I have written article after article exposing the unfair, sexist, vicious, evil attacks against Christine O'Donnell--even to the pont of labeling her--a woman--as a "witch", As a feminist (having been forced out of the closet as such by mainstream media and leftist sexism), those attacks OFFENDED me. Further, I know O'Donnell's opponent, The Bearded Marxist, is far left--a person who will go to Washignton and simply support the establishments (Democratic and Repubican) who are ruining this country.
What I have not previously done is affirmatively show why I think Christine O'Donnell is a good candidate, apart from her general philosophy and the unfairness of the attacks upon her. That is because I don't live in Delaware, and just did not know enough to say affirmative, positive things about O'Donnelll. It was enough for me that she was opposing BOTH establishments, and that I saw no reason NOT to support her. That has now changed. I saw her interview with Greta Van Susteren, and it was one of the getter interviews I have ever seen a candidate give. One answer, especially, was one of the most brilliant I have ever seen from a candidate (in recent years)--Democrat or Republican. (Greta Van Susteren, by the way, is the fairest, best interviewer on television, even if she is not immune from cable TV disease in some ways--illustrated by her disgraceful performance in the Natalee Holloway "new developments" saga.)
Who was the ONE man most responsible for the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II? No, it was not Patton, Eisenhower, Roosevelt, or any of the rest--imprtant as they all were. It was Winston Churchill. When Britain stood alone, he kept Briain in the fight until the USA got there.
Who was the ONE man responsible for the USA winning the Cold War, and for the demise of the Soviet Union? That answer is even clearer. It was Ronald Reagan.
Christine O'Donnell was asked what Republican she admired most, living or dead. Sure, she could have said Lincoln, or even gone all of the way back to Jefferson. But that is rally going too far back to have much relevance today, without a lot of explaining. What she said was that she admired Palin and Reagan the most. Her anser on Palin was actually good--referencing her as an inspriational example of how to stand up against a media/leftist witch hunt (no, not her pun, but mine). But it is on Reagan that O'Donnell was absolutely brilliant in a way that I never (for one example) heard from John McCain.
O'Donnell did NOT cite Reagan's small government policy, or his low tax policy (although she clearly agrees with those). What O'Donnell said was what I said above, using her own words rather than mine. It was not a "canned" answer, and I have never heard another Republican give the answer. She said that Reagan stood up to opposition from outside his party, and within his party, to insist on continuing the Star Wars missle defense program. She said he showed backbone, and stood on principle, and (in essence, although she did not say so in so many words) won the Cold War. She was right. And probably more right than she knew, because I was there and she really was not (too young). Reagan was RIDCULED by the left, and by the Republican "establishment", for his Star Wars program. It was supposed to be a waste of money, and was never supposed to work.
As it turned out, Star Wars did not have to work. It won the Cold War, withou a shot ever being fired. That was because it gave the Sovet Union the message that the USA was going to WIN--no matter what. The Soviet Union could not counter Star Wars--the mere threat--without imploding. And that is what the Soviet Unino did. It imploded. Yes, it was the overall toughness and principle of Ronald Reagan that did it, and not just one program. But Star Wars was the symbol of the backbone of Ronald Reagan that Christine O'Deonnell said it was. Yes, conservatives have said this. But I have not seen a recent Repubican candidate say it.
I have now a Christine O'Donnell fan. The rest of the interview was also solid. But that one answer was more than solid. It was outstanding, and not the answer you usually get (pablum). Delaware: If you don't elect this woman, you are STUPID.
O'Donnell now has my ENTHUSIASTIC endoresement. She really did come across as the very best candidate--in terms of just an interview--that I have seen this year. You say she was not under "hostile" questioning? What does that have to do with it? It is absurd that the job of a "journalist" is to not give your interviewee a chance to opresent herself. Van Susteren, as usual, did not shy away from "tough" questons. But they were FAIR questions. More importantly, the ANSWERS were not canned--especially the answer on Reagan. O'Donnell came across as genuine, likable and (yes) attractive.
You can now count me as a big FAN of O'Donnell. It wil be a crime if she does not win--the crime of murder by the Republican establishment, the media establishment, and the Democratic establishment. Did I mention that she comes across as very NICE J(something I do not say lightly about a woman).