Blame Obama for Nutty Candidates

Maybe he needs to visit Christine O'Donnell's fantasy land
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2010 12:25 PM CDT
Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell at a Sussex County Republican Committee Picnic at Dave Wilson's Auction on Sunday, Sep. 19, 2010, in Lincoln, Delaware.   (AP Photo/Jessica Kourkounis)

(Newser) – Christine O’Donnell—the “Palin Mini-Me” running for Senate in Delaware—is off in her own fantasy world, writes Maureen Dowd of the New York Times: Middle Earth, to be precise. “I aspire to be soft and gentle like Arwen, but realistically, I’m a fighter, like Eowyn,” she told C-Span in 2003. On Friday, she compared the Tea Party to Aslan from the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. And she even told Bill Maher that she “dabbled in witchcraft.”

Why did we wind up with weird candidates like this? Blame the President. “Obama’s bloodless rationality has helped spawn the right’s bloodletting of irrationality,” Dowd argues. His “ivory tower approach” seems devoid of real empathy, and somewhat patronizing. After so many crises, “the president seems put upon and impatient with reality, while his foes seem happy to embrace fantasy.” The result: “The insane have achieved political respectability while the sane act too good for it all.”

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