Tea, Anyone?

I don’t know about you, but I found some of the results of this week’s primary elections scary as hell.  I’ve long been talking about the “dumbing down” of the US.  The choices the voters made in a few states makes me think the problem is more advanced than I thought.

Let’s just consider one example, Delaware.  A candidate for the US Senate, Christine O’Donnell, defeated a nine-term incumbent in the state Republican primary.  All the pundits were predicting this guy, who also a former governor of Delaware, was a shoe-in to win the primary.

Ms. O’Donnell (who bears an uncanny resemblance to someone else we have seen much of in the press in the past few years) is running as a “fiscal conservative,” yet has been criticized by her own party for “lying about her background, leaving a trail of unpaid bills that included an IRS tax lien and a mortgage default and misusing campaign contributions for personal expenses.” (Randall Chase Associated Press Writer / September 16, 2010)

The media is awash with the bizarre things this woman has said about sexuality, AIDS, feminism, women in the military, adultery, and the recent oil leaks, among other things.

Even Karl Rove – Karl Rove! – has expressed concern that she is too extreme to be electable. Yikes.

So how did she do it? Ah. Seems Ms. O’Donnell has been endorsed by her look-alike, and is the darling the of the Tea Party set, which pledged $250,000 to her campaign (CBS News).

Tea?  No, thanks, I think I’ll pass.

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6 Responses to Tea, Anyone?

  1. Jamie Dedes says:

    It is all more than a bit disconcerting …

  2. gospelwriter says:

    Holy cow! she could be a clone, and not just in looks. I’m not American, but I shudder to think what this predicts…

    • PattiKen says:

      Several years ago, we visited friends in New Zealand. I was feeling embarrassed at the political shenanigans happening in the States, but our Kiwi friend said reassuringly, “Ah, mate, it’s nothing to worry about. You are Americans, and you always get it straight away in the end.”

      I can’t help but wonder if the slide down the rabbit hole has picked up too much speed to stop this time.

  3. Scary is right! Hopefully it makes the democrats more electable but it is a black eye for Americans. What’s Jon Stewart saying about this?

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