Christine O’Donnell, You’re No Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin, meanwhile, is no Jack Kennedy and maybe is not even Dan Quayle. But as shallow and self-promoting as Palin can be with her tweets and her Alaska reality show, O’Donnell can’t even come close to Palin when it comes to political savvy or populist charm.
O’Donnell, whose GOP Senate nomination embarrassed her party and insulted the honorable and respectable record of her primary opponent, Rep. Mike Castle, is now making a spectacle of herself in the post-election season. She’s started a new political action committee, tentatively titled ``ChristinePAC,’’ to address such issues as healthcare overhaul and taxes. Since O’Donnell was soundly defeated in the general election and has never held elected office, one wonders why she thinks anyone cares what she thinks. Mimicking Palin – who named her PAC "SarahPAC" – doesn’t give O’Donnell the same political weight. [See a roundup of editorial cartoons about Sarah Palin.]
But it was O’Donnell’s patently offensive comments about the recently deceased Elizabeth Edwards – not to mention the memories of those who died during the Pearl Harbor attack – that really bring O’Donnell’s ability to embarrass herself to a new level. According to The Hill newspaper, O’Donnell told a Virginia audience:
Tragedy comes in threes. Pearl Harbor, Elizabeth Edwards's passing and Barack Obama's announcement of extending the tax cuts, which is good, but also extending the unemployment benefits.
Palin can be glib; she can be facile and she can be provocative just for the sake of being provocative, instead of to make a sincere point. But O’Donnell sounded less like the Sarah Palin she appears to be copying (in appearance as well as political style) than Ann Coulter, who has made a living being offensive – most notably by referring to 9-11 widows as millionaire ``broads … lionized on TV and in articles about the reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by griefparrazis.’’ [See photos of Palin and her family.]
Palin’s often absurd comments don’t sink to that level. And while Palin’s record – mayor of a small city and half-term governor – does not qualify her to be president or vice president, it puts her well above O’Donnell. The defeated Delaware candidate is trying to become Palin by adopting the trappings of Palin’s successful PR campaign. And it’s even more embarrassing than her Senate run.