The US Senate candidate from Delaware has some pretty unorthodox views about sex. Actually, she makes Sarah Palin look like Nina Hartley. Don’t pretend like you haven’t heard of her. The latter, that is. The former recently issued a thoughtful, level-headed statement against “Pastor” Jones’ plan to burn the Koran that made me think I was in some crazy dream where nothing made sense. But as Stephen Hunt once said, “A broken clock is right twice a day.”
Back to GOP worst nightmare Congressional hopeful Christine O’ Donnell, who recently walked away with the Republican nomination for Senate in the wee state of Delaware.
O’Donnell is truly a different breed of right-wing social conservative. While most of the abstinence-only crowd seems content to put the kibosh on teen sex while conveniently avoiding issues like unwanted pregnancy and STDs, O’Donnell takes it a step further, condemning masturbation.
On an appearance on MTV’s “Sex in the ’90s,” she explains, “The reason that you don’t tell [people] that masturbation is the answer to AIDS and all these other problems that come with sex outside of marriage is because again it is not addressing the issue… you’re just gonna create somebody who is, I was gonna say, toying with his sexuality. Pardon the pun.”
Sorry, Christine, I refuse to pardon any idiotic thing you say or do.
In 1997, O’Donnell appeared as a guest on CNN to discuss funding for AIDS, arguing, unsurprisingly, that we spent too much on it. When a caller argued that he had a hard time feeling sympathy for AIDS victims, likening them to robbers who get shot in the process of robbing, O’Donnell responded that he made “an excellent point.” There’s that Christian love Jesus was always talking about!
Presumably, Christine has never considered pondered the prevalent myth in some African cultures that sex with a virgin will cure AIDS. Or that people who get it from unfaithful partners. Or trafficked children who contract it from clients who rape them. No, no, it’s all the work of THE GAYS, who deserve absolutely no sympathy for trying to form connections with other human beings.
In case you were wondering whether Christine O’Donnell is a forty-one-year-old virgin (and how could you not?), the answer is no. She admitted to making the beast with two backs while a coed at Farleigh Dickinson University. Regardless of her victory or defeat in November, you shouldn’t hold your breath on some strapping Republican proposing marriage, and, after the nuptials are carried out, waving the bloody sheets before joyous Tea Partiers. (Although that would probably be more exciting than Flag Day.)
Christine O’Donnell may seem like another creature the far right plucked from obscurity, easy to mock (pretty much the reason for this column’s existence). And good lord, there is enough footage of her on “Politically Incorrect” to keep you entertained for hours. But remember that other pretty forty-something brunette who emerged two years ago and who said the darndest things? And how we all thought she’d reclaim her village idiot status after the 2008 election? I think the political and cultural influence Palin has enjoyed for the past year and a half should inform our estimation of O’Donnell.
Of course, it’s too early to tell if O’Donnell will follow in Our Sarah’s footsteps.Still , as I’ve said before, we ignore idiots at our own peril.