Beau Bows Out — Castle is Pragmatic & Sensible


beau-biden-full-300x252.jpgIt’s too bad we won’t see that race in Delaware. I have great respect for Beau Biden, the incumbent Attorney General of Delaware who is politically savvy and policy smart, but he has decided not to run for his father’s former US Senate seat.
After just a year in office, the Obama/Biden team in the White House is not faring well, and to say that the Democratic Party is in disarray would be an understatement.
What I hope that Obama figures out soon is that one of his only players whose contributions have been on target on economic policy, on Iraq, on nuclear and other WMD issues, on relations with Russia and China, and even on Afghanistan has been his own Vice President. Everyone else seems to be flailing around (well, mostly everyone — there are some good standouts). Biden, in contrast, weighs in when he is given the chance with solid policy alternatives and keeps his powder dry otherwise.
I don’t believe in supporting either political party unconditionally – and gladly support a number of Republican and Independent public officials.
Mike_Castle_DE_sm.jpgHouse Representative for Delaware (the whole state) and now Senate candidate Mike Castle is one of these — and though I would have liked to see Beau Biden run for the seat and probably would have supported his candidacy, I’m going to support Castle in Beau’s absence.
Mike Castle is a centrist, sensible, main street Republican who believes in science, rationality, and thoughtful policy debates. I don’t agree with Castle on everything — but he won my support for his challenge to the Bush/Cheney regime on stem cell research.
Mike Castle was also President of the Republican Main Street Partnership — an alternative to the flat earth, pugnacious crowd evolving over the last decade and a half in the Republican caucus. Amo Houghton, who was perhaps my favorite Republican Congressman in years past, founded the group that Castle took over.
So, while Dems will take a hit on their roster, Castle represents a breed of sensible, pragmatic Republicans that we need more of in the Senate and House.
— Steve Clemons


9 comments on “Beau Bows Out — Castle is Pragmatic & Sensible

  1. Max Campbell says:

    I do not know Mr. Castle but believe you when you state that he is a man of integrity and open ideas. The problem in supporting a Republican for federal office is that if elected he will run away from any ideas or thoughts of fairness or willingness to put the country first. He will change what ever opinions he has had that disagree with the GOP and quickly join there party of ideology first ideology second and ideology third. The policies of the GOP do not value the constituents that send them there. They are only supported if they lock step with the party of NO. Examples Brown from Mass. has gone 180 on several issues that he even voted for when in the state, and he hasn’t even moved to DC yet. The loan republican to vote for health care in the house because the majority of his constituents we demanding it was told that day, by the GOP that they would support another candidate in the primary because voting against party ideology was not acceptable regardless of what his constituents need and wanted. So understand that there maybe individual Republicans who are reasonable and will to discuss issues openly and honestly, but once in DC that stops.


  2. kotzabasis says:

    You don’t have to be clairvoyant to know that hate is ‘democratic’, and except for the spiritually and philosophically noble, afflicts most humans. Your riposte is shallow and irrelevant as I was not comparing the hate of the left with that of the right wing, nor was I attempting to be judgmental whether Bush/Cheney deserved it or not. I merely stated that hate was the main stimulant that pushed Obama to the White House. And to recognize the reality that “racism is bound to continue as a factor,” does not entail that I’m pleased.


  3. DonS says:

    I should have mentioned that George Allen’s defeat for re-election to the Senate was an instance of the politics of hate, at least by appearances, failing. He lost.


  4. DonS says:

    Kotz, hate or some of it’s equivalents, likely did motivate a lot of voters. Bush/Cheney deserved it; earned it. But just in case your perch halfway around the world from the US doesn’t provide you with the clairvoyance you need, you ain’t seen nothing until you’ve seen right wing, particularly republican hate. It comes fully supplied with weapons. You know, the kind of hate that murders doctors over abortion politics. The kind that attacks gays and leaves them strung up to die on a prairie fence. Now that’s hate, and that’s the virulence with which the thugs hate their favorite construct of pointy headed dems. Or as our local good old boy and former governor, George Allen — he of the Macacca — put it, the kind of kind of hate that feels appropriate political speech is “to knock their soft teeth down their whiny throats”.
    So keep your lectures on the ‘hate’ of those who elected Obama to yourself. It knows no part bounds. You almost sound pleased that racism is bound to continue as a factor.


  5. kotzabasis says:

    The passion of hate was the constituency that elected the naive policy dud Obama “to the highest office in the land.” Hate toward the Bush-Cheney administration and by association the GOP. And we know from Shakespeare that hate is one of the strongest passions that trumps even the passion of racism which being deeply ingrained in the psyche of a majority of American whites, and which had been put to sleep by the morphine of hate in the last election, will in the next one inevitably raise its ugly head and like a scorpion with raised fangs will bite Obama.


  6. Mr.Murder says:

    OT>>> “The mounting numbers of foodborne illness have been accompanied by a deluge of recalled cakes, crackers,
    cookies, ice cream, energy bars and more from dozens of manufacturers and retailers who bought peanut
    butter and peanut paste products from a Blakely, Ga., commercial processing facility.”
    <<< Paul Norheim’s copy/paste from downstairs.
    Blame Jimmy Carter for it. It worked for Reagan.
    Back to the topic…
    GOPers who are “Sensible,” that has a Monty Python “Silly Candidate” segue chance built into the underlying assumption.


  7. MarkL says:

    As long as Republicans in the Senate vote in lockstep, it doesn’t matter if any single one is “sensible” or not.
    But then, I don’t think Obama minds having more Republicans in the Senate. He seemed practically giddy that Brown won.


  8. Don Bacon says:

    Thanks, Steve.
    With only two party choices, and with the Dems failing everywhere, we have to take a fresh look at the Repubs.
    A quick look at Castle’s website reveals:
    A category: Animal Rights — cool
    And on Iraq/Afghanistan he doesn’t mention the latter — also cool
    Okay, he wasn’t a Cosmo centerfold, but he deserves consideration.


  9. WigWag says:

    Great work, Obama!
    You took Biden out of the Senate and his seat will now almost certainly be filled by a Republican. You took Clinton and Salazar out of the Senate and one or both of those seats could easily fall to a Republican (especially the Colorado seat). When McCain and Brownback’s seats come up, Napolitano and Sibelius would have been strong contenders; but now they’re both in your cabinet too.
    And of course, the greatest indignity (after Ted Kennedy being replaced by a Republican) is the fact that the Illinois Senate seat Obama abandoned could be another Republican pick-up.
    Amazing that just a year ago Obama was being hailed as a “political genius.”
    In fact, politically speaking, our President is an imbecile.
    So how could a politician so naïve about politics be elected to the highest office in the land?
    It’s easy when media whores like Maureen Dowd and all her creepy compatriots in the world of television and newspaper journalism are on your side.


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