(CNN) — American politics has a photogenic new face with a troubled past of bad finances, potential fraud and a flirtation with witchcraft.
A previously unknown conservative activist named Christine O’Donnell is a sudden political sensation and Washington is trying to figure out what to make of her.
“Certainly she has some explaining to do,” Republican Congressman Mike Pence said this week.
Chrissssiiiiiiie!! You got some ‘splainin’ to do!!!!
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O’Donnell is a new Republican Party nominee for November’s Senate election. She defeated a better-known career politician for the nomination with support from the Tea Party movement.
As people learn more about O’Donnell, they’re wondering if she is the best kind of candidate to replace [more mainstream Republicans].
For years, she led a Christian campaign against sexual promiscuity and decried a diverse range of evils from masturbation to shared bathrooms for male and female students. Before that, she says she once “dabbled into witchcraft.”
She also reportedly dabbled into paying her taxes and home loan late enough to face legal proceedings. She has very little declared income and is facing a new complaint that she illegally spent more than $20,000 of campaign donations on her own living expenses.
Many Republicans are nervous about candidates like O’Donnell, as undeserving of the party’s nomination and unlikely to win.
George Bush’s former campaign manager, Karl Rove, questioned her honesty and called some of her remarks ‘nutty.’ But after a barrage of criticism from party ranks, he endorsed her anyway.
Tea Party personalities are taking a growing role inside the Republican Party despite opposition from many established Republican leaders.
The leadership may yet fight for control of the party. Or despite their reservations, they can support newcomers like O’Donnell. The Tea Party is winning a lot lately and the Republicans like to win.
And guess who endorsed The Chaste One! Mr. Viagra himself. From POLITICO:
An endorsement from a symbol of bygone centrist Republicanism, Bob Dole:
Christine O’Donnell’s message resonated with the voters, and to the surprise of many she defeated Congressman Mike Castle, who many of us thought would win. The primary is over and in my opinion it is time for voters to join hands and support Christine O’Donnell. The Delaware seat is important and the winner in November could well determine whether Republicans or Democrats control the Senate.
I find many of the attacks on O’Donnell to be personal and lacking in balance and fairness. If her campaign wishes I am willing to assist in a limited way since I am still a patient at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. I will have surgery Monday, September 27.
Dole, an aide said, is having knee surgery, and has contributed the maximum to O’Donnell’s campaign.
Liddy had better tell the doctors to cut down on ol’ Bob’s pain medication.