Posted Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at 9:04 AM
Troublemaker: Let's Do What It Takes to Make America Great Again
Like Going Rogue
, the title is a lift from a magazine article about the author. Going Rogue
was, of course, borrowed from
John Dickerson. Troublemaker
comes from a pre-election package
in Time magazine that compared O'Donnell somewhat unfavorably to Rand Paul and Marco Rubio.
This gesture might end up costing the GOP control of the Senate, because O'Donnell quickly proved herself to be a crate of tea that wouldn't float. With her nomination, Democrat Chris Coons went from a double-digit deficit to a double-digit lead. As his star rose, Republicans' hopes of recapturing the Senate sank, dragged down by a candidate who was not ready even for cable television. But O'Donnell's startling, out-of-nowhere rise has already put a scare into any remaining moderates who might have failed to heed Charlie Crist's lesson.
Candidate biographies are usually tough sells. This is not one of the exceptions.