>The unraveling of a Tea Party-backed candidate

>Christine O’Donnell’s dynamic rise to fame has been touted by the media as yet another Tea Party darling bucking the trend and knocking off Republican stalwarts in their bids for national office. With O’Donnell’s propelling to front of the line as one of America’s most fascinating political gadflies, the Delaware Republican Senate candidate is dragging baggage from her past along with her. 

Most notably, O’Donnell has been an avid crusader against masturbation. The act of self-pleasure, she stated, is not a substitute for sex. 

“The Bible says that lust in your heart is committing adultery. So you can’t masturbate without lust.”

She expanded on her beliefs:

“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,” she extrapolated. “You’re just gonna create somebody who is, I was gonna say, toying with his sexuality. Pardon the pun.”

I won’t go into that because, well, it’s a ridiculous point to try to tear down. 

O’Donnell also criticized the so-called disproportionate spending in the battle against AIDS during a 1997 interview on C-SPAN:

The tired and absurd argument that condoms and “pornographic” material passed out to high school students doesn’t prevent HIV/AIDS continues to plague this world. Given her extreme views, it’s not a surprise O’Donnell would espouse something along these lines. She was indeed part of the ultra-religious right’s campaign to make HIV/AIDS about reckless people (read: gays, blacks, drug users) failing to take responsibility for their actions. 

Also, I wonder how many people contracted HIV/AIDS from masturbation…………..

Speaking of gays, O’Donnell also claimed homosexuality to be an identity disorder and that gays “get away with so much.” She’s also referred to Obama as “anti-American” and predicted that he would lose the 2008 election. 

Latest criticism of O’Donnell using campaign funds for personal use has propelled the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington to file a complaint with the Delaware U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Federal Election Commission, accusing O’Donnell of illegally spending more than $20,000 in campaign dollars in 2009 and 2010 for non campaign purposes. The group charges that the spending is illegal because she wasn’t a candidate. 

CNN’s Gary Tuckman caught up with O’Donnell and asked her about the charges. Like any inexperienced candidate, O’Donnell sidestepped the questions and gave a general statement. 

Not that I’m a sadist or anything, but It’s been a joy watching O’Donnell stumble out the gates of primary season and into the general elections. On the one hand, I have some sympathy with her because it’s obvious her campaign folks have not prepared her for the onslaught of media coverage and the persistent questions about her past opinions and possible misuse of campaign funds. 

On the other hand, it’s hard for me to sympathize with someone who holds extreme positions on homosexuality, AIDS funding, etc. It’s also hard for me to understand someone who appeared to be condescending and judgmental of others who do not share her views. It’s hard for me to sympathize with someone who shifts the blame onto the liberal media and liberal groups with agendas whenever she’s faced with tough questions about her past and current behavior (which seems to be the trend among Tea Party-backed candidates, such as Sarah Palin). 

I will stop short of saying that O’Donnell won’t win the Senate seat in Delaware as I’m not in the business of making political predictions. I do think her race will be a tight–and possibly nasty–one. 

What do you think about Christine O’Donnell’s chances to win the Delaware Senate seat? Do you think the recent revelations about her past and charges of improperly using campaign funds will affect her campaign?