Chronically unemployed novelty candidate and not best-selling author Christine O’Donnell, who treats the Delaware Republican Party like they ate the last piece of cheesecake in the refrigerator, is pulling a variation of the Palin Double Switch Coy Fake-Out where she hints at a run for office again, dumb people send her money, and, in the case of O’Donnell as opposed to Palin: she actually runs and gets beat like Jonah Goldberg in a race with Usain Bolt.
Republican Delawaridians are not amused:
O’Donnell continues to be regarded by some in her party as a divisive liability who should stay off the ticket, and her decision to run again for the Senate remains up in the air, just as it was after 2010.
News last week that her federal tax records may have been accessed improperly by state tax investigators brought new speculation about a possible O’Donnell candidacy next year against Democratic Sen. Chris Coons, particularly in light of an email sent Thursday that featured a newspaper story on the allegations and a link to donate to her political action committee, ChristinePAC.
The tea party sensation has yet to announce her plans for next year, causing some Delaware Republicans to wonder if her indecision is keeping other GOP candidates from stepping forward as the campaign draws closer.
At a special GOP convention Saturday to elect Charles L. Copeland state chair, O’Donnell said she did not know when she would make a decision about a campaign. She referenced persistent tension within the party, strife that was evident in 2010 when grassroots conservatives from southern Delaware feuded with moderate northern Republicans over her primary campaign against then-U.S. Rep. Mike Castle.
“We have to rebuild the foundation in the party,” O’Donnell said.
Some Republicans still believe such rebuilding needs to happen without O’Donnell.
“She’s contributed to the demise of the Republican Party,” said House Republican leader Dan Short, who said nothing has changed about O’Donnell or her role within the party since 2010.
This is not to say that GOP state chair Charles Copeland isn’t open to the idea:
Copeland, who supported O’Donnell after the 2010 primary, said his job as the party’s leader is to get Republicans elected. He declined to speculate on how his party might react to an O’Donnell campaign next year.
“She has experience campaigning, and experience is a good thing. But it isn’t my job to endorse or say who I think is a good candidate,” he said.
“We also have three sets of election results to consider,” Copeland added, referring to O’Donnell’s unsuccessful Senate runs in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
Far be it from me to give campaign advice, but Chris Coons could make a lot worse investments than just giving half of his PAC money to O’Donnell in order to guarantee his re-election….
Yeah. He can thank me later.