Should we talk about one of the biggest misconceptions of the 2010 midterm campaign season? Haven’t heard it yet? It’s goes something like this, “the media hates Delaware’s Christine O’Donnell.”
You know, “I’m not a witch” O’Donnell? Yep,that one!
Nothing could be further from the truth. They hesitate to say it because of their obsession with objectivity – they love her. Not just “love” but head-over-heels -springtime-thoughts-turn-to-love-oh-boy-it’s-really-love “love.” What’s not to love about her? Some in the media refer to her as the gift that keeps on giving.
She says reporters shouldn’t ask her about the witchcraft dabbling and all that, but you know she really wants them to! It was the first thing she said to voters in Delaware in her new television ad (I’m not a witch!) If she wanted it to go away, she’d stop mentioning it (your eyes say no, but your lips say “yesssssss!”) O’Donnell is like Milton Berle standing somewhere on a vaudeville stage, one hand extended to an applauding audience bidding them “stop, nooooo, stop” while frowning and shaking her head, as you notice her other hand beckoning the audience to keep it up!
What child reared on television wouldn’t love that?
Witchcraft, Chinese invasion, people in the Bushes, “no more national media,” kicking Rachel Maddow out of a campaign office, not paying the mortgage, no masturbation, preventing everyone from having sex, avoiding life as a hare Krishna because of the necessity of meatballs, Sarah Palin, the Tea Party…it just goes on and on with very little light at the end of the tunnel.
Many reporters have her campaign manager and staff on blackberry-speed-dial – it must be love!
But what about the issues? When she does start saying something about the issues, much of it at least SOUNDS like parroted talking points from AFP or the Tea Party Express. At least the witch thing was truly and honestly Christine talking, even though only to entertain Bill Maher and his audience. The media knows that and actually enjoys the cat-and-mouse game of “say something weird then say nothing at all to reporters.”
However, some of the more “TMZ” kind-of-Christine-fans still have one big worry.
What if she slows down and starts to talk about issues more substantively ? Will she make a fatal mistake, will she be BORING? Some say that (and a majority Democratic electorate in Delaware) will be the knell of death for her.
Some in the media hope she won’t do that. After all, a self-confessed (dabbling) witch who did a long stint on Politcally Incorrect and Fox News along with three runs for Congress and who featured in the season opener of Saturday Night Live – courtesy Kirsten Wiig – and has a new action figure made after her should know that leaving us bored would unceremoniously end the act, exit state left.
So, the media don’t hate Christine, don’t want to hurt her – and enjoy seeing her.
They probably wish she’d invite them in more often.