An aide to defeated Rep. Mike Castle:
"She is a con artist who won by lying about Castle's positions and her own life," said Kate Dickens, a Castle aide. "Out of state support was enough to pull her through yesterday so she can rely on it through November."
“I’ve met her. I wasn’t frankly impressed by her abilities as a candidate,” Rove said during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “One thing that O’Donnell is now going to have to answer in the general election that she didn't in the primary is her own checkered background.”
“There were a lot of nutty things she has been saying that don't add up,” Rove added.
“Why did she mislead voters about her college education? How come it took nearly two decades to pay her college bills so she could get her college degree? How did she make a living?”
Some random GOP "strategists":
In Wilmington, Republican strategist Don Mell and his wife, Jeanne, who is a Democrat, walked across the street from Castle's party to Coons' primary watch party at a nearby pub. The couple donned Castle pins when they arrived at the Coons event and picked up one of the Democrat's yard signs.
"I'm not voting for that woman-she's crazy," Don Mell said. "There isn't going to be any discussion about that."
O'Donnell's supporters punch back.
Back at O'Donnell's party in Dover, the mood was triumphant, rather than conciliatory.
O'Donnell supporters wearing light blue t-shirts that read, "Team Christine" gloated over their victory by posing in front of a Castle yard sign in front of the stage, on which someone had scribbled "GOOD BYE!" in bright red letters under the congressman's name.
"We could care less about the Republican Party," said O'Donnell volunteer Brad Flora of Camden, Delaware. "We want our government back.
And Rove is suddenly not so popular. One conservative blogger wrote:
Rarely have I seen such childishness from the supposed leaders of a political establishment, who set the very rules and customs they now want to ignore because they just got embarrassed on a national stage. Grow up, shut up, and get to work."
Another called for Rove to be kicked off Fox News and "investigated".
Especially given his comments on Fox News tonight, until this is resolved, it seems impossible to trust Rove as an objective analyst. In terms of the conservative movement, we should not simply ignore him, but proactively work to undermine Rove in whatever ways we can, given his obvious willingness to undermine us.
Meanwhile, Senate Republicans are furious at Jim DeMint:
“It speaks volumes that in Jim DeMint’s world, the ‘principles of freedom’ are more important than a candidate who pays their taxes, is honest with voters and who isn’t a complete fraud,” said a senior GOP aide. “Senator DeMint may be patting himself on the back tonight but many Republicans look forward to post-November 2nd when he has to explain why he helped the Democrats retain the majority for yet another two years.”
This is but a taste, people, for what's to come if Republicans don't take the Senate and/or House this fall. This is a hint of the glorious civil war that will break out amongst the GOP if we can hold the line.
They expect outright control. If we deny them that, they will fracture like we've never seen them fracture before.
If for nothing else, this preview of (possible) coming attractions should motivate you for some serious GOTV this fall.