Noting that the “disquiet in the land” had felled many establishment candidates and incumbents in Delaware on Tuesday, Cohen then zeroed in for some pointed commentary on the Castle-O’Donnell race, and the role the national media played in it.

The Castle-O’Donnell primary was Delaware’s first experience with an Internet frenzy, gobs and gobs of cascading commentary and video gushing everywhere.

It was as silly as O’Donnell’s endorsement from Sarah Palin arriving by Tweet and as sick as a death threat e-mailed from out of state to Tom Ross, the Republican state chair, but it was powerful.

…Ultimately all the confusion and all the bedlam shook the state’s trademark equilibrium. The Republicans upended the candidate who had been entrusted with statewide office for 30 years and anointed the one who styled herself a Sarah Palin doppelganger.

NOTE: This post was updated to reflect the fact that News Journal reporter Ginger Gibson’s story had additional reporting from other workers at the paper.

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Joel Meares is a former CJR assistant editor.