Monday, October 4, 2010

Christine O'Donnell really is the gift that keeps on giving

Tea Party huckster Christine O'Donnell, the GOP's nominee for the U.S. Senate in Delaware, insisted in a debate from her 2006 attempt (she's been running for high office and living off the proceeds for awhile now) that the United States and China can never be "friends", and that any attempt to create a friendly relationship between the two was "appeasement". Moreover, she insisted that China has a "secret plan" to "take over America". "There's much I want to say," O'Donnell claimed."I wish I wasn't privy to some of the classified information that I am privy to."

O'Donnell, who claimed to have attended 3 graduate schools that she did not, in fact, attend, and who has shared with a national audience the details of a spiritual journey which has taken her from withcraft to Hare Krishna to Italian Meatballs (and, ultimately, to the Prosperity Gospel of Sarah Palin), did not reveal the source of her "classified information", although it is certainly possible that God whispered it in her ear, because he apparently does that all the time.

It was also reported not long ago, at the conservative Little Green Footballs site, that as a Bill O'Reilly's guest a few years ago talking about the cloning of monkey embryos, ODonnell maintained that the experiments had undeniably human connotations. "If we approach this complicated bioethic issue with our heads in the sand, the other end is in the air," she explained, with characterictic perspicacity, adding that "American scientific companies are cross-breeding humans and animals and coming up with mice with fully functioning human brains." The fact that no one else has reported this breakthrough is not troubling to everyone; LGF's Charles Johnson has concluded that O'Donnell herself is probably substantiation of the experiments, reasoning that she is probably "an early, failed experiment that ended up as a human with a fully functioning mouse brain." While there is no definitive proof to this effect, the anecdotal evidence is obviously piling up. Fast.

Frank Rich had an interesting take on O'Donnell's candidacy in the NY Times the other day. In a column titled The Very Useful Idiocy of Christine O’Donnell, he argued, pretty persuasively, that she is performing a valuable role for the Republican effort this fall. Because she is such an obviously flawed, unqualified candidate, she has been a lightning rod that has deflected examination away from any number of creepy-crawly types and other billionaires inhabiting their roster of nominees. In the end, she'll parlay her defeat into a martyrdom worth a few million bucks and a plum job at Fox News—and we'll wind up with miscreants and/or slimeballs like Rand Paul, Meg Whitman, Sharon Angle, Carly Fiorina, Carl Paladino, Joe Miller, etc., roaming the halls of Congress, all gleefully ready to finish the work of drowning Government in the bathtub.

So, yeah, riot that Christine O'Donnell obviously is, maybe the joke's really on us.

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