First, some of our critics have suggested that I have endorsed Christine O’Donnell for the U.S. Senate. I have not, have merely indicated that if I had to choose between her and her Democratic opponent, Chris Coons, I would vote for her, the candidate less likely to support Obama’s big-government agenda and more likely to vote to cut the size and scope of the federal leviathan.
In my six post-primary posts on this race, I chose my words carefully because I did not want to appear enthusiastic about a candidate about whom I have some concerns (as indicated in my pre-primary posts). When our reader Niall commented to one of those posts, “O’Donnell is on the right side on a lot of issues, but her evangelical Christian leanings give me cause for concern“, I responded, “ditto that” because he well (and succinctly) articulated my current position.
It’s not that evangelical Christian leanings per se are a bad thing. In many cases, they are not, but some evangelicals often have some pretty narrow views of “homosexuals” (as they like to call us).
Since posting that piece, I have learned that the nominee said some pretty odd (and even mean) things in the 1990s (when she was in her 20s) and had some, shall we say, strange associations, as we learn from a former ex-gay, once her associate. But, from our reader Firelight, I learned that the Delaware Republican has a lesbian sister who supports her Senate bid.
Perhaps, her views have changed in the intervening years. Right now, I don’t have enough information to weigh in on how her thinking has evolved — and what impact her sister’s coming out has had on her views.
I have reached out to her sister who lives near me so I can ask more directly. Until I hear back, I will refrain from commenting about this particular election, save how the victory helps us understand the dynamics of the current election year.
Let us hope that other bloggers who are writing about Miss O’Donnell will make an effort to understand how her views on homosexuality may have changed in the past decade.
UPDATE: Reader alerted me to this piece which tries to put O’Donnell’s past remarks in context.