Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Christine at her best

I'm uncomfortably aware that I keep zeroing in (see here) on Christine O'Donnell's scary nonsense, but who can resist? Not her fellow Republicans, it seems! Or even herself...

Today, in an exchange with her opponent Chris Coons during a radio debate, it became apparent that dear Christine has no clue about the separation of church and state, which is very clearly stated in the First Amendment. Politico tells us that this was a true foot-in-mouth moment, given that she was the one who brought it up by asking "Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?" When informed of the text of the First Amendment, her initial response was "You’re telling me the First Amendment does?" She then repeated this with "That's in the First Amendment?" Oh dear. In addition, we now learn that Sharron Angle is with Christine on this issue - surprise.

UPDATE: Here's Christine's, um, rebuttal to this brouhaha on her website: "In this morning's WDEL debate, Christine O'Donnell was not questioning the concept of separation of church and state as subsequently established by the courts. She simply made the point that the phrase appears nowhere in the Constitution. It was in fact Chris Coons who demonstrated his ignorance of our country's founding documents when he could not name the five freedoms contained in the First Amendment." I honestly cannot see how she squares this with her original question (see above). Talk about stretching the truth!

Witchy woman!
Her fellow Republican, Newt Gingrich, criticized her yesterday for her now-infamous "I am not a witch, I'm you" ad. There's this irresistible quote from Christine: "One of my first dates with a witch was on a satanic altar and I didn't know it. I mean, there was a little blood there and stuff like that... We went to a movie and then had a little picnic on a satanic altar."

And on Sunday's This Week on ABC, Meghan McCain - John McCain's daughter - commented that she thought Christine is a "nutjob." Daddy is not happy.

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