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When it was clear last night that “Tea Party” Republican Christine O’Donnell would going to defeat entrenched RINO Mike Castle in Delaware, the National Republican Senatorial Committee quickly congratulated her, but made it clear they wouldn’t be supporting her in the general election.
But it turns out the NRSC picked up a few tricks from John Kerry, because they were against O’Donnell before they were for her:
â€œLet there be no mistake: The National Republican Senatorial Committee â€“ and I personally as the committeeâ€™s chairman â€“ strongly stand by all of our Republican nominees, including Christine Oâ€™Donnell in Delaware.
â€œI reached out to Christine this morning, and as I have conveyed to all of our nominees, I offered her my personal congratulations and let her know that she has our support. This support includes a check for $42,000 â€“ the maximum allowable donation that we have provided to all of our nominees â€“ which the NRSC will send to her campaign today.
It’s simple math, really. The backlash directed at the NRSC from peeved conservatives clearly would have cost the NRSC well in excess of $42,000 in donations alone, so they bit their tongues and sent O’Donnell a check.
This shouldn’t have happened in the first place, but this little incident is a clear sign that the Republican leadership at many levels doesn’t understand its base and doesn’t understand that 2010 is turning out to be about cleaning up the mess, whether the mess was made by a donkey or an elephant. Karl Rove and Charles Krauthammer don’t understand that — Sarah Palin does.
(h/t Gateway Pundit)