She’s like a sound-bite machine, this young woman who won the Republican primary in Delaware, where Joe Biden’s seat is up for grabs. Christine O’Donnell is a tea party darling, and will soon light up the phone lines on radio and TV talk shows all over the nation.
She’s red meat for the talk machine.
Friday evening on talker Ed Schultz’s MSNBC show, Ed and top national talk radio consultant Holland Cooke had a laugh-out-loud session about O’Donnell’s victory speech, and Cooke predicted O’Donnell will soon be the darling of the radio/TV talk shows, not only because she’s a fairly good speaker and an attractive person, but because she says the most unusual things.
Later Friday evening, on Bill Maher’s HBO show “Real Time”, he played a previously un-aired 1999 clip from his old “Politically Incorrect” TV show, where O’Donnell was a frequent guest. In the clip she talks about having dabbled with witchcraft! This is the kind of stuff that talk show hosts live for. Maher promised he’d play a previously un-aired clip from O’Donnell until she appears on his HBO show.
She backed out of a scheduled appearance on the CBS Sunday talk show “Face the Nation” with a terse e-mail offering no explanation. It reminds me of the old William F. Buckley Jr. line “Why does baloney reject the grinder?” At least O’Donnell’s new handlers (her old ones have been trashing her left and right the past few days) are smart enough to keep her away from reputable national public affairs shows, lest she repeat the Sarah Palin stumble with Katie Couric.
O’Donnell talks about how scientists have cloned mice with fully-functioning human brains, and has some very….interesting….views on what pornography is. This stuff is just as good as Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s stories about headless torsos buried in the Arizona desert.
O’Donnell hasn’t memorized her stump speech yet, which engendered a few “TelePrompTer” remarks from Ed Schultz and Holland Cooke Friday evening, but like Palin, she’ll master it soon enough. However, O’Donnell seems to be the type who will quite quickly go “off the reservation” with off-the-cuff comments. She just LOVES to speak to crowds, and has made no secret of her ambitions in that arena.
Maybe, as with Palin, if her handlers can keep her away from the Sunday public affairs shows and Bill Maher, Ed Schultz, Chris Matthews, and Keith Olbermann, O’Donnell will have enough Tea Party steam to put her over the top in Delaware. Fox News will make sure she gets plenty of fair and balanced coverage.
Meantime, fasten your seat belts….it’s going to be a bumpy ride!