One example is this article from RCP, the title says it all:
O'Donnell Wins, Bad Blood Simmers in DE GOP
DOVER and WILMINGTON, Del. -- Conservative activist Christine O'Donnell scored an upset victory in Delaware's Republican Senate primary on Tuesday, defeating longtime congressman Mike Castle 53 percent to 47 percent.
It doesn't look so bad at this point. But later on we read:
O'Donnell's surprising win marked yet another triumph for the Tea Party movement and may have ended the Republican Party's hopes of regaining control of the Senate in November. Polls have shown O'Donnell trailing far behind Democratic nominee Chris Coons, the New Castle county executive.
In analyzing the factors for which the conservative candidate is currently trailing the Democratic candidate, we need to look no further than later on in the same article:
In Wilmington, Republican strategist Don Mell and his wife, Jeanne, who is a Democrat, walked across the street from Castle's party to Coons' primary watch party at a nearby pub. The couple donned Castle pins when they arrived at the Coons event and picked up one of the Democrat's yard signs.
"I'm not voting for that woman-she's crazy," Don Mell said. "There isn't going to be any discussion about that."
The same article also mentions that Castle had not called O'Donnell to concede despite the wide margin of victory. It also mentions that in his post-election speech his supporters that he chose not to congratulate his opponent by name.
This article tells me a couple of things:
1. Castle is a RINO. His biggest problems with conservatives are his vote for cap and tax, TARP, and his affinity for gun control.
2. His supporters are too. If not, how could a long-time GOP strategist walk across the street and switch sides so easily?
But the real stinker in all of this is the way the Delaware GOP played right into the Democrats' hands by campaigning dirty. They worked extra hard to portray her as mentally unstable. Add to that the way the national GOP worked behind the scenes to anoint their chosen candidate, and you can see why many have had it with Republicans just as much as they have with Democrats.
But this isn't the only instance of negative press this race had received. Let's look at some other article titles about this race:
Delaware Senate Race: A Kamikaze Republican and the Tea Party
Republican Senate chances dealt blow in Delaware
Tea Party Success in Delaware Senate Race Increases Chance of Democrat Win
You get the idea.
I get the impression the Dems have been waiting for a moment like this, which they can manipulate to their advantage. It is another opportunity to demonize Tea Partiers, without addressing the sound constructs of their message.
It could be that the GOP establishment in Delaware will abandon their party's nominee and hand victory over to someone who will continue to support the Obama, Reid, and Pelosi agenda. If this is the case, it could also mean the GOP loses a chance to retake the Senate.
If the sour grapes within the GOP do not cease and desist, if they continue to demonize this woman, she will lose. This means the people of Delaware will lose and as a result, America will lose. They will lose a chance to reverse the course this failed government has driven and lose the opportunity to restore it to a government by and for the people.