelectable in November. Democrats view her victory as a wonderful gift for the Coons campaign.

Christine O’Donnell: ‘a complete fraud’

Republicans now depend on Christine O’Donnell to help them win back the Senate. A scathing profile of O’Donnell in Politico said she has a history of lying on her resume, defaulting on loans and income tax evasion. She has said she would turn Jews over to Nazis, called Barack Obama “anti-American” for not supporting English as the U.S. official language and said forbidding masturbation should be part of abstinence education. She said she graduated from Farleigh Dickinson University, but she never did. The school sued her in 1994 for defaulting on $4,000 in unpaid tuition. In 2008 she was sued for defaulting on her mortgage. The IRS filed a lien against O’Donnell earlier this year over more than $11,000 in unpaid income taxes and fees. O’Donnell’s campaign manager when she ran for the Senate in 2008 quit after two months and called her “a complete fraud.”

Numbers support GOP’s unelectable claims

Delaware Republicans had actively worked against O’Donnell in Tuesday’s primary. Now they are stuck with an underdog in the race against Coons. After O’Donnell defeated Castle, Karl Rove told Fox News “This is not a race we’re going to be able to win.” In a pre-election poll, Rasmussen Reports said that Castle would earn 48 percent of the vote, while Coons would get 37 percent. Coons led O’Donnell by a 47 percent to 36 percent margin. Voters not affiliated with either major party preferred Castle over Coons, but favored the Democrat if O’Donnell is his opponent.

GOP promises to respect O’Donnell in the morning

When O’Donnell’s victory was announced, Republican Party officials who saw Castle as their only hope for winning the Delaware Senate seat said they would not give O’Donnell any money for the general election. But Fox News reports that the morning after, lust for power triumphed over principle. Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said the RNC will support O’Donnell. The National Republican Senatorial Committee, which had backed Castle in the race, also changed their tune. The NRSC will contribute $42,000 to O’Donnell’s campaign, the maximum allowed. Whether she will use a campaign debit card for personal expenses like she did in her 2008 Senate bid, as reported in Politico, remains to be seen.

Sources

Politico: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0910/42209.html

Rasmussen Reports: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2010/election_2010_senate_elections/delaware/election_2010_delaware_senate

Fox News: http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/09/15/rnc-supports-odonnell-delaware-nrsc-changes-tune

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