Why is the media so fixated on Christine O’Donnell?

It’s mainly that she clicks, literally online, and with our zeitgeist. O’Donnell’s cable news manna. Her stance against masturbation and lying (even to Hitler). Her date with a witch at a Satanic alter (no second date, allegedly). The campaign ad to manage the tempest: “I am not a witch.” Her assertion on Fox News three years ago that “American scientific companies are cross-breeding humans and animals and coming up with mice with fully functioning human brains.” It’s all the news that’s fit to print (in the National Enquirer)…

Midterm races are referendums on the president and party in power. We will not see another Republican year like this for a generation, or more. It began with a Republican winning Ted Kennedy’s seat in Massachusetts. It will end as dramatically. West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin has nearly a 70% approval rating. But he’s a Democrat. So even he might lose his Senate bid. Yet in Delaware, the Republican cannot even make it a contest.

She’s not boring, though. And most people frankly find midterm politics boring. Six in 10 eligible Americans don’t vote in midterms, and that’s with high turnout. Only about one-in-10 voters have attended a campaign event this year, according to the Pew Research Center. It’s takes only 2 million viewers to make a hit cable political show. We are a country of more than 300 million. You do the math.

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