Tarred with a endless string of embarrassing revelations,
and more serious political gaffes
Christine O'Donnell's Delaware Senate campaign is sputtering to the finish
line. For a Tea Party wunderkind once touted (in a positive way) as the
next Sarah Palin, it seems likely that she will be
making concession speech on Tuesday night before slowly fading from the
political spotlight. (Don't rule out a reality TV show, however).
She currently sits 21 points
behind Democrat Chris Coons in the latest poll. Her campaign's post-mortem is already beginning to be penned.
- What the Poll Means: She'll Lose Unless There Is a 'Historic Comeback' Associated Press reporter Ben Evans
highlights the latest grim poll for the O'Donnell campaign and
succinctly summarizes the litany of gaffes the candidate has made so
far. "O'Donnell, who has raised more money than Coons, has been dogged
by past television appearances in which she spoke out against
masturbation, characterized homosexuality as a disorder, and
acknowledged dabbling in various religions, including witchcraft as a
teenager. She also has drawn criticism for her thin resume and spotty
financial history," he writes.
- O'Donnell's Surging in the Wrong Direction observes Slate's David Weigel,
who doesn't appear to find this poll too surprising. "More seriously,
this is going to make for an odd election night. The Delaware race, one
of the most-covered campaigns in the country, will be decided very early
on election night for the Democrats. And it won't have any relationship
to the Republican routs in other states.
- Evangelicals Are
Already Looking Past Her "Though hanging out with pagans as a young
woman amounted to nothing, her admission and the frenzy that followed
took the shine off her evangelical credentials," notes Politics Daily
contributor Paul O'Donnell.
"She appears to have been sunk by her flubbability, her proximity to
the D.C media hive, and her financial history, but also by practicing a
polarizing style of faith-based politics while Christians are already on
their way to a new evangelical politics."
- This Is What Happens
When 'Outsidery Underdoggedness' Is Taken Too Far Time magazine's
election preview appears to be penning the first postmortem for the
flailing O'Donnell campaign. The author, David Von Drehle,
describes a Delaware candidate who has
relentlessly pursued the Senate seat and is rumored to be "paying off
the household bills" with her campaign proceeds. "The surprise came when
O'Donnell defeated Castle for the Republican nomination. This was both a
high-water mark and a low moment for Tea Party influence inside the
GOP. It proved that the small-government purists were in fact the
driving force of 2010."
- The Media Attention Was Flattering, But Delaware Prefers Coons Delaware's The News Journal handed its endorsement to Democrat Chris Coons on Wednesday,
describing the candidate as "having a history of finding solutions to
real problems, making bureaucracies more innovative and...making hard
choices." In contrast, the editorial board noted that O'Donnell, while
bringing more attention than "ever imagined," offered "no blueprint and
acknowledges no hazards to her plan" of merely cutting taxes.
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