O’Donnell, DeMint Going Rogue

Posted on September 16, 2010 by


The New York Times wrote an article describing South Carolina Republican Senator Jim DeMint’s support of Delaware Tea Partier O’Donnell. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/16/us/politics/16assess.html?_r=1&ref=republican_party. This article focuses on the debate as to whether or not O’Donnell’s victory in the primaries is good for the Republican party, or a negative hinderence for their chance of getting the Senate majority.

This debate is intriguing from numerous different reasons. First, the sheer fact that O’Donnell won in Delaware says something about the condition of voters: O’Donnell is as far right as anyone in this year’s election, and her winning the primary tells us that voters are either that fed up with Dems and the policies that have been put in place or that voters are actually in favor of the ideas that O’Donnell is trying to sell. Second, this primary win is splitting the Republican Party. Even Karl Rove said in the New York Daily News “This is not a race we’re going to be able to win”. (Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2010/09/16/2010-09-16_sarah_palinbacked_tea_party_favorite_christine_odonnell_calls_for_gop_unity_afte.html#ixzz0zjthV4mD)

Whereas Jim DeMint of South Carolina fully supports O’Donnell, saying that Republican incumbent Mike Castle is only facially Republican, and accuses him of supporting Obama’s policies. DeMint admits to seeking out the most conservative candidates for whom he will show his support.

I believe that this phenomona is not isolated to Jim DeMint. The Republican party is becoming more dynamic, moving further to the right while the Democratic party has been floating in stagnation since the presidential election of 2008; this is something that seems to be attractive to voters and in the end will make for a close and difficult race for Democrats, not only in Delaware, but nation wide.