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Christine O’Donnell: Curiouser and Curiouser

posted at 8:18 am on September 3, 2010 by

Earlier this week I was preparing a column on the Delaware Senate race for Pajamas Media and having a bit of fun with it. Some skeletons have been rapidly emerging from the closet of Tea Party favorite Christine O’Donnell in terms of old campaign debt, IRS woes and sheriffs coming to foreclose on her home. (Since there is no sense rehashing it all, just follow the link if you’re not familiar with the particulars.) I also covered a bit of history on boring old Mike Castle who has seemed to win state-wide elections in the First State without much in the way of effort since the Vietnam War era.

At the risk of violating one of the golden rules of punditry by quoting myself, I jumped to one conclusion about Mike Castle which seemed like a given.

The congressman has been vetted by the opposition from hell to breakfast, and if there’s any dirt to be found on him, it will likely require a significant meteor impact to unearth it.

It still seems like a safe bet, given the man’s age, history, and high public profile. But that didn’t stop team O’Donnell from trying to generate a tabloid worthy scandal.

A conservative firm until recently employed by the Delaware primary campaign of conservative Christine O’Donnell against Rep. Mike Castle casually leveled an extraordinary — and unsupported — charge of a gay affair against Castle in a video posted to its website today, the ugliest salvo yet in an extremely bitter primary.

The newscast-style video on Liberty.com features a woman seated before a backdrop of Liberty.com’s Las Vegas headquarters, criticizing Castle and praising O’Donnell.

Isn’t Mike Castle cheating on his wife with a man?” asks a voice off-screen at the 1:55 mark.

That’s the rumor,” answers the newscaster.

Great Shades of Eric Massa! I resisted the urge to pause the video (available at the link above) and go toss a bag of popcorn in the microwave and eagerly awaited the juicy details and proof of the allegation. But what I got was… nothing. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Just “that’s the rumor.”

Come on, guys. If you’re going to float the old Closeted Republican Cheats on Wife With Dude storyline we at least expect you to produce the aggrieved and sobbing pool boy, congressional page or neighbor’s nephew. At a minimum we need some audio of Castle tapping his feet in odd rhythmic patterns in an airport men’s room. Give us something! Without it your story just smacks of desperation.

On top of that rather quirky episode, video quickly surfaced of an O’Donnell staffer attacking a GOP videographer rather than allowing them a shot at speaking to the candidate. Then when she does give an interview to a normally friendly radio host, she develops additional trouble with math in misremembering how many votes she received in her last Senate bid and gets all testy when the reporter tries to ask her about her campaign finance and IRS troubles.

“Oh man,” sighs O’Donnell, “are you kidding me? Is Castle paying you?”

Well, at least the news isn’t all wacky. I mean, if nothing else she’s always been clearly opposed to masturbation, and consistency in talking points is important in national politics. And in terms of message control, I suppose having your staffers run around your house peeking under the bushes when you go home at night is just good security policy.

This election cycle is turning out to be such a one sided fight with the GOP chasing the Democrats off the field of battle that it’s almost become boring. Thank heaven for a bit of theater like a good old-fashioned primary scuffle to entertain us until November.

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good lord. fruitcake- arama.

SarahW on September 3, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Fair is fair. The Democrats have Alvin Greene.

percysunshine on September 3, 2010 at 12:03 PM

O’Donnell is proof that certain “conservatives” are just as retarded as liberals.

uknowmorethanme on September 3, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Unfortunately, Mark Levin has bought in and has gone to full bore out and out endorsement.

Sad.

Opposite Day on September 3, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Mike Castle is a total jerk, creep, RINO nit wit. Makes Marxist Obama look good even. Why in the world would “left leaning” Hot Air wish to attack anyone who wants to take this Commie down? I haven’t read HotAir in months because they have turned into such an anti-Sarah – Obama ass kissing rag. So I come back to it today to find this garbage – and even folks who attack Mark Levin. Are you good people nuts? Do you want Castle in there to continue to destroy America? I wouldn’t care which conservative took this fool down – it could be Ronald McDonald for all I care. Just take him down. I am sorry to disturb HotAir readers who were busy writing checks to the Democratic Committee to elect more Commies ……………go back to your good work now folks, I’ve vented………..

Cinday Blackburn on September 3, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Cinday Blackburn on September 3, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Are you on drugs? Mike Castle is a RINO and he believes in AGW. He is not worse than Obama, that’s silly.

Christine O’Donnell is a fruitcake, unfortunately, so it’s either Castle or a Dem.

Greyledge Gal on September 4, 2010 at 7:29 AM

So, WHICH Tea Party group(s) are behind her? That would tell a lot about her. Here we have a splinter tea party group which is the most vocal. It is in fact the one whose members split from the largest Tea Party group in Louisiana after being found out to be nothing more than Alex Jones followers who wanted to turn it into a Ron Paul front group. These whackos tried to threaten and exclude anyone who was not a complete RP follower. They were actually worse than Obamabots in a big way.

Kermit on September 4, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Oof. Even if the “rumor” were true, is Delaware a state where slavering over the rumor of a gay affair is a good campaign-theme bet? I’m actually hard-pressed to think of any state where that’s a useful appeal to voters.

Seems like really poor judgment. O’Donnell looked to have some promise early on, but I doubt Delaware voters are going to “go there” with her.

J.E. Dyer on September 4, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Castle is a creep. And so what if O’Donnell had money problems, does that mean she would be a bad Senator? Or is that only wealthly people get to serve in government. Maybe if we had some real people in the Senate instead of political prima donnas who have no memory of having to worry about paying the mortage or satisfying the bloody IRS we would have so decent legislation and not just more junk to help Obama and his fat cat Wall Street billionaire buddies

georgealbert on September 4, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Castle is a very rich career politician, pro abortion, pro cap and tax, pro stimulus, against repealing Obamacare etc etc etc. Shaw is a liberal propagandist.

Basilsbest on September 4, 2010 at 10:18 PM