You know that old saw, “all politics is local”? Well these days it seems that all politics is national, Matt Bai of the New York Times observes. Just look at Christine O’Donnell. She’s appeared on every national conservative media outlet that will have her, but has been all but absent in Delaware itself. Until this week, she didn’t even have a campaign office there, and almost all her campaign contributions have come from out-of-state donors.
O’Donnell doesn’t appear to be doing any traditional campaigning, either. Her website lists no upcoming campaign stops or public appearances. When Bai asked O’Donnell’s press secretary if she’d ever hold any, he “repeated my questions as if I were speaking in an unintelligible accent.” The strategy is especially odd in tiny Delaware, where retail politics are considered essential. “This is a job interview,” says her opponent, Chris Coons, who just last weekend hit up an NAACP dinner, an AIDS Walk, and something called a “mud run.”