Delaware Democrats Defeated During Regional Republican Resurgence

Bookmark and Share    As the American colonies were being established, Delaware was the least coveted territory of the time. It produced no tobacco or rice, it had no great port and it had few settlers. William Penn of Pennsylvania was delawareelectionactually granted the deed to Delaware as payment for a debt owed to him by King Charles II. However a failure to fill out the proper paperwork made Penn’s claim to Delaware invalid. At the same time Lord Baltimore was claiming Delaware to be part of Maryland.  The 37,000 settlers in the disputed territory didn’t want to be under Penn’s rule because he failed to protect them from pirates and they did not want to be under the oppressive burden that Lord Baltimore’s routine tax collection resulted in.

After a long dispute over which colony Delaware belonged to, both Lord Baltimore and William Penn felt that obtaining the territory was not worth any real effort so they gave up and the settlers of Delaware got to run their own colony.

Even though nothing can take anything away from Delaware’s contributions to our country and its beauty, today Delaware is still not one of the most prominent places in America.  It is unique in that it has developed a favorable corporate tax structure that makes it a great place to have a paper office in. As such, at one point in time somewhere around a third of all corporations on both the NY Stock Exchange and what was the American Stock Exchange were all incorporated in Delaware and paying taxes to the state. But other than that and the fact that the Biden family is beginning to surpass the DuPont family in political prominence, Delaware really doesn’t offer much to discuss. At least not until this past Tuesday.

On Tuesday, tiny little, hardly mentioned Delaware may have just become the American political breaking point and a national echo chamber of political opinion.

Roughly one month ago Delaware’s Senate President, Thurman Adams died at 80 years of age. Adams was a Democrat and the senate seat he occupied was held by Democrats for 40 years.

In a state dominated by Democrats it was anticipated that Democrats would continue to hold this and fill out the expired term after winning a special election. That opinion was made even clearer when Polly Adams Mervine was selected as the Democrat nominee to replace Thurman Adams. Polly Adams Mervine is Thurman Adams daughter.

In a state as small as Delaware legacy politics is hard to overcome. The DuPont family spent years in political favor there and now the Biden family can do no wrong there. Such is why Joe Biden’s son Beau Biden was elected the state’s Attorney General.

So seeing as how Polly wanted a crack at her fathers senate seat and that she had plenty of money to throw into the race, she was the odds on favorite, without any question or doubt.

But this past Tuesday Polly Adams Mervine lost the election.

To say she lost is actually an understatement. In this case, she did not just lose, in truth, her Republican opponent, Joe Booth, buried her deeper than her recently departed father.

With more than 60% of the vote Joe Booth beat Mervine by more than 30%.

Despite this senate seat being in a heavily democratic district and in a heavily democratic state which is the home state of the newly elected Vice President, and despite the fact that Mervine was the daughter of the man whose seat she was running for and even though she spent $52,000 to her Republican opponent’s $20,000, Mervine and Delaware Democrats were trounced.

I will not conclusively state that this marks the beginning of the end for Democrats. This is one small state legislative election in one small state but given all the factors that were in the Democrats favor here, for them to have lost under those circumstances does not bode well.

It would seem to me that even in the diminutive and dependable Democrat state of Delaware, dissatisfaction is beginning to develop. The result is a backlash that has created a conservative resurgence that is turning the likely into the unlikely.

The state’s only statewide elected Republican, Congressman Mike Castle, is even feeling the effects of conservative resurgence.

After becoming one of only eight Republicans to support the Crap-and-Tax environmental hoax that will tax Americans on the air that they breathe, he is finding himself to be the target of extraordinary protestations, especially from fellow Republicans who may not be ready to re-nominate him for Congress or support him in any general election.

All of this is indicative of signs that the winds of change are picking up and that they are not blowing the sails of liberalism in the direction that Democrats want them to go in.

It is said that what happens in Las Vegas stays in Vegas but Delaware is no Las Vegas. It is too small a state to contain everything that happens there within its limited space. And we are already seeing the signals that what is happening in Delaware is spreading.

At Delaware’s northern points is New Jersey. There, voters of that state are already overwhelmingly rejecting its Democrat Governor and preparing to send Republican Chris Christie to Trenton.

To the south of Delaware, on the Delmarva Peninsula, Virginia is leaning toward the election of another Republican to replace Democrat incumbent and DNC Chairman Tim Kaine.

Nationally, as the President sees both approval for him and his agenda plummet, it is not hard to understand the building tide against Democrats that we see in the Mid-Atlantic, Mid-West or anywhere else in the country. But perhaps we should not be surprised to see the best example of this trend demonstrate itself in the tiny and quiet domain of Democrat dominated Delaware. It is after all nicknamed “The First State” so perhaps after having the honor of being the first of the 13 original states to ratify the U.S. Constitution it is also claiming the honor of being the first state to initiate the change our nation needs.

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2 responses to “Delaware Democrats Defeated During Regional Republican Resurgence

  1. Thank you. I will take that into account. I had been persuaded to believe that the districy was largely Democratic but it apparently is not as overwhelmingly so I as I initially thought.

  2. Ole Salt

    Great insight — except that while DE is decidedly Democrat, the senate district Joe Booth was elected from is nearly equal DEM and REP — with a sizable IND/NON AFFIL registration. This is perhaps more important, and should not be overlooked, as Booth drew vast majority of non-aligned (not D or R) voters…this group is the “swing” vote which is increasingly moving away from DEMs toward more restrained growht in govt activity favored by REPs.

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