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October 4, 2010

O'DONNELL CLAIMS ACCESS TO SECRET CHINESE TAKEOVER PLAN.... When it comes to keeping up with extremist Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, one of the problems is that it becomes harder to surprise us. We've come to expect bizarre remarks, so more routine madness, which might be more interesting if applied to a different candidate, barely registers. Note, for example, that Bill Maher's latest revelation barely made a ripple.

But even for a Senate candidate who's lied repeatedly about her educational background, is suspected of campaign embezzlement, is suspected of tax fraud, rejects modern science, hates gays, has crusaded against masturbation, has talked about stopping Americans from having sex, and embraces a hysterically extreme political worldview, this is pretty extraordinary.

Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell of Delaware said in a 2006 debate that China was plotting to take over America and claimed to have classified information about the country that she couldn't divulge.

O'Donnell's comments came as she and two other Republican candidates debated U.S. policy on China during Delaware's 2006 Senate primary, which O'Donnell ultimately lost.

She said China had a "carefully thought out and strategic plan to take over America" and accused one opponent of appeasement for suggesting that the two countries were economically dependent and should find a way to be allies.

"There's much I want to say," she said at the time. "I wish I wasn't privy to some of the classified information that I am privy to."

Note that this came from 2006. Some of the evidence of O'Donnell's nuttiness comes from the 1990s, which makes it at least slightly easier for her backers to dismiss as errors of youth. But in '06, O'Donnell was seeking a major-party nomination for the U.S. Senate, claiming to have access to "classified" information about a Chinese "strategic plan to take over America."

At a certain point, this stops being funny and starts being sad. I've long assumed that O'Donnell is just a ridiculous right-wing activist who managed to win a low-turnout primary. Given her delusional claims about access to classified Chinese intelligence, and her outlandish lies about her own educational background, I'm starting to think there may be something deeply wrong with Christine O'Donnell, which really isn't funny at all.

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The plot is classified double top secret: it's so secret even Chrissy doesn't know about it.

As if you're surprised by this,

Posted by: Zorro on October 4, 2010 at 3:07 PM | PERMALINK

You're right, her craziness isn't very funny. But I also don't think it's sad. It is, in my view, incredibly awesome.

Posted by: Jeff on October 4, 2010 at 3:07 PM | PERMALINK

But the key question is, how many Communists in the State Department are on the list she holds in her hand?

Because, other than the utterly fictitious and suspiciously exact number ol' Uncle Joe brandished, this smacks disturbingly of the same insipid mindset that marked McCarthyism and the Red scare.

Christine O'Donnell -- back to the 50s!

Posted by: bernard gilroy on October 4, 2010 at 3:13 PM | PERMALINK

Jeff, not so awesome if she wins. Then she is a sad, delusional person with too high of a security clearance. That is beyond frightening and not in the least bit awesome at all.

Posted by: MsJoanne on October 4, 2010 at 3:15 PM | PERMALINK

The important takeaway isn't that O'Donnell's extremely crazy.

It's that the GOP firmly endorses the candidacy of this lunatic.

Before the primary (and for a few hours afterwards) there was some effort to distance the party from O'Donnell, but that's all gone now.

There's far more effort by Dems to distance themselves from Nancy Pelosi, who isn't exactly some wild-eyed radical, than there is on the part of GOPers to distance themselves from Christine O'Donnell.

There ought to be some way for the Dems to either tar GOP candidates around the country with the words of O'Donnell, Sharron Angle, Joe Miller, Rand Paul, etc., or force them into disagreeing with them.

Posted by: low-tech cyclist on October 4, 2010 at 3:18 PM | PERMALINK

I can't imagine that she has ever had a security clearance, so what was she doing looking at classified information?

Posted by: Doctor Whom on October 4, 2010 at 3:19 PM | PERMALINK

If I were to say that I know of a plot to place a bomb in a plane flying into Dulles(is it RR, now?), would I just be classified as a nut case and nothing more be said of it? Where is Homeland Security? Apparently elected officials and candidates can say anything without penalty. Didn't John McCain have a secret plan to win the wars, but only if he was elected POTUS?
I can't wait for the Galactic Federation to disclose their presence and remove the nukes from their silos.

Posted by: st john on October 4, 2010 at 3:19 PM | PERMALINK

Defeating Republican vermin in November is the last chance before chaos ensues.

Since billionaire Republican donors seeking to subvert the U.S. Government refuse to identify themselves under the Citizens United ruling, this leaves the Democratic Party no choice but to run political ads in the closing hours of the campaign speculating about who these dark, secretive, anti-American, subversive forces might be.

In the O'Donnell campaign market, grainy footage of vaguely Red Chinese operatives moving money into O'Donnell's campaign coffers with breathless, insinuating voiceovers (Donald Sutherland reprising his role in "JFK" would be optimal) raising doubts about vermin O'Donnell's provenance should be aired.

Similar ads tailored for other campaign markets would follow suit.

Surely the vermin Koch brothers and their secretive political scuttling underneath the campaign baseboards are ripe for exploitation.

I guess Democrats are too good for these tactics, aren't they?

Goodbye, America.

Posted by: Countme? on October 4, 2010 at 3:19 PM | PERMALINK

"At a certain point, this stops being funny and starts being sad."

O'Donnell's level of stupid is always funny.

The fact that she earned a nomination, presumably from people who think as she does and have access to transportation that gets them to and from voting booths (I'm guessing Medicare-covered scooters most of the time), THAT'S what's sad.

Posted by: slappy magoo on October 4, 2010 at 3:19 PM | PERMALINK

I'm confused as to whose secret plot it is. If it's a secret of the American govt, what's the point of it being secret? I mean, if China is going to attack us, shouldn't we all be getting ready or something? And if it's China's secret, shouldn't she mention it to someone in our govt? Or is she committing treason?

And how would she explain her knowing this secret? She certainly didn't seduce an agent to get it. Maybe God told her the secret the same way he told her to run for office. If so, old Jehovah got some serious explaining to do.

Posted by: chrenson on October 4, 2010 at 3:21 PM | PERMALINK

Speak for yourself, this is fricken hilarious.

She admitted to committing a high crime, seeing and/or possessing classified information so secret, no one else knows about it, including the Chinese.

What next, a secret plot by us socialistic atheists to give handouts to kids code named 'Santa Clause' ?

Posted by: ScottW714 on October 4, 2010 at 3:22 PM | PERMALINK

The saddest part of this is that the news media should be all over this whackaloon and the rest of the miscreants running as republican.

Posted by: Gandalf on October 4, 2010 at 3:26 PM | PERMALINK

said with a whisper .... " and you know, if you get 10 gage copper wire, and attach to an aluminum foil hat in the shape of funnel, you can get the numeric coded messages sent via short wave and download them to your brain directly, not having to worry about Microsoft listening ..."

Seriously. How about asking the question of every F***ing Republican: In 2006 the R candidate for senate claimed to have secure information on the take over of the US; further more she ... SO, candidate x, what is your plan on working with such a nutjob?

btw - Steve alluded to Matt Tabbi's article in the Rolling Stone about the Tea Party. Everyone should read this.

Posted by: bigtuna on October 4, 2010 at 3:27 PM | PERMALINK

Well, we owe China so much money that they own us three or four times, but this is secret? Wasn't it the keystone of Bush's war policy, so that he wouldn't have to (shudder) raise taxes? Why is a Republican complaining about our being deep in debt to the most unrestricted cowboy-capitalist economy in the world today?

Posted by: T-Rex on October 4, 2010 at 3:29 PM | PERMALINK

Giving everyone pause...

There's far more effort by Dems to distance themselves from Nancy Pelosi, who isn't exactly some wild-eyed radical, than there is on the part of GOPers to distance themselves from Christine O'Donnell.

--low tech cyclist

Posted by: koreyel on October 4, 2010 at 3:37 PM | PERMALINK

Now right here is a handy measure of the depth of white privilege in this country.

Alvin Greene? A nut, but a black nut so the press regards him as a nut.

Christine O'Donnell? Just as nutty as Greene, but white. She has the support of the GOP to become a Senator and the press accords her deference.

Posted by: Quaker in a Basement on October 4, 2010 at 3:38 PM | PERMALINK

Yes, it's very sad. Now let's hang her around the GOP's neck like a millstone.

Posted by: hells littlest angel on October 4, 2010 at 3:43 PM | PERMALINK

Umm, just where the hell would she see classified info? she's delusional.

Posted by: fourlegsgood on October 4, 2010 at 3:45 PM | PERMALINK

I am now convinced that I am now living in Bizzaro World. This country has truly passed over the fold. When true nutjobs like Angle, O'Donnell, Joe Miller, and all the other Tea Party idiots that in less than a month could be sitting in Congress along with the repug loons like DeMint, Bachman, Boehner,Coburn, etc., I have come to the conclusion that this country is doomed to the shitpile. These people will say and do anything that they feel is necessary to get them into power and the idiot American populace will back them. It is truly remarkable.

Posted by: Chris on October 4, 2010 at 3:46 PM | PERMALINK

"Leave Christine Alone"!


Posted by: Trollop on October 4, 2010 at 3:47 PM | PERMALINK

Maybe the Chinese are taking over the transgenic mouse industry; they're giving them human brains and then.. Drivers licenses!

Posted by: Trollop again.. on October 4, 2010 at 3:51 PM | PERMALINK

Well, she's not wrong about the "takeover" part. They do currently own our asses. But why would they want to send soldiers in when they could just call in the note?

Posted by: Frank on October 4, 2010 at 4:01 PM | PERMALINK

i think zorro got it wrong. the plot is so secret, crissy is the only one who knows about it.


the republic has survived nutjobs before. i'd bet there were a few among the signers of the declaration. it will survive o'donnell, miller, buck et al if somehow any or all of them get elected.

Posted by: mudwall jackson on October 4, 2010 at 4:08 PM | PERMALINK

O'Donnell + Palin are the apotheosis of how ultra-conservative Republicans appear to like their women: pretty + mind-blowingly vapid. The former makes them electable; the latter makes them easily-manipulatable by the old white Christian men who run the GOP.


Posted by: Zorro on October 4, 2010 at 4:09 PM | PERMALINK

Thing is, though, her psychopathology is an entirely legitimate campaign issue. By entering the public sphere, she's crossed the line between public and private-- and her craziness is fair game for it.

Posted by: MattF on October 4, 2010 at 4:12 PM | PERMALINK

With the corporate MSM subliminally promoting the lunacy of O'Donnell, and her ilk, as the populist antidote for what ails this country, thereby elevating ignorance and stupidity, not to mention insanity, to a virtue, the GOP has little to fear.

The political mantle of speaking for the little guy, the low information voter, the gullible, now rests securely on the shoulders of the Rethugs, with their billionaire funders as puppet masters, and their well oiled propaganda machine making fascism seem as the welcome wave of the future.

Welcome to the second decade of the 21st Century, which more and more begins to feel like the 1930s.

The corrupt and feckless Dimocrats have lost their mandate to the even more corrupt Rethugs, and the damage will be unimaginable if the crazy caucus grows after January. Ruining the Obama presidency was their goal. They may well succeed.

We may need the intervention of the deity.

Posted by: rrk1 on October 4, 2010 at 4:12 PM | PERMALINK

It is not fair for you to dismiss Ms. O'Donnell nor for you to make fun of her!

As she has previously stated, God has plans for her to win the senate seat. In fact, I will believe that God not only provided her with the secret Chinese plans, God also translatted them from Chinese to English so that she could read them!

We republicans don't need no damn science! We believe and belief is much more powerful than science or facts!

Posted by: RepublicanPointOfView on October 4, 2010 at 4:36 PM | PERMALINK

I too am party to this information. I can honestly say that the Chinese have a world-wide network of agents, in place and ready to spring into action.

Where are they, you wonder? I don’t want to say too much.
But, I don't think I'm revealing too much if I put it this way, Pineapple chickens don’t have balls.

You take it from there. Godspeed.

Posted by: Mr DeBakey on October 4, 2010 at 4:38 PM | PERMALINK

'But in '06, O'Donnell was seeking a major-party nomination for the U.S. Senate, claiming to have access to "classified" information about a Chinese "strategic plan to take over America."'

How about passing a fuckwad of tax cuts plus the biggest expansion to entitlement spending since LBJ, plus two land wars in Asia, resulting in a fuckwad of fiscal debt which was funded by furrigners (with the Chinese Central Bank being a key player)?

Have we proved Cheney was a Chinese agent then? 'Cos it's either that or he was working for the Iranians. 'Cos it's hard to believe he'd do so much damage to the U.S. purely by accident.

Posted by: Sock Puppet of the Great Satan on October 4, 2010 at 4:45 PM | PERMALINK

Didn't the Chinese already pretty much buy us out?

Posted by: Roddy McCorley on October 4, 2010 at 4:50 PM | PERMALINK

The Chinese buy our T-bonds. We buy their manufactured goods. We've both invaded each other economically. It's not a secret. How it all turns out is just someone guessing. Might go on like this for centuries, who knows?

Posted by: Slothrop on October 4, 2010 at 4:58 PM | PERMALINK

"I can't imagine that she has ever had a security clearance, so what was she doing looking at classified information?"

Posted by: Doctor Whom

I think it would be great to have the FBI come knocking on her door asking for an explanation.

I'd also like an explanation why the FBI didn't come knocking on her door in 2006.

Posted by: Lance on October 4, 2010 at 5:10 PM | PERMALINK

What does it actually mean for China to have a plan to "take over" the United States? They have no navy of any consequence, so they can't send troops to invade; no air force of consequence, so they can't bomb us. If they lob their few nuclear missiles our way, we'll turn China into a parking lot. Since we owe them boatloads of money, they will, quite properly, have some influence on economic issues, but they couldn't "take over" our economy, or dictate who sits in the White House. They can make us somewhat poorer by calling in some debts or playing tougher on trade, at the cost of cutting off their noses to spite their faces, but why would they do that? And if they did, that would hardly be a takeover. This sounds like some comic-book villain with a plan to "rule the world." Why the f**k would anyone want to do that?

Posted by: CJColucci on October 4, 2010 at 5:24 PM | PERMALINK

"I'm starting to think there may be something deeply wrong with Christine O'Donnell, which really isn't funny at all."

Says you. The rest of the world, especially Al Quaeda, is laughing its ass off.

When O'Donnel was studying at Oxford, that was a cover story for her G14 classified, top secret mission to infiltrate the Chinese embassy in England and steal their super top secret plans to take over the United States.

She accomplished her mission by descending along milimeter-thick titanium cables through a "laser" security grid and absconding with a 25 karat diamond that was laser encoded with the secret takeover plans.

Of course, she switched it with a matching diamond borrowed from the Queen's crown jewels so that the Chinese would never suspect that their dastardly plan had been discovered.

It was all very hush hush.

The rest of the world is laughing its ass off.

Posted by: Winkandanod on October 4, 2010 at 5:31 PM | PERMALINK

She's the Judas goat. Every journalist chasing this story isn't chasing Toomey. Or Johnson. Or Ayotte. Or McMahon.

Posted by: Davis X. Machina on October 4, 2010 at 5:48 PM | PERMALINK

"If I were to say that I know of a plot to place a bomb in a plane flying into Dulles(is it RR, now?), "

No, they took GEORGE WASHINGTON's name off of National Airport (I was surprised at the time to learn it was Washington National for the man, not the city) in order to commemorate St. Ronnie. Since Dulles was a Republican, the Gipper's name had to be substituted for the less worthy deceased statesman.

Posted by: drkrick on October 4, 2010 at 7:00 PM | PERMALINK

Silly Christine. Of course the Chinese have a plan to take us over - why do you think we're breeding the mice with the fully functioning human brains?? Just wait until our army of rodent operatives consume all their rice! Ha!

Posted by: biggerbox on October 4, 2010 at 8:29 PM | PERMALINK

She's a witch! Burn her!!!

Posted by: scooter on October 4, 2010 at 9:33 PM | PERMALINK

She has a personality disorder. But I can't figure out which one.

Posted by: Enb14 on October 5, 2010 at 1:04 AM | PERMALINK

Wait, the Chinese are going to take over? You know what this means...WOLVERINES!!!!!

Posted by: Northzax on October 5, 2010 at 7:00 AM | PERMALINK

Uhmm...who is the bigger whack job...Christine or Sarah Palin? Sort of reminds me of that old joke when one commentator casually mentioned that fifty percent of the American population were mentally disturbed."Well hell", the other commentator huffed,"You would be mentally disturbed too if you knew the other fifty percent were just plain freaking NUTS"!

Posted by: Frederick Christensen on October 5, 2010 at 7:08 AM | PERMALINK



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