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Christine O’Donnell: Jezebel Website Wants to Do a ‘Santorum’ on Her Name

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Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell definitely evokes intense emotions in people.

But the reactions to this political rookie range widely. On the one hand, there’s Newt Gingrich sending words of encouragement to the Tea Party favorite. On the other, there’s the feminist website Jezebel wanting to transform her name into something icky.

Gingrich recently wrote to O’Donnell, thanking her for “taking your beliefs, values and aspirations into the public square.” He added that he was pleased O’Donnell shares his commitment “to transforming government at every level to save America.”

On Monday, the candidate returned the compliment, calling Gingrich “one of America’s great thinkers and a tremendous patriot.”

Jezebel, of course, has no interest in a lovefest. In fact, the site is attempting to “redefine” the candidate and put her in a vastly different context. Jezebel’s editors have modeled their mission after Dan Savage’s Internet campaign a few years ago, when he sought to redefine then-Sen. Rick Santorum. Savage, a sex columnist, who more recently launched a viral video campaign to assure sexually harassed teenagers that “it gets better, ” previously set his sights on the Republican from Pennsylvania after the senator compared homosexuality to bestiality and incest. Savage coined a term — Santorum — to convey something that is (putting it politely) extremely disgusting and foul.
Christine O'Donnell, JezebelJezebel wants to redefine “O’Donnell” in the same vein. Is the name a sex act, substance, body part, device or feeling? That’s to be determined. “We have the Republican candidate from Delaware who is just as reprehensible, and who necessitates a Santorum-level response,” the site said. “O’Donnell is not conservative — she is a cretin.”
Some of O’Donnell’s stances are cited, such as her takes on homosexuality (a “deviant sexual orientation” and symptomatic of an “identity disorder”), China (“There is a very carefully thought-out and strategic plan to take over America. I think the Chinese government is definitely a foe”) and women in the military (“By integrating women into particularly military institutes, it cripples the readiness of our defense”).
The editors believe that while O’Donnell, who supports abstinence only outside of marriage will lose her Senate bid against Democrat Chris Coons, she will not go away because “her Tea Party funding and endorsements from the NRA and Sarah Palin all but guarantee that Christine O’Donnell will have further opportunities to pollute the national discourse with her counter-factual, empty-headed nonsense — and perhaps to make further runs for office.”
The contest’s rules? The phenomenon or thing that is called “odonnell” must not already have a name. Jezebel adds that the definition should also be as sex-negative as the candidate herself: “An odonnell is decidedly not ‘that feeling of delightful, tingling numbness you get in your extremities immediately following a very satisfying sexual climax.’ “

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March 8, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Girls With a Past? Christine O’Donnell and Krystal Ball Make No Apologies

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We now live in a brave new world where the past – or the night before – catches up with you fast.

Take the best name in politics – Krystal Ball, a Democrat who is running for Congress in Virginia. She’s in hot water, but she might be emerging as the new face on the feminist front.

Last week, photos of Ball, 28, were found on Facebook and posted by conservative bloggers. They showed Ball in a creative Santa outfit at a post-college Halloween house party. Tsk, tsk. In one, she wore a spaghetti-strap tank top, a skirt and a Santa hat while holding a sex toy. In another, she led her ex-husband in reindeer gear around by a leash. He wore a sex toy on his nose. Her costume could hardly be described as scanty. But her critics blasted her anyway.

Ball responded strongly on Monday. She called the attacks “sexist.” Then went further with refreshing honesty” “I don’t believe these pictures were posted with a desire to just embarrass me; they wanted me to feel like a whore.”

She added that when a candidate has a name like hers and is a twenty-something running for Congress, “well, you get the picture. Stripper. Porn star. I’ve heard them all,” she said.
Kudos, Krystal Ball.

Ball is now in the same situation as Delaware Republican Christine O’Donnell. Her past came back to haunt her when a years-old clip from Bill Maher’s “Politically Incorrect” television show surfaced in which she said that she had dabbled in witchcraft as a teenager and had a picnic on a satanic altar, and that she’d done her share of dating. O’Donnell recently had to defend her racy past and said in a New York Times interview: “I by no means was a slut,” she said. “But by no means did I have the moral code I have now.”

Sluts, whores – what a campaign season. By the way, welcome to 21st Century politics, where minor indiscretions like smoking but not inhaling illegal drugs is as archaic as riding a horse and buggy to a presidential inauguration.

Now, wanna-be politicians must start worrying about their political future in middle school even before they might even be aware they want to run for office someday. Consider a Facebook status update a 20-something friend of mine posted recently that said she was “thinking back on all of the embarrassing or dumb things she’s done in her life and laughing.” In a few years, this woman who has no desire to be a politician might decide she wants to run for office. Her opponent could use that as a launching pad for opposition research. What embarrassing things has she done that could undermine her political future?

Is Karen Owen, the Duke University college student who created a mock Powerpoint presentation about “horizontal academics,” doomed as a politician? Duke University officials have gone into “damage control” because of Owen’s take on 13 men and their sexual prowess. Owen had only sent her sex rankings to a few friends in an e-mail, but it soon went viral and the campus spun in a sex frenzy.

Duke officials said, “We’ve been reaching out to those affected by this incident and will continue to support them.” Must those who were involved in sexual relations be supported? Do college officials scan Facebook pages at all? Most college-age students write very frequently about what they did last night and occasionally in graphic details. If they can’t take the virtual heat, stay out of the bedroom.

Owen, who apologized and said she never meant to hurt anyone with the thesis, now has been contacted by publishers for a book deal. She’s also had to hire a lawyer. But that’s fame. If she chose to run for office in North Carolina, she would likely have 100 percent name recognition, thanks to the world of viral e-mails.

Technology and mobile phone applications are here to stay. Politicians have to use Twitter and Facebook to get out their message and win. (Example: Obama Campaign 2008). Politicians who want to stay relevant have found that they can tweet and post a Facebook update to their millions of fans and get more attention than if they are booked on a political talk show. Sarah Palin is the reigning queen of political social media.

But politicians are cautious. They have social media advisers. Teenagers, 20-somethings and every other Facebook addict of any age do not. They will spill the most intimate details of their lives for the world to read and comment on. They break up, confess sins, and post revealing and goofy or racy pictures on sites. With apps like Foursquare, they even let the world – and potential burglars – know where they are and when they are away from their home.

The current whore-and-slut political drama serves as a predictor – a crystal ball, if you will, for politics and sex in the ever-more-tech-happy future. Last year, Woman Up editor Bonnie Goldstein wrote about Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown and his naked spread in Cosmopolitan Magazine while he was in his beefy 20s. He received very little fall-out from that revelation. Maybe it had less to do with what he did but where he did it: in a print magazine and not cyberspace. It seemed so, well, antique. Who poses for centerfolds anymore? How 20th Century.

For Ball, O’Donnell and even Owen, to an extent, this current rumpus is sexist to its core. What all of this boils down to? Women – gasp! – have sex. They have multiple partners. They actually have orgasms. They may not be married while engaging in sex. They dress up in skimpy Halloween costumes and take sexy pictures. They may have actually talked about all of it – on a Web site, blog or text message.

Future political office holders — male and female — will have to confront their texts from last night, virtual break-ups and Twitter page snapshots when they run for office. It’s up to brazen trailblazers Ball and O’Donnell – think of them as politics’ current Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart from the musical “Chicago” – to take on this challenge with moxie. Their success or failure will have a big impact on how young politicians slay technology’s trip-wires.

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March 8, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Christine O’Donnell’s Younger Years: Forget Witchcraft, Think Media Goddess

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Bless her heart. Christine O’Donnell has a lot of people angry at her — Wiccans, Satanists, Bill Maher, and even some Republicans. 

No small feat, but reflecting on O’Donnell’s history, it’s par for the course.

Maher made an appearance on “Hardball With Chris Matthews” Tuesday night to discuss O’Donnell, who made more than 20 appearances on his “Politically Incorrect” show years ago. Over the weekend, O’Donnell, who is the Republican Senate nominee in Delaware, said she made comments like the one about dabbling in witchcraft to help Maher with ratings.

Maher called foul.

“It’s funny to me, Chris, because this is the woman who claimed on another one of our ‘Politically Incorrect’ episodes from the ’90s that she would not lie, even in the case of hiding Anne Frank in her attic,” Maher told Matthews. “Eddie Izzard confronted her and said, ‘Really? If Hitler was at the door and you had Anne Frank in the attic, you wouldn’t lie?’ She said, ‘No. God would find a way.’ ”

Perhaps, Maher did want ratings, but O’Donnell had her own agenda as a young, firebrand former Catholic-turned-Evangelical Christian pushing her message. She said on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show Tuesday night that she viewed such appearances as a ministry and that she was excited back then about her new-found faith.

Some will laugh at her naivete, and likely doubt the veracity of her statement, but I know plenty of people who, in their teens and twenties in the Bible belt, tossed their heavy metal albums into the roaring fireplace and began quoting the Gospel.

O’Donnell told Hannity that her “faith has matured” since her twenties.

But that comment doesn’t appease Wiccans and Satanists, who want her to understand their beliefs. Wiccans say that O’Donnell is confused about witchcraft. They have altars but no blood. Satanists have rebuffed O’Donnell, too. They claim no real Satanist would ever have a picnic on an altar.

Give Christine a break. Her dabbling in the dark side may have happened exactly as she described. Blame the boy she dated. Maybe the young warlock was trying to impress her by turning his weight bench into a devil-worshipping altar and splattering some red food coloring for effect.

Her story to Maher also could have been pure theatrics. After all, she started off as a theater major in college and ended up in the College Republicans. From there, she found her way to Washington, working with Enough Is Enough, an anti-pornography group, and later at the Republican National Committee. She even attended the 1996 Republican National Convention.

Like many ambitious twenty-somethings who hit Washington, she networked and created her own group, Saviors Alliance for Lifting the Truth (SALT). If she was looking to create a media launching pad, it paid off.

She discussed creationism in schools on CNN and the sins of masturbation on an MTV sex special in 1996. But like the witchcraft statement, O’Donnell has taken too much criticism for her viewpoints on masturbation. To be fair, masturbation was a hot, controversial topic in the 1990s. In 1991, Pee-wee Herman was busted for masturbating in a movie theater. In December 1994, Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders was fired by President Clinton for promoting masturbation as a means of preventing young people from engaging in riskier sexual acts.

Author Martha Cornog wrote in The Journal of Sex Research in 2004 that, since the 1960s, only 30 books focusing on masturbation had been published. Guess which decade had the most? Yep — the 1990s, when there were 13.

Talking about such a taboo topic greatly benefited O’Donnell, who became a popular pundit. She took her cheery smile and bouncy hair all the way to Maher’s show, where she was the chaste Sandra Dee foil in the grungy sex-obsessed Clinton years.

Like any good grassroots activist, she kept her name and her cause in the headlines. In 1997, she wrote a Washington Post op-ed about witnessing at rock concerts. “Walking through the crowd I also noticed more pentagrams than crosses around the teenage necks,” she wrote. “Satanism is the religion of the ’90s, I was told.”

While Maher chides O’Donnell about her appearances on his show, he contends that he likes her and that she is sincere in her beliefs. He wants her to come on his HBO program. But O’Donnell told Hannity Tuesday night that she was only focusing on local media until after the election. But can a media junkie really ignore phone calls from big-time talk show producers? Doubtful.

After all, the biography attached to a 2003 article written by O’Donnell — in which she tackles “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and the women of Middle Earth — describes her as “sassy, stubborn and sweet, and by those who disagree with her as ‘the girl you hate to love.’ This young woman who National Review Magazine says ‘blends the flare of the Bible with Cosmopolitan,’ shatters the stereotype about her generation.”

If O’Donnell loses to Democrat opponent Chris Coons, she’ll likely land her own television show. Maybe that’s what she’s been after all of these years.

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March 8, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Christine O’Donnell: Don’t Hide From Your Witchy Generation X Past

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Christine O’Donnell is the Forrest Gump of politics.

In 1996, she popped up on MTV in a special talking about the sin of masturbation. In the late 1990s, she appeared on Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect 22 times, according to Maher, and once even cracked sex jokes with Ben Affleck.

O’Donnell, 41, is the new Republican U.S. Senate nominee in Delaware. She is also a Generation X candidate, leaving a cyber trail like many in the Rock the Vote generation. They supported a host of causes – anti-apartheid, AIDS treatment, sexual abstinence and, in O’Donnell’s case, anti-masturbation.

Christine O'Donnell, Republican candidate for Senate in DelawareHer appearances on Maher’s shows in the heyday of the Monica Lewinsky scandal are now being scrutinized. Maher says he will release an episode a week until O’Donnell agrees to come on his HBO show “Real Time.” As Politics Daily’s Matt Lewis reported Maher put out a clip Friday that had not previously aired showing O’Donnell discussing — gasp! — witchcraft.

“I dabbled into witchcraft — I never joined a coven. But I did, I did. … I hung around people who were doing these things. I’m not making this stuff up. I know what they told me they do,” she said.

She continued: “One of my first dates with a witch was on a satanic altar, and I didn’t know it. I mean, there’s little blood there and stuff like that. We went to a movie and then had a midnight picnic on a satanic altar.”

Oh, Christine. Don’t feel bad. I have a pack of tarot cards hiding in a drawer somewhere. Friends of mine congregated in cemeteries in high school and held séances while listening to The Smiths. (So far, none of them has decided to run for public office, however.)

As many Generation X’ers have discovered, comments and actions made at 20-something, sound crazy when you’re 40-something and in politics. In the age of mass media, it’s as hard to undo youthful Goth and Satan indiscretions as later reconsidered love for Amy Grant or Stryper. (For whatever comfort it’s worth, it’ll be even harder for the Facebook app-happy generation Y when they decide to run for office. Stay tuned for status updates about anarchy, the high school principal and sex will return to haunt them in an opponent’s campaign ad.)

Regardless of her prior position on masturbation or witchcraft, O’Donnell is to be admired and feared by Democrats. She’s quickly become a household name in the vein of Sarah Palin, and she’s raised more than $1 million dollars in a few days. Compared to the fem phenom, who even knows her opponent’s name? (It’s Chris Coons.)

O’Donnell seized her Christian causes and ran straight to national TV with them. The often acerbic Maher has said she could go further than Palin because she’s not as mean. IShe landed on Maher’s shows numerous times to debate some of the biggest stars of the 1990s. In one segment, she appeared with Rev. Jerry Falwell discussing Christian fundamentalism and the Bible.

In 1999, on Maher’s “Politically Incorrect,” she ordered Ben Affleck around like he was her houseboy while discussing Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial.

According to a transcript (so far a video has not surfaced), Affleck said, “I just want to ask you one question.”

O’Donnell responded, “Yeah, get on your knees.”

Now that’s a bold woman. Affleck was then one of the biggest stars in America, having just won an Academy Award a few years earlier for “Good Will Hunting.”

Of Clinton’s questionable ways, O’Donnell said, “Let me tell you, that’s a sad commentary about our country, if adulterers are fighting for their rights now.”

Affleck retorted, “I got it. I know what it is. You know why it bothers you so much? ‘Cause you have a certain, like, Monica flair about you.”

Where will O’Donnell’s past turn up next? Will she embrace her earlier incarnations or flee them? On Saturday, her campaign announced she had canceled two scheduled appearances on national Sunday news shows, (CBS’s “Face the Nation” and “Fox News Sunday”). Instead, her campaign said she would be attending church functions.

As if she could suddenly avoid TV, Christine declined the limelight.

For someone who has never been shy expressing opinions, it seems disingenuous to become demure now that she has a shot at real political power. Meantime her campaign should be a lesson for future Generation X candidates. Watch out. Your virtual chickens — along with the big poodle hair — are coming home to roost.

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March 8, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Can Lady Gaga Save Harry Reid from Sharron Angle?

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Could Lady Gaga be Harry Reid’s savior?

This week, Reid’s Senate re-election campaign got a boost that money can’t buy, thanks to Lady Gaga’s Twitter love notes to him about “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” — and her postings urging millions of fans to “CALL HARRY REID” to schedule a vote on repealing the policy that prohibits gays from serving openly in the military.

Anyone under 30 who may not have known the Nevada Democrat or his position as Senate majority leader certainly does now.

Reid is in a dead-heat with Republican and Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle. This week, a Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in Nevada found Reid and Angle tied at 48 percent. A CNN-Time poll has similar results.

Note to Harry: You may need to call in Mama Monster and her fans — known as Little Monsters — for reinforcements.

Reid is a 71-year-old politician whose brightest days may be behind him. Lady Gaga is a 24-year-old tsunami who knows how to get attention and politically energize the base that belonged to President Obama in 2008. Imagine if Lady Gaga went door-to-door with Reid. What red-white-and-blue creation would she wear? The imagination reels.

Reid, who follows pop culture, has targeted young voters in the past. In July, the Las Vegas band The Killers performed at a campaign rally for Reid. His spokesman, Jim Manley, told The New York Times earlier this week that Reid absolutely knows who Lady Gaga is, even though Reid’s musical tastes trend “more towards Wilco and The Killers. But the (“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”) provision is facing fierce opposition from Senate Republicans next week, so he’ll take support anywhere he can get it.”

Angle is trying to lure Sarah Palin to officially endorse her. Palin has donated $2,500 to Angle’s campaign. In October, Obama will campaign with Reid in Nevada.

But Lady Gaga is the one Reid needs before Nov. 2.

Lady Gaga, who won eight MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night, would be the perfect fit to shake up Reid’s campaign. Neither Wilco nor The Killers have the rabid, obsessive following that Lady Gaga possesses. Neither band gets the press coverage that Lady Gaga does. They aren’t household names.

With one tweet, Lady Gaga could activate her national base of nearly 18 million Facebook fans and 6.3 million Twitter followers to help Harry Reid save his job with grassroots activism and dollars. A Gaga television or radio ad could play very well in America’s playground – Las Vegas. Reid could promote Lady Gaga’s message of love and unity to counter the vicious attack ads by Angle.

At Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, Lady Gaga showed up with four retired gay veterans from the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network as escorts. The appearance inspired Colorado college students Lauren and Ellie to make YouTube video calling on Sen. Michael Bennett (D-Colo.) to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

On Wednesday, Bennett responded to the pair via YouTube. He supports the repeal.

“Michael appreciates feedback from his constituents, and as a former superintendent of schools he encourages young people to engage in democracy and to make sure their voices are heard,” Adam Bozzi, spokesman for Bennett, told Politics Daily.

Lady Gaga could be the Left’s answer to Palin. She has taken on the hate group, Westboro Baptist Church, and the immigration brouhaha in Arizona. A rumor circulates in the LGBT community that she may show up in Washington next week for the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” vote. She speaks, and a generation listens, retweets and activates.

The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network Web site currently has a post with instructions to Lady Gaga fans about how to call their senators.

“Tell your senators to vote with Sen. Reid and Sen. Carl Levin in opposing the filibuster, defeat amendments to strike repeal, and defeat any crippling amendments,” the site says. “Senators should follow the lead of Sen. Carl Levin who will be managing the defense bill.”

One comment on the site said, “Thank you Lady Gaga! I called my Senators from Iraq . . . it took all of three minutes (one minute was dedicated to all the numbers I had to push on the telephone). Lets keep the pressure up!”

Harry Reid’s campaign Twitter account spent Wednesday responding to Little Monsters who had replied to his “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” action. The account had also started following some of Lady Gaga’s fans. One fan, HausofGem, wrote, “I want to thank Mr. @HarryReid. 1. For following me. 2. For supporting #DADT.”

Reid should harness these Lady Gaga fans and lure them to his side. And quick. As Lady Gaga would say: Paws up, Harry.

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March 8, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Lady Gaga and Harry Reid’s Twitter Lovefest on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

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Lady Gaga hearts Harry Reid.

And he hearts her back. Well, at least he — or his campaign staff — tweets her back.

Lady Gaga, a force in the LGBT community, walked down the red carpet Sunday at MTV’s Video Music Awards with four members of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network as escorts. Her mission: To spotlight efforts to repeal the 17-year-old “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy prohibiting gays from serving openly in the military.

It certainly worked. Mission accomplished.

She continued her grassroots efforts after the show with an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Wearing a dress made of meat, she told viewers to call Senate Majority Leader Reid’s office and urge him to schedule a vote on DADT.

She even linked the “meat dress” to a politics: “It is a devastation to me that I know my fans who are gay . . . feel like they have government oppression on them. That’s actually why I wore the meat tonight.”

Lady Gaga added: “It’s certainly no disrespect to anyone that’s vegan or vegetarian. As you know, I am the most judgment-free human being on the earth. It has many interpretations, but for me this evening, it’s: If we don’t stand up for what we believe in, we don’t fight for our rights, pretty soon we’re gonna have as much rights as the meat on our bones.”

To make sure fans received her marching orders, Lady Gaga also posted a missive on Facebook and Twitter, telling her millions of followers, who she dubs Little Monsters, to call Reid.

Lady Gaga tweeted, “Gay Veterans were my VMA dates. Repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. CALL HARRY REID to Schedule Senate Vote.”

Nearly 50,000 Gaga Facebook fans clicked the “Like” button about her comment.

On Monday afternoon, Reid said he intended to bring the Defense Authorization Bill, includes a repeal of DADT, to the Senate floor next week. His staff told the Associated Press that the vote had already been planned for next week — before Lady Gaga’s appearance on DeGeneres’ show.

Reid replied to Lady Gaga via his campaign Twitter account on Tuesday: “@ladygaga There is a vote on #DADT next week. Anyone qualified to serve this country should be allowed to do so.”

Another Tuesday tweet said repealing DADT “is the right thing to do. Come back to Vegas soon!”

Late Tuesday, Lady Gaga answered: “God Bless and Thank you @HarryReid, from all of us, like u, who believe in equality and the dream of this country. We were #BORNTHISWAY.”

Lady Gaga, who is known to her fans as Mama Monster, announced Sunday that the name of her next album is “Born This Way,” a shout-out to her gay activism.

The Reid campaign continued its virtual relationship with the singer Wednesday morning when it posted a link to a YouTube video from a Nevada KVVU newscast that discussed Lady Gaga’s efforts on the issue. 

Gaga fans also posted thank-yous and support tweets to Reid Wednesday morning. One wrote, “if gaga believes in you then u got us on ur side.”

A Gaga Facebook follower replied on Facebook, “I’m GAY AND LIVE in Harry Reid’s distirct! I will vote for HARRY REID because he is the ONLY choice. I LOVE YOU LADY GAGA!!!!!”

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March 8, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Arkansas Senate Debate: Blanche Lincoln Attacks John Boozman on Abortion Vote

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Arkansas Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln took a swing at her Republican opponent Rep. John Boozman in a Friday afternoon debate. The issue: Boozman’s record on parental rights for rapists.

Part of the debate allowed the candidates to pose questions to each other. In her final question, Lincoln, who is down by 40 points in some polls, asked Boozman this:

“Congressman, you have voted to protect the rights of fathers who committed rape or incest against a minor that resulted in a pregnancy, to be able to sue the doctor who performed an abortion on that victim. Do you believe that the majority of Arkansas agree with your stance that the rights of rapists take priority of the rights of women who
they have assaulted?”

“I really don’t know what you’re talking about,” Boozman said.

He added that he had a 100 percent pro-life voting record. Boozman said he always allowed exceptions for rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. Boozman stressed that he has three daughters.

Boozman asked Lincoln what bill she was referring to in her question. Lincoln said she didn’t have the bill number but that her campaign research staff did.

“It would be nice if you are going to make accusations, if you bring it,” Boozman said.

The 2005 bill in question — H.R. 748, or the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act — passed the House of Representatives in April 2005. Boozman was a co-sponsor. The purpose was to make it a federal crime for any adult to transport an under-age girl across state lines to have an abortion “if this is done to evade a parental notification or parental consent law that is in effect in the girl’s home state,” Patrick Creamer, the Boozman campaign’s communications director, said in a statement. The bill never became law.

The Lincoln campaign alleged that Boozman voted against sending the parental notification bill back to committee for an amendment to bar certain fathers — those who committed rape or incest against a minor that resulted in a pregnancy — from being able to sue a doctor for performing an abortion on the minor.

In response, the Boozman campaign’s statement blasted Lincoln’s characterization of the congressman’s record.

“HR748 explicitly provided exceptions for cases where minors were the subject of sexual abuse or other physical abuse by a parent,” said Creamer. “Representative Jerry Nadler, a pro-abortion advocate in Congress, utilized a procedural tactic, on this same legislation, designed explicitly to delay and kill the bill. John Boozman opposed this maneuver that would have killed sound, prolife legislation. Blanche Lincoln’s efforts to paint Congressman Boozman as an advocate for ‘rapists rights’ are preposterous and shameful.”

Until Lincoln’s question, the debate focused on Boozman’s support of the fair tax and abolishment of the Internal Revenue Service, Lincoln’s health care vote and talking points from both sides about the deficit. Lincoln touted her position as chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Boozman argued against earmarks.

Former president Bill Clinton appeared in Arkansas this week with Lincoln for an event celebrating her one-year anniversary as chair of the Agriculture Committee and for a breakfast fundraiser. Boozman launched his first general election television ad this week. He was forced to tweak the commercial because the University of Arkansas thought some of the ad’s images violated copyright laws.

Lincoln’s abortion question returned to an issue that crippled Boozman’s late brother, Fay, in 1998 when he ran against Lincoln in her first United States senate bid. During his campaign, Fay Boozman said rape and incest victims seldom got pregnant because they had “God’s protective little shield” to prevent pregnancy. Lincoln won that race to become the youngest elected woman to serve in the Senate at age 38.

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March 8, 2011 at 9:14 pm