Lately, a lot has been said about Christine O’Donnell. She’s a career candidate always running for office but never getting elected. She says crazy, stupid things. She hasn’t held political office. And my personal favorite, she used to practice witchcraft. I will give you three guesses as to what political party she must belong, seeing as how the news suddenly feels the need to report these issues? Due to the news media’s sudden interest in what makes someone a capable politician, I figure I should give my two cents on Ms. O’Donnell.
I do believe these are interesting issues. The fact that she runs frequently for office and hasn’t won must matter to someone I am sure. So let’s look at the facts. When she first ran, she didn’t make it through the primary. She ran again in 2008 and was the Republican candidate but lost to Joe Biden, another person famous for stupid comments, but we will deal with that shortly. And now, she is once again the Republican candidate, beating out the “establishment candidate.” That term, in and of itself, insults me. Apparently, someone had been established for office, and yet the lowly masses got confused and voted the wrong way. To the point, however, how many politicians do we elect, who time and time again, tell us they should be reelected? Back to the oldest days of our republic, we had people who constantly ran for us. One of our greatest statesmen, Henry Clay, ran for president several times and lost.
Many politicians say stupid things. Dan Quayle and George W. Bush said stupid things so frequently that they have been the butt of comedian jokes for years. Our vice-president says stupid things once a week, at least. Some of my personal favorites? Biden’s famous gaffe, “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man,” comes to mind. I would love to be the fly on the wall in the Oval Office, when that comes up. Then there’s “If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, there’s still a 30 percent chance we’re going to get it wrong.” Something about the percents there just don’t add up. So apparently, being fond of stupid quotes doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t get a job. Sometimes, you get the seat next to the big guy.
Some people claim that because Ms. O’Donnell hasn’t held elected office, she shouldn’t become a senator. I seem to remember some guy named Obama who popped up and became senator in Illinois a few years ago? It seems he has done ok for himself in spite of his lack of experience, though I could be persuaded to disagree.
And the final big reason that Ms. O’Donnell’s supposed to be a joke is the fact that she admitted to once being a witch. It’s pretty funny. The same party that argues no one should even suggest the president may have once been a Muslim automatically makes an issue over her former religious status. The same party that routinely nominates justices who argue we shouldn’t mention God in the pledge has an issue with her former religious beliefs? The party whose former vice-president claimed Job was his favorite book in the New Testament thinks this if fair game?
It seems to me the biggest issue with Christine O’Donnell is the fact that she is a Republican. Suddenly, things that Democrats constantly defend in their candidates become fair game when attacking the Republican nominee. Republicans are guilty of doing the same thing, frequently. The only difference is the media is much more willing to help in the attacks when candidates tend to have an “R” after their names, instead of a “D.”