So doll-eyed, far-right, uppity sex kitten Sarah Palin could happily accuse Obama’s tiny reforms of America’s unmerciful healthcare system of creating government “death panels” (you know nationalised healthcare – it always has “death panels”). They sounded bloody terrifying and so were believable.
Uppity anti-masturbation campaigner, ex-witch and TV pundit Christine O’Donnell is both an embarrassing threat to established Republican interests and a woman with the stunned eyes and tighttighttight smile of a stranger to self-love. (She also presents an apparently intoxicating, Palinesque persona: part 80s hooker, part moron, part woman who may wake boys with garden shears for impure thinking.)
But beyond the fact that she dreads the day any man discovers he can come without her, she remains ill-defined. Her campaign mentions her commitment to “the core values of the great American tradition” – which could involve witch-burning, cross-burning, Big Bill Broonzy, the Summer of Love or having guns on planes. (Actually, she’s in favour of guns on planes.) O’Donnell has a dubious financial and educational background and yet she is now the Republican senatorial candidate for Delaware. In a fact-free media environment anything goes. Questions don’t have to be asked, answers don’t have to be given and the more incendiary your beliefs, the better. Which explains why Fox heads up every other item with: “Sooo… is Obama killing your child tonite?”
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