when rhetoric goes too far

I’m not a huge fan of calling attention to the outrageous statements that candidates make in hopes that someone will call attention to them, but I saw this today on CNN (Anderson Cooper does a feature called “the Ridicu-list“) and was simply appalled by it. Speaking to a crowd in Virginia last night, Christine O’Donnell said:

“Tragedy comes in threes. Pearl Harbor, Elizabeth Edward’s passing and Barack Obama’s announcement of extending the tax cuts, which is good, but also extending the unemployment benefits.”

Yes, you read that right. O’Donnell is comparing extending unemployment benefits (a policy which most economists, otherwise known as people who study the economy, would agree has a strongly stimulative effect) to the deaths of nearly 2,400 people and the launch of a World War and to a woman’s death after a six-year battle with cancer.

Christine O’Donnell, you should be ashamed of yourself.

Sidenote: It is interesting to notice the differences between The Hill’s reporting on this story and Politico’s, specifically with regard to O’Donnell’s walkback of her statement. The Hill makes it sound like she walked back the comparison, while Politico emphasizes that she wanted to make clear that she wasn’t disparaging the tax cuts. Without hearing the whole thing in context, hard to say which is more accurate.


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One Response to when rhetoric goes too far

  1. Pete Witucki says:

    Christine… who?
    Ahh, yes. It’s coming back to me. And I’ve been trying so hard to forget.

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