Sarah Palin is learning that Fox News and all of its media outlets can be quite the fickle mistress as evidence by Kimberly Guilfoyle’s Fox News Radio appearance where she basically touted Christine O’Donnell as the new Sarah Palin, “She is really becoming an engaging compelling figure. I think she definitely got a little bit of Sarah Palin appeal to her.”
Here is the audio courtesy of Media Matters:
While hyping O’Donnell on Fox News Radio’s Kilmeade and Friends, Guilfoyle said, “Really exciting. Did you see the interview with Sean Hannity as well? You know, I think that she is really becoming an engaging, compelling figure…She came off I think very likable, and people have tried to take their hits and criticisms of her, but I think she’s definitely got a little bit of like Sarah Palin appeal to her. Coming off as someone you can relate to, approachable, with kind of some common sense you know, ideas about government, and actually listening to the people. It’s a great message.”
I don’t know if Sarah Palin has seen the Hollywood classic All About Eve, but she might be wise to check it out, and here’s a hint for Palin, she isn’t Eve. Could it be that Fox News is positioning Christine O’Donnell to be their new it girl, and if so, how will becoming yesterday’s news resonate with the former governor whose ego is the size of Alaska? Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, we should remember that Fox News is in the business of helping Republican candidates, and there is no greater lost cause, charity case for the Right than Christine O’Donnell.
Christine O’Donnell’s common sense ideas about government include a blanket opposition to abortion, with no exceptions, opposition to stem cell research, opposition to the financing of AIDS programs, and a claim that evolution is soft science. She is yet another in the long line of 2010 Republican candidates who wants to oxymoronically both extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, and cut the federal deficit. (Of course, she has bought into the right wing fairy tale that tax cuts pay for themselves, and the lore first spun by St. Ronnie of Jellybean that tax cuts lower the deficit).
With the positions that she holds, Christine O’Donnell is virtually unelectable in Delaware, but this has not stopped the Fox News Machine from turning her into the new Joe Miller, who used to be Scott Brown, who originally was Sarah Palin. The difference is that now we have a younger female Palin clone, who sells the whole right wing clueless cutie, warrior of God gimmick harder than Palin ever has been able to. Christine O’Donnell really is Christian Evangelical Jihad Barbie, and while she is likely heading for a double digit defeat in Delaware, O’Donnell is already being positioned as the new Sarah Palin. It will be interesting to see how the lead “mama grizzly” deals with this, but keep in mind that sometimes mama grizzlies eat their young.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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