O’Donnell’s bandaid comes off slowly, cont’d

O’DONNELL’S BANDAID COMES OFF SLOWLY, CONT’D…. It’s been days since a humiliating development came to light about extremist Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell (R), but the streak ended today.

I’d heard this quote was out there, and even saw a partial transcript, but I just had trouble believing it was true. Alas, it’s entirely legit.

In this MSNBC clip, an activist in support of sexual health and education explained that he talks with young people about these issues all the time. Asked what he tells them, he said, “I tell them to be careful. You have to wear a condom. You have to protect yourself when you’re going to have sex, because they’re having it anyway. There’s nothing that you or me can do about it.”

O’Donnell strongly disagreed, and suggested contraception isn’t enough. When the other guest asked, “You’re going to stop the whole country from having sex?” O’Donnell replied, “Yeah. Yeah!”

Told that she’s “living on a prayer,” O’Donnell added, “That’s not true. I’m a young woman in my thirties and I remain chaste.”

It’s worth noting that the exchange was aired in 2003, which may seem like quite a while ago, but which came just three years before O’Donnell’s first U.S. Senate campaign*. She was working, at the time, at a right-wing organization she later sued.

I wonder how many viewers saw the segment at the time, and thought, “You know, it’s only a matter of time before the Republican Party nominates this crazy person to serve in the United States Senate.”

* typo fixed

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.