When did conservative female political candidates who make bombastic statements become so chic? First there was Sarah Palin, then Michele Bachmann, and now Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell is the toast of Delaware’s Senate race. For the love of vaginas, Victoria Woodhull, Shirley Chisholm and Geraldine Ferraro did not smash through the glass ceiling so that their successors could clog up the 24/7 news cycle with their anti-sex, anti-woman views.
Frankly, Christine O’Donnell’s declaration on the MTV series “Sex In the ’90s” that masturbation is a sin is all the crazy I need to know to make my assessment about her. But in case you and your lustful heart want to give O’Donnell a chance, here are five things to know about her. And you know you want to know how Mel Gibson is involved.
- Christine O’Donnell studied at Farleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. She attended the graduation ceremony in 1993, but did not receive her diploma in the mail until this month. There have been various reports about whether she actually graduated or not; some claim she did not complete a course requirement while others claim she owed tuition. (Um?) In 2004, she told a newspaper that she did “things she regrets” in college, including premarital sex and drinking. After graduation, O’Donnell began working for an anti-pornography group and then an anti-feminist group called Concerned Women For America. She also began speaking publicly about “values” around this time, especially young women and chastity. She moved to Delaware in 2003 to work for a conservative think tank, but ended up suing that employer for gender discrimination for $6.9 million. (She eventually dropped the suit.) She has also worked as a media and marketing consultant and in 2003 she helped promote Mel Gibson‘s film about Jesus’ crucifixion, “The Passion of the Christ.” She was raised Catholic, but has attended both Catholic and Protestant services. This is her third time running for Senate: O’Donnell sought the Delaware GOP’s nomination in 2006 but lost. She ran again in 2008, unopposed, but lost badly.
- You may have heard something about Christine O’Donnell being a witch? Yeah, not so much. Here’s the back story: she appeared on Bill Maher‘s “Politically Incorrect” in the late ’90s, back when she was a pro-chastity advocate, and he is dispensing juicy clips of her appearances every week until she agrees to come as a guest on his new show, “Real Time.” Last Friday, Maher released a previously unaired clip in which she says, “I dabbled in witchcraft but I never joined a coven.” O’Donnell also talks about a date another witch (a warlock?) took her on where they saw a movie and then had a midnight picnic on a Satanic altar. Seriously, that’s what she says! A Satanic altar. Now, I don’t have a problem with anyone who actually wants to be Wiccan, but O’Donnell’s attitude seemed more like, “ZOMG, I was, like, totally a witch for 30 seconds! Satanism, you guys! LOL!”
- Bill O’Reilly is also threatening to release tapes of O’Donnell saying “some kind of crazy stuff,” as he put it. She canceled a FOX appearance this weekend and Bill is making the not-so-subtle hint that she should talk to his media outlet, preferably on his own program, or else. “She’s been on the program a couple of times, and we have some kind of crazy stuff that she said. We’re not going to play it yet. I don’t think it’s relevant — yet,” O’Reilly said.” Ooh, a threat!
- Christine O’Donnell is against abortion except in cases where the mother’s life is at risk and, in that case, she thinks the woman’s family should be able to choose which life it would like to save. O’Donnell is also the type of extremist social conservative who badmouths the use of condoms, simply because they are not 100 percent effective in preventing the spread of HIV. In 2002, she told Phil Donahue that “condoms will not protect you from AIDS,” which is technically true because only abstinence is 100 percent effective. In 2006, however, she told Bill O’Reilly that it is “anti-human” to promote condom usage. O’Donnell has tried to distance herself from the comments she made early in her career condemning abortion, claiming she was just very “excited” about her faith.
- So, what does Christine O’Donnell do with all her free time not taken up by her talking about her extreme social views? Yet even more video has surfaced of her moderating a 2003 discussion on the role of women in the Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. “Look at the significance that he gives to Eowyn, the Lady of Rohan,” O’Donnell is quoted as saying. “She was a warrior spirit and, to me, that’s who I love. I mean, I aspire to be soft and gentle like Arwen, but realistically, I’m a fighter, like Eowyn.” Nerds, help us out and explain what this means, because I don’t have a clue.
Anything else you’ve read about Christine O’Donnell that you would like to share? Any Frisky readers in Delaware who would like to weigh in? Let us know in the comments.
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