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Daffy Tea Party (and Sarah Palin) fave Christine O’Donnell upsets Rep. Mike Castle in GOP Senate primary in Delaware—and party’s leadership so appalled it says it won’t help her in fall race, likely tossing seat to formerly underdog Dem. Even Karl Rove on Fox knocks her, then gets attacked by the right. Update: CQ says Castle will not endorse O’Donnell.
Rachel Maddow unearthed Christine O’Donnell on MTV in 1996 pushing her anti-masturbation views (including, If a guy pleasures himself, what good am I?). Plus, she is on Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect in 1998, below. She’s billed as a "Christian activist," but he greets her onstage with a whisper, "Thanks for the underwear."
Where’s the left? Every one of the thirty-four House Democrats who voted against healthcare reform made it through primaries unscathed. But progressives did score big win vs. Swett in NH Dem primary race for Congress.
So much for anti-incumbency media line: Larry Sabato notes that 417 Senators & Reps. have been renominated, seven lost (98 percent won).
Rep. Rangel wins contested primary, heading for victory in November. Wild man Tea Party fave Carl Paladino with upset win in GOP primary for governor, faces Andrews Cuomo… GOP Senate primary in N.H. still too close to call. Much more on all the results here from Wash Post… Still the one? Daily Kos poll shows our old pal Rep. John Hall in tough fight now as sane, well-funded GOPer wins primary.
Jon Stewart last night pointed out that Bill O’Reilly can’t even get the name of Andy Griffith’s Mayberry girlfriend right.