Daniel L. Gardner: Politician made gaffe way back in high school
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Christine O’Donnell won Delaware’s Republican Senatorial primary, beating highly favored Republican Mike Castle by about six-percentage points. Until her unlikely victory O’Donnell was hardly known outside little clusters of political groups scattered around Delaware, DC and places in between.

However, once upon a time in 1999, O’Donnell appeared on Bill Maher’s HBO program, “Politically Incorrect (PI),” while she was still in high school. When word began to spread about her cavorting on stage with the likes of Maher, her reputation began to take some serious hits!

That the mainstream national liberal media are taking any notice of O’Donnell who trails her Democratic opponent by eleven-percent in the polls is a hoot. Rather than covering her stands on issues like the economy, jobs, healthcare, deficit and debt, national media are running her appearance on PI in which she says she had dabbled in witchcraft with some of her high school friends.

What a shocker! While O’Donnell dabbled in witchcraft, her normal classmates played with Quija boards. It’s almost as if O’Donnell had claimed in front of a national audience she had not had sex with that man, or that truant officers in her school had acted stupidly. It’s not like she’s asking the electorate to trust her judgment so she can ruin…uh, I mean run the whole nation.

As far as I know, O’Donnell has never said we have 57 states in the U.S., or 500 million people in America, or that the Catholic Church has taken no stand against abortion.

Politicians making gaffes is so de rigueur these days the White House has stopped writing scripts for Joe Biden. Joe’s such a natural gaffer he doesn’t even need a teleprompter.

All seriousness aside, Bob Bechtel, a national Democratic strategist and commentator, sidestepped O’Donnell’s witchcraft comments in favor of questioning her handling of her own finances, not paying taxes, and charges of using campaign funds to pay her mortgage and college loans. He might as well have been accusing her of running as a Democrat.

With her record of mishandling her personal taxes, O’Donnell may stand a good chance of working in Treasury or Charlie Wrangle’s office if she doesn’t win in November. Crossing party lines is no longer headline news. Mike Castle talked with President Obama immediately following his loss to O’Donnell, though we have no record he’s talked with any Republicans.

Florida’s Governor, Charlie Crist, has jumped from the GOP ship to run as an Independent in hopes of getting more hugs from President Obama in DC. Alaska Republican Senator, Lisa Murkowski is running against Joe Miller…again…as a write-in candidate in Alaska’s senatorial race. Crist and Murkowski are just two RINOs (Republican In Name Only) who are looking for refuge in this season’s campaign storm.

Sarah Palin may be the only Republican on the planet who believes O’Donnell can win in November. Maybe she can beat her Democratic opponent who has referred to himself as a tax raising, bearded Marxist. But, you won’t hear that in the mainstream media!

Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, MS. You may contact him at , or interact with him on the Clarion-Ledger feature blog site http://www.clarionledger.com/section/blogs06
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