By York Van Nixon III
“I dabbled into witchcraft,” said Christine O’Donnell. Her penchant for using herbs may explain her attraction to the Tea Party movement. And Ms. O’Donnell’s admission of having lunched on a satanic altar may explain the unexpected upset of Mike Castle in last week’s Delaware primary. One has to wonder if there was some type of spell that made voters pull levers for her. Then again, perhaps it was something she placed in the Koolaid at her rallies.
In the poison’d entrails throw.—
Toad, that under cold stone,
Days and nights has thirty-one;
Swelter’d venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i’ the charmed pot!
Double, double toil and trouble
Ms. Donnell must have used the wrong spell over the weekend. The one she intended to use on Bob Shieffer of “Face the Nation” was supposed to make him forget her scheduled appearance yesterday morning.
The same one must have also backfired on Karl Rove. He said O’Donnell can’t “simply ignore” the witchcraft remark. The former Bush deputy chief of staff added she made a “smart decision” by canceling on the Sunday shows.
In all seriousness, Ms. O’Donnell’s victory should come as no surprise. Voters of both parties are simply feed-up with Congress and President Obama. One need not look far to get a sense of the angst shared by many members of the Tea Party Patriots. Its local chapter Washington DC Tea Party posts the following message:
YOU HAVE WAKEN UP A SLEEPING GIANT
WE THE PEOPLE UNITED WE STAND
AS ONE NATION
TO SAY NO
YOU MUST GO
WE THE PEOPLE SAY
NO YOU MUST GO
AND BRING HIM TO JUSTICE
BRING HIM TO JUSTICE WITH ALL THE OTHER TRADERS
TO WE THE PEOPLE AND THE CONTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WHO STAND TOGETHER AND WILL NOT FALL
PLAY WE MAY BUTT WHEN NEEDED WE COME STAMPEDING PROWD AMERICANS READY
TO FACE ANY ENEMIES FOREIGN OR DOMESTIC
WE THE PEOPLE SAY
THE CONTITUTION IS IN OUR HEARTS
ONLY A TRUE AMERICAN KNOWS ITS TRUE PATH AND WILL DEFEND UNTIL DEATH
YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOW’N FREEDOM WILL STAND FOR THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE
One can easily imagine a coven of witches spewing vile like that above as they stir Democrats into a bubbling cauldron of Tea Party brew. Such enthusiasm concerns the GOP. Without an agenda, Republicans will have to rely on images. This one makes dreams of taking over Congress disappear into a cloud of smoke.
Christine O’Donnell has more than one month before general elections. Maybe she’ll use the time to cast a spell to turn Delaware voters into tea drinkers.