By Gary P Jackson
Dude, this just isn’t Chris Coons’ year. First radical leftist Mike Castle, who had been hiding for years in Congress as a “Republican,” got hammered by Christine O’Donnell. This blew Coons’ plan to lie to the voters and pretend to be a “centrist” to the left wing Castle.
Then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, one of the most unpopular figures in politics, comes out and calls Coons his “pet.” From The Hill:
Reid talked up the New Castle County executive following a memorial ceremony on the Capitol’s east steps to commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. O’Donnell on Tuesday night won the GOP nomination to face Coons in November — a result that has split the national Republican Party.
But Reid said Coons would have won even if Rep. Mike Castle (R) had prevailed over O’Donnell.
“I’m going to be very honest with you — Chris Coons, everybody knows him in the Democratic caucus. He’s my pet. He’s my favorite candidate,” Reid said.
Yeah that’s pretty creepy and all, and certainly isn’t helpful. I imagine Christine O’Donnell’s campaign will get a lot of mileage out of that one. But the best is yet to come. From the left wing POLITICO:
Coons took ‘bearded Marxist’ turn
An article Democrat Chris Coons wrote for his college newspaper may not go over so well in corporation-friendly Delaware, where he already faces an uphill battle for Vice President Joe Biden’s old Senate seat
The title? “Chris Coons: The Making of a Bearded Marxist.”
In the article, Coons, then 21 years old and about to graduate from Amherst College, chronicled his transformation from a sheltered, conservative-minded college student who had worked for former GOP Delaware Sen. William Roth and had campaigned for Ronald Reagan in 1980 into a cynical young adult who was distrustful of American power and willing to question the American notion of free enterprise
Coons, the New Castle County executive who is running against GOP Rep. Michael Castle for the state’s open Senate seat, wrote of his political evolution in the May 23, 1985, edition of the Amherst Student.
The source of his conversion, Coons wrote, was a trip to Kenya he took during the spring semester of his junior year—a time away from America, he wrote, that served as a “catalyst” in altering a conservative political outlook that he was growing increasingly uncomfortable with.
“My friends now joke that something about Kenya, maybe the strange diet, or the tropical sun, changed my personality; Africa to them seems a catalytic converter that takes in clean-shaven, clear-thinking Americans and sends back bearded Marxists,” Coons wrote, noting that at one time he had been a “proud founding member of the Amherst College Republicans.”
“[I]t is only too easy to return from Africa glad to be American and smugly thankful for our wealth and freedom,” added Coons. “Instead, Amherst had taught me to question, so in turn I questioned Amherst, and America.”
Dave Hoffman, a Coons campaign spokesman, said the title of the article was designed as a humorous take-off on a joke Coons’s college friends had made about how his time outside the country had affected his outlook.
Hoffman said the trip to Kenya helped lead to Coons’s decision to become a Democrat.
“Chris wrote an article about a transformative experience during his semester in Kenya more than twenty-five years ago,” said Hoffman in a statement to POLITICO. “After witnessing crushing poverty and the consequences of the Reagan Administration’s ‘constructive engagement with the South African apartheid regime, he rethought his political views, returned to the America he loved and proudly registered as a Democrat.”
In one passage of the article, Coons explains how in the months leading up to the trip abroad “leftists” on campus and college professors had begun to “challenge the basic assumptions” he had formed about America.
A course on cultural anthropology, noted Coons, had “undermined the accepted value of progress and the cultural superiority of the West,” while a class on the Vietnam War led him to “suspect…that the ideal of America as a ‘beacon of freedom and justice, providing hope for the world’ was not exactly based in reality.”
For Coons, Kenya was an especially jarring experience that significantly influenced his already-changing political beliefs. He wrote that he was particularly troubled by his experience with Kenyan elites, who he said were utterly dismissive of the poor.
“I became friends with a very wealthy businessman and his family and heard them reiterate the same beliefs held by many Americans: the poor are poor because they are lazy, slovenly, uneducated,” wrote Coons. “I realize that Kenya and America are very different, but experiences like this warned me that my own favorite beliefs in the miracles of free enterprise and the boundless opportunities to be had in America were largely untrue.”
Coons wrote that upon his return to Amherst for his senior year he realized that, while he had discovered the faults of his country, he had also “returned to loving America.“
Being a Marxist, bearded or other wise doesn’t play that well among the American people on a good day, but for all of the times to be outed as one, this ain’t it! I mean we have a lifelong radical Marxist in the White House now, and the American people are wide awake. In less than two years America has become well aware of just how much damage Marxism creates. How many lives it destroys.
And Kenya …. really? Really?
Poor Chris Coons. He thought he was going to have an easy campaign against his fellow traveler Mike Castle by shamelessly claiming the real estate to his right, then along comes Christine O’Donnell RINO hunter.
Now we get to talk about Chris Coons and his inner “bearded Marxist.”
In the immortal words of Dr John: