GETTING TO KNOW HER; GETTING TO KNOW ALL ABOUT HER…. There was a point, immediately after Sharron Angle’s Republican Senate primary win in Nevada, when objective observers would say, “She seems pretty crazy.” And then some more information about her would come to light, leading observers to say, “Wow, she really is crazy.” And then we’d hear about her suggesting armed insurrection against the United States, leading observers to say, “Good lord, she’s cover-your-eyes crazy.”
Prepare for a similar series of events in light of yesterday’s contest in Delaware.
Going into yesterday’s Republican Senate primary, Christine O’Donnell was considered just a kook who kept embarrassing herself, running unsuccessfully for statewide office. Ed Kilgore offered this description:
O’Donnell is a recent newcomer to Delaware and, since arriving, has managed to get into trouble with her student loans, her taxes, her mortgage, and her job. She also unsuccessfully sued a conservative organization for gender discrimination. In general, she’s the kind of person whom you’d expect Tea Party activists to excoriate for irresponsibility, not promote as a candidate for high office. But yesterday she beat Castle handily, becoming yet another exhibit of the extraordinary extent to which ideology has trumped every other factor in the 2010 Republican primary season.
But just as Angle’s madness came into sharper focus with additional information, the closer one looks at O’Donnell, the more detached from reality she appears.
The story that’s getting a fair amount of attention today is O’Donnell’s anti-masturbation campaign. But that’s really just the beginning. For example, she not only rejects modern biology, O’Donnell believes there’s “just as much, if not more, evidence supporting” creationism over evolution.
She’s also argued against coed college dorms, insisting that they could lead to “orgy rooms” and “menage a trois rooms.”
Politically, O’Donnell has told Fox News that President Obama “is so liberal that he’s anti-American.” She’s also fought against AIDS funding and insisted the condoms wouldn’t stop the disease from spreading.
More recently, her campaign manager explained, “This is her third Senate race in five years. As O’Donnell’s manager, I found out she was living on campaign donations — using them for rent and personal expenses, while leaving her workers unpaid and piling up thousands in debt.”
O’Donnell also appears to be a little paranoid, telling the Weekly Standard that she regularly checks the bushes and cars around her townhouse because some unknown people “follow me home at night.”
In the competition for craziest Senate candidate of 2010, there are some strong contenders — Angle, Paul, Buck, Miller, Toomey, Johnson — but O’Donnell has to rank near the top.