Michael Gaynor
Sad but true. Christine O'Donnell will lose to Christopher Coons
By Michael Gaynor
October 26, 2010


I wish it would not be so, but it will be so.

Today a realistic Laura Ingraham assured her listeners that it would be okay for her to write a $5,000 check to a worthy charity to satisfy a bet with Bill O'Reilly on the current Delaware Senate race, because it's such a worthy charity, as well as that candidates have to win their races because Talk Radio can't do it for them.

The day after winning the 2010 Delaware Republican Senate primary, Christine O'Donnell appeared on Ingraham's nationally syndicated radio show and Ingraham not only enthusiastically supported her, but encouraged contributions to her campaign.

A couple of days later Ingraham made the bet with O'Reilly, straight up, taking O'Donnell. (He should have "manned up" and given her odds.)

Ingraham opined that O'Donnell had won her first debate with her Democrat rival, Christopher Coons. (I agree; O'Donnell's MUCH better on the issues.)

But the Rasmussen poll after that debate showed O'Donnell down by 11 percent, two more than she was right after winning the Republican primary and Ingraham recognized that O'Donnell had made a mistake with her "I am not a witch" television commercial and later compounded it by admitting it.

CBN.com's David Brody's recent interview of O'Donnell revealed that O'Donnell is billing herself as God's chosen voice in Congress who has selflessly accepted the mission.

Before the interview, Brody wrote (http://blogs.cbn.com/thebrodyfile/archive/2010/10/22/christine-odonnell-to-sit-down-with-the-brody-file.aspx): "Does she have a shot? It doesn't look good but if the USA can beat Russia at Lake Placid I guess anything is possible. (For those under 30 please look that reference up on Google)"

In the interview O'Donnell tried to convince Brody that she is selflessly pursuing a United States Senate seat from Delaware because God wants her to be His voice in Congress.

Is THAT true?

Last month O'Donnell denied that she's a witch and I believe her about that.

I believe that the Virgin Mary selflessly accepted God's will, but O'Donnell selflessly accepting God's will by running for Congress to speak for God?

Brody on the interview (http://blogs.cbn.com/thebrodyfile/archive/2010/10/25/christine-odonnell-interview-with-the-brody-file.aspx): "In an exclusive sit-down interview with The Brody File, Christine O'Donnell says first time voters in Delaware will propel her to victory on November 2nd despite the media's 'double standard' against conservative women. The Senate candidate from Delaware also told The Brody File that 'God is the reason' she is running and believes that, 'prayer plays a direct role in this campaign.' As for all those clips from Bill Maher's show in the 1990's, she tells me, 'I looked at all the TV opportunities as a ministry opportunity, as an opportunity to share my new found faith with a television audience that otherwise would not be watching.'

"I sat down with O'Donnell Friday night at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware. She was upbeat and confident throughout the whole interview. She was able to really express some of her frustrations about the media's treatment of her but she vowed not to just sit around and complain. She's determined to win. She believes that the recent polls showing her down double digits to Democrat Chris Coons are misleading because they don't really include so many first time voters which she says will make the difference on Election Day."

Excerpts for interview:

O'Donnell: "I'm not whining but there certainly is a double standard especially when it comes to conservative woman."

There IS a double standard. Absolutely! But O'Donnell has been whining during the campaign about not having gone to Yale and inherited millions of dollars like her Democrat rival, Christopher Coons.


Class warfare is a leftist strategy, not a conservative one.

O'Donnell: "God is the reason that I'm running. If I didn't believe that there were a cause greater than myself worth fighting for, if I didn't believe that it takes a complete dying of self to make things right in this Election cycle I would not be running and when you die to yourself you rely on a power greater than yourself so prayer is what's gotten us all through. The day that we saw a spike in the polls was a day that some people had a prayer meeting for me that morning for this campaign so I believe that prayer plays a direct role in this campaign and I always ask please pray for the campaign; please pray for our staff; please pray specifically that the eyes of the voters be opened."

So the election depends upon prayer and an O'Donnell loss will be the result of insufficient prayer?

O'Donnell: "I'm not someone who has always planned her life for when I run for office one day obviously or I wouldn't have said all those things on TV. In the 90's I looked at all the TV opportunities as a ministry opportunity, as an opportunity to share my new found faith with a television audience that otherwise would not be watching when I would go on 'Politically Incorrect.' If I were planning to run for office in 10-15 years I would have been much more guarded not that I regret anything I've said but because I'm a vocal person I state my opinion when I think that something's wrong or right I speak up so when folks first came to me and said will you run we're tired of being shut out of the political process you've got the experience and the political know-how to stand up against the party, to stand up against the establishment I first said no and then I jokingly said but every time I say no I end up doing that very same thing and I began to think about it and pray about it and then began to get an excitement about it. I still pray this now: God will give you the desires of your heart. Some people think its what you want. God will give you what you want but He will create those desires in you so that you have a passion to do what He is calling you to so through this whole campaign that 's what I pray: God you gave me this desire. You gave me this desire of my heart to serve the people of Delaware to go in there and be your voice in Congress. Help me here! (Laughs)"

Which is it — is she selfless...or is she trying to satisfy her heart's desire to be God's "voice in Congress"?

O'Donnell: "You know, I don't even go win or lose. I believe win. I know that God called me to this. We'll tackle that last part after November 3rd but I truly believe in the power of prayer. I believe in the power of declaring and that's what we're doing. We're praying every day and we see it working."

Did God call on O'Donnell to run and lose in the 2006 Delaware Republican Senate primary, run and lose as a write-in candidate in the 2006 Delaware Senate race and run and lose in the 2008 Delaware Senate race as well as to run and win in the 2010 Delaware Republican Senate primary?

Wasn't O'Donnell "praying every day" in 2006 and 2008?

I have long believed that "the Architect," Karl Rove, is overrated. Yes, he was the chief strategist of President George W. Bush's two successful presidential campaigns. But I thought Bush should have won more decisively each time.

Yes, I am much closer on the issues to Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell than to nine-term Congressman and two-term Democrat Mike Castle, whom she beat in the Republican primary.

But I do want character and competence as well as issue compatibility.

Bottom line: Just as it's better to have a "moderate" Republican like Scott Brown representing Massacchusetts in the Senate than to have Democrat Martha Coakley there (after beating a not yet unelectable statewide in Massachusetts true conservative). It would have been better if Castle had been nominated, because it really matters who controls the Senate and sets its agenda. About that, Rove's right. And if Castle had won, O'Donnell would not be negatively impacting the campaigns of other conservative candidates (especially other Tea Party favorites who should win their own races).

© Michael Gaynor


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Michael Gaynor

Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member... (more)


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