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Voters’ message to GOP: We’re taking back our party

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Michelle Malkin:

Expect more Washington Republicans to start sounding like Tea Party-bashing libs as their entrenched incumbent friends go down.

Frank J. Fleming at

Well, Al Franken won a Senate seat. Don’t see why O'Donnell can’t.

C. Edmund Wright at

The last time Republican voters agreed with the Beltway pundits (and the Democrats) and awarded a nomination to “the most electable Republican” who was “well-respected across the aisle,” we got John McCain. How did that work out? Just great - as long as you are a Democrat. Thankfully, tiny Delaware’s voters ignored their party apparatus, actually held a true Republican primary, and chose the person who most closely represents what the Republican base voter believes in. This is what party primaries used to be for. It is what they should still be held for. It is simply unforgivable for Republican apparatchiks to choose sides in a primary - yet they do - and they are so often disastrous picks. Can you say “Arlen Specter”? “Charlie Crist”?

Martin Knight at

I didn’t have many (or any) good things to say about Christine O'Donnell … but that ends now. The woman, whatever her faults, has to be given credit for having something that has been sorely lacking in the GOP’s Senate Caucus: Guts - with a big scarlet capital G. So finally, I do have something good to say about the lady - she took on an entrenched incumbent with a 10-to-1 monetary, a hostile media, not to mention a weak and comfortable on its knees [Delaware] GOP and walloped them all. Which leads me to think that she just might have it in her to do it. Which means we owe her our support.

John Rosenberg at

The big loser if the Democrats retain their Senate majority, other than the American people, may well be Barack Obama, who will be deprived of the opportunity to run a Trumanesque campaign against a do-nothing Republican Congress in 2012.

Cassy Fiano in’s Green Room:

There’s a lesson to be learned here. And the lesson is that the establishment Republicans are by and large no better than the Democrats. Karl Rove got one thing right, and it’s applicable to most of the RINOs getting voted out of office right now: Voters [Tuesday] night were voting more against Mike Castle’s liberal voting record (cap and trade, DISCLOSE) than they were voting for Christine O'Donnell. And that’s exactly the point. Politicians in Washington have become completely infatuated with the power they think they hold.

Jeff Dunetz at

O'Donnell must have surged late and big, which leads us to the second surprise, everyone expected a very close election but based on the latest results, O'Donnell won by a fairly comfortable margin. This was no squeaker, it was a statement by the Delaware Republicans that they did not want a senator who supported issues that ran contrary to the Republican Platform. Calling his defeat a victory for the party extremists is simply disingenuous. Mike Castle is one of the biggest supporters of cap and trade, he voted for TARP, against the surge, for the auto bailout and Cash for Clunkers, these are among the programs that have turned the people against Obama, voting against Castle is not “extreme.” In fact, it goes hand in hand with the prevailing mood of the country. There are those who say that despite Castle’s positions, Republicans should have voted for him anyway because he was a “lock” to win the general election.Others say that especially in the primary, O'Donnell was the way to go, because the primary is the time to vote based on ideology. Both are valid arguments, but the overriding factor is that primaries are the time for ideology, party leaders would tell you that after the primary season, we are supposed to unite behind the party’s candidates and get that person elected. Heck, that’s exactly what we were told to do when John McCain was nominated as the party’s candidate for president. For conservatives, McCain was a bitter pill to swallow because many of his positions were similar to Barack Obama’s, without the pizzaz.

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