Thursday, December 30, 2010
Don't Mess with Christine O'Donnell
Christine O'Donnell is getting hammered. For whatever the reasons, she stirs passion. Most political losers merely dry up and blow away. Some stay with the game, run again and get elected. All in all, just part of the civic process. For those elected, though, the pot of gold
is realized. Poor Chris, somebody has the hots for her. And that would be "hots" in a bad way. Joe Biden?
Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation to determine whether failed U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell broke the law by using campaign money to pay personal expenses, according to a person familiar with the investigation.
O'Donnell, the Delaware Republican and tea party favorite who scored a surprise primary victory this year only to lose badly in the November general election, denied the charges and suggested they were being driven by her political opponents on the right and left, including Vice President Joe Biden....
O'Donnell, who set a state record by raising more than $7.3 million in a tea party-fueled campaign this year, has been dogged by questions about her personal and campaign finances.
At least two former campaign workers have alleged that O'Donnell routinely used political contributions to pay personal expenses including her rent as she ran for the Senate three consecutive times, starting in 2006. She acknowledged in a newspaper interview in March that she paid part of her rent with campaign money, arguing that her house doubled as a campaign headquarters....
O'Donnell called the allegations politically motivated and singled out Biden, who represented Delaware in the Senate for decades....
"Given that the king of the Delaware political establishment just so happens to be the vice president of the most liberal presidential administration in U.S. history, it is no surprise that misuse and abuse of the FBI would not be off the table," she said in the statement....
O'Donnell, who announced just after Election Day that she had signed a book deal, hasn't held a full-time job in years and has struggled to explain how she makes a living.
She reported in July that she earned only $5,800 in income for the previous 18 months through freelance public relations work. She said she lived mostly on a savings account that she reported in an amended Senate disclosure report as being worth between $1,000 and $15,000.
Her financial past includes a tax lien from the IRS, a lawsuit from the university she attended over unpaid bills and a foreclosure action that she avoided by selling her house to Vasher just before a sheriff's auction. Her campaign maintained the tax lien was the result of an IRS mistake and computer error....
"We've been warned by multiple high-ranking Democrat insiders that the Delaware Democrat and Republican political establishment is jointly planning to pull out all the stops to ensure I would never again upset the apple cart," O'Donnell said in her statement Wednesday. "Specifically they told me the plan was to crush me with investigations, lawsuits and false accusations so that my political reputation would become so toxic no one would ever get behind me."
Considering the degree and extent of corruption in ALL levels of American government, O'Donnell
could hardly be considered even a bit player. She's lacks the perspicacity and eloquence to "make" big money. Face it, she's is far from the sharpest tool in the shed. With all due respect to her appeal and popularity, she is an inconsequential blip on the oscilloscope of shady gains.
So why bother with her? So what if she paid her rent from her campaign funds? Does anybody really think the politicians in the main aren't playing creative accounting with their campaign contributions, declared and undeclared? Of course they are. Of course they are.
Christine, somehow, someway gets the juices flowing. Is it because she has good hair, everywhere? Is it because she dabbled in withcraft? Is it because she is attractive and young enough to appear fertile? Is it because she is like most Delawarians and like most Americans. Hmm. They, too, are struggling to pay their rents, mortgages and credit card bills.
The USA is in a bad way. With a tanking economy and a lousy production base, there is no confidence and swagger left in the red, white and blue crowd. Some would argue that Americans are a bunch of whiners and complainers, who have lost their mojos. O'Donnell makes her fellow countrymen feel better about themselves because she is, well, her. She is just like them. To put it another way, are most Americans like Joe Biden or Barack Obama or George Bush (either one) or Michael Bloomberg. Ha, not likely.
So, if the Feds decide to pursue Christine, it will amount to nothing. In fact, the publicity and sympathy will make the erstwhile femme more well known and more appealing-for her next run for office. All things considered, Christine O'Donnell is a pussy
with nine lives for whom the pot of gold beckons. Never doubt feline witchcraft.
E cosi va.