Thursday, 18 August 2011

Run Homophobes, Run!

Christine O'Donnell probably doesn't mean much to Brit readers. She once had a rather silly TV appearance in which she indicated she was a witch and this clip haunted and defined O'Donnell when she went on to run as a candidate for the US Senate. Yes folks, she wants to be a political figure, bringing about the 'second American revolution'.

She defeated nine-term U.S. Representative and former governor Michael Castle in Delaware's September 2010 Republican primary for the U.S. Senate, pitching herself as a 'Tea Party' (taxed enough already) candidate. Despite this initial success, she lost the November 2010 U.S. Senate election in Delaware, to Democrat Chris Coons by a margin of 57% to 40%, and this defeat was seen as a big set-back for the Tea Party movement. She'd previously made two attempts at the Senate and got nowhere. Whether voters were scared by her extreme right wing views or a rather creepy TV ad she made - in which she said she wasn't a witch.

So what now? Well, she's flogging a book that sets out what she has described as 'policies'. Although, it's rather like buying a cook book from someone who has had every restaurant they opened shut down by health inspectors - you just wouldn't.

As a lead tea-bagger, O'Donnell has typically homophobic views (just as we saw with Bachmann at the weekend) and so when she appeared last night on Piers Morgan's CNN show, he quite reasonably asked her about her witchcraft (which she covers in her book) and her homophobic views (which are also apparently in her book). Unfortunately, she didn't like this line of questioning and ended the interview. He was clearly only meant to say how wonderful her book was and let her say a few platitudes.

However strident these right wing figures seem to be in presenting their homophobic views in speeches, and to similar-minded folks, it is interesting to see that when the light of scrutiny is shone upon them, they become remarkably silent and scurry away.

So, let's keep shining that light at these homophobes who wish to impose their intolerant and hateful philosophy upon America. BTW - I note that she claims she had turned down another interview - I wonder if that's true as she alter said she was arriving at a republican event later (the story seemed to shift). Any journalists looked into whether she was fibbing?

Check out the CNN appearance below. British viewers can catch the show again tonight on CNN international at 8pm BST (7pm GMT).

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