O’Donnell’s Followers See the Light

August 19th, 2011 at 9:49 am | 27 Comments |

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Christine O’Donnell, stuff Delaware’s thrice-failed United States Senate candidate and Tea Party diva, has officially jumped the shark.

By all indications, sales of her recently released book Troublemaker are anaemic at best.  There is no interest and no oxygen in the room. Her moment has passed.

Moreover, O’Donnell continues to be haunted by many of the same problems that plagued her candidacy in 2010, including questions about her veracity and difficulties getting along with the media, particularly when the media dares to ask hard questions.

As a result, even some local Tea Party leaders in Delaware have magically seen the light and have to begun back away from their associations with O’Donnell.

Take, for example, Eric Bodenweiser.  Bodenweiser is himself a failed candidate for local office.  He is also a former leader of a now-defunct conservative group called the “Sussex County Community Organized Regiment,” known as SCCOR for short.  After the election of President Obama, rather then marching south to join the forces assembling under General Beauregard on the Plains of Manassas, the Regiment merged with other groups to become the Sussex County 9-12 Patriots.  And Bodenweiser continues to be a prominent local conservative activist.

Yesterday, in a local radio interview, Bodenweiser distanced himself from O’Donnell and opined that her book is coming out at the wrong time.

Criticism from local Tea Party leaders and “conservative activists” is something new for O’Donnell.  It is a sign of her imminent disappearance from the national scene.

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27 Comments so far ↓

  • TAZ

    “I have not jumped the shark, I am you.”

  • Nanotek

    “FICTIO CEDIT VERITATI”

    Malum consilium quod mutari non potest.

  • Graychin

    “O’Donnell’s Follower Sees the Light” (Singular noun, singular verb.)

    Fixed it for you. One data point does not constitute a trend.

    One has to wonder when the “right time” would have been for O’Donnell’s book to come out.

    Even though we know that failure is an orphan while success has thousands of fathers, most Republican voters will continue to cling to their shark-jumped darling. They seem immune to “veritati,” preferring to cling to their “ficto.” After all, Ms. O’Donnell jumped the shark years ago – in interviews with Bill Mahr.

    • Jim in DE

      most Republican voters will continue to cling to their shark-jumped darling.

      The most hardcore of the hardcore, perhaps. O’Donnell’s a bit different … her enfant terrible act is so strong, that I think she can’t even keep friends on the right-wing media circuit. Now, these are only additional data points, but:

      (i) the morning guy on Philly’s conservative radio was hardly jumping to her defense in the wake of the Morgan thing. In fact, he had interviewed her the previous day and basically danced around the fact that he was wholly unimpressed with her without straight out saying it. The 9 o’clock guy he was handing off to, conversely, made no such secret of his contempt for her.

      (ii) her name is mud with the top conservative radio guy in Delaware, after she walked off his show during the campaign last year.

      (iii) I don’t watch Hannity, but I’ll note that I couldn’t find any clips of her on his show after her infamous comment last fall that he “was in her back pocket” — i.e., his show was a platform that she could access at her will.

      Radio and Fox News are the ones issuing the marching orders to the base … if they can’t be bothered with her, that sure ain’t good news for Christine’s prospects.

    • PracticalGirl

      “One has to wonder when the “right time” would have been for O’Donnell’s book to come out.”

      The “right time” would have been when the rabidly crazy, position-and-reality-free Tea Party frenzy was at its apex.

      O’Donnell was, at best, a regional candidate who had a short-lived flirtation with a subset of a fringe group. The tepid reception to her nationally released book is in keeping with her natural base. It was, is and always will be miniscule at best. The only reason that she gained national traction was through the efforts of media hell bent on exposing crazy to the nation- CNN televising a regional debate- or on using her to sell that crazy to the base a la Fox Noise and talk radio. O’Donnell can thank them all for the book contract, but the Tea Party was only interested in her as a battering weapon. She lost, ergo her purpose is dead. And so it goes, as it did with Joe the Plumber et al.

      As for very many GOPers continuing to jump the shark with O’Donnell…I don’t think it’ll happen. The newest flavor of crazy is Bachmann, who has a far larger platform from which the base can run the ramp as they grip her nuttiness. And there are others in line.

  • Madeline

    After the election of President Obama, rather then marching south to join the forces assembling under General Beauregard on the Plains of Manassas, the Regiment merged with other groups to become the Sussex County 9-12 Patriots.

    Rather than.

    Jesus, any decent spelling/grammar check program would catch that.

    • bubba11

      Maybe a grammar program, but not a spelling program, since “then” is not misspelled. My other favorite misuse of words is when people type, “He should of said . . .” when it should be He should “have” said. Anywho, nice to know that you actually read these articles.

  • dmnolan

    Look goods.

  • ottovbvs

    Yes she was always dispensable to the GOP and when she had outworn her usefulness as a means of riling up the faithful… she was dispensed with.

  • Diomedes

    “By all indications, sales of her recently released book Troublemaker are anaemic at best. There is no interest and no oxygen in the room”

    No worries. It’s not like O’Donnell or her followers really require that much oxygen.

  • Candy83

    The interview on Piers Morgan’s CNN series said enough. She’s done.

    • Lonewolf

      There’s a coda to her abbreviated interview; today she accused Mr. Morgan of “borderline sexual harassment” by asking her to explain her views on homosexuality.
      Like AM radio, she just keeps the hits a-comin’.

  • Rob_654

    Dang – when you are too crazy for the Tea Party that is indeed something…

  • Smargalicious

    Fictio,

    The American people have seen the light on your Messiah.

    His best bet would be to decline to run and blame racism.

    • PracticalGirl

      Non sequitur from a non thinker. There’s a certain symmetry, but your obsession with Barack Obama is borderline unhealthy.

    • jakester

      Sure Smarg, let’s make sure O’s successor is a thoughtless backwards ignoramus like Christine or Michelle Bachmann.

    • anniemargret

      You’re too cute by half, Mr. Smarg. Obama has more character in his little pinky than all the GOP candidates pretending to be ‘religious’ and ‘moral.’ If Obama loses, he has enough integrity to blame himself.

      And for the Messiah part of your screeds…look no further than the Palin/Bachmann/Perry Politico-Religio Cult-Like near fascists. You know, the ones who wear their religion on their sleeve so that everyone knows how righteous they are. Just pure as the driven snow!

      And who are bound and determined to make every American citizen fall into line with their version of Christianity. Very scary stuff indeed.

      There’s the ‘Messiahs’ for you.

  • anniemargret

    What a silly unserious woman. Yet another ‘hot’ babe from the GOP side of things, out to make a buck on the gullibles. Save us from these holier-than-thou types whose sole purpose is to enhance their portfolios.

    In O’Donnell’s case, she probably ran out of money and can’t find a job. And if she wants to change society according to her “christian’ principles, she can join the church and become a nun.

  • abrady

    Maybe now the media can “let her go”– no mention, no pictures, no coverage.

    She can retreat into obscurity, never to return to the national spotlight.

  • laingirl

    Let’s face it, if she had much to offer, Fox would have hired her to appear on one of their programs, which is something she expressed wanting during her second run for the senate. I’ve only seen clips of “Fox and Friends” and think she would have been a good fit for that show.

  • jakester

    It seems that only Palin is able to get away with her media shunning and bashing routine. Tine is on the bottom of the long slide down and will only be the butt of more Maher jokes.

  • zahnartz62

    She is a second level GOP clown..just to distract us… a la Snooki Palin. Every time I see her she reminds me of that popular singing group “The Chipmonks”.

  • nwahs

    I don’t think people much care about the Tea Party anymore. The funny hats were cute at first, but when they start screwing with people’s money the look more insane than cute.