Forty million words have been written in the last eighteen hours about Christine O'Donnell's upset of soft core moderate Mike Castle in the Delaware Senate primary last night.
Among those words I have not seen from any Republican establishment figures is a call for other establishment figures to suck it up and support the party nominee.
Locally we have been treated to a parade of establishment types ranging from Mike Reagan to Haley Barbour, each demanding that fiscal, constitutional and social conservatives (about 80% of the party) need to pipe down, follow the leadership and stand in line to support the liberal top of our ticket here in Iowa. Of course, such demands beg the ultimate question of why?
If the answer is party loyalty then is that ideological promenade not designed to be bidirectional? Where are the party traffic cops when the conservative wins? Who appears to tell the disgruntled "mods" (an overwhelming statistical minority in the GOP) to "suck it up" and enthusiastically support the conservative winner? Des Moines and parts near by have recently seen Mark Rees and Jim Gibbons, the former publicly (at least courageously) and later privately (as is the way of the Des Moines oligarchy), have refused to support Brad Zaun. Where are the party leaders to publicly admonish these prodigal sons.
If the answer is something other than party loyalty then have we not just witnessed a display of nothing more noble than pure economic and political self interest? Such selfishness is not the clay upon which a long term coalition can be constructed.
Maybe we will see a similar parade through the streets of Dover. Thus far, not even Mike Castle's bitter and graceless public refusal to support the party nominee roused Haley or Mike to deliver the kind of public admonitions about Ronald Reagan's 11th Commandment and our duty to defeat Democrats to the wayward and apparently ignorant masses of Republicans.