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.
Manifesto Joe Is An Underground Writer Living In Texas.