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Sarah Palin-Quayle protegee Christine “Man Pants” O’Donnell, pictured yesterday in Lincoln, Delaware, shouldn’t have to deal with her admission of having “dabbled into witchcraft.” There are plenty of other, better reasons for the voters of Delaware to send her packing.
Don’t get me wrong. I have no sympathy for U.S. senatorial candidate Christine O’Donnell.
People get into politics for two main reasons: for self-aggrandizement and more power (for themselves and for their cronies, usually) or to try to make a difference, try to improve things for everyone. O’Donnell clearly falls into the first camp, as do most (as in more than half of) politicians.
It was in the 1990s that on Bill Maher’s show “Politically Incorrect” that O’Donnell declared that in high school she “dabbled into witchcraft” but “never joined a coven.” (She helpfully added: “One of my first dates with a witch was on a satanic altar, and I didn’t know it. I mean, there’s a little blood there and stuff like that.”)
Clearly only the best and the brightest ever run for the U.S. Senate.
But burning O’Donnell at the stake for her admission of having “dabbled into witchcraft” feels wrong. First of all, it’s 2010 — two thousand fucking ten — and we’re talking about witchcraft being a hindrance to political office?
Even if O’Donnell were into witchcraft now, instead of being (or playing the role of, anyway) a “Christo”fascist, to me that’s religious belief and expression that is protected by the First Amendment. Only until and unless someone harms someone else and/or violates someone else’s rights and/or freedoms can we infringe upon his or her First-Amendment right to freedom of belief and religion.
Yes, it’s ironic that O’Donnell’s witchcraft admission, which aired on national television, might cost her “Christo”fascist votes. (Most of the “Christo”facists will resolve their cognitive dissonance by viewing her as “saved” though, I surmise.) And I might even be tempted to posit that maybe O’Donnell participated in witch hunts in a past life and that this is her karmic comeuppance.
But fuck all of that witchcraft stuff.
There are plenty of other reasons for the voters of Delaware to ditch O’Donnell.
First and foremost, she appears to have committed financial fraud even before she’s taken office. Reports The Associated Press:
Wilmington, Del. – A government watchdog group says Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell used campaign funds to pay her rent and other personal expenses.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has filed a complaint against O’Donnell with the Federal Elections Commission and is asking federal prosecutors to investigate her.
The complaint is based largely on a sworn statement by O’Donnell’s former campaign finance consultant, David Keegan. He says O’Donnell used campaign funds to pay her rent in both March and April 2009, then listed the spending as “reimbursement expenses.”
The complaint also accuses O’Donnell of using campaign funds to pay for gas, meals and a bowling outing.
O’Donnell is a “tea party” favorite who upset longtime U.S. Rep. Mike Castle in Delaware’s GOP Senate primary.
I mean, you have to know that when someone is corrupt even while still in the chute, it can only get worse once he or she is out of the chute. After the BushCheneyCorp brazenly, blatantly stole office in late 2000, how could it have come as a shock that they then would launch a bogus war, using the worst terrorist attack upon American soil as their pretext? I mean, first presidential election fraud and then even more treason in the form of a bogus war? Who possibly could have known?
Her apparent financial fraud is enough to keep Christine O’Donnell far, far away from the U.S. Senate, but there’s more. Reports Yahoo! News:
The witchcraft flap is just the latest of O’Donnell’s comments from the 1990s to surface and give fodder to those who say she’s too politically unseasoned to win November’s open-seat race against Democrat Chris Coons.
O’Donnell told Bill O’Reilly that scientists have created mice that possess human brains; she said on “Politically Incorrect” that she would not lie to Nazis if she was hiding Jews in her house; and she reportedly said that women should not be permitted entry to military service institutions.
The left has also criticized her denunciation of masturbation.
What, no one of the right wing masturbates? (Or I suppose that they do, but they feel horribly guilty afterward and they lie about it.)
Actually, the masturbation prohibition brouhaha to me is more serious than a funny little sexual joke. To me it goes to O’Donnell’s apparent willingness to force her own crackpot religious beliefs upon others while still claiming to be a slave to “liberty” and “freedom,” as she and her ”tea-partying” ilk do. (It’s freedom and liberty for them, you see. Fuck the rest of us.)
If I could say just one thing to her, I suppose that it would be: Stay out of my man pants, Christine!
In fairness to O’Donnell, her comment about human brains and mice brains might have been misquoted or she might have misspoken. She might actually have commented, or meant to have said, that some human beings possess the brains of mice. That is entirely believable. It would explain the existence of the “tea party.”
I most certainly would lie to any Nazis if I had Anne Frank holed up in my house, although hopefully I’d have left the Nazi-occupied country before it even came to the point that I had to deal with any of the Nazis.
I don’t know why anyone — anyone — would join the U.S. military these days when the U.S. military hasn’t been about actual defense since World War II, but has only acted as taxpayer-funded thugs for the corporatocrats and plutocrats, and has only kept the leech of the military-industrial complex perpetually fat with the lifeblood of the tax-paying people, but I don’t believe in discriminating against anyone who is stupid enough to actually join the U.S. military who meets reasonable requirements, such as a minimum age and minimum physical fitness. (Hell, maybe the U.S. military, for all of the damage that it does to us, at least helps to clean our gene pool…)
Anyway, O’Donnell already has demonstrated, amply, that she isn’t fit to serve as dog catcher, which even the head of Delaware’s Repugnican Party stated. (The same news article recounts O’Donnell’s blatant lie that she won two of Delaware’s three counties against Joe Biden in 2008 when, in fact, she didn’t win one county. [That can't be a misstatement. That can only be a blatant fucking lie.])
If the voters of Delaware actually elect Christine O’Donnell, they’ll get what they deserve, just as the majority of Americans who just allowed BushCheneyCorp to steal the White House in late 2000 got what they deserved, including the current economic meltdown, as it was foreseeable. (Unfortunately, the rest of us Americans have had to suffer, too.)