O'Donnell and Maher and Coons - oh my!

It's election season -- harvest time for journalistic dirty work. Are cheesy tactics being used by both comedian and county executive against the innovative tea-partier?

Christine O’Donnell began dominating headlines after she surprisingly cinched the Republican nomination in Delaware’s U.S. Senate race. Citizens nationwide are asking, “Who is Christine O’Donnell?”  If you want to see a track record of the lady who is the second youngest of six children and a public policy workaholic, look no further.

But thanks to Bill Maher, we should be aware that the aforementioned question is really mainstream media lingo for “Who was Christine O’Donnell?”

Maher drew attention to a 1999 segment from his old show Politically Incorrect in which O’Donnell explained her disapproval of Halloween. O’Donnell admitted that she “dabbled in witchcraft” and inadvertently went on a date with a guy at a satanic alter while in high school. From that experience, O’Donnell realized that witchcraft is a real and wicked thing, which is why she felt uncomfortable with Halloween.

So, her big skeleton in the closet is essentially her reason for not having skeletons hanging in her closet for an annual ghoul fest?

It is election season once again, which means harvest time for journalistic dirty work. Digging up facts is a good thing. American citizens should know exactly what kind of candidates they are electing to national office.

But let’s not insult the intelligence of voters. Americans know that it isn’t solely what connections a person had in the past that matter. When it comes to associations, the most important aspect to consider is what kind of thinker that person has become after experiencing those connections.

O’Donnell repented of dabbling in witchcraft and promiscuity. After witnessing the fallout of such ideas and actions, she rejected them for something better.

Did Barack Obama ever reject his questionable influences before becoming senator or president? Perhaps he hasn’t yet seen enough bad fallout from them to let go.

Of course, witchcraft woes aren’t the only things haunting O’Donnell’s candidacy. The GOP establishment expressed concerns about her electability because of her personal financial problems in the past and her supposed penchant for saying “crazy things”. Ann Coulter addressed this as follows:

“The establishment’s complaints are confusing. They say O’Donnell has a problem because she’s never held a job in the private sector (like our president), didn’t pay her taxes (like our treasury secretary), and had her house foreclosed on (like half of the electorate). They also accuse her of saying crazy things — but she’s running for Joe Biden’s old seat, so this may be an advantage.”

Well, you have to admit that Coulter has a pretty sharp point there.

Compare the backgrounds of Christine O’Donnell and her Democratic opponent Chris “Harry Reid’s pet” Coons, a self-proclaimed “bearded Marxist” in his college days.  Paul Mulshine mentioned, “Anyone can make mistakes as a kid. But O’Donnell’s errors have nothing to do with a theory of governance. Coons’ mistakes do - assuming he even thinks they were mistakes. He sounds in this youthful essay like every adult liberal I know today.”

Speaking of Coons, on Thursday I came across the following splash ad at the entrance of his campaign website:












After labeling O’Donnell a “Tea Party celebrity,” the ad lists her sins against liberalism that are meant to send voters away screaming:

  • O’Donnell believes “jobs are created when businesses are freed from endless taxes and bureaucratic red tape” (translated here as “no plan to promote job creation”)
  • O’Donnell is pro-life (politicized here as being “against a woman’s right to choose” - never mind what rights a baby has)
  • O’Donnell thinks homosexuality is unnatural (she has a lesbian sister, so she can’t be accused of hiding in an ivory tower on this one)
  • O’Donnell thinks that Creationism should be taught along with Evolutionism (she used the dirty “c” word? Naughty, naughty…burn her at stake!)

During Bill Maher’s weekly O’Donnell blackmail session, Maher chuckled at the thought of a woman entering the Senate who once called evolution a myth on his comedy show.  He ought to ponder the fact that we currently have a Darwinian president in the White House (the same gentleman who talked about visiting 57 states on the campaign trail).  Confessing evolution doesn’t appear to have given Obama any particular advantage in solving the country’s problems.

Now, I’m not a Delawarean, even though one of my ancestors was Delaware’s first senator. I don’t think my family has been involved with the First State since then.

But the South has also been swept up in the wave of tea that is brewing across the nation, and I know its sentiments should not be underestimated. A prime motor of the Tea Party movement is restoring power to the average citizen with common sense. 

How is it that comedian Al Franken was considered worthy of a Senate office, and yet O’Donnell and the entire anti-Congressional-establishment movement that she is a part of are being mocked?

With the innovative O’Donnell as the Republican nominee, the citizens of Delaware at least have quite a contrast to choose from now.  Don’t let the elitists insult your intelligence with twaddle, voters.

Run, Christine, run!

Amanda Read is an unconventional scholar, a Southerner without an accent, a Christian who hasn’t been a churchgoer in 16 years and a college student who lives with eight younger siblings. A writer and artist, she blogs at www.amandaread.com and is the author of the historical drama screenplay The Crusading Chemist. Amanda is majoring in history and minoring in political science at Jacksonville State University.

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Amanda Read is a columnist for the Communities at The Washington Times. Trained as a historian, skilled as a writer, and aspiring to be a filmmaker, Amanda investigates the ideas behind contemporary culture and politics. A professional writer and researcher, she is also a Christian homeschool graduate, unconventional college graduate, military daughter, and eldest of the nine Read children at Fair Hills Farm. Find more of her work at www.amandaread.com

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