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A Lesson Learned – Or Not

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  (George Santayana (1905) Reason in Common Sense, p. 284, volume 1 of The Life of Reason).

In September of 2010, Christine O’Donnell stunned the political experts covering the Delaware State primaries by defeating Mike Castle to become the Republican Party’s nominee for special election to fill the Senate seat vacated when Joe Biden joined Barack Obama in the White House.

Castle had been hugely popular as Delaware’s Congressional Representative and former Governor.  O’Donnell was a virtual unknown and had no national political experience.  But she did have the support of Delaware’s Tea Party.  No one anticipated the impact that such support would have on the outcome: O’Donnell’s 53% to Castle’s 47%.

The outcome of the subsequent special election was less of a surprise.  After a chaotic and ineffectual campaign, O’Donnell was easily defeated by Chris Coons: 57% to 40%.

At the time, there was much hand wringing amongst the Republican establishment with vows to never let such a thing happen again.

Choices have consequences.  Today’s Republicans have made a choice and consequences will follow.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

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