Is America getting weirder?

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.

Published by Kit Stolz

I'm a freelance reporter and writer based in Ventura County.

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