Tears openly and unashamedly flowed tonight at Christine O'Donnell's campaign victory watch. As the results were announced the anticipation mounted, some districts taking longer than others. Many O'Donnell supporters have shown the kind of dedication and loyalty one rarely sees when dealing with politicians, all building up for this final moment. Her win tonight shows the country that establishment candidates have no place in the First State.
Tea Party Express endorsed Christine long before many others, seeing something in her that would appeal to conservatives all over the country. Tea Party Express rolled into Delaware fresh from the Joe Miller campaign in Alaska, bringing with them an unprecedented enthusiasm which Delaware sorely needed and had not seen the likes of before. Rush Limbaugh, holding true to his record of not endorsing primary candidates, still dedicated large portions of his show to discussing the Delaware Senate primary race, pointing out Mike Castle's voting record. Sarah Palin, the NRA, and Jim DeMint endorsements soon followed.
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Comment: Like Miller's victory in Alaska O'Donnell's victory represents another great day concering the ideal and norm of limited government.
However, I have to say that when I read that Palin, DeMint and the NRA came out in support of O'Donnell, I became uneasy. Make no mistake about it, the establishment party (Democrat-Republican) is doing everything to deflate, ruin and take over the Tea Party movement. It's all about the power and the establishment party will not go down meekly.
Likewise those of us that seek to restore the original "check and balance" in Congress through the repeal of the 17th must not relax. There are countless examples of "reformers" being elected through a mandate who quickly and quietly become entrenched within the establishment.
Limited government will only come when the structure limits the person; we cannot rely on the intention of a person to do the right thing; only through the structure will limited government be secured. The only way the structure will be returned is through the repeal of the 17th Amendment.