Forget the inescapable Tea Party for a second. Just consider: GOP voters nominated a woman to run for a Senate seat in a populous Eastern state whose signal achievement in life, seemingly, is not having sex.
Isn't that a little, um, peculiar?
Not an exaggeration. Here's Christine O'Donnell opining on the subject of procreation on the radio a few years back, debating a regulation-issue safe sex advocate:
NIES: I tell them to be careful. You have to wear a condom. You have to
protect yourself when you're going to have sex, because [young people] are having
it anyway…There's nothing that you or me can do about it.
O'DONNELL: The sad reality is — yes, there is something you can do
about it. And the sad reality, to tell them slap on a condom is not —
NIES: You're going to stop the whole country from having sex?
O'DONNELL: Yeah. Yeah!
NIES: You're living on a prayer if you think that's going to happen.
O'DONNELL: That's not true. I'm a young woman in my thirties and I remain chaste.
Which made her famous. Which made her viable as a candidate.
In America today, fame is its own reward. From whence it comes matters not.