I cannot say it any better than Above the Law, who was spurred to write this because Delaware’s Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, Christine O’Donnell, could not even with minimal intelligence, discuss the topic of separation of church and state:
Is it really too much to ask that we find 100 people who are familiar with the Constitution and its key amendments? I’m not asking for legal scholars; I’m asking for some basic awareness. [emphasis in the original]
We’re talking about minimal standards here, people — minimal standards to be one of 100 people with the awesome responsibility of serving in the United States Senate. This Christine O’Donnell woman doesn’t have it; why is that so hard for some people to admit?
Sarah Palin mocks President Obama because she fears that he doesn’t think we’re exceptional enough, but she wants to offer us O’Donnell as an example of what is exceptional?
Read all of the Above the Law post because it anticipates, just as I would, all the excuses people will come up with for O’Donnell’s deficits. This candidate has limits. This candidate is demonstrating her limitations and her arrogance in refusing to acknowledge them.
And she is getting absolutely horrific campaign advice. Here’s what her spokesman said in a statement later, and it is an out and out lie to anyone who has watched the debate:
O’Donnell’s campaign later defended her comments about the First Amendment in a statement, arguing that she “was not questioning the concept of separation of church and state as subsequently established by the courts.”
“She simply made the point that the phrase appears nowhere in the Constitution,” said O’Donnell’s campaign manager, Matt Moran. “It was in fact Chris Coons who demonstrated his ignorance of our country’s founding documents when he could not name the five freedoms contained in the First Amendment.”
Talk about a need to just man-up, Christine. That excuse is poppycock and everyone knows it.
We have naturalized citizens who have not lived here since birth nor graduated from college or high school who know more about our Constitution that it appears you do.