Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Christine O'Donnell: Principles and Winning
Liberal Republican Delaware Senatorial candidate Mike Castle is being shaken by the surging Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell. Castle is a former Governor and a strong competitor against the Democratic candidates. She's much more conservative than Castle and his anti-gun, pro-abortion politics are very popular in the blue states. Weeks ago, no one expect O'Donnell to challenge Castle, but now she on the verge of defeating him. So why is she so competitive in this ultra blue state?
Principle. Republicans (some of them) are learning that if you compromise your principles to win elections than you're not really winning anything. I've been saying this for years. No conservative wants to vote for a pro gun control liberal who calls himself a Republican. See, this is why the Republican brand is in such bad shape. The Republican Party doesn't represent anything. The Bush years proved that it's not a fiscally conservative party, it's not a budget-minded party, it's not a defender of liberty or justice, it never balances the balance, it spends recklessly and it creates unnecessary wars.
What Republicans must understand is that you're better off standing by your principles and losing some races, than losing your integrity just to wind a few extra seats and have an incompetent government. After all, if you win extra seats and the extra Senators and representatives pursuit foolish policies, you'll ruin the reputation of the whole party. Why can't people get this?
Now, I'm not saying that O'Donnell is a perfect candidate, but I think it's time conservatives forced the Republican Party to stand for something.
Maybe the system can be reformed. I doubt it, but let's say for the sake of argument that it can. If the political system is to be representative of the people it supposed to serve, then we'll have to make it happen.