Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Randi Rhodes: Disappearing Act

Time for a quick peek at Christine O’Donnell before she mutters a spell and disappears. Last night on Sean Hannity’s show she said she is “not going to do any more national media.” She claims she only appeared on Hannity because she “had some business in New York.” What’s that mean? That she figured out she could get her campaign to pay for free trip to New York for her if she went on the show? Christine claims she’s not doing any more national media so that she can “focus on the people of Delaware.” More specifically, she’s going to focus on that roughly 30 percent who are dumb enough to vote for her.
In reference to witchcraft, O’Donnell repeated her “Who didn’t do some questionable things in high school?” line. That depends, Christine. Are we talking about sneaking a cigarette behind the gym, or worshipping Satan? In my school, not a lot of kids went through the “Satanic picnic” phase. Sure, there was the black lipstick crowd, listening to Bauhaus on their Walkmans. But actual Satanic alters with actual Satanic picnic baskets… not so much. O’Donnell said that her dabbling in witchcraft was, quote, “rebellion.” What? Staying out past curfew isn’t good enough for you? You have to worship the Devil? I went through my rebellious phase. It involved spiky hair and a lot of bracelets. I wasn’t standing on a pentagram trying to summon the Anti-Christ.

But Christine isn’t the only nut in the campaign trail mix. A new poll shows Andrew Cuomo with just a 6-point lead over Carl Paladino in the race for Governor of New York. Oh. My. God. Carl Paladino should not be within 6 points in a poll for governor. Carl Paladino should not be within 6 miles of the governor’s office. They really should come up with some kind of restraining order, just to be safe. In the poll, 40 percent of New Yorkers say the most important trait in a candidate is that he’ll “bring change.” Carl Paladino will certainly bring change. But then so would a giant asteroid striking the earth. Governor Carl Paladino would be a disaster on a level with an asteroid strike or a tsunami. If he gets elected, New York State should become eligible for federal disaster relief… assuming such a thing still exists if Senator Christine O’Donnell has her way.

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Will Obamacare Cover Sick Children?
Some key parts of the new health care law are kicking in next week. Insurers will no longer be able to cap the amount of care they will provide or deny coverage to sick children. Children will be able to stay on their parent's insurance until age 26 and we will have some more rights in appealing insurer's decisions. In response, the major health insurance companies in California and many other states have decided to stop selling policies for children rather than comply with a new federal healthcare law that bars them from rejecting children with preexisting medical conditions. Meanwhile, an Associated Press poll has discovered that the nation still doesn't really know what's in the health care law, yet believe that health care reform will cause their taxes to rise. The fact that most Americans don't have a clue about the benefits to them with Obamacare, much less even realize that many of those benefits kick in next week, is a sad commentary on the messaging incompetence of Tim Kaine's DNC and Barack Obama's White House. There are even some blue dog Democrats campaigning on their vote against Obamacare. The White House and the Democratic party have a great story to tell of many legislative accomplishments, and if they don't start telling it, loudly and effectively, they can expect even worse electoral losses in November.

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