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September 17, 2010

THE OTHER RACE IN DELAWARE.... There's been considerable interest in Delaware's Republican Senate primary this week, and with good reason -- it's not often a key Republican pick-up opportunity becomes a Democratic opportunity overnight.

But reader R.S. emails a good question:

I am out here [location redacted], so I don't know much about Delaware, but I do know Castle was their member of the House of Representatives.

All the focus has been on the Senate race. Who is running to replace Castle in the House? Democratic pickup in the offing?

It's an interesting story, actually. In the open U.S. House race, with Mike Castle (R) giving up his seat for an unsuccessful Senate race, the Republican Party rallied behind a candidate named Michelle Rollins, a wealthy attorney named to the NRCC's "Young Guns" program and the beneficiary of campaign checks from every member of the House Republican leadership. Democrats, meanwhile, rallied to former Lt. Gov. John Carney (D), setting up a competitive contest.

But the same GOP primary voters who nominated Christine O'Donnell for the U.S. Senate weren't impressed with the establishment's choice for the House, and they nominated real estate developer and Tea Party favorite Glen Urquhart.

There aren't many "red" House seats Dems hope to flip this year, but this is clearly one of them. A survey this week from Public Policy Polling showed Carney leading Urquhart by double digits, 48% to 37%

Soon after the NRCC announced its list of 47 races in which it plans to air television ads -- and Urquhart's didn't make the list.

And just to get a sense of what kind of congressional candidate Glen Urquhart is, note that he believes the notion of separation of church and state was crafted, not by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, but by Adolf Hitler. He recently told voters, "[The] next time your liberal friends talk about the separation of church and state, ask them why they're Nazis."

Seriously. He actually said that.

PPP's Dean Debnam noted this week, "Delaware has really worked out well for Democrats."

Steve Benen 2:15 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (9)

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I guess you don't read your own comments because I mentioned Urquhart in the O'Donnell thread. He's crazier than she is, if that's possible. Here's the latest on him.

There will be video of last night's debate at some point. The news channels here are taking their time putting it up but you'll get to hear all about Urq's obsession with debt and Reagan's Star Wars.

Posted by: Unstable Isotope on September 17, 2010 at 2:21 PM | PERMALINK

I'm really beginning to wonder if the tea parties are a democratic plot to stem losses this cycle. Nah, it's too brilliant for dems to think of!

I mean, where do the TP's find these people? One is nuttier than the next.

Posted by: Stetson Kennedy on September 17, 2010 at 2:44 PM | PERMALINK

Doesn't matter. Bet they both win. People just use politics to vent. They don't care if the government works -- unless they're due a check and it doesn't come.

Posted by: JMG on September 17, 2010 at 2:50 PM | PERMALINK

I lived in Delaware for five years back in the late 1980s. It was pretty heavy on traditional religion and ethnic separation (racist Polish jokes were extremely common, for just for example). Granted I was still quite young (still in grade school), but even so, I've never been sure how democrats could do so well in that kind of atmosphere.

Posted by: Shade Tail on September 17, 2010 at 2:51 PM | PERMALINK

NAZI's lose their status as ultimate evil. In a stunning reversal Americans of all persuasions reduced Nazi's from number one on their list of uktimate evil, to number 55. Polling showed the degredation of Nazi status was due to Republican overuse of the term when trying to characterize the Obama administration.


The leader of the neo-Nazis in America said, "We must work harder to restore our image. Right now we are going to SUE the Republicans for defamation of character.

Posted by: KurtRex1453 on September 17, 2010 at 3:28 PM | PERMALINK

The next time you crazy tea party friends talk about abolishing the seperation of church and state ask them why they're radical Islamic nationalist terrorists.

Posted by: kahner on September 17, 2010 at 3:45 PM | PERMALINK

Urquhart drove around the state in a truck festooned with handlettered signs calling for restoration of the Constitution...etc. It looked like the kind of signage you see on people hanging out in public parks with a particular grievance, or the perennial third-party gadfly in a municipal election who can only get invited to some of the local civic association debates.
It was a T-party sweep in Delaware.

Posted by: jmm on September 17, 2010 at 4:13 PM | PERMALINK

If the Republicans are going out of their way to let us win, it behooves us to do so.
Wouldn't want to disappoint them, you know...

Posted by: Doug on September 17, 2010 at 6:46 PM | PERMALINK

"And just to get a sense of what kind of congressional candidate Glen Urquhart is, note that he believes the notion of separation of church and state was crafted, not by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, but by Adolf Hitler."

Just today I was at the Jefferson Memorial in DC and saw the quote about separation of church and state carved into the wall, so I assumed it was from Jefferson. But maybe it was a Hitler quote... I mean the monument was built during FDR's presidency, and Hitler was alive then.

/sarcasm off

Posted by: Hannah on September 17, 2010 at 11:11 PM | PERMALINK
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