I have made no attempt to hide the fact that I am dissatisfied with the past performance of Rep. Mike Castle in congress. I do not feel that he represents my views on what I consider to be key issues, such as the environment, smaller government, and family values.
Okay, so I have made my points based on his voting record and things that he has actually said. I have voiced my opinion that it is time for him to retire and for the GOP to support a candidate with the courage to move back towards the party’s more conservative roots.
I also have made it clear that I support Christine O’Donnell in her run for the same senate seat that Mr. Castle believes should be his, merely because he wants it.
Many within the GOP have criticized Ms. O’Donnell and those who support her for not being team players. Many Republicans will tell you that Mr. Castle is the only one that can win against the heir-apparent to the seat that was formally held by his father, Beau Biden.
The “Beau” theory is that because of his Biden name and the popularity of his father within the state, that Beau Biden is somehow bullet proof. The theory continues with the mis-guided idea that only an aging congressman such as Mr. Castle can defeat Mr. Biden.
I think that this theory is wrong on several levels. First, I believe that there is a demonstrable move to the right throughout the nation , including here in the First State. Second, no one is bullet proof. Third, Mr. Castle has a voting records that can be exploited by his opponent, where as Mr. Biden does not.
I personally believe that Mr. Castle is to far left. This means in my view that what you will have if the race is between Castle and Biden , is a race between a Democrat who can come out and be himself and a Republican who must attempt to be what he is not. Also in this race you would have no clear choice between a conservative and a more liberal candidate, I believe this gives the advantage to Mr. Biden.
Now on a purely cosmetic level , you will have an aging congressman who has had health issues in the past, who comes across as someones grandfather running against a young, healthy, attractive candidate who just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq.
Now while I’m on the subject of age , let me shoot another hole in this “Beau” theory. To those who say only Mr. Castle can win against Mr. Biden. Okay , let’s say that this is true(I don’t believe it,but I’ll play along). And let us also say that Mr. Castle does win. So tell me , who runs against Biden in six years ? I think we can assume that it won’t be Mike Castle. We can also assume that Mr. Biden is young enough to sit back and wait and run again in six years, if Mr. Castle were to win. Who will the GOP pick as there can’t lose candidate then ?
This is why I believe that we must act now to support a candidate that can win this election and also win in six years from now.
If the GOP comes to its senses and backs Christine O’Donnell it would completely change the complexion of the race.
You would now have two young candidates , neither with any baggage such as their past voting record. No health issues. But most importantly , the voters would have a clear choice, Mr. Biden’s more liberal views, that can be tied directly to his father’s and those of Pres. Obama, whose popularity is declining. Or Ms. O’Donnell’s conservative principles ?
I believe that this is the race that the GOP should be running and one that it can win, not only for this election cycle , but to position ourselves for the future. I believe that Christine O’Donnell is actually the candidate that levels the playing field against Beau Biden.