9/15/10

The Tea Party's Poster Child

So Christine O'Donnell has become the Tea Party's poster child. They poured more than a couple of hundred thousand bux of supporters' donations into the O'Donnell campaign, and sure as God made little green apples, O'Donnell beat RINO Mike Castle.

But what did they get?

O'Donnell is strange even by Republican standards, though she might do well here in Colorado. Here is an Examiner commentary from 6 September:

Delaware still looking for a credible Tea Party candidate

Well, today is 16 September, and since she won, O'Donnell is apparently "credible", at least in some fevered minds. But is this what we want in the US Congress:

Former O'Donnell campaign aides recently released a video on the Internet asking, “Isn't Mike Castle cheating on his wife with a man?” When asked about it on radio last week, O'Donnell unnecessarily repeated the unsubstantiated rumor twice in the process of distancing herself from it.

Also last week, O’Donnell told 
The Weekly Standard’s John McCormack that she fears for her safety during this campaign. “They’re following me,” she said. “They follow me home at night. I make sure that I come back to the townhouse and then we have our team come out and check all the bushes and check all the cars to make sure that—they follow me.”

O’Donnell then claimed someone vandalized her home during her 2008 run against Joe Biden. And who was that? “I’m not sure who did it, but I know for a fact that Mike Castle and [Delaware GOP chairman] Tom Ross were campaigning against me,” she said. “They’ve been sabotaging my candidacy since 2008.”


Come to think on it, she'll probably fit right in, there in Sodom-on-the-Potomac.

She sued a former employer for 'mental anguish' caused by 'gender discrimination' leading to her firing. However, the employer reports that she was fired for running a for-profit business on company time. O'Donnell dropped the suit in 2008, claiming she had run out of money.

Speaking of which, like Timmy "I'm too stupid to use TaxCut" Geithner, O'Donnell has had some 'issues' with the IRS, leading to that agency filing a tax lien against her. O'Donnell insists "... there wasn't even a tax lien ...", which is not true:

Christine O’Donnell: Errors, Mistakes, Smears, and Thug Politics

Then there's the house foreclosure on top of the tax 'issue':

In the case of the tax lien, O'Donnell said in March 2010 that she was being audited and the IRS agent she is working with was "perplexed" by the lien. O'Donnell, however, does owe $11,744.59 in taxes and penalties from the 2005 tax year, according to a lien filed by the IRS on March 2, 2010, the News Journal reported.Gibson, Ginger, Delaware News-Journal, "Delaware politics: O'Donnell faces campaign debt, back-tax issues," March 10, 2010(5)Gibson, Ginger, Delaware News-Journal, "Delaware politics: O'Donnell faces campaign debt, back-tax issues," March 10, 2010

Her mortgage holder also secured a default judgment against O'Donnell for $90,421.31 on May 13, 2008, a few months before the GOP primary when she would be selected to square off against Senator-turned-Vice President Joe Biden (D-Del.).Gibson, Ginger, Delaware News-Journal, "Delaware politics: O'Donnell faces campaign debt, back-tax issues," March 10, 2010(5)Gibson, Ginger, Delaware News-Journal, "Delaware politics: O'Donnell faces campaign debt, back-tax issues," March 10, 2010

The government would have sold the property in August, but O'Donnell moved to sell it to her then-boyfriend and Senate campaign attorney, Brent Vasher. She ultimately moved out of the property, however, though she said she never received a foreclosure notice.

"I had every intention of buying it back, eventually, even as of this fall I wanted to buy it back," she said. "I chose to run for office instead."Gibson, Ginger, Delaware News-Journal, "Delaware politics: O'Donnell faces campaign debt, back-tax issues," March 10, 2010(5)


There's also the niggling little detail of paying her rent - on the townhouse where the Democrats are lurking,but hopefully not masturbating, in the bushes - with campaign contributions, and not paying her staff.

If that isn't enough, here's more:

Why in God's name are conservatives supporting Christine O'Donnell

Sara Palin is O'Donnell's big endorser.

And now, so it appears, is the GOP:

GOP pledges support for O'Donnell

Yeah, the GOP. First they weren't, now they are.

The only good thing about this is that O'Donnell - in the event she is elected - will help negate the Democrat's supermajority. But she is as far right as Obama and the Dems are far left. Extremes are not good for any of us.