The best thing about the Delaware primary contest between Mike Castle and Christine O'Donnell is that it has exposed the fault line in the Republican Party. We do need to talk about these things. The worst thing is that it seems like both sides have pretty much jumped the shark on the matter.
Personally, I have little use for professional Republicans and my heart is with the insurgents who are in the midst of taking over the apparatus. Having said that, it's passing strange to envision that losing elections gains much for the cause of conservatism in this country. From what I can tell, Mike Castle would be an East Coast Republican senator, with a voting pattern similar to that of Scott Brown or the Maine Sisters. In other words, he'd be on the side of the angels about 60-65% of the time and would cause considerable heartburn on any number of issues. Christine O'Donnell would be a far more reliable conservative voice, but she's not running in a state that is yet ready to elect a reliable conservative. That's the calculus here.