Christine O'Donnell: 'Very Useful Idiot'
Lends 'populist cover' to billionaire-backed movement
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser User
Posted Oct 3, 2010 5:13 AM CDT
'Everyday folk,' 'useful idiot' or both?   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

(Newser) – Christine O'Donnell's fictional resume and anti-masturbation antics may have liberals laughing, but she's no joke, writes Frank Rich in the New York Times. Her ascent is a pure "godsend" for the GOP. Unlike Rove and the Republican old guard, O'Donnell is more than willing to "play the role of useful idiot"—giving a "populist cover" to a movement funded by billionaires and corporate interests, says Rich.

O'Donnell's idiocy lends credence to the notion that the Tea Party is "populated only by everyday folk upset by big government and the deficit," he writes. "By the time her fans discover that any post-election cuts in government spending will be billed to them, and not the Tea Party’s shadowy backers, she’ll surely be settling her own debts with fat paychecks from Fox & Friends. Click here for the latest on her campaign.