Christine O’Donnell is still lagging in the polls (REALLY?) one day out, so the obvious game-changer this woman needs is to create a half-hour infomercial about herself and buy time to air it on the Hallmark Channel or whatever. Actually, she could only manage to say the same trite thing about taxes for twenty-four minutes, so that’s how long it is. And it is all very touching. Listen to the small-business owner wail about how he suddenly has to pay something called “taxes” on the money his store makes. Watch Christine hard at “work” chatting with 20 voters next to a fake tree in a rundown hotel conference room. Then we spend time with a doctor who will be forced to work at a hospital because of this health care thing, and a farm family who will be forced to sell their land because, again, this whole new “taxes” thing, and who will presumably also be forced to work at this sweatshop hospital that doctor is going to. And then back to Christine, who is yelling at some old people in slow motion. Entertainment!
Obviously, the best part is at 16:00, when we see her get in the car and talk about how great it was that she was just able to go to a campaign event bothering people at a factory, because the people of Delaware need her to do that. “They really take pride in their work and that they, uh, you know, it gives them a sense of, of productivity and worth in the community,” she says, as some depressed old woman puts a jar in a cardboard box. She understands these workers and their pride in their low-income, because she is in the same situation, although her factory produces pure shit, not jars of fruit preserves. Then she makes some dumb, confused remark about a Christmas calendar and turns into slow motion, as if she said something poignant in this minivan.
But of course, you do not clinch a campaign until you’ve featured the man with the electoral Midas Touch, Michael Steele, in your ad. And there he is at the 19:30 mark, so Christine will cruise to a SECOND VICTORY over Mike Castle tomorrow, as she keeps saying. [CBS]