These are revelations about a current Senate candidate? Wow. Politics has certainly changed since the days when I used to stare at the TV and wonder how anyone could like that old prune, Ronald Reagan.
Gawker has a first person tell-all with a (then) 25 year-old who hooked up with a 39 year-old Christine O’Donnell. Here’s a bit of the story:
I barely knew Christine when she turned up at my door at around eight o’clock on the night of Halloween. We’d met for the first and only time three months earlier when my two roommates and I signed the lease on our apartment: Christine’s aunt owned the place we were moving into, and she happened to be up from Delaware visiting at the time . .
Aggressive is another word I’d use to describe her. At the bar, she confessed to me that her aunt really hadn’t been sleeping. She hadn’t even gone to her apartment to check, she said. She had remembered me from our five-minute meeting the previous summer, and used the story about her aunt as an excuse to knock on my door. She’d set her sights on me from the beginning . .
Things got physical on the couch pretty quickly. It wasn’t long before we’d moved from the living room to my bed.
I won’t get into the nitty gritty details of what happened between the sheets that evening. But I will say that it wasn’t half as exciting as I’d been hoping it would be. Christine was a decent kisser, but as soon as soon as her clothes came off and she was naked in my bed, Christine informed me that she was a virgin.
“You’ve got to be kidding,” I said. She didn’t explain at the time that she was a “born-again virgin.” She made it seem like she’d never had sex in her life, which seemed pretty improbable for a woman her age. And she made it clear that she was planning on staying a virgin that night. But there were signs that she wasn’t very experienced sexually . .
Feel free to familiarize yourself with more of the racy details.
What’s most interesting about this is the reaction to it. Plenty of left-wing and liberal voices are furious about Gawker’s piece (here’s just one, there are dozens). It’s a political ‘hit’ that smacks of misogyny, of throwback anti-feminism, of lurid opportunism, etc., you name it. Fine, I hear that, I respect those views. I wouldn’t want someone to do that to me, so it stinks.
But, first, I don’t find the story changes my opinion of her — she’s a fool who is unqualified for the job she desperately wants. And, second, what planet did all of you wake up on this afternoon? What happened to all the obvious political realities being ignored in the tumult?
—Since when are sex lives sacred in the political realm? Since when have there been expectations for perfect secrecy regarding major political figures’ behavior and decisions? In any facet of life? When has politics ever been civilized? Should politicians’ sexual behavior be private and secret? YES. Feel free to rouse me from my grave when reality finally turns in that direction.
—Wasn’t she the anti-sex candidate? She sure as hell was. O’Donnell made people’s personal sexual behavior a part of her crusading personality and her effort to connect with the voters. They eventually gave her the Republican nomination. Quote:
O’DONNELL: . . The sad reality is — yes, there is something you can do about it. And the sad reality, to tell them slap on a condom is not —
NIES: You’re going to stop the whole country from having sex?
O’DONNELL: Yeah. Yeah!
NIES: You’re living on a prayer if you think that’s going to happen.
O’DONNELL: That’s not true. I’m a young woman in my thirties and I remain chaste.
She benefited from these righteous lectures, she became the far right-winger in the year of the crazies. She won the nomination. That sort of crusading makes for an easy target for all sorts of people, including your former sex partners. And obviously, ‘chaste’ is a word with many definitions in O’Donnell’s world.
—Sex is not a proper weapon in politics (if you’re a liberal). I applaud your nobility. I mock your obliviousness. Anybody remember the impeachment of the last Democratic president? What about Obama being ‘smeared’ as a gay coke whore? Anybody remember Ann Coulter calling Bill Clinton and John Edwards prodigious adulterers who are very likely homosexuals? Remember Gary Hart? How about David Vitter’s free pass back to the Senate? Then how about this: O’Donnell’s own campaign employees ‘smearing’ her primary opponent as a closeted, adulterous homosexual? Hmm? Can I stop there?
—When a 39 year old former (and future) Senate candidate seduces an anonymous 25 year old, that’s healthy feminism? No, it’s political recklessness. If this seduced person turns out to be a shallow immature oaf, perfectly willing to scuttle a national political career, it’s misogyny? It’s just stupidity on both parties’ parts.
I’m pretty sure I could do this all day. Gawker is a gossip and pop culture site, but they should sit on the story? Any of you familiar with the definition of the word ‘gawker’? Have you seen their ridiculous traffic numbers today? Even though they’re a business, their real loyalties should be to whom exactly? A politician? Please.
UPDATE: O’Donnell responds by pretty much admitting it . .
This story is just another example of the sexism and slander that female candidates are forced to deal with. From Secretary Clinton, to Governor Palin, to soon-to-be Governor Haley, Christine’s political opponents have been willing to engage in appalling and baseless attacks . .
‘Slander’ and ‘baseless attacks’? That’s a stretch, something would have to be a lie. Anyway the paranoid right-wingers see an evil master-puppet behind it all:
Classless Coons goons have proven yet again to have no sense of common decency or common sense with their desperate attacks to get another rubber stamp for the Obama-Pelosi-Reid . .
. . which reminds me of something, evil master-puppet wise. A woman by the name of Krystal Ball (yes) is a 28 year-old Democrat running for congress in Virginia. A Conservative blog got a hold of photos of a Christmas party in which Krystal is seen fellating the dildo-appointed outfit of her husband. Here:
The same gossip goon site, Gawker, acquired and published the images for all the world to see. The ‘controversy’ demanded a statement from Krystal, and this was it:
“Society has to accept that women of my generation have sexual lives that are going to leak into the public sphere. Sooner or later, this is a reality that has to be faced, or many young women in my generation will not be able to run for office.”
Amen. So, let’s ask ourselves: with all of this vigorous hand-wringing who are we really worried about protecting? Our parents? Do we really believe there will ever be a time when sex won’t be interesting to us? Why would people’s sex lives ever manage to side-step politics? Christine O’Donnell turned out to be Christine O’Donnell. Whatever.