In Delaware, the winner is….
….wingnut right-wing crazy Christine O’Donnell, fresh from endorsements by Sarah Palin and Jim DeMint, whose most high-profile political position is her suggestion that the government should ban masturbation. (UPDATE: a couple of readers object to this, pointing out that she has never explicitly said this. Okay; they have a point. So: she has spoken out against masturbation and said “abstinence is not enough”; she said that age-appropriate sex education would teach children that strangers with candy are “not so creepy”; she helped market The Passion of the Christ; she thinks that stem cell research is human cloning; and she repeatedly made anti-gay slurs against Castle and questioned his sexuality. That’s bad enough).
In this election cycle, one GOP Senate nominee (Joe Miller) thinks unemployment insurance is unconstitutional; another thinks that major parts of the Civil Rights Act are unconstitutional (Rand Paul); and a third thinks that citizens should resort to “Second Amendment remedies” if they don’t like the federal government and sponsored a bill based upon the ideas of L. Ron Hubbard (Sharron Angle). And they all are mainstream in comparison to Christine O’Donnell.
Fortunately for the country, Delaware is still a blue state, and the Democrats have an outstanding candidate: New Castle County Executive Chris Coons, about whom I have blogged before. I’ve known him for 20 years. He is extremely intelligent, dynamic, and committed to public service. (He also has a wicked sense of humor that he will probably keep concealed on the campaign trail, unfortunately).
When he announced for this race, no one gave Chris much of a chance; Mike Castle has it in the bag, they said. But they didn’t count on the GOP’s immolation at the hands of its Frankenstein Tea Party.
Chris hasn’t gotten much help from the national Democratic Party. That will change, of course, but we should make sure we don’t blow this great opportunity to get a great Senator. Help out Chris here.