Meghan McCain On Bits Of The Tea Party.
The Torygraph has a funny piece on Christine O’Donnell:
“Miss McCain, a Republican who is making a name for herself as an outspoken pundit, said what many party colleagues have been afraid of uttering publicly.
She is moderate who supports gay marriage, has criticised her father’s vice-presidential running mate Sarah Palin and taken issue with the anti-tax Tea Party for its “innate racism”.
Miss O’Donnell, 41, is a Tea Party darling.
She is trailing badly in the Delaware Senate race, is best known for having spoken out against masturbation and admitting she had “dabbled” in witchcraft.
Her first television campaign advertisement began with her saying: “I am not a witch.”
“Well, I speak as a 26-year-old woman and my problem is that, no matter what, Christine O’Donnell is making a mockery of running for public office,” Miss McCain said on ABC News. “She has no real history, no real success in any kind of business.
“It scares for me for a lot of reasons. In my group of friends, it turns people off because she’s seen as a nut job.” “
Very brave words, cos if Ms. McCain wakes up one day with pin holes in her then we’ll know the rumours about Christine O’Donnell are true, very brave 🙂
Update 1: Nick Lowles has more on some anti-Obama types:
“So you can imagine my surprise when I came across some anti-Obama activists outside the White House this afternoon. I was even more surprised to find them to be supporters of Lyndon LaRouche, well known to us at Searchlight for his right wing conspiratorial views.
There were about seven LaRouche activists there, some with placards with pictures of Obama with a Hitler moustache.
After taking a few photos I went over and struck up conversation with one of the people there. “Wasn’t it unfair to link Obama to Hitler?” I asked. “No,” came the reply. According to this woman the same people and institutions that funded Hitler were funding Obama – including, she told me, the Bank of England. hmmmm.”
Update 2: Ms. O’Donnell is very shaky on a key part of North American politics, the US constitution:
“The US constitution has its quirks but it is crystal clear on one issue: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” begins the first amendment, adopted in 1791. But more than 200 years later, its meaning appears to be lost on Christine O’Donnell, the Tea Party favourite running for a US Senate seat.
At a debate today for the Delaware Senate seat once occupied by Vice President Joe Biden, O’Donnell appeared to be nonplussed by the wording of the first amendment, repeatedly returning to the subject and sounding incredulous after her Democratic opponent Chris Coons attempted to explain it to her.
When Coons told her the text of the constitution prohibited government from establishing any religion, O’Donnell replied in apparent bewilderment: “You’re telling me that’s in the first amendment?”
Minutes earlier, the audience at Widener Law School in Delaware had laughed in derision when O’Donnell asked: “Where in the constitution is the separation of church and state?”
Not only is the first amendment perhaps the most famous part of the constitution but the “establishment clause”, as it is known, is the subject of legal precedent stretching back into the 19th century. No less an authority than Thomas Jefferson, one of the constitution’s authors, declared the clause’s aim to build “a wall of separation between church and state”.
While O’Donnell’s campaign was quick to attempt damage limitation, saying that the words “separation of church and state” appear nowhere in the constitution, the gaffe does O’Donnell no favours as her campaign unravels and she trails far behind Coons in latest opinon polls.”