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Tea Party Star O’Donnell Speaks at Arlington Rally

by ARLnow.com August 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm 4,195 98 Comments

Former Delaware U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell joined the Northern Virginia Tea Party organization for a small rally at Fort C.F. Smith’s Hendry House in Arlington this afternoon.

O’Donnell, promoting her new book “Trouble Maker,” told the audience that the Tea Party movement should not “take the bait and respond respond in anger” to attacks by the “not-so-nice liberal media.” If they can “rise above it,” O’Donnell said, the Tea Party can bolster its image as “a middle class movement” instead of “the angry extremists that they’re accusing us of.”

The advice comes less than 24 hours after O’Donnell walked off the set of CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight for what has been portrayed in the press as frustration over a line of questioning about gay marriage.

Joking that the interview is now “infamous,” O’Donnell explained that she was late for another appearance and that Morgan’s questioning before the gay marriage question was “rude.”

“It was very sexist, the line of questioning,” she said. “I think I was a good sport leading up to his questions. He took a decidedly creepy turn… He asked question after question after question about sex. Then he threw a question about gay marriage in there… He wouldn’t let up, and I was well over a half hour late for a Republican women’s event covered by C-SPAN.”

“I think Piers Morgan exaggerated what happened,” O’Donnell added.

In addition to taking digs at the media and talking about her book, O’Donnell repeatedly implored audience members to stand up for “the power of our principles.”

“These principles are nothing to be embarrassed about,” she said.

O’Donnell also discussed the need for the Republican Party’s “D.C. cocktail crowd” to unite with the Tea Party to better pursue the goal of smaller government.

“Just like America is at a crossroads, the Tea Party is at a crossroads… Right now we need leadership, we need stability,” she said. “If the Republicans as a party can unite and stop shooting within the tent… then we can make sure Barack Obama is a one-term president.”

“We crave freedom, and when you articulate that to people they get it,” O’Donnell added.

  • AllenB

    Did she just twitch her nose and show up?

  • Paco

    [In spooky child voice] I see white people. And one professional grifter.

  • Nunya

    it would be a miracle from scripture if we never heard from her again. sigh.

  • HarryB

    Good to see that all 12 members of the NoVA Tea Party were in attendance!

    • Steve85

      Lol. She need to take her tea drinking tail to Richmond. We like wine up here. I expect crickets to show up.

      • Captain Obvious

        You misspelled “whine.”

        HTH, HAND.

        • steve85

          Thank You Engllish Teacher.

          • Captain Obvious

            *shaking head*

          • steve85

            whats wrong “Captain Insano”

          • Captain Obvious

            You really don’t know. That’s what’s wrong. I finally understand, I’ll stop now.

          • steve85

            Hey captain obvious relax man. Have a little fun. Dont take it personal. Stop being uptight. Its only a corny blog. lol

          • Speedrat

            The Captain was making a point that it appears you didn’t get…..That is the reason for the headshaking…

          • Stu Pendus

            Captain’s cool because he uses usenet jargon from 15 years ago. What’s next? “Dance, puppet dance”?

          • normal

            Wait, something went completely over steve85’s head? That’s unusual.

  • Ballstonian

    One short step below Hope and Change

  • AllenB

    I heard she was late to the rally because she had to stop to masturbate.

  • Don Ager

    I wonder who ghost wrote the book.

    • Schtick

      Who said the book had any words? My guess based on the title is that it is simply just pictures of herself.

      • ZoningVictim

        No, the words are there. It’s her book of spells; they are just written in magical witch ink so non-witches can’t see them.

  • charlie

    did the bridge over Spout Run get built? Because this is definitely the wrong element in the neighborhood. OH, wait, i bet the Tall Cedars invited her and let her stay at their once mob-owned B&B…

  • Ballstonian

    Ok now that I’ve seen the video, one big step below Hope and Change…

  • JimPB

    “Be tough on issues but tender with people” — Elton Trueblood. A good dictum, I think.

    Put another way, be direct and focused on the issues, using only words that one would use face-to-face and with the expectation that after going back and forth on issues, a social interaction would be reasonable.

    • Captain Obvious

      Well put by E.T. (who also said “phone home”, for what it’s worth), and well explained by you.

  • M Smith

    Think we could get her to do some roadside work on the camry?

    • TGEoA

      Only if Zimmerman helps her.

      • KalashniKEV

        I’d like to see her and Babs do some roadside work IN the camry…

        • TGEoA

          Does Christine like cottage cheese?

  • Piers Morgan

    Sorry I asked you questions. My bad

    • Wildhair


  • ShirliMan

    No need for her in Arlington…or anywhere else.

    What’s the name of her book? Double, Double, Toil and Trouble Maker?

  • Betty

    Isn’t her fifteen minutes up? Who even cares?

  • What does Hopes and dreams get you?

    All I heard was “then we can make sure Barack Obama is a one-term president.”

    Good enough for me.

    • steve85

      she doesnt stand a change and neither do the other candidates

    • What Hopes and dreams get you?

      Steve85, I know she doesn’t. But I wouldn’t say “other candidates” that fast. The tea party is one joke after another but they are connecting with voters all over the country on a personal level, much like Obama was able to do. It won’t matter what the views or policies are if that connection is made. I bet during Obamas last campaign you couldn’t get one of his followers to tell you a single issue he was for? They weren’t voting for Obama…they were voting against Bush. That is exactly what is going to happen again. I am not a Tea party supporter but I am certainly not voting for Obama again. He has not impressed me on any level. Heath care is a mess, his recent leadership during the “debt celling” fiasco is worse than a 4th grader. He is in way over his head FP wise, thankfully Hillary is there to save his ass, sorta, in that department. The nail in the coffin for me is his lack of attention on real issues…..such as China and Iran. He can’t control his own party…how is he going to get his hands around a real issue?

      • steve85

        Homie she has to chance to win PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!

        • steve85

          Correction: Homie she has no chance to win PERIOD!!!!!!!!!

        • steve85

          sorry correction: Homie she has no chance to win PERIOD!!!!!!!

        • steve85

          no chance!!!!! sorry

          • Captain Obvious

            Does she have a chance to win question mark?

          • What Hopes and dreams get you?

            No kidding? I already said that. Sorry you wasted all that time posting 4 responses.

  • Flying Spaghetti Monster

    I hope there were no onanists in the room. She doesn’t like that.

    • AllenB

      I guess that’s a better way of saying it. I used the word masturbation in one of my posts and the thought police removed it.

      • Cheap Trick

        Actually, it was the Dream Police. The Thought Police have the day off.

  • Arlwhenever

    If she had been elected, O’Donnell would be at home now, hanging at the beach, doing the people’s work, like her would-be colleagues.

  • MayorOfWestover

    I’d like to use this forum to extend an invitation to her wherein my pad would be available to her should she need to do a costume change while in town.

  • MB

    Those are a lot of electrons for a halfwit hawking a book.

    Did anyone ask her if she weighed more than a duck?

  • charlie

    funny that it smelt YESTERDAY.

  • DarkHeart

    Reports of heavy thunderbolts and lightning in N. Arlington. Coincidence?

    • charlie

      yeah, but it is pretty close to Donaldson Run

  • normal
    • Suburban Not Urban

      Your link doesn’t work – it says no permissions

      • normal

        Ah, darn it. Guess people will have to google their own witch cackles.

        • Hillary C.

          OK, OK – the “cankles” thing is starting to get old, and the “witch” part is a new low.

          • Nancy P

            Get used to it. If the shoe fits. . .

  • Sam

    Wow only 12 folks there? Boy she sure packs em in.

  • Sam

    Did you count Wilcox twice? He counts for two.

  • G Clifford Prout

    She is such a footnote. Not even worth blog space to write about this nut.

  • GreaterClarendon

    Typical from this board – all about attacking the person, but can’t fight the facts behind the tea party idea. She may be very odd and I’m not a supporter of the tea party. BUT, our government has made financial promises that it cannot pay for – even by taxing the rich. Entitlements have to change for future generations (not current) or there will be no USA left. Make fun of her all you want, but the idea that the the welfare/entitlement state is not a problem is not facing reality. If you are not mad about the situation, you are not paying attention. And yes, raise taxes and cut entitlements.

    • Andy

      We’ve been told again and again that the real motivation of the Tea Party is a multi-partisan movement to bring the debt and government under control. I’ve never believed this, partly because these people were never to be found under Bush. It was primarily a laundering device to disappear the Bush years, re-brand the GOP as a wholly different entity and thereby avoid the long wilderness that the catastrophes of the first decade of this century might have led them into.

      Now we have some large data sets to review the reality. And the reality is that the Tea Party is the Christianist right-wing of the GOP.


      • Patrick

        3000 is a large data set? Furthermore that article is wholly lacking in facts to determine if this “large data set” is in any way a representative sample of all tea party people. To try and draw any broad based conclusions about the tea party based on that study is foolish.

        • kcirtaP
          • GreaterClarendon
          • ZoningVictim

            Understood, but I do believe the Tea Party is falling out of favor, but not for the reasons most people might think. They have with me because they seem pretty clueless about the real problems facing the country. They all want the government to stop running deficits by cutting spending while not raise taxes. However, individual polls where people identify themselves as Tea Partiers, the overwhelming majority of them do not want changes to their SS or Medicare benefits. It’s like they just don’t understand that the two beasts that eat through the federal budget are entitlements and defense spending. The rest of the federal government exists on 18% of the total budget, and part of that goes into defense because the nuclear program comes out of DOE’s budget.

            Either way, if you are for stripping benefits from the next generation instead of sharing the pain that your generation helped to cause, you’re still “kicking the can down the road” just as much as the folks who have been spending us blind. We’ll never make it to the next generation, anyway.

    • Jezebel

      The Tea Party ‘idea’ has little to do with public debt, and I dispute your notions that (a) the gov’t has made promises it cannot pay, and (b) that welfare/entitlements have fueled those debts. The U.S. government has run up large debts in the past, and then reduced them during periods of economic growth and (relative) fiscal austerity. Most recently, Federal debt ballooned under Reagan but was reversed under Clinton, when Federal budgets began to show surpluses. The debt ballooned again under Bush II, what with his tax cuts and very expensive wars (and the Iraq War was wholly unneeded and took resources from the fight against al queda and taliban in Afghan.)

      The Federal government has always paid its debts; it is only the political posturing and economic blackmail perpetrated by Tea Partyists and cowardly Republicans, threatening not to raise the debt ceiling, that has thrown the question of Federal repayment into disorder.

      • Patrick

        Based on 14.5 trillion and counting debt I would say the only way the Federal Government has paid it’s debt is to borrow more money to pay its prior commitments. I would call that transferring debt.

        • normal

          You don’t understand debt then, or how it works.

          • Nancy P

            I don’t understand it either, but it didn’t keep you morons from putting me in charge of the House for a couple of years.

            Pray tell, Mr. wise man – enlighten us on debt, then, since you think Patrick doesn’t have it right. Keep in mind the facts that Clinton’s “budget surplus” is just as much smoke and mirrors as Bob McDonnell’s.

          • normal

            See, you don’t understand debt. You buy the line that Clinton’s surplus was fake when it was entirely real.

            In any event, if you were right about debt, it would mean our debt kept going up steadily since the Revolutionary War. But it hasn’t.

          • ZoningVictim

            You’re splitting hairs. In the last 100 years, there have only been 27 surpluses or break even years and they’ve always somewhat of a drop in the bucket and erased in short order by follow-up deficit spending.

            Yes, the Gingrich surplus was real; it was also fairly small and didn’t last very long.

        • Squidward Tenticles

          That’s how Bikini Bottom works. Spongebob and Mr. Krabs don’t pay taxes

          • Patrick Starfish

            Anyone have a quarter?

      • GreaterClarendon

        Come on Jezebel, think outside Rev. Al Sharpton’s talking points. Those may not have been the only cause of the debt to date – but think about the next 10, 20 and 30 years – do you think the government will be able to pay for those rising expenses. You seriiously think you can just tax the rich more to cover some $60+ trillion in obligations going forward? “The $61.6 trillion in unfunded obligations amounts to $534,000 per household. That’s more than five times what Americans have borrowed for everything else — mortgages, car loans and other debt. It reflects the challenge as the number of retirees soars over the next 20 years and seniors try to collect on those spending promises.”

        • LesserVirginiaSquare

          “Unfunded obligations” do not equal debt. Apparently ‘normal’ was right.

          • Greater VA Square

            And the rioters in Europe are complaining about the country’s debt, or the failure for the government to pay what was promised?

          • KalashniKEV

            European style Socialism and the entitlement mentality will be the downfall of all who adopt it. We’ve seen the economic effects in Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, and Spain and the social effects in Paris and Tottenham.

            It’s my greatest fear that BHO will be granted another term and “go for broke” in terms of pushing his radical agenda. Unfortunately who is there to stop him?

          • Aaron

            European socialism. I mean really, what’s the point? I’m not European. I don’t plan on being European. So who gives a bleep if they’re socialists? They could be fascist anarchists. It still doesn’t change the fact that the Arlington County Board doesn’t want me to own a car.

          • KalashniKEV

            I only say “European Style Socialism” to describe, specifically, the brand of Socialism currently in practice across the pond…

            I find that if you don’t do that lefties will always run off with what you said and rant as if you’re describing National Socialists or the USSR.

          • normal

            Yes, across the pond. Not here, not even remotely. Not even by Obama. Don’t be ridiculous.

          • KalashniKEV

            The relevance is that a lot of the Hopey Changey folks are always talking about “Free” healthcare and how wonderful things are in (not the United States).

            All of those countries are on a path to destruction, and only got a brief stay of execution by banding together and leeching off of more fiscally responsible nations in the EU.

          • ZoningVictim

            Not to mention all of the money they save by not maintaining a large defense force since they can just rely on us for that while they complain about us being bullies out of the other sides of their mouths.

            “only got a brief stay of execution by banding together and leeching off of more fiscally responsible nations in the EU.”

            Yeah, just like poor people do to the more fiscally responsible people in this country.

          • normal

            The government buying people private health insurance policies – that’s your socialism?

          • ZoningVictim

            That’s part of it; there is also:

            -The government taxing all workers who are on a payroll to pay everyone a stipend from the time they turn 65 until they die (Social Security – at least they had the guts to call this one a social program)
            -The government taxing all workers who are on a payroll to pay a portion of everyone’s medical care costs from the time they turn 65 until they die (Medicare)
            -The government taxing hard working people who are on a payroll to pay people to sit on their butts at home and not even bother to look for a job (welfare/Medicaid/food stamps)
            -The government taxing hard working people who are on a payroll to pay people to sit on their butts at home and allegedly look for a job (Unemployment)
            -The government taxing everyone so they can pay people to go to college in the form of grants and low interest loans.
            -The government refusing to have a “can private industry do this test” before setting up their own shop, thereby going into direct competition with the private sector on all sorts of things with public dollars (drug and food testing, security, law enforcement, printing, electronic information dissemination, engineering, energy production…. the list goes on)

            I’m sure there is plenty more, but you get the point. These items alone are not socialism, but each one is certainly socialistic.

    • normal

      Yeah, fine, but the tea party is the last group of people I want solving those problems.

    • Paco

      Always wanted to ask the tea baggers what they thought of Bill Clinton. I think, he, like, um, balanced the budget and left a surplus. Seems to me Bill should be their biggest hero, bigger than Saint Ronnie who not only failed to balance budget but–shudder–also raised taxes.

      • GreaterClarendon

        Although not a Tea party person – I liked Clinton, it’s amazing what a moderate democratic president can do with a republican controlled congress. Excluding the 2012 election, I’d like to see a split congress / presidency where no party is in total control.

      • Nancy P

        Go back to Civics 101. The president doesn’t create or pass the budget – Congress does. He can only sign or veto it. And most of Clinton’ “surplus” was because they (Reps and Dems) collectively raided the general fund of SS and replaced it with IOUs.

        • KalashniKEV

          +1 Congress is broken right now.

          I’ll always remember Clinton for slashing the force 30% (GHWB recommended 15%), quadrupling the number deployments (including bombing the Serbs/ retreating from Somalia), signing AWB ’94, and lying about Lewinsky.

          If his leadership fostered a Congressional environment that produced a budget surplus, it still doesn’t undo all that evil.

          • normal

            Whatever you say, Kev.

          • ZoningVictim

            What force was slashed 30%? If you’re talking about defense spending, it was cut by a little over 1% by spending bills that Republicans voted for and pushed through. Am I missing something?

          • normal

            Perhaps he’s referring to personnel. In any event, the Cold War had ended and everyone agreed we could cut, even if they disagreed on the exact number. Kev assumes GHWB’s number was right, since he was a Republican. Kev will find any reason to discount the Clinton-era surpluses.

          • KalashniKEV

            Everyone did agree that a “Peace Dividend” existed, but what Clinton did to us during those years can only be explained by a personal contempt for Service.

          • KalashniKEV

            ZV, respectfullly, yes… you are missing something.

            Clinton made massive cuts to military personnel during his tenure- The Army was cut from 18 divisions to 12. The Navy was reduced from 546 ships to 380. Air Force flight squadrons were cut from 76 to 50… all while increasing the number of deployments 4x.

          • Ronald Dumbsfeld

            I guess that’s why the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq were such failures.

        • normal

          False. The surplus was real even without counting Social Security.

  • Jake

    What exactly makes this person a Tea Party Star – the homophobic, bigot could not even get elected in her own state – thanks ARLNOW.com for giving this wingnut another platform


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