Christine O'Donnell

Christine O'Donnell: A deer in the headlights?

It’s interesting to watch what’s going on with this current mid-term election. The amount of mud-slinging from both sides is incredible! In Delaware the race for the Senate between Chris Coons (D) and Christine O’Donnell (R) is laughable. I’m not the typical voter who simply votes for their own party. I look at the individuals and what they stand for. If they don’t speak with my voice on the major issues, I’m not interested in voting for them – regardless of party. And in Delaware I’m hearing childish jabs at each other; but surprisingly, I’ve also been hearing some substantial answers addressed from Coons, but nothing from O’Donnell. Coons understands that what’s happened over the past 2 years hasn’t been perfect, but it’s been a start in the right direction. One example from O’Donnell: “I would immediately repeal Health Care Reform.” That’s it. No answer on what to do after that; just repeal something that, though imperfect, has at least started the ball rolling in the right direction. It’s a start that has been making the medical insurance agencies become just a little more responsible – the most important change is the elimination of pre-existing conditions. No longer can the insurance companies refuse to cover a pre-existing condition; and no longer can they drop coverage because an expensive illness comes along.

O’Donnell’s answer: Repeal. No comment on how to fix it, no proposal on what to do in its place, but just to repeal it.

Sadly, it doesn’t change from state to state. I’ve seen the commercials and heard the debates between Delaware, Pennsylvania, and other states, and the same slinging goes on.

When did this all become a necessity of elections? Why can’t candidates just talk about the issues, be honest about where they stand on them, and let the people decide? Frankly, I have no interest in voting for someone who can’t address the issues. What I do know, as a Delawarean, is that I will not be voting for Christine O’Donnell. She even blatantly lies in her commercials when she tells me, “I am you.” She doesn’t stand for anything I am.

In the 1990’s, O’Donnell founded an organization which sought to cure homosexuality and “sexual brokenness” through prayer – a practice debunked as harmful by the American Psychological Association. On C-SPAN in 1997, she objected to calling those with AIDS “victims” and argued that the government was spending too much money fighting the disease. Four short years ago, she said, “Homosexuality is an identity adopted through societal factors. It’s an identity disorder.”

Definitely not someone I want speaking on my behalf in Washington!