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    Nuts and Sluts In Delaware

    Nuts and Sluts In Delaware

    The “nuts and sluts” defense is a common employment law tactic whenever a female employee brings a claim.  It doesn’t matter what the claim is, the defense — after the usual legal mumbo jumbo — will be something like this:

    “She’s nuts.  And by the way, pssst, she may be a slut.”

    That is the mode of attack Democrats use against conservative women.  Sarah Palin is the prime example, as she routinely is called crazy and is sexualized by the left (to the silence of liberal feminist groups).

    The nuts part of the attack is being used against Christine O’Donnell in Delaware by the local Republican establishment, and also by two leading conservative magazines, The Weekly Standard and National Review.  If O’Donnell is so nuts, why did the Delaware Republican Party nominate her to run against Joe Biden just two years ago?

    If O’Donnell wins tomorrow, you can be sure that the Democrats will seize on the nuts attack from Republicans, and take it to the next step by sexualizing O’Donnell (it already has started).

    By signing on to the nuts defense directed at conservative women, the Republican establishment has adopted the most pernicious line of Democratic Party attack.

    I am not “anti-Mike Castle,” but I do have a problem with someone who was willing to destroy the economy by signing on to Nancy Pelosi’s cap-and-trade plan.  The vigorous attacks on Castle have been focused almost exclusively on his record and policy prescriptions.  Almost none of the attacks on O’Donnell focus on her policies or political agenda.

    In politics, it often is necessary to put bitter primaries behind us.  I’m not sure, after the Republican establishment’s nuts defense, that will be possible in Delaware.

    Update:  See what I mean:

    And, some commenters and articles in the conservative press use O’Donnell’s statement that people are following her as proof that she is nuts.  But, the fact is that the Republican Party in Delaware has hired video trackers to follow her around (nothing illegal about that), as this post at DelawareOnline documents.  Other claims attribute to her the assertion that Castle supporters broke into her house in 2008, but O’Donnell never said that, she simply said in response to a question that she didn’t know who did it.  This is the problem I have with the “nuts” defense; spin replaces facts, and once the image of the candidate is created in the public mind, there is no way to undo it.

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    In the 2008 presidential race, we were constantly barraged with claims that "only Giuliani could beat Hillary" or "only Romney" or "only McCain" and so on. Hillary was Satan and we couldn't risk nominating a Republican.

    Well, Hillary didn't win the nomination and we were stuck with a "whiter than white" cranky old liberal who spent more time throwing his own team under the bus for attacking Obama than in attacking Obama himself.

    Why is it that when an establishment Republican claims that a conservative can't win it is automatically assumed that it must be true? Scott Brown couldn't win either but the Tea Party put him in. Same with Joe Miller. And Chuck Devore was leading in the polls here in CA too before the establishment torpedoed him in favor of liberal inkblot Carly Fiorina.

    Here in Pasadena, it was assumed that no Republican, especially a conservative, could beat incumbent uber-liberal Adam Schiff but Tea Party candidate John Colbert is neck-and-neck if not ahead in the polls.

    If we get a conservative on the ballot, that conservative can win.

    The "nuts" attack is hardly some random smear. It arose from her own damn words, and how crazy they sound. It's like saying that calling Alvin Greene nuts is a baseless smear, despite the fact that it's self-evident in his own words. Let me quote some things, that O'Donnell herself said. It goes quite beyond simply saying that she's being followed. And yeah, she said she didn't know who was following her. And immediately after that said "but I know for a fact that Mike Castle and Tom Ross were campaigning against me." Certainly sounds like she believes that it's Castle.

    "They’re following me. They follow me home at night. I make sure that I come back to the townhouse and then we have our team come out and check all the bushes and check all the cars to make sure that—they follow me.

    That’s what’s disgusting, as you can see from the YouTube videos. They knock on the door at all hours of the night. They’re hiding in the bushes when I’m at candidate forums. In 2008 they broke into my home. They vandalized my home. They wrote nasty notes on my front door, on my front porch. They jeopardized my safety. They did the same thing to our campaign office. They broke into our campaign office. They vandalized our campaign office. They stole files. My campaign signs that had my picture—they put a spear in my mouth poked out my eyes, and cut out the part of my heart, and wrote nasty names all over those campaign signs.

    I would be a fool to be pressured into disclosing where I live, when I know that the stakes are even higher this time. What makes me think they wont do the same distasteful things they did in 2008 when the stakes are even higher, when we’re even more viable. I mean come on, John, you’re a class act. You don’t want to—you know that this is a security issue. You know what they’re capable of."

    And from her lawsuit against ISI, describing her reaction to being fired(go ahead an tell me if this sounds like the reaction of a normal person): "For at least six months after being fired, Miss O’Donnell suffered enormous pain, cried frequently at the sense of personal loss and failure caused by ISI, and at the sense of injustice, and could not sleep at night, often wide-awake, replaying the whole scene in her mind, until 5:30 am, and has suffered from understandable and resulting depression."

    If you don't think that those quotes demonstrate some sort of instability, that's your prerogative. But don't accuse the people worried about this of perpetuating baseless smears, or try to equate this to the attacks leveled against Palin (who, unlike O'Donnell, has shown no signs of being anything but a, normal, rational person).

    What Castle and the establishment Republicans have done to Christine the character assination and smears are detestable and I for one, as a Republican will not vote for him if he wins. I am sick of RINO's like him and I don't believe for a minute that he will vote to repeal Obamacare. He is part of the problem. Lifetime politician and when has he been part of the solution??? Look where we are. He won't get my vote and any of family or friends in the general election. He and they play to dirty for me. Why don't they have that much guts against the liberals??? They are wimps who like picking on women!! Try doing it to Obama and Pelosi and Reid instead of Palin and O'Donnell!!

    Pasadena, in the examples you mentioned, you have to actually look at the specifics for each case.

    Take Scott Brown for example. He was elected and served 3 terms as a State Rep and also three terms as a State Senator.

    Adding to that, he has a law degree and serves in the National Guard.

    O'Donnell's resume doesn't even come close in comparison.

    Let's also not forget that completely inept campaign run by Martha Coakley as well as some public resentment over "the Kennedy Senate seat".

    As for Joe Miller, he's a graduate of West Point. Fought in the Gulf War and was awarded a Bronze Star. Later, he graduated from Yale Law. Lastly, he was both a Federal and State Judge.

    Two other things to add to this. First, Alaska is a red state so being a Conservative candidate is not a hindrance. Secondly, he was running against incumbent Lisa Murkowski who is very "moderate" by Alaska standards to say the least.

    Also, Palin is still hugely influential in Alaska, even more so that she is in states like Delaware.

    yeah, you have to take all this stuff into consideration. You can't just say "Well, Joe and Scott did it, so O'Donnel can do it as well."

    The details and the specifics matter.

    Here's a link to someone that has a much more thorough explanation of all this as well as the best analysis I have seen on the Delaware race:

    http://baseballcrank.com/archives2/2010/09/politics_whats.php

    IF O'Donnell wins today, then she wins. Let a true conservative run against a clear-cut unapologetic progressive in Delaware.

    Voters in Delaware can chose between the two, not between progressive-lite and progressive-heavy.


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