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Saturday, September 18, 2010

The New American Conservatism

Christine O'Donnell is the GOP candidate for US Senate in Delaware.

Some interesting facts about her:

She makes a lot of noise about "fiscal responsibility" but: She had her house foreclosed on by the bank for failure to make mortgage payments on a $90,000 loan (that's a fairly small mortgage and must have been a really small monthly mortgage payment!). It was about to be sold by the bank when she sold it first to her own Senate campaign's lawyer (do you smell a scandal brewing? that's fishier than anything involving the Whitewater investigation that plagued the Clinton administration for most of its two terms).

She owes $11,000 in backed taxes.

She was sued (successfully) by her alma mater because she hadn't paid her tuition.

She also still owes $23,000 to the staff of her failed 2008 Senate campaign.

But she's got all the far right wing pseudo-Christian fundamentalist street cred. For example, there is this little blast from her youth where she got herself on MTV arguing that masturbation was tantamount to adultery (but what if you masturbate while thinking about your spouse I'd ask). She also believes that "American scientific companies" are crossbreeding humans and animals. So she's a "Tea Party" favorite.

So what does this all mean? First, like Sarah Palin, O'Donnell is a publicity starved moron with little actual substance and a personal past full of hypocrisy. Her one and only skill is self-promotion.

To the extent she is a typical Tea Party activist/candidate, this shows us the true face of the Tea Party. The Tea Party is not the non-partisan, fiscal conservative movement it (and FOX News) wants to sell itself as. Rather they are just a rebranding of the Bush-Republicans that spend like drunken sailors and rant about their fringe religious views.

Candidates like this is why people like my father, a high income accountant in his 70s from a small midwestern town, have left the Republican party.


The Law Talking Guy said...

She's also a former witch.

Seriously, this is not going to help her with the Christian right.

Raised By Republicans said...

I'm guessing the religious right will - as they usually do - simply scream "Damn the evidence! Full speed ahead!"

Raised By Republicans said...

What really baffles me about these GOP candidates like Palin and O'Donnell is that they are so clearly not qualified and seem proud of it. And what's scarier, seem to win over a significant number of voters because of it.

Think about this. A plurality of GOP voters in Delaware actually think that a half educated former witch with bad credit and a history of committing fraud of various kinds would make a better Senator than anyone, let alone a former County Supervisor (in a state with only two counties) with a BA from Amherst College and a JD from Yale.

The Law Talking Guy said...

It's the Know-Nothing party.

USwest said...

Hey, haven't you figured it out? She's "just like one of us."

She fought that mean, mean bank by beating them at their own game.
Watch the spin!

The Law Talking Guy said...

Why the hell would I want to elect someone who was an ordinary joe? We only have 100 senators, can't we find someone extra-ordinary to do the job?

Raised By Republicans said...

LTG, she is Extra ordinary. She's like more ordinary than anyone! She's even Extra EXTRA ordinary. ;-)

US West, yeah, I get the "she's just like one of us" thing. I guess that's what I find so scary. I see someone like O'Donnell and I think "holy crap! that many voters think she's just like them!?"

USwest said...

Remember Joe the Plumber? remember G.W. Bush? You should be use to it by now.

Either "That many people" do think that way, or they are just louder. the rest of us are too busy earning money to pay the taxes to even notice this stuff much less participate.

Raised By Republicans said...

US West,

I suppose you are right about how I should be used to it by now. And I think they are getting louder and more numerous. We are seeing the long term effects of the defunding of public education.