What is it with Wisconsin? Just in the past year we've had the defeat of Russ Feingold, the war over Scott Walker and now...the tarring of Tommy Thompson. It's gone mostly unnoticed amidst all the drama of the Republican presidential primary, but the biggest congressional primary showdown -- 2012's answer to the 2010 battles that produced Sharron Angle, Christine O'Donnell and Ken Buck, among others -- is shaping up over the right to take on Iraq war veteran Tammy Baldwin for the Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Herb Kohl.
You know, I think she has a point here: Christine O'Donnell on Tuesday compared the "tragedy" of extending unemployment benefits to Pearl Harbor and the death of Elizabeth Edwards. "Today marks a lot of tragedy," O'Donnell, the Tea Party-backed GOP Senate candidate from Delaware, said Tuesday night during an appearance in Virginia. "Tragedy comes in threes," O'Donnell said. "Pearl Harbor, Elizabeth Edwards's passing and Barack Obama's announcement of extending the tax cuts, which is good, but also extending the unemployment benefits."
Dover, Delaware—"You have two stories ready to go, right?" It's about 7:30 p.m. at Christine O'Donnell's election-night party in Dover, and all the local reporters are crammed in the back, idly refreshing Politico and Twitter while waiting for the returns to come in. There's a man with a mustache and a baby blue O'Donnell t-shirt looming over us, grinning. "Cause you don't know which way it's going to go!," he explains. Of course, the journalists present all assume O'Donnell is going to lose her Senate race, and badly. Most of us are just there to watch the carnage.
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- If there is one candidate who truly wishes that Christine O'Donnell had not won the Republican senatorial nomination in Delaware, it is the Republican Senate candidate in Pennsylvania, Pat Toomey. Toomey, a former congressman, became a hero to the right for pushing Sen. Arlen Specter out of the GOP. For much of the summer, Toomey ran safely ahead of the man who went on to knock out Specter in the Democratic Senate primary, Rep. Joe Sestak. Then came O'Donnell's defeat of Rep. Mike Castle in one of the tea party's most celebrated victories.
There's a saying in politics that if you're explaining, you're losing. If it's true, then it can't be a good sign for Christine O'Donnell that she running ads denying that she is a witch: For the record, the accusation is not that she is a witch, but that she "dabbled in witchcraft." And, actually, this isn't an accusation but her own admission. Given that nobody is claiming she is curently a witch, it's interesting that O'Donnell is bringing up the charge herself. It suggests a guilty frame of mind.
Greg Sargent has this great exchange with Christine O'Donnell in 2003: NIES: You're going to stop the whole country from having sex? O'DONNELL: Yeah. Yeah! NIES: You're living on a prayer if you think that's going to happen. O'DONNELL: That's not true. I'm a young woman in my thirties and I remain chaste. I think I need to plan a romantic getaway with my wife before the elections just in case this woman wins.
You've heard about her run-ins with witchcraft and masturbation. You've heard about her financial troubles. But there's so much more—a treasure trove of quotations that are worth reading in the original. Below, you'll find a comprehensive guide to the craziest statements Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell has made in public. The (Self-) Pleasure Principle "The Bible says that lust in your heart is committing adultery.
[Guest post by Isaac Chotiner] In 1996, as is now tolerably well known, Republican senate candidate Christine O'Donnell preached the evils of masturbation, and called for a discussion of the topic "from a moral point of view." Since masturbation requires lust, according to O'Donnell, and because lust is wrong ("according to The Bible"), masturbation is wrong. Ross Douthat, commenting on this subject, mocks William Saletan for his (Saletan's) bizarre piece about masturbation and socialism, and then goes on to add: With Christine O’Donnell, as with Sarah Palin before her, American liberals have
[Guest post by James Downie] Since winning a Senate nomination in Delaware, Christine O'Donnell has been assaulted by one embarassing old TV clip after another, from her anti-masturbation campaign to one where she admits to dabbling in witchcraft as a teenager. (When asked on Saturday about the latter, she responded, “How many of you did not hang out with questionable folks in high school?”) The following clip, though, from an August 1998 episode of "Politically Incorrect" is the scariest.
Reporter-researcher Tiffany Stanley is still at the Values Voter Summit, where attendees just heard from the event's most talked-about guest, Christine O'Donnell. First, she trumpeted the conservative revival: The conservative movement was told to curl up in a fetal position and just stay there for the next eight years, thankyouverymuch. Well, how things have changed. During those dark days, where commonsense, patriotic Americans were looking for some silver lining, they stumbled upon the constitution. You see, a funny thing happened on the way to our seats on the sideline.