Weekly Standard’s Ham Misleadingly Plays The RINO Viktum Card Over O’Donnell
Given that the Weekly Standard led the charge in trying to destroy Christine O'Donnell, it's little surprise it seems to have now gone to Mary Katherine Ham to distract from the real argument. She's using an Allahpundit-like playing of the RINO viktum card to do it. He is regularly singing the same sad old song at Hot Air.
As I said it yesterday and I'm going to keep on saying, in response to this superficial, if not self-centered, view of the issue – this isn't about pundits being so called RINOs.
Everyone knew Castle's politics. No one should assume everyone backing him supported those politics. Most conservatives who were simply saw him as some path of least resistance to a GOP Senate Majority they believed was going to actually represent them.
Others, including myself, feel differently – and many of us have been here before. If we empower a too compromised GOP majority, we will invariably get burned. Delaware was chiefly a fight over long-term strategy, not the politics of each and every individual who took a side in the race. Castle backers now going on about this RINO nonsense are now trying to make it all about them and their own politics. It never was that for most of us. And they should stop using the RINO viktum card to distract from the more substantive matter at hand.
How much and how willing should we be to compromise with the more liberal elements of the GOP? Given Obama's agenda and the disaster that would ensue were an ideologically weak GOP to start over-compromising with him, I'd say very little, if at all.
This isn't and never was about purity, Mary Katherine or Allahpundit. If they genuinely believe that, they should try to employ a deeper reasioning, or at least try to get over themselves. The broader composition and balance of the GOP in Washington is far more important than what any one of us thinks, or supports politically as an individual.
In this example, Rove's history of backing Tea Party candidates is improbably turned against him simply because some of those candidates were male. He's a bit hemmed in here, isn't he? If he supports male Tea Partiers and not Christine O'Donnell, he's sexist. If he supports female establishment candidates like Kay Bailey Hutchison, he's a RINO. And, completely forgotten in the zeal to declare him both a sexist and a RINO is the fact that he's spending millions of dollars on female Tea Party candidate Sharron Angle in Nevada.