She has become the 2010 version of Sarah Palin, suddenly catapulting into the national spotlight.
When I first read about her past communion with crooked covens, it seemed the media were trying to hold her up as the new poster child of the Tea Party (as if such tea party favorites as Pat Toomey, Marco Rubio, Joe Miller and other thoughtful conservatives did not exist). With Miss O’Donnell as the face of the movement, they hope contend, it’ll be discredited in no time.
The media is going to help the Democratic Party’s national messaging, which is that the GOP is a party full of Christine O’Donnells, a party that wants to take away your Social Security and your right to masturbate. Well, maybe not that last part, but then again, the implicit message of the party is that the GOP is about to elect a slate of hard social rightists to Congress.
While he’s on the money on this one, I think he’s off the mark on several other points. (After this week, I don’t think the O’Donnell race will register much with voters outside Delaware.)
I think this tack will fail, indeed, backfire. When voters look at such sterling Republican candidates as Toomey, Miller, Rubio, Carly Fiorina, Rob Portman, Kelly Ayotte, Ron Johnson and Dino Rossi, they’ll see Republicans don’t fly around on broomsticks, but instead have backgrounds in business and public policy as well as a genuine commitment to sound conservative principles and real reform.