One of the negatives of appealing to a largely spleen-oriented anti-logic base, is that every once in a while you have to talk to people who know stuff. As Christine O’Donnell finds to the amusement of millions of Americans.
Just to be clear, I don’t think it’s cool to laugh at ignorant fools. And I’d probably be caught flat-footed on a couple of the teen amendments. But if I was going to run for office, I’d put some work into rote memorization. That’s probably the first thing I’d do, even before I drew a pentacle in the living room and slaughtered a virgin lamb to Satan to assure victory.
The funny parts are at 2:37, 3:35 and 7:03.
Just watched this again…How did she do that? She sat there and said the absolutely stupidest thing you could say in a roomful of lawyers and law students, and she just laughed it off. Absolute lack of shame! That’s like a super-power. No-Shame Lass.
Jonathan Turley has a nice post on this. A couple of people have defended O’Donnell, giving her the benefit of the doubt. The words “separation of church and state” do not in fact appear in the constitution. Yeah, wow.
Turley also offers the argument that the framers may have not intended for there to be such a wall. That defense, as Turley notes, is sunk by the fact that later on in the video, she’s shown knowing jack all about the constitution.