How Is Christine O'Donnell Different From Alvin Greene?

She gets a pass, he didn't, and that's just wrong
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2010 1:27 PM CDT
What's the real difference between these two?   (AP/Newser)

(Newser) – Christine O’Donnell and Alvin Greene have a lot in common. “Like O’Donnell, Greene has no experience in office, a controversial back story, and a propensity for saying crazy things in public,” observes Cord Jefferson of the Root. Both seem spectacularly unfit for office. So it seems just a bit odd that O’Donnell has become an instantly famous, well-funded rising star, “while Greene was almost literally laughed into hiding.”

“Is it because O’Donnell is white?” Jefferson wonders. “Is it because the modern GOP is more willing to tolerate borderline insanity than Democrats?” Maybe it’s the obscenity charges pending against Greene. “I don’t know. But I don’t like a climate in which news anchors ask unqualified black candidates if they’re ‘mentally sound,’ while giving similarly unhinged white candidates a pass.” To compare the coverage of the two for yourself, click here for O'Donnell, and here for Greene.

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