The Rules For Christine O’Donnell

When Christine O’Donnell won the Republican nomination in Delaware last Tuesday, I, along with many other commentators, scratched my head and chuckled. What were DE Republicans thinking? More akin to a kooky perennial candidate for city council than a serious Senate contender, O’Donnell rode a wave of Teabagger anger to the win, helped along by a high-profile endorsement from Mama Grifter herself. Mike Castle, her defeated opponent, is a more moderate Republican and moderation is apostasy in the GOP these days. By painting him as a RINO and a pansy, O’Donnell got the nod while virtually ensuring a Democratic win in the general election against Chris Coons.

Much has been made of O’Donnell’s history of saying crazy things. From scientists creating super mice with human brains to dabbling “into” witchcraft, her past statements have been dribbling out since her win and they aren’t pretty. Bill Maher, on whose show O’Donnell was a frequent guest, has tons of videos that he threatens to release until she agrees to an interview. However, it appears now that she is a candidate for the US Senate, she has developed an aversion to television interviews, canceling scheduled appearances on Face The Nation and Fox News Sunday (yes, she even refuses to talk to Fox).

Frankly, I could care less about any of this. If Tea Bag Nation™ wants to take over the GOP and populate it with loons who won’t ever win a general election, that’s just fine with me. It is a little frightening to think she may have a shot at national public office, but I’m confident DE voters are watching her and saying, “is this the best we can do?”

However, delusional paranoia and black masses aside, what I do have a problem with is illegal activity. Even before she won the nomination, reports surfaced (some from a former campaign staffer) that Ms. O’Donnell was misusing campaign funds for personal use. It turns out she has run for senate three times and after each defeat, she used unspent campaign funds as her own personal bank account, including for gas, shopping and bowling. Additionally, she was also operating as her own campaign treasurer, also a direct violation. When I read first heard these reports I thought, “how is she going to continue to run when she’s obviously in direct violation of election law?” Evidently, the Center for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington agrees with me. They’ve asked the Delaware Attorney’s General and the FEC to look into the allegations. It seems pretty cut and dried to me, but I’ll withhold judgement until I hear what the FEC has to say.

But here’s the thing: if it turns out that she did break the law, will that preclude her from running? CREW attempts to deflect the predictable charge of bias by saying it also called for Charlie Rangel to step down, something I heartily endorse. It’s pretty obscene that he won so handily in NY, but it makes sense. After all, he’s been a rep for a long time and his constituents love him. It doesn’t absolve him of wrong-doing but it explains his resilience. O’Donnell, on the other hand, is a fresh face in politics. She has no constituent base to draw support from beyond the mindless cult of the Tea Party. Rangel was lambasted by plenty of these Teabaggers; I wonder if they’ll also call for an open and fair investigation of Ms. O’Donnell? I think I already know the answer to that one. No matter the issue, from the deficit to infidelity to ethics troubles, different rules apply to Republicans. I’m confident this paradigm won’t shift anytime soon. However, I wonder if FEC violations on top of out-and-out lunacy will be enough to force an even application?

Just for the record, I hope she fights the charges and carries on. There will be plenty of time for lawsuits and criminal proceedings once her masthead candidacy has imploded fabulously, showing the country just how insane the current crop of TeaOP “leadership” truly is and proving that 19% of the population is not an across the board affirmation from We the People.

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