She’s Back!

December 14th, 2011 at 1:55 pm | 29 Comments |

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Last night, the most coveted endorsement in the Republican presidential primary was secured by Mitt Romney.

Ending months of intense speculation, Tea Party diva and thrice-failed Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell threw her support behind the former Massachusetts Governor’s bid to secure the nomination on the Sean Hannity Show.

O’Donnell’s endorsement follows a national listening tour that apparently drew crowds of, in at least one instance, a dozen people–if her father and her staff are included. Participants had to sign a confidentiality and nondisclosure agreement before being admitted to the secret sessions at which O’Donnell sought advice from her legion of fans and supporters on who to endorse. The tour included stops in Florida and Iowa, but apparently skipped southern Delaware, the region primarily responsible for her 2010 primary upset of Representative Mike Castle.

One would think Mitt Romney would distance himself from any association with the toxic and troubled O’Donnell, but such isn’t the case. Instead, Romney welcomed O’Donnell’s announcement with the following statement: “Christine has been a leader in the conservative movement for many years. Christine recognizes that excessive government threatens us now and threatens future generations, and I am pleased to have her on my team.” Romney was silent about what O’Donnell’s role on his “team” will be- perhaps they have an opening for a sorcerer, a magician, or an expert on the perils of human-mice hybridization? Or perhaps he’s pegged her as a political advertising consultant?

We’ve come a long way from the days when Ronald Reagan dodged an endorsement by the John Birch Society by famously quipping “they are accepting my philosophy, I’m not accepting theirs.” In this respect, the promotion and legitimization of “leaders” like O’Donnell by conservative entertainers and politicians such as Hannity and Romney highlights the fundamental problem facing today’s GOP. We don’t stand up to crazy, we embrace it.

I studied hard in college, went to law school, and have always tried to inform myself about important issues so that I’d have the ability to participate in a meaningful and substantive way in our national discussion.

Apparently I was a fool.

I’d be on Hannity right now too if I had mastered the art of saying goofy and ridiculous things, with conviction, on television.

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29 Comments so far ↓

  • reno46

    That is exactly what I say all the time. I would be making much more money in an idiotic think tank or on FOX if I just spoke crazy. I just can’t do it though.

  • heap

    my manboobs don’t look as good in a red blazer, either.

    if that isn’t a requirement, it sure doesn’t hurt.

  • Frumplestiltskin

    the perils of human-mice hybridization
    Thanks for that, I forgot that staggering leap of stupidity on her part. This is what she said:
    “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.”
    This is so idiotic on so many levels it has to rate up there with the all time stupid things ever said by a politician. I simply can’t imagine how her mind functions. Does she think mice now sit around playing bridge or smoking cigarettes after “breeding” with people?
    I thought Romney showed something by ignoring the Donald and his debate, but I guess I was wrong.
    Do I see a Romney-O’Donnell ticket on the horizon?

  • Reflection Ephemeral

    Y’know, I was going to say that it’s not worth holding up this not-all-that-public figure up for ridicule, but your point about Romney’ response is dead on.

    All the old stereotypes that I used to hear about the Democrats– that they’re embracing unpopular, counterproductive policies because they’re beholden to irrational special interests and pressure groups– apply ten times more accurately to today’s GOP.

    I studied hard in college, went to law school, and have always tried to inform myself about important issues so that I’d have the ability to participate in a meaningful and substantive way in our national discussion. Apparently I was a fool.

    Yep. That’s not the way to rise in the ranks in today’s GOP. If you’re willing to tell Bill O’Reilly that everything he says is right, and write a book complaining about the daggnabbed liberal media, though, you can be on prime time TV a few times a week. If you disagree, you’re an elitist pointy-headed nattering nabob of negativity. What do expertise and factual accuracy have to do with anything?

    I wrote about James Fallows– who pointed out that O’Donnell, unlike Sarah Palin, seemed unflappable in her debate because her years as a talk-show regular had banished any self-doubt, no matter how little she knew about anything– & Neil Postman’s views on all this a while back: http://www.poisonyourmind.com/2011/09/its-like-theyre-proud-of-being-ignorant/

    In the post-policy world of the Republican Party and the media, a guy like Donald Trump or Perry can become a GOP frontrunner simply by spouting off some insulting, fear-and-loathing-inducing buzzwords. … Postman notes that nothing could be more essential for reasoned discourse, or worse for television, than someone pausing to think for three seconds. When Postman wrote, people like George Bush Sr. and Brent Scowcroft– people of some accomplishment and intellectual ability– remained in high positions in the Republican Party. There’s very little of either left in the GOP today. As a wise man once said, “It’s no accident that one of the angry young GOP freshmen got his start on an MTV reality TV show. It’s the same skill set.”

  • Baron Siegfried

    I really hate to point this out, but the oppo team over at the DNC has got to be alternating between dumbfounded looks at each other and gales of hysterical laughter. At my morning coffeeklatch the topic of O’Donnell’s endorsement came up, and judging from the expressions on people’s faces (which oft belied their words) Mitt just blew off several toes and ruined his Gucci loafers.

    Even the guys who are red meat teabaggers had an embarrassed look and tended to mumble their responses. Fox and that ilk may have crushes on O’Donnell, but to an awful lot of conservatives, she’s one of the ones whose painfully amateurish and incompetent campaign performance cost them control of the Senate.

    Being endorsed by a winner is one thing, being endorsed by a perennial loser whose lack of rationality made her a national laughing stock is quite another. If Mitt does get the nomination, you can bet that this one is going to jump up and bite him on his a. . . nkle.

  • Cinghiale

    “…threw her support behind the former Massachusetts Governor’s bid to secure the nomination on the Sean Hannity Show.”

    That’s some bad writing.

  • jakester

    While she is a dim bulb, I can’t see her endorsement hurting Mitt either.

  • rbottoms

    The stupid, it burns!!!

  • PracticalGirl

    I just heard that Gary Busey has “withdrawn” his endorsement of Newt Gingrich for now. Perhaps he just wants to get on the O’Donnell/Romney train.

    Silly season comes early and often.

  • nhthinker

    “I’d be on Hannity right now too if I had mastered the art of saying goofy and ridiculous things, with conviction, on television.”

    No- not unless you have a name… 4 articles on O’Donnell under an alias?
    Did you heed her advice on masturbation or is O’Donnell a special guilty fetish of yours that you need to keep anonymous?

    I’m anonymous, but then, I’m not trying to get on Hannity.

  • Houndentenor

    There’s a theory out there that the truly wackadoo fringe of the GOP consists of Democratic plants. I wish Democrats were that organized and creative. I really do. Unfortunately I think O’Donnell and Angle and their cohorts are for real. Both parties have their lunatic fringe. Historically they hid the crazy in the back and never let them near a microphone. The sane Republicans seem to have left the party or at least are on a long sabbatical from public life and now the crazies are given free reign. It’s an embarrassment to our country that some of these nutjobs were real candidates who had a chance of being elected.

  • andydp

    I’m thinking the “sound of one hand clapping”.

    This woman is an embarassment to anyone that considers themselves a “conservative” in the Goldwater/Reagan mold/Buckley. As such, a legitimate candidate would be distancing themselves as much as possible from the “Wiccan Candidate”. In the loony “Bizarro World” GOP that is currently in vogue, this is perfectly normal.

    • andydp

      I just heard this on the Today show: Christine on Romney

      He’s been consistent since he’s changed his mind…

      • LFC

        “Christine on Romney”

        Is this the slippery slope of wind tunnel on robot sex that Rick Santorum warned us about?

  • Okie Exile

    Maybe he’s hoping that he can regain his campaign momentum and get turned into a Newt.

  • Graychin

    Has Sarah Palin made an edosement yet? Republican primary voters crave her wisdom in this season of indecision.

  • valkayec

    Actually, I feel sorry of Romney. He’s trying so hard to appeal to the radical right, whom I believe he does not actually support, that he’s degrading his own wisdom. He’s right to say Gingrich is erratic; yet, he’s being called by both sides of political spectrum something of a traitor for pointing out Gingrich’s crazy ideas.

    If this GOP primary were not being controlled by the most ill-informed, most radical, most belligerent members of the party towards which the thinking members of the party leadership are completely afraid, O’Donnell and her ilk would be laughed off the stage or ignored…just as Buckley treated them decades ago. Now, it appears that people like her own the party, in part because they are easily manipulated by special interests (think Dick Armey, et al) who have chosen to use the Tea Party for their own gain.

    Romney might have made a decent candidate for the GOP, but he’s fighting against a whirlwind of radical, irresponsible thinking that came into being as a result of GW Bush, libertarian – albeit pro bank – ideology spouted on CNBC and Dick Armey’s gang of cohorts.

    The same thing happened in the ’30s as a result of economic fear and in the 40s as a result of war fear and in the 50s as a result of the trumped-up commie threat. For some reason, too many Americans jump off the deep end as a result of fear…and a lot of politicians use those fears to further their own ambitions.

    It’s pitiful.

  • anniemargret

    I would surmise that Romney was a better and more honest man years ago than he is now. How awful it must be to sell your own soul to win an election. Nothing is more precious than your own integrity and self-awareness and dedication to truth.

    I was appalled by his joy with COD. She is a nauseating figure, selfish and self-serving, offering absolutely nothing but simplistic and faux christian ideology to a gullible fan base, who I would assume is down to a microcosm since American have figure out her game.

    Romney should have had the good grace to say nothing…nothing would have been the best answer, instead of a glib and phoney high five to her.

    He is still rolling in the dirt, so is Gingrich. Terrible candidates for the Presidency.

    • medinnus

      “How awful it must be to sell your own soul to win an election. ”

      I’ll check with McCain and get back to you.

      • nhthinker

        …like starting your political career in the living room of an unrepentant terrorist?

        • jquintana

          “How awful it must be to sell your own soul to win an election.”

          You just described every single politician in America, from local tax collector to president.

    • smajor

      Seeing as he already sold his soul making millions of dollars Gekko style, I can’t say I’m terribly shocked at this behavior. I think he used to be better at pretending to be a decent guy, but deep down he’s always been an elitist who will do anything to get what he wants. Of course, in a Ven diagram the set of all such people would almost completely contain the set of all politicians…

  • NRA Liberal

    I believe the correct orthography of “back” in this context is “ba-aaack”.

  • Probabilistic

    Romney was silent about what O’Donnell’s role on his “team” will be

    Her role will be to convince the world: “He’s not a ‘bot. He’s you!” (Plus, extra 10G wad of cash in pocket to throw around)