Thursday, September 23, 2010

Christine O'Donnell, In Brief

Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday took a call from a man who was critical of Delaware's GOP candidate, Christine O'Donnell, for "many outlandish and ridiculous statements." The conversation in part went like this:

RUSH: Well, give me some outlandish, ridiculous statement that Palin's made or that O'Donnell's made.

CALLER: Well, you can go back and there's a whole --

RUSH: Give me a couple, 'cause I can quote all kinds of ridiculous stupid stuff Biden said that Obama has said, that Ted Kennedy said, Harry Reid said, and they don't demonize them, they laud them, they make them heroes. Tell me something outrageous and outlandish Christine O'Donnell said.

CALLER: Well, I think it's outlandish that she was involved in witchcraft and that's not been taken to issue, for example, with the Fox network, whereas if that had been a Democrat who was running Fox would be all over it, they would have a witchcraft special. I think a lot of her comments on abstinence --

RUSH: You know, she dabbled in witchcraft and found out she didn't like it. She had a boyfriend dealing with it. She did it in high school! In the meantime, we have president who's destroying the United States economy! To me, that's outlandish! We have a man who's lying through his teeth about what he's doing with health care. We've got a disconnect. Outlandish? Witchcraft? And Joe Biden says he's number two in line for the presidency when he's number one? God, I wish he was number two, but that would make Pelosi number one. We're screwed! Snerdley, I appreciate that you want to try to find liberal callers. Can you find some that are not filled with cliches? Maybe it is impossible.

Just before cutting his caller off (you didn't expect anything else, did you?), Rush asked him to "Tell me something outrageous and outlandish Christine O'Donnell said."

We'll start with monkey cloning and move on to condoms.

On November 15, 2007, Bill O'Reilly interviewed Dr. William Morrone, a family doctor and medical researcher in Michigan, and then-political consultant Christine O'Donnell:

O'DONNELL: ... these groups admitted that the report that said, "Hey, yay, we cloned a monkey. Now we're using this to start cloning humans." We have to...

O'REILLY: Let them admit anything they want. But they won't do that here in the United States unless all craziness is going on.

O'DONNELL: 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.

O'REILLY: Alright. Doctor...

MORRONE: That's an exaggeration.

O'REILLY: you understand — do you understand her concern that there are people who are unethical who will do this kind of stuff for whatever reason? Do you understand her concern?

MORRONE: I understand her concern, but to me, the position of head in the sand is saying, "Don't do it; don't get involved; and don't set up guidelines." I'm saying this is the time to talk about it and this is the time to take it into alot of consideration.

O'Donnell's claim doesn't pass the smell test even with O'Reilly, who then remarks "I think it has to be very closely regulating (sic)."

Ms. O'Donnell has had a few things to say about condoms over the years:

According to Media Matters, she was quoted in The Washington Times on 12/1//95 as saying

We're doing a great disservice to our young people because the only protection is abstinence, as condoms have been proven fallible....The federal government should not be telling young people to use condoms....It's also an insult to teenagers, reducing them to the level of a dog that can't control its hormones.

Apparently, O'Donnell not only finds condoms distasteful, she also has a couple of misconceptions about them. According to Think Progress, on 12/17/99 she remarked on GOP TV's Hannity & Colmes

Even not from a moral perspective, if you take it just purely from a health perspective, condoms will not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases. There’s a 20 percent failure rate that it will protect from pregnancy.

Condoms, apparently, are to be disliked, misunderstood, and falsely compared to drunk drivers (also on Hannity & Colmes and according to Think Progress, on 6/6/00):

go ahead and have a condom. That’s like saying, don’t drive drunk but if you do, make sure you wear your seat belt. It’s going to kill.

(Condoms, Christine, don't kill. But you already knew that. Presumably.)

Those are only a few of Christine's greatest hits, as noted by Think Progress, on subjects that range far beyond her favorite topic. Evidently, the nation is "having weekly shootings, practically" because of the absence of prayer in the public schools; the ACLU is "trying to institute a communist country;" and President Obama is "anti-American."

The Sopranos, however, "shows that America still has a longing for that traditional upbringing.” Because Barack Obama may be un-American but nothing says family values better than murder for fun and profit. Especially for a pro-life political consultant.

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