A piece published by the Internet gossip site Gawker that goes by the byline of “Anonymous” alleging a sordid, sort-of-sexual encounter with Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell has been condemned across the political spectrum.
O’Donnell has made a point of having “Christian conservative values,” including chastity. Suspicions that the Gawker piece was bogus were raised not only because the author making the allegations is not named, but also with the revelations that he was paid for his alleged revelations.
The Gawker piece has been roundly condemned not only by the conservative blogosphere, but by groups that ordinarily do not come to the defense of conservative women politicians.
Katrina Trinko of National Review Online notes that NOW found the article beyond the pale:
“‘Sexist, misogynist attacks against women have no place in the electoral process, regardless of a particular candidate’s political ideology,’ said NOW president Terry O’Neill in a statement.
“‘NOW repudiates Gawker’s decision to run this piece. It operates as public sexual harassment. And like all sexual harassment, it targets not only O’Donnell, but all women contemplating stepping into the public sphere,’ O’Neill added. ‘NOW/PAC has proudly endorsed women’s rights champion Chris Coons, O’Donnell’s opponent in the Delaware Senate race, and finds O’Donnell’s political positions dangerous for women. That does not mean it’s acceptable to use slut-shaming against her, or any woman.'”
NOW has, as far as anyone knows, never before come to the defense of a conservative female politician. This suggests that a line has been crossed that would not be crossed even by the most committed leftist. That fact should convey a little bit of comfort.
The Daily Caller notes that Chris Coons, who opposes Christine O’Donnell in the Delaware Senate race, has also condemned the article.
Allegations that conservative women politicians are engaged in sordid sexual behavior are nothing new. Nikki Haley, the Republican candidate for governor of South Carolina, was accused of having extra martial affairs. Despite that allegation, Haley won the primary and seems poised to win the general election.
It is unknown as of yet what if any effect the Gawker hit piece will have on the Delaware contest. The Daily Caller notes that a poll taken just before the Gawker hit piece was published showed that Christine O’Donnell had cut her deficit from 19 points to just 10. If there is a sudden sympathy vote surge, it may just be enough to carry O’Donnell over the top, making the Delaware Senate race the upset of the 2010 elections.
Sources: Lefty gossip site somehow unites entire blogosphere behind Christine O’Donnell, Allahpundit, Hot Air, October 28th, 2010
NOW, O’Donnell Campaign Condemn Gawker, Katrina Trinko, National Review Online, October 29th, 2010
Coons campaign condemns Gawker story about opponent Christine O’Donnell, Jeff Winkle, The Daily Caller, October 29th, 2010