Editore"s Note
Tilting at Windmills

Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for Free News & Updates

September 24, 2010

O'DONNELL'S BANDAID COMES OFF SLOWLY, CONT'D.... It's been days since a humiliating development came to light about extremist Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell (R), but the streak ended today.

I'd heard this quote was out there, and even saw a partial transcript, but I just had trouble believing it was true. Alas, it's entirely legit.

In this MSNBC clip, an activist in support of sexual health and education explained that he talks with young people about these issues all the time. Asked what he tells them, he said, "I tell them to be careful. You have to wear a condom. You have to protect yourself when you're going to have sex, because they're having it anyway. There's nothing that you or me can do about it."

O'Donnell strongly disagreed, and suggested contraception isn't enough. When the other guest asked, "You're going to stop the whole country from having sex?" O'Donnell replied, "Yeah. Yeah!"

Told that she's "living on a prayer," O'Donnell added, "That's not true. I'm a young woman in my thirties and I remain chaste."

It's worth noting that the exchange was aired in 2003, which may seem like quite a while ago, but which came just three years before O'Donnell's first U.S. Senate campaign*. She was working, at the time, at a right-wing organization she later sued.

I wonder how many viewers saw the segment at the time, and thought, "You know, it's only a matter of time before the Republican Party nominates this crazy person to serve in the United States Senate."

* typo fixed

Steve Benen 4:00 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (33)

Bookmark and Share
 
Comments

The guy in the video was on the first season of the "Real World" who went on to host some dance show on MTV.

And he still kicked her ass in the debate.

Posted by: TR on September 24, 2010 at 4:04 PM | PERMALINK

Anyone who claims to be "chaste" usually ends up getting caught. These clips are all a prelude to the dirty video that will inevitably be sold for lots of $$$.

Posted by: PhilTBastid on September 24, 2010 at 4:13 PM | PERMALINK

She's just following in a long line of satirists, from Pat Paulson (who ran for President) to Stephen Colbert (who ran for President).

Posted by: DAY on September 24, 2010 at 4:25 PM | PERMALINK

Pretty sure O'Donnell's candidacy is over. The alarming thing is that this is only because she made the bad call of running in Delaware. If she were in Kentucky she'd probably be winning.

Posted by: mcc on September 24, 2010 at 4:29 PM | PERMALINK

O'Donnell's protest that kids are not "dogs in heat" might be true in an idealized world. But it ignores our basic mammalian nature. We have an excess of sexual desire, ample opportunity, and conflicting messages in the media and culture. Expecting kids to obey edicts from O'Donnell's alternative reality is virtually insane. Yet this is what passes for social conservatism nowadays: wishful thinking compounded with smugness and finger-wagging.

Posted by: walt on September 24, 2010 at 4:32 PM | PERMALINK

She's either lying or a lesbian. No one is that freaking disciplined.

Posted by: Alli on September 24, 2010 at 4:33 PM | PERMALINK

I'm a young woman in my thirties and I remain chaste

71 one more like will be met by Islamic martyrs when you die chaste. Better give it up now.

Posted by: flyonthewall on September 24, 2010 at 4:33 PM | PERMALINK

I can hear the 15 year old boys now, "No, I can't have sex with you, Ms. O'Donnell says I should be chaste."

Or is Ms. O'Donnell, like so many Biblical throw-backs, aiming only for the girls chastity?

Posted by: Skip on September 24, 2010 at 4:33 PM | PERMALINK

Nice Freudian slip.

I think you meant to type "fiRst U.S. Senate campaign" rather than fist.

Posted by: dms on September 24, 2010 at 4:35 PM | PERMALINK

Sadly, watching that clip couldn't suppress the chorus of cheers I envision many of her constituents would muster upon viewing it. They DON'T CARE! That is precisely the message they want to keep screaming in the face of mountains of statistics and evidence of the opposite.
What we see as idiotic, they see as heroic. "La, la, la, I can't hear you!!"

Posted by: bodacious on September 24, 2010 at 4:37 PM | PERMALINK

Of course she's chaste... she's so damned ugly only a preacher would have sex with her.

Posted by: Ten Bears on September 24, 2010 at 4:44 PM | PERMALINK

Methinks she was either:

1. Lying about being chaste.
2. Lying about it being by choice.

Probably the second since, from seeing her on the TV, I can't imagine a single man putting up with someone that willfully stupid and just ... well, she seems as much fun as a fatal wreck involving a busload of orphans and a truck full of puppies.

And that's being kind ...

Posted by: Mark D on September 24, 2010 at 4:48 PM | PERMALINK

I've already seen this movie:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2159236046814148071#

Posted by: Newton on September 24, 2010 at 4:49 PM | PERMALINK

I am not surprised that Chrissy is "chaste".
It's a sad fact of life and not of her own choosing. She undoubtedly discovered years ago that men in Delaware prefer some intelligent conversation to go along with the sex. Poor Chrissy doesn't have the qualifications to be anything other than chaste in that department.

Posted by: Bo on September 24, 2010 at 4:52 PM | PERMALINK

I think you meant to type "fiRst U.S. Senate campaign" rather than fist.

I was just about to note she's against fisting...

Posted by: Todd for Vermont House on September 24, 2010 at 4:53 PM | PERMALINK

I am not surprised that Chrissy is "chaste".
--------------------------------------
That depends on what the meaning of "is" is.

Perhaps in 2003 she was celibate. Not so much in college.


It was in college at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey that O'Donnell did things she regrets -- drinking too much and having sex with guys with whom there wasn't a strong emotional connection.

http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2010/09/15/christine_odonnell_had_sex/index.html

Posted by: Newton on September 24, 2010 at 4:57 PM | PERMALINK

gone unmentioned is that our ms. o'd sure was on the tee vee a lot back in the day...usually running some sort of grift....remember that adage about leopards & spots...

Posted by: dj spellchecka on September 24, 2010 at 4:58 PM | PERMALINK

Newton beat me to the link re: O'Donnell's slut phase during college. Guess we should be grateful that she sacrificed herself so that others could be 'saved' via her testimony. Of, course there is that whole 'without sin - cast the first stone' issue, but maybe she was drunk when she read that portion of the Good Book.

Posted by: dcsusie on September 24, 2010 at 5:09 PM | PERMALINK

We shouldn't consider "chaste" people "nutty" per se, it's a matter of how their attitudes might affect the rest of us - esp. if elected to Congress (and I'm sure that was Steve's point.)

Posted by: neil b on September 24, 2010 at 5:44 PM | PERMALINK

In any case, if O'Donnell admits to having sex in college but now says she "remains" chaste (instead of "am" which can be, currently ...) then she's a liar - no big surprise. BTW, not from being ugly, if she was smart and sane I'd be happy to have a go at her if looking.

Posted by: neil b on September 24, 2010 at 5:48 PM | PERMALINK

O'Donnell is right.

Conservativism has always been about refusing to recognize human weakness and expecting large numbers of people to voluntarily reject their baser instincts in favor of higher ideals.

/snark

Posted by: libarbarian on September 24, 2010 at 6:45 PM | PERMALINK

Sex is a 'human weakness' reflicting our 'baser instincts.'?

Well, I guess that explains why conservatives don't care about how their policies would affect the future. Under their rules, there wouldn't be one, at least not for humans.

Posted by: dcsusie on September 24, 2010 at 6:49 PM | PERMALINK

When the other guest asked, "You're going to stop the whole country from having sex?" O'Donnell replied, "Yeah. Yeah!"

I ain't getting none, why should anyone else? And, anyway, I had tried it and didn't like it and I want to spare the youngsters the same disappointment.

There was an article about her -- rather to complimentary, IMO -- in the NYT a week or so ago. It mentioned that she likes to cook (in the old clips that we're seeing, she was still slim. That's a thing of the past; she now looks more like a "real American") and would have liked to have had babies (shudder at the lot of the poor tykes) and a husband. It just hasn't happened. Yet.

Posted by: exlibra on September 24, 2010 at 7:18 PM | PERMALINK

For those who think she's too ugly, get real. A twelve pack of beer and six shots of whiskey, and you'll do her. She's no worse than your right hand.

Posted by: fostert on September 24, 2010 at 7:31 PM | PERMALINK

whenever I see that woman's mouth move, all I hear (in an Eric Idle-accented voice) is "witch....witch....witch....witch...."

Posted by: andyvillager on September 24, 2010 at 7:55 PM | PERMALINK

I think she's pretty ... pretty dumb.

Posted by: Danny on September 24, 2010 at 8:12 PM | PERMALINK

"Let me tell you, kids, speaking from experience, and when I say experience, I mean a loootttt of experience, sex is icky. Back in college when I spent more time with my ankles above my head than my nose in my books, I learned that human beings aren't lustful animals. We're not dogs in heat. So remember kids, keep your peter in your pocket and your muffin in its wrapper. No cheating by going solo either. God is watching."

- Christine O'Donnell

Posted by: Oh my on September 24, 2010 at 10:06 PM | PERMALINK

Her definition of chaste reminds me of my Dad's definition of stopping smoking.

He always stops smoking right after finishing a cigarette, and usually starts smoking again a few hours later, after which he immediately stops again.

Posted by: doubtful on September 24, 2010 at 10:33 PM | PERMALINK

Love the curly hippie ’do! That needs to go in the gallery of Christine!'s hair-dos.

Has she adopted bangs/fringe because her forehead is starting to wrinkle?

Discuss.

Posted by: hamletta on September 25, 2010 at 1:05 AM | PERMALINK

You know what people? She's a fake. This is her act, her schtick. She's been pretty much a regular on tv for years. You don't get on shows without an agent. There are alot of zany, eccentric people out there, and no one is knocking on their doors begging them to debate an MTV reality star on a cable news show.

This is her "character." It's performance art. She's booked onto these shows and the producers are clear about what they want from her. It's show business. She's not real.

Posted by: SaintZak on September 25, 2010 at 1:20 AM | PERMALINK

And here I sit in Los Angeles waiting to read about the poll that shows she is leading by five points over yet another lackluster Democrat. No disrespect to Coons, but he might have nothing to do with whether he wins or loses.

We've got a prairie fire coming and the corporate media is fanning the flames. I am really worried about a blowout election. The corporate Democrats in the congress do not appear to care about holding onto a majority. I still cannot believe they didn't just push that tax cut bill to a vote.

I will never be able to just laugh at any of these Republican freaks. How can anyone laugh after living through two terms of that corrupt phony cowboy Dubya?

Posted by: James E. Powell on September 25, 2010 at 3:47 AM | PERMALINK

Of course she's chaste... she's so damned ugly only a preacher would have sex with her. Ten Bears @ 16:44

[chucle] Aside from the number of preachers that have probably had sex with her, that dislodged a line from the old movie Goodbye Pork Pie that is permanently lodged in my head.
[wikipedia has plot --> Goodbye_Pork_Pie]
Shirl, a self proclaimed virgin early on in the movie is catching her breath later on saying "I think I'm going to have to count that one". Or something like that, it was 1981 fer crying out loud.

Posted by: Kevin (not the famous one) on September 25, 2010 at 4:38 AM | PERMALINK

"* typo fixed" darn it, steve, that was one of the best typos in the history of the innernets...

Posted by: dj spellchecka on September 25, 2010 at 11:45 AM | PERMALINK
Post a comment









Remember personal info?










 

 

Read Jonathan Rowe remembrance and articles
Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for Free News & Updates

Advertise in WM



buy from Amazon and
support the Monthly