Democrats will keep Delaware seat, but look at the bright side

Now that Christine O’Donnell has won the GOP Senate primary in Delaware, Democrats will definitely retain Joe Biden’s old Senate seat. It’s not because O’Donnell is too conservative — it’s because of her numerous and serious personal issues.

(For those seeking specifics, there are plenty.

  • Her lawsuit against ISI for “mental anguish” is exhibit A. It even contains an apparent lie about her seeking a Master’s Degree at Princeton.
  • Exhibit B is her lies about having a college degree all these years — and no, she didn’t simply finish paying loans, as she implies. People who take student loans use them to pay their schools, and they get their degrees. She did not until 20 years later.
  • Exhibit C is the fact that she has no apparent income, then she admitted to John McCormack that she has concealed income by leaving it off her financial disclosures.
  • Exhibit D is the fact that she appears to be paying her personal rent with her campaign money, which is completely illegal.
  • Exhibit E is the question about whether O’Donnell’s home was foreclosed. These three points suggest we have a grifter who understands conservative rhetoric.
  • Exhibit F is her false claims that she “tied” or “beat” Joe Biden in two counties in 2008.
  • Exhibit G is her campaign’s assertion that Scott Rasmussen is a tool of Mike Castle’s campaign.
  • Exhibit H is her campaign’s deliberate stoking of rumors that Mike Castle would switch parties or has cut a deal with the Biden family to hand the seat over to Beau Biden in four years.
  • Exhibit I is her former campaign staff’s video accusing Mike Castle (baselessly) of a homosexual affair, followed by O’Donnell calling him “unmanly.”
  • Exhibit J is her paranoia over who’s hiding in the bushes and vandalizing her house.
  • Exhibit K…well, you get the picture.)

This is just the year for a candidate to win with a campaign based almost entirely on paranoid rhetoric about the party establishment trying to do her in. Expect to hear more, but also expect that more O’Donnell’s will mean fewer citizen-candidates in the future, because she will hurt the credibility of tea partiers. I don’t expect the Democratic nominee, Chris Coons, to waste any time by debating her.

There is something to be said for taking a chance in order to get a better senator — for nominating a serious conservative over an “electable” moderate like Charlie Crist or Arlen Specter. I’m all for it. I like the idea that someone like O’Donnell can win. If only it wasn’t her.

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