Thursday, March 5, 2009
I attended a fundraiser this evening for Christine O'Donnell (here shown in a video from the Democratic primaries), Republican candidate for the Senate in the 2010 special election necessitated by Joe Biden's election to the Vice Presidency. Unable to simply appoint his own son to his seat (son Bo was headed to Iraq on Army duty), Joe was able to have the pliant governor appoint a pliant caretaker (Ted Kaufman) to the seat. Kaufman has already pledged not to run in 10
The scene at the fundraiser made me think of what it must be like in Iowa and New Hampshire for Presidential candidates, early on in the primary season. There were about 20 folks there and we all had a chance to meet and chat with the candidate. She then gave a short presentation on her recent Senate race with Joe Biden (he ran for both VP and Senator) and why she feels this seat is winnable. Her likely opponent will be Bo Biden, and the theme of Dynastic Politics is sure to be raised in this race.
Christine is genuine, smart, and upbeat. She's starting early, aiming to build a war chest so that she will become attractive to the RNC, PAC's, and the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee...who can then bring in substantial resources. Establishment Republicans need to take notice; this seat is in play, and she is a viable candidate. Best of all, she can win without breaking the bank---something the Republicans will need as they defend a number of seats in 2010.
Posted by The Conservative Wahoo at 3/05/2009