According to Dave Weigel, Sarah Palin has endorsed Christine O’Donnell in the Delaware primary. Apparently, she did so on Sean Hannity’s radio program.
Delaware may or may not be Palin country. However, the endorsement figures to improve O’Donnell’s chances of capturing the nomination. It therefore also figures to improve the chances that the Dems will hold a seat they had all but written off in the expectation that Mike Castle would be the Republican candidate.
Speaking of Sean Hannity, he is one of the prominent talk-show hosts who (inadvertently, I’m certain) has incorrectly described Castle’s voting record. Last night Hannity said “Mike Castle voted for Obamacare, TARP, cap and tax, the establishment wants him. What can we interpret from that?” Actually, Castle voted against Obamacare.
Along the same lines, Rush Limbaugh said yesterday that Castle voted for the stimulus. In fact, Castle voted against the 2009 stimulus bill, which is what people understand “the stimulus” to mean. Castle did vote for 2008 stimulus legislation in 2008. However, as Jim Geraghty points out, that bill passed by a vote of 81-16, with the votes of solid conservatives like Richard Burr, John Thune, David Vitter, Jim Bunning. Mitch McConnell, Sam Brownback, Saxby Chambliss, and Orrin Hatch.
As one of our readers wrote to me after watching Hannity’s show last night, “Wouldn’t it be terribly disappointing if the GOP knocked off such liberal stalwarts as Boxer, Murray, and Feingold but failed to gain control of the Senate because they blew an eminently winnable pickup in Delaware?”
I think so, especially if incorrect information about Castle’s record plays a role.
UPDATE: Perhaps the most interesting question regarding the Palin endorsement is: what took her so long?
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