Christine O’Donnell versus Carl Paladiano

Christine O’Donnell was the Republican nominee for Senate in 2008.  Nobody noticed, because she wasn’t going to win.  Skip forward to 2010, and she is receiving a lot of attention, even though her General election result will be about the same.  You do have to admire the “Tea Party” Movement for one thing: they had a clear Primary Election Choice — pick one and there will be a Republican Senator in Delaware, pick the other and there will be a Democratic Senator in Delaware.   In this respect, it was a clearer choice than any other state where the Tea Party candidate upended the Republican Establishment pick.  They chose the latter.

I remember Christine O’Donnell from her many appearances on “Politically Incorrect” with Bill Maher.  The one appearance I remember — and I don’t really know why — had her on the same show as Marilyn Manson.  You remember that guy?  She insisted on calling him by his real name.  It seemed to be the crux of her battle — I guess it’d gain some psychological advantage for her.

By the way — Karl Rove?  Liberal!

They said only Mike Castle could beat this guy.  Mike Castle couldn’t even beat a woman with all this character rectitude, all this baggage that has been labeled on her and dumped on her.  I suppose that’s the price one pays for a Republican voter roll shrunken.

All these problems that she has, paying off loans and so forth? Who the hell doesn’t?  Who the hell hasn’t had a run-in with the IRS?  So she’s had a run-in with the IRS.  That’s a resume enhancement to a lot of people!
Put a “D” behind her name, or find yourself a “RINO”, and I doubt this argument would be made. 

Anyway… we’re all making fun of her “Saviors Alliance for Truth” comments against Masturbation, and the like.  Somehow that quotation from an MTV appearance gets cut off before the real punchline:
“The reason that you don’t tell them that Masturbation is not the answer to AIDS and the other problems that come with sex outside of marriage is that, again, it is not addressing the issue…
You’re going to be pleasing each other.  And if he already knows what pleases him and he can please himself, than why am I in the picture?”
Don’t know.

Anyway… skip over to the New York Republican Gubernatorial winner, and we see an interesting split in the “Tea Party”:

An online news outlet in New York state has obtained dozens of emails, many of them racist and sexually graphic, which it reports were sent by Carl Paladino, the Tea-Party-backed Republican candidate for governor of New York, to a long list of political and business associates. One email shows a video of an African tribal dance, entitled “Obama Inauguration Rehearsal,” while another depicts hardcore bestiality.

Paladino’s campaign manager, Michael Caputo, would not comment on specific emails, but acknowledged to TPMmuckraker that Paladino had sent emails that were “off-color” and “politically incorrect,” saying that few such emails represented the candidate’s own opinion. Caputo accused Democrats of wanting to change the subject from substantive issues to “having sex with horses.”

From one extreme to the other.  Though, Carl Paladiano represents something else: the equivalency of O’Donnell’s 2008 Senate run — nobody was going to beat Andre Cuomo anyway, so what?

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