Christine O’Donnell: “Evolution is a Myth”

Everyone else in the world is posting this, so there’s no reason for our humble blog to be left out of the fun. In case you’ve been living in a cave for the last week or two, O’Donnell is the Republican candidate for US Senate from Delaware.

Go ahead, click on the thing. It’s less than a minute long.

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8 responses to “Christine O’Donnell: “Evolution is a Myth”

  1. What was her claim to fame that got her on Maher’s show so many times?

  2. Doc Bill asks:

    What was her claim to fame that got her on Maher’s show so many times?

    You kidding? She was an attractive, bubbly ditzo. A personable ding-a-ling who probably didn’t even need a script. Just wind her up and let her babble. Great television material.

  3. On Bill O’Reilly’s show in 2007, she declared that scientists have created mice with fully functioning human brains. Yes, there is some research involving humans, mice and brains. No, “Pinky and the Brain” is not a reality, except in Christine’s World.

  4. Maybe someone can combine all the clips and publish them as “The Old Adventures of Young Christine.” She does look a bit like Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the “Seinfeld” days.

  5. Frank J, they have, but I don’t remember the exact web address, but it’s out there.

  6. Christine O’Donnell is the 2010 GOP “Crazy Aunt” Candidate Poster Child.

    [In all fairness, the Dems have no shortage of their own candidates for a corresponding position. The idiot who invited Steve Colbert to “testify” in-character before a Congressional committee this past week is only the latest example.]

    What do “Crazy Aunt” candidates like O’Donnell tell us about contemporary politics? For one thing, it tells us just how desperate the voters are to find a candidate who can be credibly trusted to cut government spending, reduce taxes, end bail-out boondoggles, and generally get the government out of the way of economy making a healthy recovery.

    In Delaware, they had to dig pretty deep into the barrel to come up with this apple. In short, the voters selection of a kook like O’Donnell to represent the GOP is indicative of just how out-of-touch both the GOP (and Dems, too) are with what voters really want. O’Donnell’s primary victory is all about the voters’ monomaniacal focus on economic issues, and their desire to end government meddling that they feel is only making matters worse, not better.

  7. Well hell. I waited too long and the vid’s been taken down on a copyright claim by HBO.

  8. Everything you ever needed to figure out O’Donnell is here:–made-and-broken-by-tv-15529

    I missed out on this because I wasn’t watching any TV from about 1994 – 2000.

    those media appearances in the mid-1990s were the jet fuel that propelled her later career, such as it has been. She was, at the time, an entirely new political creature: the kid TV pundit. This was an invention of the cable-TV explosion in the early 1990s, at the time of the creation of MSNBC, the Fox News Channel, and the expansion of Comedy Central. The Christian Science Monitor had a cable channel. There was even an all-conservative 24-hour channel, called National Empowerment Television (catchy, no?).

    This being TV, however, a premium was placed by some on youth and looks. MSNBC in particular had a concept: it was going to have pundits who looked and acted like the cast of Friends. This is no joke — they were actually called the “Friends” by MSNBC. They were to sit around the set wearing youthful clothing and banter about the news. That didn’t last long, but the channels did, and their proliferation and importance in the wake, first, of the O.J. Simpson murders, Whitewater, and l’affaire Lewinsky suddenly made every single person in America who had ever written an op-ed a (largely free) commodity. There was such an inexhaustible maw of time that nearly any member of the national punditocracy could find himself or herself on television three times a week, sitting like a cast member of The Brady Bunch in a gigantic checkerboard, with nine people screaming at once.

    It was in this context that Christine O’Donnell first started popping up. She was of particular value because she was young, pretty, and a raging extremist of the right. And, clearly, she was thrilled to be on TV. That’s why Bill Maher had her on his show Politically Incorrect so often, both on Comedy Central and when it migrated to ABC (as a late-night competitor to cable news). She could hold down the conservative chair and, to be blunt, say embarrassing, stupid, and excessive things that would discredit the very cause she was supposed to be there to represent. She even did so on programs that didn’t book her for that purpose, like The O’Reilly Factor, during which, in the course of a discussion of the important and complex issue of cloning, she began blathering dementedly about mice with human brains.

    Her standing as a kid pundit is crucial to understanding the reasons why she became a sacrificial-lamb candidate for the Delaware GOP for two cycles before 2010 — because she had some kind of name and some kind of media experience. She was obscure but had a catchy resume. And as a result of that and other things, she was present to catch a wave against Mike Castle, the mainstream liberal Republican who was the perfect foe for an insurgent movement with passion and seriousness of purpose behind it.

    Unfortunately, as O’Donnell’s behavior 15 years ago and now attest, there is little evidence of seriousness of purpose (like her workplace lawsuit in particular against the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, in which she demanded damages because she had trouble sleeping) and a great deal of evidence of her fundamental silliness. Booking and canceling television interviews and bouncing around confusedly in the wake of her victory have not inspired confidence in the voters of Delaware. After the election, assuming the tsunami doesn’t manage miraculously to carry her over, she will have a second career on the conservative circuit blaming the mainstream media for harming her candidacy.