Now that Beau Biden has officially passed on trying to take his Dad’s old Senate seat, Marc Ambinder reports that New Castle County executive Chris Coons is the Democratic front-runner to take on Republican fake-moderate Representative Mike Castle. This is one of those races that progressives can get behind, because Chris would be an outstanding senator.
I knew Chris in law school, although I haven’t been in touch with him since. But he is extremely smart and passionately committed to public service. He also has a devastating sense of humor.
Although Castle poses as a moderate, he has voted with the Republicans virtually all the way down the line in the last session, opposing the stimulus, health care reform, and student loan reforms (although in fairness he did support Waxman-Markey: his complete voting record is here). He’s been in Washington for two decades with nothing to show for it. He’s sort of this year’s Olympia Snowe: if elected to the Senate, he’ll hem and haw and waste everyone’s time, and then do what Rush Limbaugh tells him to do.
This is an easy call, with an experience local progressive running against a Washington-based Republican who cuddled up to Newt Gingrich when it was convenient. I hope Ambinder’s report is right.