Tuesday, October 19, 2010

O'Donnell On The First Amendment: This Says A Lot

By Manifesto Joe

I had anticipated that once all these Tea Party candidates for Congress start having to open their mouths and wing it during campaigns, they would be revealed as the rank amateurs they are. As plastic and grubby as professional politicians can be sometimes, politics is a profession better left to professionals.

And who better than Christine O'Donnell of Delaware to commit the biggest faux pas (so far) of the midterm campaign: She questioned that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution separates church and state.

In case you don't believe it, here's a link to a breaking story on this from The Associated Press.

Following are excerpts from the AP report:

The exchange came in a debate before an audience of legal scholars and law students at Widener University Law School, as O'Donnell criticized Democratic nominee Chris Coons' position that teaching creationism in public school would violate the First Amendment by promoting religious doctrine. ...

"Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?" O'Donnell asked, a statement that drew laughter from the audience. When (Democratic nominee Chris) Coons returned to the topic a few minutes later, he said her comment "reveals her fundamental misunderstanding of what our Constitution is."

Delaware is a pretty blue state, with Vice President Joe Biden hailing from there. It was never likely that O'Donnell would be elected from that state even before this. Now, I suspect that the last nail in the coffin has been driven.

It never bothered me much that O'Donnell was on record as saying that she dabbled in witchcraft while she was in high school. Teenagers will do all manner of stupid things -- especially when they're stoned.

It bothers me a lot more that she doesn't appear to have been paying attention during high school civics class, and now she wants a seat in the U.S. Senate.

And if one of the Tea Party candidates is this ignorant, what might that indicate about the others? Nevada Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle, who is challenging Majority Leader Harry Reid, is on record as saying that she does not believe that the United States Constitution mandates the separation of church and state. (From Wikipedia)

By the way, Angle also favors U.S. withdrawal from the United Nations, a phase-out of Social Security and Medicare, and abolition of the minimum wage -- 1964 John Birch Society stuff. She also wants to abolish the U.S. Department of Education, a position that even O'Donnell seems to regard as too extreme.

They say you can't fix stupid. One of the regular features on Jay Leno's Tonight Show was Jay going out among the general public and asking tough questions like, "Who was the first U.S. president?" A rather surprising number of people couldn't answer questions like that.

You can't "fix" people like that, and still they have a legal right to vote. So, I suppose it should come as no surprise that Sharron Angle is believed to have a good chance to win the Senate seat in Nevada. In Delaware, I'd say that O'Donnell was already toast. She's just more well-done now.

Stay tuned.

Manifesto Joe Is An Underground Writer Living In Texas.


SJ said...

Thanks Manifesto Joe,
This is precisely why I always laugh at and ridicule people who immediately champion any politician that happens to be out of the mainstream.
-You can be out of the mainstream and have nothing, absolutely nothing to contribute in the way of constructive leadership or formulation of policy.
These Tea Baggers have a list of complaints, and no cogent plan of action regarding how to even make their juvenille ideas into legislation (Thank God.)
I mean seriously, remember when we used to laugh at Dan Quayle because we all thought he was such a dumb jackass? -Well at least he had experience in the Senate, at least he had actually done something, and yet 20 years ago, no Republicans had trouble conceding he wasn't the brightest they had to offer, especially after that disastrous debate against Lloyd M. Bentsen...
Yet here we are, with the GOP trying to "mainstream" these incompetents into their political party.
It's just dumb, dumb, dumb.

Jack Jodell said...

Over the pasttwo years, the Republican/Tea Party has sunk to unbearably new lows in the types of candidates they are trying to elect. They have come up with an unbelievably broad range of absolute losers who should never have even obtained nomination, let alone be elected to high office. We have seen them put forth immature, self-absorbed, attention-starved and money-hungry bimbos who know nothing about history, law, or the Constitution, like Sarah Palin and Christine O'Donnell. We have seen self-centered rich bitches who want to buy their way into office and try to make the government become even more plutocratic than it already is, like Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina. We have seen an attorney who doesn't know or care that the Supreme Court has already established the constitutionality of both the minimum wage and unemployment compensation (Joe Miller, and he should know better). We have seen other bimbos encouraging armed revolt and talking about taking second amendment remedies against elected officials (Michele Bachmann and Sharron Angle), and we have seen another who thinks the Civil Rights Act violates business freedom (Rand Paul).

My question is this: how low IS the bottom of the Republican/Tea Party barrel, and how do they continually keep scraping candidates from below that point?