When Karl Rove says something is nutty, people stand up and take notice. Karl Rove should know nutty when he sees it. He's the original recipe for nutty. He puts the nuts in nut cake. He's cultivated and nurtured an entire generation of nuts. All varieties, all nuts.
Now, the formidable Christine O'Donnell, founder and former president of the Savior's Alliance for Lifting the Truth (SALT), and candidate extraordinaire -- thrice defeated in U.S. Senate Republican primaries and general elections, 2006, 2008, 2010 -- is taking a shot, once again at the U.S. Senate, for which she deems herself eminently qualified: according to Wikipedia, she handled some issue advocacy for the Republican National Committee, founded SALT, "which focused on advocating chastity and other Christian values in the college-age generation," and "also served as a spokesperson for Concerned Women for America, a Conservative Christian political action group which seeks to apply biblical principles to issues of public policy." Chastity? Christian values? Biblical principles? These are all things that would surely benefit the weighty deliberations of the U.S. Senate. She has had some trouble managing her personal and campaign finances, but surely she can make the right decisions to manage finances of the United States.
(Another blog, the Delaware Republican Record, offers more in-depth details of her career, if you need it.)
With the endorsements of Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Senator Mitch McConnel, and Senator Jim DeMint, and the Tea Party nut brigade at large, how could she be anything but fair-minded and fiscally responsible, as her sponsors have so reliably been?
Still, Karl Rove says:
Party strategists said on Tuesday evening that they would assess the race this week, but that they would likely direct their money elsewhere — a sign that they believed that Ms. O’Donnell could not prevail in a general election. The Democratic nominee for the seat is Chris Coons, the county executive in New Castle County.
“There’s just a lot of nutty things she’s been saying that just simply don’t add up,” Karl Rove, the Republican strategist, said in a television interview on Fox News. “I’m for the Republican, but I’ve got to tell you, we were looking at eight to nine seats in the Senate. We’re now looking at seven to eight. In my opinion, this is not a race we’re going to be able to win.”And if Karl Rove says that, and she gives the Republican party shivers, maybe her sponsors should have second thoughts. But, namby-pamby, introspective, deliberative, second thoughts never served the Republican party before, why would they now?