Rightbloggers Beat Off Charges of Lunacy in Christine O'Donnell's Masturbation, Satanism Remarks
In another era, these might have caused O'Donnell to be laughed off the public stage. But O'Donnell's a tea party VIP, and rightbloggers defend such people unquestioningly.
Their rapid response: There was nothing wrong with what she said, but if you think there was something wrong with what she said, it's not her fault, but that of the liberal media.
O'Donnell has said plenty of wacky things in her variegated career. A former campaign manager, for example, claimed O'Donnell once told her that Joe Biden had "tapped her phone line." On The Bill O'Reilly Show, O'Donnell said that "American scientific companies are cross-breeding humans and animals and coming up with mice with fully functioning human brains." Plus, as O'Donnell is an evangelical Christian, there have been the expected, unfortunate comments about evolution, homosexuality, etc.
O'Donnell's greatest hits come from her days as a mediagenic young Jesus freak, sent by the Lord to make the Moral Majority POV look cooler to young folks.
In 1996, O'Donnell went on MTV to lecture teens about the evils of self-pleasure. "The Bible says that lust in your heart is committing adultery," she said, "and you can't masturbate without lust" -- anticipating by several years the kind of thinking that won Ross Douthat a column in the New York Times. She also suggested that a man who could "please himself" had no need of her, which we're pretty sure she also meant as a negative.
And Bill Maher recently unleashed a 1999 clip from his old show Politically Incorrect, where O'Donnell frequently served as one of his rightwing foils. In the clip, O'Donnell appears to have attacked Halloween and, when challenged on it, explains that she had "dabbled into witchcraft" and "one of my first dates was [with] a witch was on a Satanic altar and I didn't know it and, I mean, there was a little blood there..."
A few rightbloggers backed slowly away from the O'Donnell campaign. Others stuck with her, but felt compelled to explain that she had been an impressionable young TV pundit when she made those remarks, and didn't necessarily stand by them anymore. ("Christine O'Donnell Clarifies Her Views on Masturbation," ran one such defense.)
But many loyalists remained inside the fort, issuing optimistic communiques. Their big message: Evil media liberals had smeared O'Donnell by taking her comments out of context.
Michelle Malkin led this charge. After denouncing Maher's "trademark smirk of pallor " (as opposed to, say, John Boehner's frown of orange) she explained that in the PI clip, O'Donnell is baited into her remarks: "One of the panelists on the show criticizes O'Donnell for criticizing Halloween," apparently an insufferable provocation. "O'Donnell responds," Malkin continued, "by explaining that she opposes witchcraft because she has had firsthand experience with what they do. So, she tried it. She rejected it. And she learned from it."
And there was the nub of her argument: O'Donnell had to explain the evils of witchcraft because the godless liberals were defending Halloween.
Robert Stacy McCain denounced the "smear" on O'Donnell, offering some jokes about masturbation ("Also, I'd advise Maher to stop masturbating so much"), but no explanation of his charge.
An emailer called him on this, and McCain answered with "The Swiftboating of Christine O'Donnell." (He explained that "Democrats have employed the term 'swiftboat' to describe what they perceived to be such tactics employed by Republicans," presumably so his readers would know that he didn't accept the cursed Democrats' opinion of swiftboating, but was using it in some double-reverse-Alinsky way.)
"What was the context?" McCain demanded. "We don't know, nor has anyone attempted to place this video clip in its proper context. Rather, the clip is being used to convey a clear message: 'SHE'S A TOTAL KOOK!'"
It's hard to see what context might rescue O'Donnell from this clip -- maybe she announced in some as-yet-unseen footage that she was only pretending to believe the crap she was saying, or that it was an April Fool's joke; her handlers haven't tried that one on us yet, but we bet they've considered it.
Thereafter McCain yelled at his emailer ("Your bias against Christianity informs your antagonism toward Christine O'Donnell") until he was spent; in a later post, he offered more masturbation humor, and a prediction that the subject would blow up, so to speak, in the Democrats' faces. After all, hadn't they made fun of Scott Brown's nude Playgirl appearance, and hadn't he won? Therefore, a candidate who opposed masturbation as a conduit for ungodly lust would enjoy similar support. "Being sexy is so bad for Republicans!" chortled McCain. How O'Donnell's rants are "sexy" eludes us, but different strokes, so to speak, for different folks.