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.
Tea? No, thanks, I think I’ll pass.