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Charles Krauthammer Slams Sarah Palin, Jim DeMint Over Delaware Endorsement

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On Monday's edition of Fox News' "Special Report with Bret Beir," columnist Charles Krauthammer criticized former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska and Sen. Jim Demint (R-S.C.) for endorsing Delaware Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell over moderate Rep. Mike Castle.

Here's an excerpt:
Krauthammer: The Palin endorsement, I think, is disruptive and capricious. Bill Buckley had a rule that he always supported the most conservative candidate who was electable, otherwise the vote is simply self-indulgence.

Beir: Now Jim DeMint, from South Carolina, also endorsed Christine O'Donnell.

Krauthammer: equally capricious and irresponsible. I'm not sexist on this. It's a big mistake. ...
He went on to add, "Delaware is not Alaska."

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gonzmay1

I love CK and turn on the news to get his take but in this case I really disagree with he and Rove. I think he is leaning too heavily on conventional wisdom about "electibility" and status...I am amazed that this is such an upset when Mike Castle has been in office for 30 years and has voted for some of the most heinous offenses to our Republic and supports Obamacare! I want fresh blood to challenge the establishment right now. Castle ought to graciously support O'Donnell and share the privilege he has enjoyed for so long. The Republican party should support who the people elect to represent them! 12 year Term Limits!

September 15 2010 at 10:46 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
jlopesconcrete

The best explanation for the left’s and rino's bizarre Palin obsession is status-anxiety. Status-anxiety occurs when a person believes that their position in a real or imagined social hierarchy is threatened. Leftists react emotionally to Palin because of the threat she poses to their own individual sense of status. All their other arguments are just put forth to rationalize that emotional reaction. In short, it is not the ideas she puts forth, its that someone like her is significant at all. You see, they are the ruling class and we are the slaves. This is why taxes have nothing to do with paying down debt or funding social programs and everything to do with power over the people.

September 14 2010 at 7:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hgurnsr

My apologies to Mr. Krauthammer, I didn't think he was very intelligent. But his remarks make perfect sense. Palin, DeMint, and Bachman think they can point at ANY candidate and say " you shall be elected ". A classic example of the inmates running the asylum.

September 14 2010 at 1:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Andy Zaplatynsky

Republicans lost control of Washington because George W. Bush and Co. sold out to so called pragmatists and went down the path of expediency. This is one of those rare occasions when I completely disagree with Charles Krauthhammer. Having Mr. Castle as a GOP senator from Delaware would be no different than having a Democrat. We have bastardized the English language. Mr. Castle is not a moderate, he is a full blown liberal. Good luck, Ms. O'Donnell!

September 14 2010 at 12:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David

While it is true that Dr. Krauthammer is conservative, Mike Castle certainly is NOT! To say that Mike Castle is a RINO is not quite accurate. He is an Obama-publican. Why re-elect him if he votes with the left a majority of the time? I'll take my chances with an unknown rather than send Castle back to DC. I'm a constitutionalist who has lived in Delaware my entire life. Mike Castle does not deserve to be re-elected.

September 13 2010 at 10:27 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
Thane Eichenauer

I would think that a newspaper columnist would be able to dig up a better adjective that capricious. I have a hard time believing that he thinks that DeMint and Palin both made an endorsement solely on impulsiveness. When he says that Palin's endorsement is disruptive I think that we all really know that means he disagrees with O'Donnell being endorsed. Perhaps DeMint and Palin should call Krauthammer before they make endorsements to make sure that impulsive, disruptive and irresponsible actions can be nipped in the bud.

September 13 2010 at 10:07 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
cruisedoc

I know what it's like to dislike Dr. Krauthammer. I once did. After reading & listening to him more, I find myself watching for a CK article or interview to see what his take is. He is a fellow physician and an extremely intellegent man. If I'm honest, I didn't care for him because I didn't want to hear what he was saying ...the truth often hurts a bit. Plus, his personality is, well, cold. I've found it's just his way of being blunt with the facts. I find him less partisan than most. He just calls it as he sees it, and usually the way it is. I don't see him as overly conservative, and he certainly is no ideolog. He has an acute understanding of cause-effect. If he is conservative, it is because logic and analysis brought him there. Being a Hillary supporter, I would hate when he came on & said she wasn't going to win it ...early on, when most thought she would win it. I listen to all the pundits, and note how often they're right & wrong. I have learned to pay attention to what he says.

September 13 2010 at 10:03 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
GLO

Wow, Krauthammer finally said something that wasn't partisan politics at it's worst.

September 13 2010 at 9:37 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
andrc657

They don't make them much further to the right than Charles Krauthammer. So if he is against Palin's endorsement of Christine O'Donnell in Delaware she must be really out there. The republican internecine battles commence.

September 13 2010 at 9:01 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

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