Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christine O'Donnell, unemployment and John McCain's tarnished legacy

Christine O'Donnell on Tuesday compared the "tragedy" of extending unemployment benefits to Pearl Harbor and the death of Elizabeth Edwards. 

"Today marks a lot of tragedy," O'Donnell, the Tea Party-backed GOP Senate candidate from Delaware, said Tuesday night during an appearance in Virginia. 

"Tragedy comes in threes," O'Donnell said. "Pearl Harbor, Elizabeth Edwards's passing and Barack Obama's announcement of extending the tax cuts, which is good, but also extending the unemployment benefits." 

You know what really bugs me about this story?

It's that The Hill is covering the opinions of Christine O'Donnell, failed Senate candidate from a small state that otherwise almost never gets press coverage. I don't know why her opinions merit continued coverage, exactly, except the press long ago decided that her O'Donnell merited coverage far in excess of her actual importance.

And if Christine O'Donnell becomes a part of our collective public and political life, saying dumb things every couple of weeks, I'm going to blame John McCain. He plucked Sarah Palin from relative obscurity to be his running mate, despite her lack of qualifications. Palin boosted O'Donnell -- whose only accomplishments seem to be running for office and losing every couple of years -- in the GOP's Senate primary, giving her the spotlight.

Which means, ultimately, that because John McCain made an awful mistake, the rest of it will pay for it in perpetuity by reading Christine O'Donnell quips in our morning paper. This makes me unhappy.

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