Three former staffers of Republican US Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell have been seeking to destroy her candidacy by telling rather insignificant anecdotes about her 2008 campaign. I say “insignificant” because they don’t amount to any wrong-doing; instead they seem to be fairly one-sided versions of differing opinions on how to run a campaign.
But the media came late to the Christine O’Donnell story. They ran in a breathless herd to the sideline when it suddenly looked like sweet, non-threatening, liberal, aisle-crossing RINO Mike Castle might lose his rightful claim to waltz into Delware’s US Senate seat. How fun the years ahead were going to be for the media as Castle blew up one Republican plan after another by selling out and caving to the Democrats. So out came their “nuts or sluts” coverage, just as happened with Nikki Haley in the South Carolina gubernatorial race.
On the sluts front, they didn’t have any political operatives claiming to have slept with O’Donnell, as they had with Haley. Instead they had videotape to mock of O’Donnell preaching all forms of sexual abstinence 15 years ago–in apparent repentance for formerly slutty behavior. Put a check in the sluts scorebox.
Oddly, preaching abstinence wasn’t enough for the media to feel confident this time that they’ve got the nuts column covered too, so send in the turncoat political operatives.
Meet Alan Moore. The day before the Delaware primary, Moore wrote a lovely little piece entitled “Nominating Christine O’Donnell (DE) Could Destroy the Tea Party.” It begins:
I volunteered for the O’Donnell campaign in 2008. I am not owed any money nor have I ever received payment from either the O’Donnell or Castle campaigns.
After that, he dredges up one picayune charge after another in an attempt to derail her victory the next day. But poor Moore, his story doesn’t make much headway into the world—though it does make it into a blog entry at the Atlantic. Castle loses, and Moore has made his future potential employers rather skittish about his trustworthiness and loyalty, all for naught.
It wasn’t until three days after O’Donnell’s upset win that Politico added Moore to their stable of disgruntled turncoats.
Moore explained to Politico that despite his having no apparent experience in television commentating, it was he who attempted to explain the basic details of how paid television contracts work to a dunderhead O’Donnell, who just couldn’t understand any of this after a decade of appearing on television for different causes (as evidenced by the stockpile of footage MSNBC has been showing, going back into the 1990s). In belittling O’Donnell’s supposed interest in being a big ol’ TV star, he gets himself quoted on the big ol’ Internet.
The other anecdote that Moore provides to Politico as proof-positive that O’Donnell had her priorities “completely out of whack” is that she decided to try a fresh alternative to tired bumper stickers and yard signs by imprinting small packets of suntan lotion with the phrase “Don’t Get Burned By Higher Taxes. Vote Christine O’Donnell 2008” and tossed them out to parade crowds from her campaign truck.
Moore, political genius that he is, knows that voters will be much more persuaded by just seeing a political candidate drive by and wave. Surely they’ll remember that drive-by candidate’s name much more than repeatedly seeing some name-inscribed packet around their house until they use it. He disputes studies that show people actually feel obligated to someone that gives them something for free, no matter how small or how stupid or how unwanted. Moore knows it was stupid to even try something new. He, a volunteer worker, warned her then that she’d regret not following his sage advice.
Boy, is she regretting it today.
So you’d think Moore would have spilled all his guts by now. But in his blog posting, he concluded with an ominous note (which was about the only thing of interest to the Atlantic magazine writer):
There are more crushing components in her back story that have yet to surface, but they will if she wins the GOP nomination. The Coons campaign is licking their collective chops with a smorgasbord of opposition research that hasn’t yet seen the light of day. This is a warning to conservatives if you nominate O’Donnell: The national media will write off not only her but the entire Tea Party Movement as a laughing stock which could result in its ultimate demise.
Got that, Tea Party people? Since you didn’t listen to Alan Moore and you went and rejected his RINO, your paltry little grassroots movement will be collapsing shortly.