In 2004, Christine O’Donnell explained to a reporter for the News Journal in Delaware that, “I’m a conservative woman, but many conservative men really are chauvinistic.” That’s something many women — especially Sarah Palin’s Mama Grizzlies — might understand. But a closer look at O’Donnell’s public record on everything from psychics to freak dancing to Britney to Tolkein’s Middle Earth might be enough to make many potential voters run for the hills — and not just because she’s a woman.
The full parade of her out-there views is below.
1. O’Donnell on AIDS.
In 1997, O’Donnell took to C-SPAN to complain that the government was spending too much money combating AIDS. She voiced concerns that a drag queen ball “celebrates the type of lifestyle which leads to the disease.” She also objected to calling those with AIDS “victims” and said the disease was a consequence of a certain “lifestyle.”
2. O’Donnell on Britney Spears and Madonna.
“I think people like Britney Spears have been irresponsible,” O’Donnell said on Fox News shortly after the pop star and Madonna exchanged a kiss during a performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. “Well, I feel sorry for both of them. Madonna is a middle- aged woman who is trying to hold on to her youth. And Britney is super star who is trying to hold on to her popularity. That’s why they’re playing games and doing gimmicks,” O’Donnell said.
“And you can tell that Britney Spears is struggling with who she is. I think she has a team of agents and managers who are saying, yes, push the envelope, kiss Madonna, take off all your clothes. And she’s doing that because she doesn’t want to sacrifice this enormous platform that she’s built. But at the same time, she is sacrificing herself and you can see that in her eyes when she talks.”
Source: Transcript of Fox News’ Big Story Weekend Edition on Nov. 15, 2003.
3. O’Donnell on masturbation.
“If he already knows what pleases him and he can please himself, than why am I in the picture?”
4. O’Donnell on feminism.
Asked if she considered herself a feminist, O’Donnell said: “Absolutely, but let me qualify that — I consider myself an authentic feminist. Not as defined by the modern movement. And, let me clarify that a little bit more. I was an English major, so break it down: -ist means one who celebrates. As a feminist, I celebrate my femininity.”
5. O’Donnell on psychics.
“Psychics exploit the human beings natural desire that longs for something higher,” O’Donnell said on Bill Maher’s program in October 2001. “The same way a pimp exploits the natural desire to be with the opposite sex…psychics put people in spiritual harm, the same way pimps put people in physical harm.”
6. O’Donnell on nude sunbathing.