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Conservative Views on Delaware's 2006 Elections
Christine O'Donnell, who lost the Republican U.S. Senate primary, but stayed on as write-in candidate, picked up 11,127 votes, election officials revealed Friday.
She outpolled Libertarian William Morris, who was on the ballot in the Senate race and received 2,671 votes.
She also outpolled U.S. House candidates Michael Berg, who got 4,463 votes on the Green Party ticket, and Karen Hartley-Nagle, who got 5,769 votes on the Independent Party ticket.
Conservatives should remind themselves that they do not live by politics alone. Conservatism is a way of life, of which electoral politics is only a part and not the whole. A movement that survived the unexpected death of Robert A. Taft in 1953, the Senate’s censure of Joseph R. McCarthy in 1954, the crushing defeat of Barry Goldwater in 1964, the failure of Ronald Reagan to win the Republican presidential nomination in 1976, and the overnight fall from grace of Newt Gingrich in 1998 can survive the severe disappointments of 2006. Why? Because our movement is built on a solid foundation of enduring ideas, not the shifting sands of public opinion and the 24/7 demands of the mass media.
Conservatism’s roots do not lie in facile slogans about natural rights and free markets — let alone angry, dismissive rhetoric that casts aside the poor and treats rich people as above the law. They lie in our attachment to families, churches, towns, and small businesses. It’s time to remember who we are and who we should be defending.
Despite the electoral carnage last Tuesday, we should recognize a measure of success it represents: just as Republicans had to embrace “compassionate conservatism” as a practical political response to the Clinton years, many Democratic candidates had to move right in response to Republican electoral strength over the last decade. This suggests, incidentally, that we should look to support Democrats like Joseph Lieberman, James Webb, and Heath Schuler when we can.
The Democrats said: “Had enough?”
The Republicans said: “It could be worse!”
The voters said: “Let’s find out.”
But Biden said his time in the federal system prepared him to lead the office, if he's elected.
"Prosecuting a case in front of a federal jury is like playing in the major leagues," Biden said, adding that prosecuting here was, "like playing Triple-A ball."
"Danberg said Wednesday he learned about the matter this summer from police, and convened a meeting with Col. Thomas F. MacLeish, state police superintendent, and other police leaders."