Republican primary victor Mattie Fein rips the Republican Party old boy playbook

by CynthiaYockey on September 16, 2010

Mattie Fein has a guest op-ed at The Other McCain that is worth reading. I haven’t seen the video, but I gather Karl Rove was annoyed by Christine O’Donnell’s primary victory in Delaware and she has some thoughts for him. For some reason, the women candidates in the Republican Party seem absolutely determined to win their elections even when the fragging they get from the GOP is worse than any punishment the Democrats dish out:

I won a challenged primary in a field of two other candidates. I am the Republican candidate. One would naturally think that my campaign would receive some support from the RNC, the GOP, or the NRCC.

Au contraire. Let me count just a few ways I have experienced rebuffs and undermining ….

In a week the new film from Citizens United on the huge role the leadership of women is playing in the Tea Party and Republican Party will debut and it will provide a larger context to Mattie’s indictment of the GOP’s old way of practicing politics. (It was screened for a group of women bloggers at Blogcon but I just Googled the title and it’s the same as a Leftist documentary, so I’m hoping it will be changed.)

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Ric Locke September 16, 2010 at 12:56 am

I’m afraid Ms. Fein, and other insurgent candidates, have a long and rocky road to hoe. The problem is the institutions that should help them, plus the fact that the national Republican Party has become more like the Californian one rather than the reverse.


Dr. sipmac September 16, 2010 at 7:33 am

Not having the will to compromise with Democrats by default (and to be liked by them) is a big no-no in the GOP today.

P.S. On a personal level, I can’t get you out of my head (and Ms. Maggie, for that matter). I hope she can get well soon. All the best!

Liz September 16, 2010 at 8:01 am

It takes a special kind of wilful incompetence to receive a gift of millions of disgusted Democrat women and do almost everything to turn them off, short of trying to repeal the Nineteenth Ammendment. For all the complaints about those extremist Tea Partiers, they’re the only ones keeping millions of voters from disengaging.

Ed Morrissey was right: if the GOP doesn’t like the prospect of its people being defeated, then it should pick someone who doesn’t make most conservatives’ skin crawl. And yes, if even Castle’s supporters are saying “sure he’s a douche, but he could *win*!”, then they have problems.

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