CBS Befuddled by How Tea Party Candidates Have Survived Despite Their 'Unusual Assertions'
ABC, CBS and NBC all ran full stories Monday night on how an old video clip showed Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell talking
about how, as a high-schooler, she had “dabbled into witchcraft.” CBS,
however, used O’Donnell to pivot to marveling at how other Tea
Party-affiliated Senate candidates remain viable despite what CBS
considers exotic views.
“Christine O'Donnell's witchcraft comments may have spooked some
Republican leaders,” Nancy Cordes related on the CBS Evening News, “but her fellow Tea Party Senate candidates are living prove that unusual assertions are not necessarily campaign killers.”
Cordes elaborated with some contestable summaries of positions expressed:
Take Kentucky's Rand Paul who questioned the historic
civil rights act, but is still tied with the Democrat in a recent poll.
Nevada's Sharron Angle is neck and neck with Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid, even after she advocated an armed insurrection against the
government. And Utah attorney Mike Lee is crushing his Democratic rival
even though Lee favors dismantling Social Security and eliminating
unemployment benefits. Priorities he shares with Alaska's Joe Miller.
Couric set up the story: “Republicans were counting on picking up a
Democratic Senate seat in Delaware. That is until Tea Party favorite
Christine O'Donnell won the GOP nomination. Will her past statements
about, among other things, witchcraft, come back to haunt her?”