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Breaking: Mike Castle (R-DE) to run for Biden’s seat. Since he voted for Waxman-Markey, will RNC Chair Steele denounce him, too — or will he run away from his vote?

By Joe Romm  

"Breaking: Mike Castle (R-DE) to run for Biden’s seat. Since he voted for Waxman-Markey, will RNC Chair Steele denounce him, too — or will he run away from his vote?"

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Republican Rep. Michael Castle announced at a press conference today in Wilmington, Del., that he will seek the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Vice President Biden last year — instantly boosting the GOP’s chances of capturing a Democratic seat.

The nonpartisan Cook Political Report, which handicaps congressional races, called Castle’s candidacy a “major recruiting victory” for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). Cook moved the race from the “solid Democratic” column to the “toss up” column.

This breaking news from USA Today raises two interesting questions:  First, will RNC Chair Michael Steele denounce him, too?  Second, will Castle continue to advocate for clean energy jobs and climate legislation, or will he try to walk away from his vote like Mark Kirk has in Illinois?

After all, the climate vote is increasingly becoming a litmus test for conservatives (see “Honey, I shrunk the GOP, Part 3: RNC Chair Steele withdraws support for Rep. Kirk over his vote on climate and clean energy bill“).

Some hypocrisy on the issue is already clear:

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, chairman of the NRSC … promised that the GOP Senate campaign committee “will ensure that Mike Castle has all the necessary resources to win.”

Huh.  It’s apparently an unpardonable sin to support climate and clean energy action in a competitive primary, but not in an uncompetitive one.

Still, let’s not forget top conservative blogger Michele Malkin, who put this poster on her website after the House vote:

Such is life in a party whose own intellectuals argue “maybe just brain dead.”

‹ Dr. Stephen Leeb is easily duped by deniers, so why would anyone rely on his “The Complete Investor newsletter”?

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4 Responses to Breaking: Mike Castle (R-DE) to run for Biden’s seat. Since he voted for Waxman-Markey, will RNC Chair Steele denounce him, too — or will he run away from his vote?

  1. mike roddy says:

    They don’t even bother to say “big tent” any more. These strange characters could get back in power, too.

  2. Ken says:

    You should put together your own poster, for the Democrats who voted no:

    Wanted
    by Scientists
    for Selling Out the Planet

    But I guess 44 mug shots is a lot to put together.

  3. paulo says:

    Just wondered why this isn’t a top story on any climate site

    “The ice melt during the Antarctic summer (October-January) of 2008-2009 was the lowest ever recorded in satellite history.

    Such was the finding reported last week by Marco Tedesco and Andrew Monaghan in the journal Geophysical Research Letters”

    [JR: Because significant loss of the sea ice in the near term has never been a prediction of most climate models for the Antarctic, as I and others have noted many times.]

  4. David B. Benson says:

    paulo — The GCMs predict that sort of behavior — for many dacades yet to come.