Christine O’Donnell, one of the Tea Party’s newly minted stars has revealed that she will forgo any further national media coverage so as to” focus on Delaware.” Her last-minute cancellation of two Sunday show appearances two days ago garnered her widespread criticism, see the sources below. O’Donnell said her decision was motivated by advice that she received from Sarah Palin, but we can only assume that in addition to that advice, Ms. O’Donnell hopes to get out from under the media scrutiny that has thus far revealed a history of financial missteps, dishonesty and tales from the world of witchcraft. The real question is does she have the conviction of her beliefs or not? Does she think that she can effectively serve in the office of U.S. Senator from Delaware? A further, compelling question is why forgo free national exposure in the big leagues of the political talk show circuit if you truly feel you are up for the task of being a United States Senator? Don’t the voters in Delaware watch television? Would not the news of her appearance on shows like Meet the Press cause the voting public to tune in to those debates so as to see what she has to say? As the days pass, the questions surrounding Christine O’Donnell and her fitness to be the a United States Senator only continue to mount and no amount of limiting her exposure to the media will help allay or deflect these very real concerns.
I can understand that Ms. O’Donnell might not relish the “meat grinder” of the political talk show circuit or that of the 24/7 cable network merry-go-round. However, if she can’t stand up to challenges related to her ideas and beliefs, all legitimate questions in an election season, then how will she stand up to a crisis of national or even worldwide scope that she might face as a Senator? If confronted with another 9/11, an invasion of South Korea by the North Koreans or an Iranian missile crisis what would she do? Would she step up to the challenge or would she take the path of her newly found political mentor, Ms. Palin, and conjure up some reason to resign put pledge to continue to work for the people of Delaware by traveling around the country on the lecture circuit or on the talk shows that she had previously avoided?