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If Mike Castle Isn't a RINO, I Don't Know Who Is

Posted on Sep. 14, 10 | 03:26 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Crazy Liberals
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Fiscal conservatives are screaming at each other over today's Delaware Senate GOP primary between Christine O'Donnell and Rep. Mike Castle.  Some support O'Donnell because she's stronger on the issues while others want Castle because he allegedly is the only Republican who can win the seat.  Nobody can disagree that the ultimate motive is to find the best way to stop the out-of-control Democrats from growing the size of government.  This is what the Club's Mike Connolly so succinctly pointed out yesterday.

However, there is simply NO reason to defend Mike Castle on the belief that he's not a RINO.  That's what Jay Cost is trying to do in this Weekly Standard piece.  He splits hairs by calling Castle a "moderate" and a "northeast Republican," but insists that Castle is no RINO. 

Bullfeathers.  Regardless of who you're rooting for in this race (the Club's PAC is neutral), one thing is beyond dispute -- Castle is a card-carrying RINO.  Here is a list of various grievances:

Voted YES on TARP
Voted YES on Cap and Trade
Voted YES on Cash for Clunkers
Voted YES on the auto bailout
Voted YES on bailing out Fannie and Freddie
Voted YES on SCHIP (w/ tax increase)
Voted YES to increase taxes on oil and gas companies
Voted YES to increase the minimum wage
Voted NO to open up ANWR
Voted YES on the pork-infested 2005 Highway bill
Voted NO to restrict eminent domain abuse
Voted YES to increase funding for PBS
Voted YES on the Medicare drug benefit
Voted YES on No Child Left Behind
Voted YES on McCain-Feingold
Voted NO to end milk subsidies
Voted NO on waiving Davis-Bacon labor rules

I challenge anyone to argue that this voting record is maintained by a Republican who is not a RINO.  It's not possible.
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