I know us Republicans are trying to rejoice with every little bit of good news we can find…and there is very little these days, but unfortunately I have to call out Jim Geraghty at CampaignSpot over this one:
According to a poll released Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Mike Castle has more support today than Attorney General Beau Biden, should the two run in 2010 for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Beau’s father, Joe, just before he was sworn in as vice president.The survey, conducted by North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling, of 782 Delawareans found 44 percent support Castle while 36 percent favor the younger Biden.
It’s early, obviously, but you have to figure Beau Biden’s name recognition in the state is pretty darn high . . .
Yes, Beau Biden has high name recognition. But this statement infers the poll makes a statement about the GOP in general versus the Obama/Biden Administration. That does a disservice to Mike Castle. Castle has been elected to statewide office in Delaware going all the way back to 1980 when he was elected Lt. Governor. Since then he has served as Governor and US Representative(he represents the whole state). Hell, just in 2008 he received 61% of the vote when in the same election, Obama/Biden received 62%.
Delaware voters have respected Mike Castle and his service for years. Him leading the son of the VP, unfortunately, is no surprise.
UPDATE: Thanks to Jim for linking back to 3BP. He states:
True enough. But I, and many others, figured this Senate seat could virtually be put in Joe Biden’s will as a family heirloom. If the Democrats had to spend money to keep a seat in Delaware, it would be an unexpected bit of good news. Of course, all of this depends on Castle deciding he wants to give up a safe House seat for a possible Senate seat…
Here we agree. If Castle doesn’t run, this seat clearly becomes a family heirloom. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.