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Divine Intervention: Knotheads and Knuckleheads

By Vickie Stangl
Opinion | October 26, 2010

WICHITA, Kan. - Behind in the polls and rightfully being lambasted as the opportunist and nitwit that she is, Christine O'Donnell is now claiming God is on her side, and pulling for her to win in her bid for the U.S. Senate seat from Delaware.

And, not only does she have the moxie to claim God is on her side, but the gall to ask people to pray to God for her victory. I guess God can't do this all alone and needs the prayers of humans to bring her victory. One could argue that if O'Donnell really had faith, she would not need to beg others to pray on her behalf.

I sincerely doubt God has anointed O'Donnell to succeed in her bid for the senate but if that is the case, then I can only reason God is trying to inflict pain and misery on the citizens of Delaware and I would be highly offended by God's interference if I lived in that state.

O'Donnell seems oblivious to the fact that she is totally unqualified to be a U.S. Senator or that her election would be an insult to an institution that must select the best and the brightest to serve in government. Yes, I know there have been other knotheads running for senate before O'Donnell and knuckleheads who have actually served in the senate. South Carolinian Strom Thurmond, our favorite segregationists comes to mind, but on the whole shouldn't our standards for the senate be a tad bit higher when choosing someone to represent us in this important institution?

Tea Party candidates seem to believe Americans want to elect candidates who are dumber than they are. Our nation deserves better candidates than Sarah Palin, Joe Miller, Rand Paul, or Christine O'Donnell. These candidates pale in comparison to leaders like James Madison or Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker. We need thoughtful, sensible individuals who have a strong grasp of world and American history -history beyond the religious right's version or Glenn Beck's chalkboard history on FOX News.

We already know O'Donnell lied about her resume, was financially irresponsible and has continued to be a serial candidate determined to win a meal ticket to success. O'Donnell's ignorance regarding the 1st Amendment should be the final red flag to voters of Delaware how unprepared and undeserving she is to hold such an important office. The least we should expect of our candidates is that they are well versed in the constitution since they will be crafting laws that cannot conflict with the supreme law of the land.

If I sound a bit irritated, I am. Our candidates should at least be semi-qualified and the Tea Party candidates make the average fifth grader look brilliant. If there is a God, one can only hope she smites the Tea Party candidates as any good all American God should do.


4 Comments

I would wonder is God a resident of Delaware? If not it would be illegal for him to vote, and would not his interference in a election be voter intimidation or some kind of fraud


I wonder why we should even care about what Ms. O'Donnell says at all. She is well behind in the race. She certainly represents a marginal viewpoint and she did win the primary so to that extent she has to be taken seriously. Perhaps our ire should be directed at the Republican base in general for permitting themselves to vote for her in the primary when she seems to lack specific policy proposals and hasn't handled questions about the Constitution and the role of the courts.


Vickie--I love your slant on things. Even if O'Donnell is a lightweight, we still should be wary of her and her ilk. Even intelligent people get sucked into the rhetoric of these people. I've experienced this strange phenomenom first-hand when I was at a social event with a man who I considered to be pretty smart. When he said he thought Sarah Palin was a good candidate, I almost spit out my
soup. Yesterday, an analyst on NPR said it's not what these people say, it's how they say it. Their loud, over-the-top rhetoric gets people fired up and appeals to their free-floating anger. They don't really listen and consider the effects of voting for "knotheads and knuckleheads."

Diane


Thanks Diane. We can take comfort that the voters of Delware chose a more able leader than O'Donnell. Now if only the voters of Kansas would be a bit more selective in their decisions on who to elect to office. Dare to dream.


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