Whack Jobs In High Office

Yesterday came proof that this election season is the worst and weirdest in human history.

Christine O'Donnell, Republican Delaware Senate candidate

The evidence was in this first paragraph in a front-page article in Thursday’s New York Times:

In the bright light of Wednesday morning, Christine O’Donnell, whose Republican primary victory upended the calculus for future control of the United States Senate, became quickly known to Americans as the woman who once made dire warnings about the negative impact of masturbation.”

OK, do we really need a Senator who is worried about what sexually frustrated people do alone? Is that really a top national priority?

Well, at least we know her least favorite song is “I Touch Myself” by the Divinyls.

O’Donnell’a a popular gal, though. She raised something like a million dollars after he primary win over a moderate Republican a few days ago.

A lot of these candidates that have strange or severe political opinions are favored by the Tea Party crew, that loosely organized, antigovernment group of voters who are just super angry about everything.

I guess obvious evidence doesn’t matter any more. To some, President Obama is an illegal alien Muslim socialist terrorist, and lately, the term “Kenyan anti-colonialist” has been added to the mix to describe him.

Whatever that means.

I’m cool with people who I disagree with politically. But what’s the deal with the whack job opinions that so many voters seem to accept as gospel? Sharron Angle, running against Harry Reid in Nevada opposes abortion even in extreme cases like a father raping a daughter.

Nevada Republican Senate Candidate Sharron Angle apparently loves lemonade

Said daughter shouldn’t get an abortion, Angle says because two wrongs don’t make a right. Angle actually said that the daughter should just make lemonade out of lemons.

Oh, aren’t you compassionate, Ms. Angle?

Tea party Republican Representative Michelle Bachmann is, how shall we say, a wee bit paranoid. Evidence in this quote from 2009:

“I believe that there is a very strong chance that we will see that young people will be put into mandatory service. And the real concerns is that there are provisions for what I would call re-education camps for young people, where young people have to go and get trained in a philosophy that the government puts forward and then they have to go to work in some of these politically correct forums.”

Are you mad at the government? Want to throw the bums out? Great, go for it.

It’s just that some of the potential replacements scare the bejeezus out of me.

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