I really wanted to avoid this. On Tuesday night at the Hilton in New Castle there was considerable Christine trashing for the loss of the Treasurer’s Office and the loss of Delaware House of Representative seats. (Yes we will pay and pay for the latter.) I thought the critique was premature and unfair. We need to know more. We actually have to examine the numbers in detail to be able to objectively assess this election. The numbers are there but it will take time to see how the statewide candidates impacted local races. Yes, I know there is a ton of anecdotal evidence. I have heard from Northern Kent and certain New Castle poll greeters how they were told that certain voters only came out to vote against Christine O’Donnell. One can balance that against folks in the south who claim that certain voters came out only to vote for Christine. My take was that most voters came out to vote against Obama. This was certainly the nationwide trend. The fact is that at the top of the ticket this did not produce positive results in Delaware. It takes time to analyze data and to talk to folks up and down this great State. In my view gathering this information is for the purpose of getting it right the next time and not to save any one person’s reputation. With that being said the national folks have already started their spin machine on what happenned in Delaware. I guess they want protect the reputation of the Tea Party folks who were essential in getting Christine O’Donnell through the Primary. From where I stand the Tea Party folks don’t need any help. They did a great job, they are still meeting and I don’t see them going away. That being said, the blame game has already started publicly. Over the last 2 days, Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin have stated that Mike Castle would have lost on Tuesday. (I listen to Rush regularly and I am a fan of Sarah.) Really, 2 individuals who have never set foot in Delaware know that Mike Castle would have lost just as badly as Christine O’Donnell?? Mike Castle has not lost a General Election in Delaware in over 40 years. He led in every poll that was taken and he ran Baby Boy Beau out of this race out of fear. I don’t buy Rush’s or Sarah’s assessment. I actually live in Delaware. Christine’s vote totals were the worst of all 4 statewide candidates. Publicly the O’donnell crew went on the Blame Game offensive. As early as Wednesday morning, Christine O’Donnell blamed Republicans for her loss on Fox News. Christine blamed Republican leadership for her loss Tuesday on Fox News Wednesday morning. This is an insult to Hans Riegle in Kent County and Ron Sams in Sussex County who immediately after the primary endorsed Christine and changed their signs and websites within a day. Christine’s comments appear almost Protackian. Personally, I think the Tea Party movement was great for the Republican Party and Delaware. It brought new blood into the party and got people focused on the essentials. They don’t need to be defended. They made a choice in candidates. The results in that race were not positive but I think in the end the alliances will help the Conservative Cause. Christine O’Donnell was the Republican nominee and I supported her in the General Election. I said on this blog that I would do so and I did. That being said an honest assessment of how she impacted the vote in New Castle County needs to be done. We lost winnable House races in New Castle. Christine won this year in Kent and Sussex and then lost badly in New Castle. Any honest assessment should not be done to knock Christine. I believe that Christine would be an awesome candidate in Southern Delaware. (Christine I will give you a list of places to move to in Kent or Sussex) This assessment should be done by Delawareans and not individuals who have never set foot in this state.