Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.), whose moderate record has made him the GOP’s most likely candidate to win a Senate seat in a blue state this year, has suggested (practically) that repeal of health care reform was not really a promise Republican candidates could keep. “While this president is in office,” said Castle, “repealing this full law is not realistic and not the best use of our efforts.”
Castle’s reward: “Repeal Castle,” a new Website and multimedia campaign launched by Christine O’Donnell, his conservative primary challenger. (She was the party’s sacrificial lamb against now-Vice President Joe Biden in 2008.)
O’Donnell’s not going to defeat Castle unless he makes a ton of mistakes — I’m from Delaware, and can confirm that Castle is one of the most popular politicians of either party in the First State. But what does this mean? First, Castle won’t sign onto Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-Minn.) repeal bill, which takes some air out of that campaign. Second, Castle isn’t promising to support repeal if he makes it to the Senate in 2011. And that takes some air out of Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-S.C.) campaign for a similar repeal bill. If Republicans pull an inside straight and win the Senate, right off the bat they’re going to disappoint on one of their campaign promises.
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