With the news of Tea Party-backed Christine O’Donnell’s victory in the Delaware Republican Senate primary, the Democrats have one more name to add to the list of crazy. We’ve known about Sharron Angle for months and about Michele Bachmann for years (see “Doubling Down on the Crazy”), but Ms. O’Donnell’s brand of wingnuttia may be new to our readers. So, as a public service, we are offering a compendium of crazy.
Ms. O’Donnell has publicly stated that:
– The kiss between Britney Spears and Madonna at MTV’s 2003 VMAs was pathetic and icky (or something to that effect).
– She is against nude sunbathing (Source: Transcript of Aug. 23, 2000 Fox News segment “Should Sunbathing in Buff be Banned Altogether?”).
“I mean, it is very difficult, I’m sure, for a man to sit there and stare at his girlfriend naked and not want to go a little bit further.”
– People with AIDS should not be called “victims” and that the disease is a consequence of their “lifestyle.” Of course, she is also against the use of condoms, which has been proven to stop the spread of the disease.
“We’re doing a great disservice to our young people because the only protection is abstinence, as condoms have been proven fallible….The federal government should not be telling young people to use condoms….It’s also an insult to teenagers, reducing them to the level of a dog that can’t control its hormones.” [Washington Times, 12/1/95]
– Abstinence-only programs have been an enormous success [Source: Hannity & Colmes, 6/6/00], even though they have proven not to work.
“Overwhelmingly, programs that teach abstinence only have an incredible success rate because you’re not giving them a confused message.”
– Co-ed dorm rooms will lead to “orgy rooms” [Source: Washington Times, 9/18/03].
Dorm life has evolved into a blending of the sexes, from coed buildings to coed floors, coed bathrooms and now even coed rooms,”
“What’s next? Orgy rooms? Menage a trois rooms?”
– Masturbation is a sin and a seriously disordered act. During her 1996 appearance on the MTV program, “Sex in the 90s”, O’Donnell stated:
“The Bible says that lust in your heart is committing adultery. You can’t masturbate without lust!”
“…if he already knows what pleases him, and he can please himself, then why am I in the picture?”
See the video here:
Clearly, Ms. O’Donnell has issues, but why should all of us suffer?
A recent study found that 93 percent of all Americans have masturbated and that the other 7 percent are liars. Okay, I made that one up, but you get the point. It’s a time-honored hobby that has even shown to have medicinal benefits for men in the fight against prostate cancer. But I suppose Ms. O’Donnell would counter that masturbation constitutes preventative medicine and should not be covered under any circumstances – either by the government or by private insurance.
Of course, if masturbation is a mortal sin, then the seventh level of hell must be more crowded than an L.A. freeway at rush hour. Talk about a bubble economy. I’ve single-handedly put one ginormous down payment on my future “Hellhole in Hades” condominium, although I hear it has a killer view of the boiling river of blood.
But perhaps Ms. O’Donnell’s clear aversion to human sexuality may be making her a bit paranoid.
According to one of Ms. O’Donnell’s campaign managers during her 2008 Senate race against Joe Biden, Ms. O’Donnell actually believed the current Vice President was tapping her phones.
Ms. O’Donnell believes that President Obama is anti-American (mostly because he didn’t vote for a bill that would have made English the official language).
And the doozy of them all, she stated on “The O’Reilly Factor” on Faux News in November of 2007 that she believed scientists have created mice with human brains.
“They are — they are doing that here in the United States. American scientific companies are cross-breeding humans and animals and coming up with mice with fully functioning human brains. So they’re already into this experiment.”
Of course, we all know that happened years ago over at Warner Brothers. But thankfully, all of The Brain’s efforts to take over the world have been thwarted to date.
But despite the obvious opportunity for snark, Democrats misunderestimate underestimate candidates like Ms. O’Donnell (and Christian theocrats like David Barton) at their peril. We have done it repeatedly in the past, and it has allowed them to present themselves as “mainstream.” Many of them will not be satisfied until we live in a Christian fundamentalist theocracy free from dissent or other religions. We at The Donkey Edge have written about this fact in our Beck University series here, here, and here.
But as Sam Stein reported yesterday in The Huffington Post, even O’Donnell herself believes the government can legislate morality (as long as its her kind of morality):
In a C-SPAN appearance the Huffington Post unearthed from December 1996, the Delaware Republican said it was a “misconception that you, quote unquote, can’t legislate morality.”
“The reality of that statement is that if you don’t legislate one morality then you are legislating somebody else’s morality,” she said. “So you can’t get around legislating morality.”
We also need to realize that, as crazy as these candidates have become, this strain of conservatism is nothing new.
Our good friend Digby has an excellent post detailing the fact that the Tea Party is nothing more than the amalgam of all the right-wing fringe groups coalescing under one banner. As usual, Digby hits it right on the head:
“One thing to remember, however — while these people have been around forever, this is the first time they have become a truly powerful institutional force in the Republican party. They have moved smartly into the vacuum left by the Cheney failure and they have done it in a time of crisis, which gives them opportunities they wouldn’t normally have. They are more dangerous today than usual and if they win these seats this fall they cause some very serious trouble.”
We may have thwarted The Brain, but we still have a ton of work to do to defeat this radical fringe. And it is a battle we must wage without end.
UPDATE: Video clip of O’Donnell admitting that she “dabbled in witchcraft” and once had a “little picnic on a satanic altar.” What will her Christian fundamentalist supporters say? Or is forgiveness only for those with an “R” by their name?