You have a three-term sitting U.S. Senator who clings to a lead in most polls going on national television and making things up about her record on tax cuts. Babbling and incoherent, she is confused about her own record and dishonest about her accomplishments. The CNN anchor has to jump in to save her. If a Republican talked like this, his fellow partisans would press him to retire.
The mainstream media barely notices Barbara Boxer’s babbling, instead dwelling on the alleged constitutional illiteracy of a candidate struggling to gain traction in the polls while ignoring her opponent’s inability to “name the five freedoms in the First Amendment.” O’Donnell does seem to be an even match for that opponent, a man who graduated from a “college” founded under questionable circumstances.
Chrstine O’Donnell may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but she’s no duller than Boxer or Washington State’s Patty Murray. When do we hear of their gaffes, gaffes which are legion?
And heck, the Delaware Republican is right to ask “Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?” Guess what? It’s just not there.*
It makes headlines when a Republican woman says something which appears dim-witted to those spinning reporting the news. But, when a Democratic woman blathers on incoherently, the MSM just look the other way. Guess they expect such bizarre misrepresentations from career politicians like Boxer.
Isn’t that what they call the soft bigotry of low expectations?
*UPDATE: Law professor Ann Althouse agrees & defends O’Donnell:
Plainly, the Constitution does not say “separation of church and state,” so there’s nothing stupid there. It’s provocative, because many people like that gloss on the text. . . . Suffice it to say that it was not stupid for O’Donnell to say “That’s in the First Amendment?” — because it’s not. Coons was presenting a version of what’s in the cases interpreting the text, not the text itself.
Read the whole thing. Via Instapundit.