Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Irony of O'Donnell Winning Because She Was Endorsed by the Tea Party

Christine O'Donnell won her primary because the Tea Party crazies came pouring into Delaware like a biblical plague of bed bugs. They infused mountains of cash into her campaign. The talking heads of the Tea Party...Limbaugh, Levin, Hannity, Palin, DeMint...endorsed O'Donnell and spread half-truths and lies about Castle at the last hour to put O'Donnell over the top.

Yet the Tea Party wants to revoke the 17th Amendment, depriving the people the chance to vote directly for their Senators. They believe that the people aren't to be trusted with such matters and that the only people worthy to ascend the heights of Olympus are the state legislators. Of course, the Tea Party really want to be those state legislators so that they can sell Senate seats ala Rod Blagojevich.

What irony, then, that if the 17th Amendment had been repealed prior to the Delaware primary, Castle would have been the Senator from Delaware and not O'Donnell. The state establishment were squarely in his corner. I doubt that O'Donnell would have had one supporter in the Delaware legislature.


Pablo said...

That is a brilliant point, Dan. By the way, do you have any idea why some Tea Partiers want the 17th Amendment repealed? Is this getting back to the Constitution? Or are they trying to give more power to the states?

Anonymous said...

Pablo, I am not sure what the deal is with the movement to repeal the 17th Amendment. I know that Beck is for it. Here in Idaho the dimwits at the Republican convention, which was comprised of mostly Tea Partiers, put repealing the 17th Amendment on the GOP state platform. I wrote about it a few months ago at ROS. I suspect that for Idaho the motivation is that the Tea Party can easily elect a majority of seats in the state legislature, thereby gauranteeing that they could select the Senators. It comes across to me as a very transparent power grab. I also remember reading similar rumblings from Utah. By the way, Utah was one of the very few states that didn't ratify the 17th Amendment.

Anonymous said...

Pablo, I think that the Tea Partiers argue that repealing the 17th Amendment is desirable for states rights.