Before she became a Tea Party darling, Delaware Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell (R) was hired as a public relations consultant at the conservative Intercollegiate Studies Institute. While on the job, O’Donnell allegedly worked in a hostile environment where, according to a lawsuit, the company “wanted every female employee to report to a male employee, which was in line with its philosophy that a female employee should not have any authority without being under the headship, or authority, of a male employee.” She was also the subject of lewd comments and insubordination from male employees. As a result, O’Donnell filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and was subsequently fired. She then filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against ISI, though she dropped the case in 2008 because she could no longer afford the attorney fees.
At the Right Nation conference in Chicago this past weekend, Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund sat down with a blogger’s roundtable and discussed O’Donnell’s complaint against ISI. Fund admitted that O’Donnell’s case may well be justified, but went on to admonish her for filing a gender discrimination lawsuit because, according to Fund, “that’s not the responsible thing for a conservative to do.” Instead of combating gender discrimination in the workplace, Fund suggested that O’Donnell should have just quit her job and looked for work elsewhere:
FUND: Maybe there was some male chauvinism involved, I’m not saying it’s impossible. Boys will be boys. I don’t deny that that can’t [sic] happen. But the bottom line is she became dissatisfied and her response was not to seek other employment, it was not to have a showdown with the management. She took a train down to Washington and she met with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and accused ISI of gender discrimination. Now, gender discrimination does exist in this country. There are women everyday who are given less than their due. But the response of a conservative – a properly thinking conservative – is not to go first to the federal government and still try to keep your job. She was basically blackmailing ISI. ‘Don’t fire me, because you know what’s going to happen, I’m going to file an EEOC complaint.’ That is not the responsible thing for a principled conservative to do. So they did fire her. They fired her for cause. I’m not saying it was true, I don’t know, but they fired her for cause and they also fired her for going to complain to the EEOC
OMG! Is Bill-O’s going off the Fox News Channel “reservation” with this one? I doubt it. He’d better walk in lockstep with FNC’s orders. I think the headline is simply to garner ratings. (See video on Huffington Post or Mediaite)
Bill O’Reilly said that he has tape of some “crazy stuff” Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell has said on his show in the past, but that he’s not going to play it — yet (via Mediaite).
O’Reilly made the comments during a segment on Monday’s “O’Reilly Factor.” Speaking with Fox News analysts Juan Williams and Mary Katharine Ham, he called O’Donnell’s now-infamous comments about witchcraft “dopey,” but said that Democrats shouldn’t be using the comments against her. Yet O’Reilly also chided the Delaware Republican for backing out of her planned appearances on two Sunday talk shows last week.
And he said that he has dirt on the new star of the Tea Party:
“It just seems to me…I don’t know, Juan, I’m trying to be fair to Ms. O’Donnell. She’s been on this program a couple of times, and we have some kind of crazy stuff that she said. We’re not going to play it yet. I don’t think it’s relevant yet. We’d still like Ms. O’Donnell to come on the Factor. I’m not in the business of [injuring] her. I’d like to see if she’s the better candidate.”
Just a minute later, however, O’Reilly seemed to have made up his mind. Calling O’Donnell’s Democratic opponent Chris Coons a Marxist, he said, “I’d rather have the witch than the Marxist.
It all comes down to whether the Democrats in the Senate will have the votes to push the DADT repeal initiative through. The most surprising aspect to all of this is Lady Gaga’s impassioned and eloquent speech supporting the repeal of DADT.
President Barack Obama’s choice to lead the Marine Corps says he doesn’t think Congress should lift the ban on gay troops who want to serve openly.
Gen. James Amos’ comment came hours before a Senate test vote on a defense policy bill that would repeal the 17-year-old law, known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
Amos told a Senate panel on Tuesday he was concerned that unit morale could suffer. He also said the shake up could become a distraction for forces busy fighting in Afghanistan.
When pressed by Democratic Sen. Carl Levin, who supports repealing the law, Amos said the Marine Corps would dutifully implement any changes to its personnel policy if Congress changed the law.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.
WASHINGTON (AP) – It’s John McCain versus Lady Gaga on Tuesday as the Senate takes up the emotional issue of repealing the ban on gays serving openly in the military.
Senate Democrats have attached repeal of the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” law to a bill authorizing $726 billion in military spending next year. The fate of the move appears uncertain, but whichever way the votes go, repeal seems destined to become a major issue in this fall’s midterm elections.
The law is already under siege. A federal judge in California recently ruled the ban on gays was unconstitutional, polls suggest a majority of Americans oppose it and Lady Gaga has challenged it in a YouTube video.
Repeal advocates say the law deprives the military of capable soldiers and violates civil rights.
Christine O’Donnell has compiled quite the enemies’ list in a just a week’s time.
Her “I dabbled in witchcraft” exchange with Bill Maher a decade ago has her in hot water “in southern Delaware where there are a lot of church-going people,” according to GOP political mastermind Karl Rove.
Even witches’ covens are slamming her today because she doesn’t know the difference between their practice of Wicca and Satanic cults.
“Any political candidate that is going to equate witchcraft with Satanism is ill informed and is not likely to get the support of people involved in nature religion,” Rev. Selena Fox, the high priestess & senior minister of the Circle Sanctuary, told the Huffington Post.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee circulated the article about O’Donnell angering witches to reporters with the headline “trouble with her base.” Ouch.
Now, on top of all that O’Donnell has to contend with ethics watchdog Melanie Sloan and her Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington outfit filing complaints with the Delaware U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Federal Election Commission alleging O’Donnell used campaign funds for personal living expenses, as her former campaign manager has insisted.
“Christine O’Donnell is clearly a criminal, and like any crook she should be prosecuted,” said Sloan, CREW’s executive director. “Ms. O’Donnell has spent years embezzling money from her campaign to cover her personal expenses. Republicans and Democrats don’t agree on much these days, but both sides should agree on one point: thieves belong in jail not the United States Senate.”
Just a guess, but conservative Christians, witches and Melanie Sloan are not people you want to anger. And, what page in the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee playbook does a candidate turn to for how to solve these problems?
Once more we see the hypocrisy of all the politicians who oppose the Park 51 Mosque because they claim it would be an affront to the 9/11 victims families. Most of the first responders who were left behind to dig for bodies and evidence were friends and family members of the victims. Yet, the GOP in Congress voted against the responders’ health bill before their August recess.
There is no end to the extent Congressional Republicans will go with their disingenuousness and their glaring hypocrisy…
Senate Democrats will try to attach 9/11 legislation to a military funding bill Tuesday in a surprise gambit to break a logjam on help for victims, the Daily News has learned.
The amendment would be identical to the $7.4 billion James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act pending in the House. Senate passage would raise the chances of getting the measure to President Obama, who vows to sign it.
The measure to provide care for thousands of people sickened by exposure to Ground Zero would be offered by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who has the support of Majority Leader Harry Reid and other key Democrats, she and other sources confirmed.
“We have an undeniable moral obligation to pass this legislation and provide care to the thousands of heroes and survivors who are suffering and dying,” Gillibrand said.
There is, however, a major catch. Republicans are mounting a filibuster of the bill because Reid has also added an amendment to end the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell policy,” and another to grant kids of illegal immigrants a chance at citizenship if they are in the armed services or college.
Gillibrand won’t be able to offer the 9/11 amendment unless the GOP relents on the filibuster.
“It’s going to be tough to break the filibuster,” admitted one Democratic aide. “But definitely, if we can get it done, we’d have a majority for the 9/11 bill.”
It takes a three-fifths vote – 60 senators – to end a filibuster.
The 9/11 legislation has also run into unexpected complications in the House.
Advocates had won promises from leaders that it would be brought to a vote this week and expected it would be on the calendar for Wednesday. It is not.
Proponents of the bill were furious, sources said. They spent the weekend peppering House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer with demands to make good on promises.
“They’re cowards,” said one 9/11 responder. “If they believe in something, they should be willing to stand up for it.”
Some Democratic leaders fear Republicans will add a toxic measure to the bill dealing with a hot-button issue such as immigration, gun rights or abortion.
Even Mayor Bloomberg was unable to win assurances from House RepublicanLeader John Boehner last week that his party wouldn’t sandbag the bill.
Here is an excellent analysis by “Ellen” over at News Hounds, regarding Sean Hannity’s hypocrisy. Hannity and his guests constantly bash Democrats for things that may have happened over 40 years ago. Yet, he’s bitchin’ and moanin’ that the Dems are running a smear campaign on Christine O’Donnell…
Sean Hannity may have broken the record for most disingenuousness and hypocrisy in one Fox News segment last night (9/20/10). It started with Hannity whining about those meanie Democrats “orchestrating a smear campaign” against Christine O’Donnell. As if Hannity ever doesanything but smear anyone he considers a political opponent. But then Hannity added dishonesty to disingenuousness by saying that Bill Maher “led the charge” for Democrats by “trying to suggest that she (O’Donnell) dabbled in witchcraft as a high schooler.” In fact, as Hannity must surely know, Maher did not suggest anything. O’Donnell said it herself, plain as day, that she had dabbled in witchcraft.
Hannity’s suggestion that Maher “led the charge” is also blatantly false. Maher is no Democratic operative. He describes himself as a libertarian who endorsed Bob Dole. Maher released the video – and promises more – because O’Donnell has refused to come on his show (video below).
O’Donnell did nothing to help herself over the weekend by canceling two appearances on Sunday talk shows with dubious excuses. In fact, I’d argue that it’s really not about the witchcraft but O’Donnell’s cowardly response to the revelations. But somehow, neither Hannity nor his guest, deadbeat Dick Morris, seemed to think of that.
Instead, Hannity “defended” O’Donnell by whining that nobody paid any attention to President Obama’s past. Right, nobody EVER discussed Rev.JeremiahWright or BillAyers (with whom Obama had at most a casual friendship long after Ayers had become an upstanding citizen) during the 2008 campaign. Continue reading…
Well golly gee! I gotta say, Kos’ headline is a wee bit misleading. The Dems are now leading by one point in the Gallup “generic” poll in which an unnamed Dem and an unnamed Republican are the topic for a few questions about the 2010 mid-term elections. More to follow:
PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup’s generic ballot for Congress for the week of Sept. 13-19 shows a 46% Democratic and 45% Republican split in registered voters’ preferences for the midterm congressional elections. It is the second week out of the last three in which the two parties have been virtually tied.
Gallup’s been all over the map this cycle and this is not a poll of likely voters, so don’t start preparing a victory parade just yet. However, according to their own numbers, in August the GOP had a six point advantage in interviews conducted with 7,025 respondents. So far in September, that advantage has shrunk to one point based on 5,625 surveys.
Although these numbers are by no means the final word, they offer at least some sign that Democratic fortunes may be improving. The timing actually makes sense given that President Obama kicked off the campaign on Labor Day and the GOP has been on defensive over their opposition to his tax cut plan. And don’t forget that the GOP has marched off the edge of the cliff with the nomination of Christine O’Donnell in Delaware and Joe Miller in Alaska.
Gallup isn’t alone in showing a narrowing generic: since August, Pollster.com shows a dramatically narrowing GOP lead (and it’s even closer if you exclude Rasmussen). (Update: Since posting this, Rasmussen’s latest poll caused the first graph to show a steady GOP lead. However, the generic ballot is now tied among all phone-based pollsters not named Rasmussen.) At the very least, these numbers should remind Dems (particularly those in Congress who want to punt on the tax cut issue) that they shouldn’t give up now. We may not be favorites, but we’re still in the game.