The Ruling Class’s favorite target tells her story.
“You think I’m licked. You all think I’m licked! Well
I’m not licked! And I’m gonna stay right here and fight for this
lost cause… even if this room gets filled with lies like these.…
Somebody will listen to me.”
— Jimmy Stewart as anti-Establishment Senator Jefferson Smith in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
The woman the Ruling Class spent so much time scorning in 2010 isn’t going quietly. As a matter of fact, there’s not the slightest sign she’s going — period.
And — among others — Texas Senator John Cornyn, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Chairman, along with former Bush White House aide Karl Rove and the elites of the Delaware Republican Party, will decidedly not be happy to hear it.
On the other hand, sitting across from me last week on the sunlit patio of a local Starbucks, the first hot-off the presses copy of her newly published book Troublemaker in hand, a distinctly upbeat and enthusiastic Christine O’Donnell looked and sounded pretty sunny herself.
With considerable justification.
The subjects she talked about with such passion in last year’s campaign season are today the center of Washington politics. An irony considering Ms. O’Donnell was derided not only by elitist Delaware Democrats but Ruling Class elites of both the Delaware Republican Party and, amazingly in a movement that celebrates such anti-liberal Establishment stars from Buckley to Reagan to Fox and talk radio, some conservatives. In the latter case, to be fair, there were conservatives who took umbrage at an O’Donnell lawsuit against the conservative Intercollegiate Studies Institute. The issue involved was gender discrimination, and was dropped by O’Donnell in January 2008. But in fact this was decidedly not the driving issue surrounding her campaign against Castle. The issue quickly clarified along the lines of a modern “Davida” against the Establishment “Goliath” Castle. O’Donnell, in spite of being the GOP Senate nominee against Biden in 2008 and an unsuccessful primary candidate in 2006, was pilloried by elites in extraordinary fashion that instantly rallied supporters to her side. Castle, his record as a liberal along with the larger issue of exactly where his kind of thinking was leading the country, became the physical embodiment of precisely how and why so many saw the country as careening off the tracks. And prominent in the Castle camp O’Donnell quite specifically includes Cornyn, Rove, and the functionaries of the Delaware State Republican Party. All of whom, she says, continued to undermine her campaign once nominated — infuriating Tea Party conservatives all across the country.
O’Donnell had reason to be upbeat the other day in our talk. Her book, Troublemaker: Let’s Do What It Takes To Make America Great Again, will be released on August 16.
The book comes out in the wake of yesterday’s 635-point drop in the stock market, which in turns comes on the heels of what presidential critics quickly termed the “Obama Downgrade” — the historic first-ever downgrading of America’s credit rating. Which in turn comes on the heels of the tumultuous debate over whether to raise the debt ceiling. A debate in which Tea Party conservatives like O’Donnell insisted the “compromise” was not enough to save Americans from, well, downgrades and stock market plunges. Finally, perhaps not so coincidentally, the book debuts in the middle of the much larger divide over whether America will become a European-style “social justice” state where well-heeled, tax-payer financed government bureaucrats issue fiats on all manner of class-warfare redistributive schemes — schemes that have already resulted in what Rush Limbaugh is calling the “Barackalypse.” And that was before the stock market wipeout.
O’Donnell, of course, is famous precisely because she was an early and emphatic supporter of Tea Party-style opposition to the left-wing politics that are fueling what House Majority Leader Eric Cantor recently described to the Wall Street Journal as a divide between “two different world views.”
A considerable part of the controversy that swirled around O’Donnell last fall, thinly disguised in furious and frequently snotty elitist allegations (in a tone that curiously seems to have found its way into the current criticisms of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin — hmmmmm) was in reality precisely this same debate.
Yet perhaps because she is a conservative woman, like the much derided Palin, Bachmann, and Nevada’s Sharron Angle, O’Donnell became a veritable ground zero for bizarre, off-the-wall allegations (She dated a guy in high school who believed in witchcraft! She opposed masturbation! She had trouble paying the IRS!) that were presented as immediately disqualifying for a seat in the United States Senate.
This at a point in history where the record shows that factual truths about allegations against male politicians in federal office were just one big no-never-mind. This Grand Canyon-sized double-standard was noted here last year as O’Donnell’s campaign against GOP Establishment favorite Congressman Mike Castle was taking off, and O’Donnell cites my column in her book. But to update and sharpen (surely you won’t see this list — my own, not O’Donnell’s — in a New York Times review of O’Donnell’s book. Then again, chances are excellent you will never see a review of O’Donnell’s book in the New York Times to begin with unless there is a felt need to disparage her yet again), these Establishment men who have been given all manner of behavioral passes would include:
• Senator Ted Kennedy’s Chappaquiddick (in which the very much incumbent senator drove a car off a bridge, a woman drowned and he fled the scene of the accident).
• Senator John McCain’s Keating Five (in which the very much incumbent senator was accused of influencing a federal regulator on behalf of a political contributor).
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