It's yet another shock for the Republican establishment, as the Tea Party claim another scalp on their way to the mid term elections.
It's another example of the frightening lurch to the extreme right which is coming to signify the Tea party's effect on the Republican movement.
The surge of anger among US conservatives both with Barack Obama and the Republican party reached a new high point early today when the Tea Party candidate, Christine O'Donnell, ousted the Republican establishment favourite in Delaware.The problem for the mainstream Republican party is what is it going to do come November when it fields so many nutcases in the election.
O'Donnell, who is pro-gun, anti-abortion, fiscally conservative and believes masturbation is a sin, won by 53 per cent against 47% for Mike Castle, who had spent 30 years in office for the Republican, including stints as governor and in Congress.
She was the leader of a Christian lobby group Saviour's Alliance for Lifting the Truth. In a television interview a decade ago, she said: "The Bible says that lust in your heart is committing adultery. So you can't masturbate without lust."
Sure, the odd one of them might succeed, but one can only assume that they are lengthening the odds of a Republican victory by electing these extremists as their candidates.
She was, of course, endorsed by Sarah Palin. Should the Democrats hold on to control of the Senate come November they will have much to thank Palin for.
The battle for the Republican nomination in Delaware was among the last of the primary contests. The focus will now switch to November's elections in which the Democrats are expected to do badly.
But the Delaware result will at least give the Democrats hope that they can hold it. The seat might hold the balance in the Senate.
She has been central to many of these extremists being elected as Republican candidates. I always thought that the Republicans would take a lurch to the right once Obama was elected, but I never thought they would go this far and elect a candidate who thinks masturbation is a sin.
The Republican party is being overtaken by loons.
The NRSC have now said that they won't fund O'Donnell's campaign.
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