From The Plum Line at The Washington Post:
There was a hilarious moment on MSNBC just now that underscores just how uncomfortable Christine O’Donnell has made life for GOP leaders: Former RNC chair Ed Gillespie refused to disavow O’Donnell’s claim that she possesses classified information on China’s secret plot to take over America.
Not only that, but Gillespie actually flirted with endorsing her assertion that she has some sort of information about some sort of scheme, though he allowed that he couldn’t be sure whether or not that info was classified.
MSNBC’s Chris Jansing pressed Gillespie as follows:
JANSING: She claims to have classified information about China, and says, “I wish I wasn’t privy to some of the classified information I am privy to.” Do you think Christine O’Donnell has classified information?
GILLESPIE: I don’t know what information Christine O’Donnell has. There’s a very legitimate concern about the extent to which China controls our debt and the impact that’s going to have on our economy —
JANSING: That’s not the question. The question is her making a statement that she has classified information.
GILLESPIE: Well Chris, you’re asking me a question I can’t answer. I don’t know what information Christine O’Donnell has or doesn’t have.
Keep in mind that Gillespie is a major player in GOP circles. Not only was he chair of the Republican National Committee, but he also served as counselor to former president George W. Bush. Gillespie is also an important player in this year’s elections, having helped Karl Rove set up American Crossroads, which is raising and spending millions of dollars to elect Republican candidates in November.
Yet he’s now been reduced to playing along with the crackpot theories of a hard-right Tea Partyer who claims she obtained classifed information about China’s secret plot to take over America from her work on nonprofits that sent missionaries to that country.
But Ed Where’s My Chin!? Gillespie wasn’t the only one. From POLITICAL CORRECTION:
Appearing on MSNBC last night, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele defended O’Donnell’s [China] comments. Confronted with the lack of support for her claim, Steele burst out in a fit of uncomfortable laughter. “Christine O’Donnell is fantastic candidate for us for the United States Senate and I can’t wait to call her ‘Senator,'” he finally said. When host Lawrence O’Donnell (no relation) directly accused her of lying, Steele became incredulous, asking, “Do you know that?” over and over again.
(Video at POLITICAL CORRECTION link)