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NRA & DeMint Endorse Christine O'Donnell

9:52 PM, Sep 10, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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The Hill reports that the NRA is backing Christine O'Donnell in the Delaware Senate race--not a huge surprise considering Mike Castle's "F" rating from the NRA (of course, there won't actually be any serious anti-gun legislation that comes up for a vote in the next Congress).

Meanwhile, Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina endorses O'Donnell on Twitter:

I'm proud to endorse Christine O'Donnell for US Senate in Delaware. She will stand strong for the principles of freedom.

Allahpundit wonders why DeMint ever endorsed Scott Brown:

If 30 Rubios are better than 60 moderates since they’re more likely to ensure eventual total victory for true conservatism, why on earth did any of us support Scotty B over Coakley? Better to elect her and accelerate the Democrats’ wrecking of America so that “true conservatives” can start rebuilding sooner, no?

It's a good question. I suppose part of the reason why DeMint supported Brown is that Brown didn't face a more conservative primary challenger. And, unlike Castle, Brown tried harder to appeal to the right, ditching cap and trade, for example, and reaching out to pro-life groups. If Castle were smart, he would do nothing but talk about how he wants to repeal Obamacare until the polls close. And as Jay Cost wrote this morning, if conservatives really want to repeal Obamacare, they'd leave Castle alone:

If you want to repeal Obamacare, leave Mike Castle alone.  Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Tea Party-backed Christine O’Donnell is going to make next week’s GOP Senate primary battle in Delaware an attention-grabber.

Republicans can peel back much of Obamacare through de-funding, but a full-blown repeal is probably going to require not only a new president, but a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.

That is a possibility, though it won’t be easy.  The GOP is currently 19 seats short of a filibuster-proof majority, but this year polling averages suggest that the party is currently set to pick up 8 seats.   Then in 2012, scores of Democrats are up for reelection: in California, Florida, Hawaii, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. 

The GOP just cannot win some of these seats, e.g. Hawaii, but if the Republicans are strong enough to take the White House in 2012, they will probably be on the attack in many of these states.  I count 12 seats in states that either went for Bush in 2004 or for which Bush was campaigning heavily.  An R+5 year could tip many of these seats to the GOP.  So, it’s possible.

But this also means that every seat counts.  Mike Castle voted against ObamaCare, and he has co-sponsored the bill to repeal it.  Is he really worth going after?  A pickup of 19 seats in two years is a monumentally difficult task.  It seems to me that at a time when the party needs every seat it can get, Castle can get one.

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