Being in Maryland, it’s odd how distant Delaware seems until you see something like the race for the Senate going on there now.
In a continuation of a trend that surfaced early during this primary cycle, a Tea Party candidate with loads of real ethical issues is set to beat the anointed Republican candidate.
Gail Collins wrote about the race on Friday and all of its implications.
I’m not sure if it’s a prerequisite for Tea Partiers to be from another planet — both in the realms of honesty and ethics — but Christine O’Donnell is out there:
O’Donnell has had a series of financial problems, and her disclosure form says she earned only $5,800 last year, although she claims she had other income that didn’t require disclosing. She said for years that she was a 1993 graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, but it turns out she actually got her degree … last week. And a conservative radio host was compelled to correct her when she claimed that she had won two counties in a 2008 race against Senator Joe Biden. That would have been quite a trick, given that Delaware has only three counties and she lost the election by 65 percent to 35 percent.
When caught in that lie, she shifted gears, but was nailed by a conservative radio talk show host:
“I meant tied,” she said, forcing the host to point out: “You didn’t tie him either.”
She also is on record regarding the important issue of masturbation. She’s against it. Because it’s a sin.
O’Donnell also has ties to an “ex-gay” ministry and apparently owes over $10,000 in back taxes. Reports indicate that she defaulted on a mortgage as well.
The Tea Party Express is sending $250,000 to bolster her campaign, and she has the stamp of approval from the reigning queen of the Tea Party Crowd, Sarah Palin.
In the run-up to the primary, Dems put up a placeholder candidate (a Delaware County Executive, Chris Coons) when it seemed that the GOP favorite (Mike Castle) had the race sewed up. He would have presented a real challenge, and the party apparatus threw in the towel early.
Things may be looking up for Democrats in Delaware, but I’m sure they’ll find some way to screw it up.
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