Tea Party Express To Defeat

Start with the fact that Mike Castle was the first Republican to discover the tea party was not his friend when a woman stood up in his town hall meeting to wave her birth certificate and demand the president’s, to cheers. Today, more than half the GOP consists of birther/tenther/deather morons with Sarah Palin’s endorsement, while the rest wonder what has happened to their party. All that excitement about overturning the Obama presidency is giving way to the crackup of America’s minority party:

Only 31% of voters in the state think O’Donnell’s fit to hold public office while 49% think that she is not. Even with Republicans in the state less than half at 48% believe that she is. That may seem inconsistent with her victory last night but keep in mind that our general election poll includes GOP voters who were not planning to vote in yesterday’s primary. Only 33% of independents and 16% of Democrats believe O’Donnell’s fit.

Christine O’Donnell is a nut who thinks Satan put dinosaur bones out to deceive us, that lying to Hitler is wrong, and that AIDS gets too much government money. It’s not clear what she does for a living, since she hasn’t held a job in years. She refuses to explain why it took her twelve years to receive her degree (she just got it this year), choosing transference instead by insisting attacks on herself are attacks on voters. The Weekly Standard dug into her lawsuit against a well-known conservative think-tank:

O’Donnell alleged in a July 1, 2005 complaint filed in district court that she had been demoted because ISI’s conservative philosophy dictated that women must be subordinate to men. She claimed she was fired when she contacted the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regarding her demotion. ISI told the Delaware News Journal that she had been “terminated for operating a for-profit business.”

O’Donnell’s finances, honesty, and stability have been called into question in light of her false and strange claims. The court complaint raises further questions on all fronts. O’Donnell, who made an annual salary of $65,000 at ISI as director of communications and public affairs, sought up to $6,952,477 million in damages, claiming, among other allegations, that ISI had defamed her and had violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The Republican Party that fought O’Donnell tooth and nail is now giving her money and pretending she isn’t crazy. Only Karl Rove seems to be capable of talking honestly about her and her chances. The “architect” has since been subject to all kinds of tea party abuse, especially from the likes of Michelle Malkin (trust me, Karl, that’s an honor):

I got a phone call just last night from an old friend who’s part of the libertarian tea party strain. He explained to me that he’s eager to see fringe tea party candidates lose rather than see more moderate Republican candidates win this year. Like many a firebagger, he reasons that fringe candidate losses will expand the ‘Overton Window’ somehow and make future success more possible. I think he speaks for a large portion of the movement.

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