Oh, Christine O'Donnell

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Sept. 17 2010 4:08 PM

Oh, Christine O'Donnell

Rachael Larimore Rachael Larimore

Rachael Larimore is a Slate senior editor.

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I’ve been mum on a lot of the big political victories by women endorsed by the Tea Party because, frankly, I’m not quite sure what to make of some of them.  On the one hand, I’m thrilled that more conservative women are running for office and at least winning nominations. On the other hand … Sharron Angle? Really?  I don’t like Social Security, either, but I really don’t think it requires a " Second Amendment solution ."

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And now we have Christine O’Donnell , the upstart GOP nominee for Delaware Senate. I’m more amused by than worried about her views on masturbation , because, well, I can’t imagine any legislation tied to THAT coming up on the House floor. (Let us all hope.) But one comment she made that actually relates to how she would perfrom as a senator is remarkably odd.

According to this story in the Los Angeles Times , O’Donnell said at a candidates’ forum that if she is elected to Senate, "the litmus test by which I cast my vote for every piece of legislation that comes across my desk will be whether or not it's constitutional," she said.

So, is she going to vote for a bunch of Democratic-sponsored spending bills? And Obama judicial nominees? Or is she going to find everything she dislikes, however mundane, to be unconstitutional?

Photograph by Mark Wilson for Getty Images.

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