Charles P. Pierce advising calm in the face of in this whole Christine O'Donnell thing:
O'Donnell is a creature of an age in which politics have no meaning beyond performance art. She is the Creature From The Green Room, with no apparent public career beyond being available whenever some teenage booker from the cable shows needed someone to say something reliably stupid. She is one of those people who'd show up at CNN with a waterbowl in her teeth if someone there blew a dog whistle.
She is what politics produces when you divorce politics from government. She is what you get when you sell to the country that nothing government can do will help, and that the government is an alien thing, and that politics is nothing more than the active public display of impotent grievance.
The whole thing is good, and reminds us that most of the power of these nutbags lies in us talking about them, and pretending they matter. Even if this loon actually ends up becoming a (gasp) U.S. Senator, does anyone seriously think she'll have any power? No. She'll spend her whole term saying crazy things on TV while doing absolutely nothing for the people of Delaware (if that's even a real place) and then she'll disappear.
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