Delaware Republican Christine O'Donnell says her Senate race is a "perfect example" of what can go right and wrong with Tea Party campaigns. Ms. O'Donnell spoke this week to the Northern Virginia Tea Party -- a portion of the speech is excerpted on Delaware News Center.
She opens by saying that her opponent in the primary was "really a liberal" who needed to be challenged. That would be Rep. Mike Castle, who she spent months insinuating was gay and in need of "man pants." She won the primary of course, but gained little support among Delaware Republicans and lost by a mile to Democrat Chris Coons.
The moral of that story?
Learn a lesson from my campaign, in that after the primary, whoever your candidates end up being, make sure you unite. Make sure you unite. Because right now, in this battle of pundits right now, they're trying to discredit the Tea Party movement. They're trying to say that your mistake was that you got behind flawed candidates like me and Sharron Angle. The reason why they're putting this out there is because they don't want you to see what really happened. You spoke. You said enough is enough. The only thing we got out of my race is that incumbents are going to know you cannot compromise on constitutional principles or the people will have their way -- and that's a great thing. They're trying to say we as Republicans sacrificed that seat because you got behind flawed candidates. . . .
In my race, or those races, whether it's Rand Paul and Rubio, or me and Sharron Angle, the common denominator is whether or not the establishment embraced them after the [primary], whether or not the establishment got behind the candidate that people chose. They're trying to say Sharron and I weren't experienced, or whatever, well, Mitch McConnell was saying don't vote for Rand, but the very next day he put his arm around him and said, "This is our guy." If you can do that, if you can make sure that happens with the candidate that the people choose, we can win.
There's enough passive-aggressive in there for everybody.