Category Archives: Delaware

The Next Target is the Republican Party: Diane Olson of the Tea Party Debates Former RNC Staffer Gregory Hilton

Debate Introduction by Gregory Hilton

This debate focuses on the relationship between the Tea Party movement and the Republican Party, which has been a hot topic in recent weeks. Republicans appreciate and admire the activities of various Tea Party organizations, but several Tea Party leaders, including Diane Olson, want to wage war on the GOP. Diane is promising a major battle soon after the November election. Continue reading

Did Mike Castle Want to Impeach George W. Bush and the Delaware Aftermath By Gregory Hilton

I was disappointed when respected conservatives such as Dan Riehl and the American Spectator are falsely claiming Congressman Mike Castle (R-DE) voted to impeach President George W. Bush. Of course that is not true. No Republican Congressman, including Ron Paul, advocated that. This issue received considerable publicity at the time. Continue reading

The Verdict: Surprising GOP Primary Results in Delaware, New Hampshire and Maryland


The big upset of last night was when conservative insurgent Christine O’Donnell defeated Congressman Mike Castle by a 53% to 47% margin. The loss was the first in the career of the 72-year-old Castle, who has been Delaware’s lone representative in Congress since 1993. O’Donnell claimed victory at the Elks Lodge in Dover, and thanked the two people people who endorsed her in the final weekend, former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC). When Palin made her endorsement few observers were expecting O’Donnell to win the primary, and no one can accuse Palin of not taking risks. O’Donnell did not mention Congressman Castle in her victory remarks. Hours later the Congressman said he would not endorse or support O’Donnell. He did not indicate if he would endorse Democrat Chris Coons. Castle said he would not run as a write-in candidate in the general election. Continue reading

National Review: Conservatives Should Not Support Christine O’Donnell (R-DE)

She is “a conservative standard-bearer who could have been selected by a group of hostile people out to create an unflattering impression of us. To compare O’Donnell to Sharron Angle (R-NV) is an insult to Angle, who has her rough edges as a candidate but whose personal integrity is beyond reproach. What many O’Donnell supporters are implicitly arguing is that there can be no standards in evaluating candidates beyond an ideological litmus test–a deeply unconservative sentiment.” Continue reading

Delaware Senate Primary: Charles Krauthammer Criticizes Sarah Palin and Jim DeMint

Charles Krauthammer on today’s Delaware Senate primary. Sarah Palin and Jim DeMint were “equally capricious and irresponsible” for backing O’Donnell. “Delaware is not Alaska. In Alaska you can endorse a Joe Miller, whose going to win anyway though he’s more conservative. In Delaware, O’Donnell is going to lose and that could be the difference between Republican and Democratic control of the Senate.” Continue reading

Many Conservatives Do Not Want Mike Castle in the U.S. Senate

Listed below are comments from conservative activists throughout the nation who are expressing strong reservations about Congressman Mike Castle (R-DE) in tonight’s U.S. Senate primary. Castle faces a serious challenge from Christine O’Donnell who is making her third bid for the U.S. Senate.

Rich M FLong, 26, of Wappinger Falls, NY: principles are more important than what jersey they wear. A vote for Mike Castle (R) is a vote for Chris Coons (D). Can someone explain to me what is good about electing a Democrat who votes like a Democrat? . . . When will the GOP establishment realize that moderation is how the left gets away with blaming every bad thing that happens on Republicans and they tell voters that’s what conservatism is. Continue reading

Nominating Christine O’Donnell Could Destroy the Tea Party by Alan Moore

Editorial Note: Alan Moore, 28, has an MA from George Mason University and previously served as press secretary for the Tancredo for President Committee and the Freedom Alliance. He now works for the Heritage Foundation at

I volunteered for the O’Donnell campaign in 2008. I am not owed any money nor have I ever received payment from either the O’Donnell or Mike Castle campaigns. Working with her for an election cycle taught me one indisputable fact: Christine O’Donnell is not deserving of ever holding elected office and her nomination will be nothing short of catastrophic to the Tea Party movement. The implications of her nomination for conservatives everywhere are enormous. Continue reading

U.S. Senate Primary – Political Pundits Panic: Christine O’Donnell (R-DE) Takes the Lead by Gregory Hilton

48 hours before Delaware Republicans go to the polls, Christine O'Donnell has pulled into the lead in the Republican Senate primary.

A Public Policy Polling survey released on Sunday night indicates a major upset is possible in Delaware’s U.S. Senate primary on Tuesday. The survey has conservative Christine O’Donnell defeating moderate Rep. Mike Castle in the primary by a 47% to 44% margin. Castle has a 69% to 21% lead with moderate voters but they only make up 33% of the likely primary electorate. O’Donnell has a 62% to 31% lead with conservatives which is more than enough to propel her to victory in less than 48 hours.

The O’Donnell surge was a shock to political pundits in both parties, and their reactions are listed below. Practically all of them agree that while O’Donnell could win on Tuesday it would be difficult for her to win a general election. She has such a controversial background that Democrats would not have a difficult time increasing her negative ratings. The recent O’Donnell surge was fueled by the endorsements she just received from Sarah Palin, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and the National Rifle Association. Castle is probably the most liberal Republican Senate candidate this year, and the major strike against him his vote for cap and trade. Castle opposed the Stimulus and is in favor of repealing Obamacare. Continue reading

Taking Aim: Congressman Mike Castle (R-DE) Responds to His Conservative Critics by Gregory Hilton

Congressman Mike Castle (R-DE) has served in the House of Representatives for 18 years. He was Governor for 8 years, and also served as Lt. Governor and was in the state legislature for a decade.

After four decades in elective office, Congressman Mike Castle’s fate will be determined in Tuesday’s Republican primary for the U.S. Senate. A Public Policy Poll released on Sunday night has him running slightly behind conservative activist Christine O’Donnell. Castle was won 12 statewide elections and would not have a problem winning Vice President Joe Biden’s old Senate seat in a general election. However, he has to first survive the primary.
The Congressman is not a social conservative, but claims to be a fiscal conservative. He often refers to himself as a moderate, but right wing critics castigate him as a liberal Republican. They also say there is no difference between a liberal Republican and a liberal Democrat. Castle is not hiding from his four decades as a moderate, but strongly objects to being lumped in with liberal Democrats. Continue reading

Major Concerns Surface Regarding Christine O’Donnell’s (R-DE) Senate Campaign by Gregory Hilton

Christine O'Donnell, 42, is now running for the U.S. Senate for the third time. Her previous campaigns were in 2006 and 2008 when she was defeated by Joe Biden by a 65% to 35% margin. O'Donnell is not a college graduate and her 2009 income was $5,000. The Tea Party Express now says it may spend as much as $600,000 backing her candidacy.

Christine O’Donnell is challenging Rep. Mike Castle in the September 14th Delaware Republican primary for the U.S. Senate nomination. Her candidacy has received favorable attention from Tea Party groups across the nation, and a new poll shows her within 5 points of Castle. The Tea Party Express which spent over $600,000 promoting Senate candidates Sharron Angle (R-NV) and Joe Miller (R-AK) is now threatening to do the same thing in Delaware, but informed sources are skeptical of the claim. They have spent $46,000 on an initial ad buy and their spending could reach $250,000. This is a real boost to her campaign but at the same time O’Donnell is receiving increased media scrutiny. Continue reading