"Yes, that’s Christine O’Donnell beside the pool at the fabulous Venetian Resort Hotel. And, no, she wasn’t wearing a bikini. She did, however, agree to wear the famous fedora I borrowed from Da Tech Guy," Stacy McCain captioned the video of his interview last summer with the tea party favorite vying for Delaware's "Biden Seat" in a primary battle that has pitched Republican against Republican in a bitter clash of Ruling Class vs Country Class, establishment vs outsider (see below).
"This has been a complete out-of-state operation … It's not been a local campaign. It's not had local donations," keened Delaware Rep. Mike Castle as it began to dawn upon him that someone had changed the rules in the "closer-than-expected GOP Senate primary he's locked in against tea party favorite Christine O'Donnell":
Castle, who last faced a primary election challenger in 1992, said the six-figure sums pumped into the state by the Tea Party Express, and the recent endorsements of O'Donnell by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, prove that his opposition is being powered by out-of-state forces.
And he's right. The usual suspects among the Northeast Corridor fuddy-duddy community were tut-tutting, The Right Scoop had the video, and 140-or-fewer-character reports like Rich Lowry's tweet about Charles Krauthammer's latest oracular pronouncement on Special Report were lighting up the 'sphere late afternoon:
charles k on palin and demint endorsements of o'donnell: "destructive, capricious, irresponsible"
Either you were for the party-sanctioned left-leaning candidate or you were flaunting (thanks to ms docweasel in the comments at RWV for the usage correction) flouting Bill Buckley's caveat about electability. The old-boys network's narrative of choice: A limited-government conservative could never win the general in deep-blue Delaware. How then to explain the fact that presumably limited-government candidate O'Donnell had been good enough for the GOP establishment in previous elections? Again, electability was the excuse for rewarding the faithful soldier and throwing the less-seasoned candidate under the bus with their "Nuts and Sluts" offensive. But the tea partiers weren't buying. We'd begun sending our dollars not to the RNC or NRSC or NRCC but to strategic small-government candidates both here in Taxachusetts and beyond, including Christine O'Donnell. Now, with lessons learned and skills acquired in earlier skirmishes of what we like to call The Brown Revolution, political outsiders were once again disintermediating the powers that be on the ground and via the internet. The poor old fuddy-duddies didn't know what hit them. As Steve Schippert twittered metaphorically:
Update: Michelle Malkin "Buzzworthy" link!
Update II: Trending on Memeorandum.