In one testy exchange, O'Donnell referred to Obama administration policies creating what she called "a culture of dependency" by expanding the number of people getting food stamps. Coons immediately tried to portray her as insensitive saying: "To simply denounce people as being dependent because they're applying for and receiving food stamps in the worst recession in modern times is frankly slandering people who are in incredibly difficult times."
O'Donnell interrupted, saying, "That's not fair. That's not fair of you to say that because that's not at all what I'm doing," and then counter-attacking by declaring: "I'm not the person who would cut the tax benefits of disabled and low-income citizens as you did as county executive."
The most serious problem for either candidate came when O'Donnell was asked to cite any specific recent Supreme Court rulings that she opposed.
"Oh gosh, give me a specific one," she said, and when told the question required her come up with cases, O'Donnell responded, "I'm sorry," and promised to put the information up later on her website.
Coons quickly referred to the Citizens United ruling in January in which the court lifted some limits on corporate contributions to campaign spending.
The debate produced a few humorous moments, such as when Coons said O'Donnell's well-publicized statements from a decade earlier that she dabbled in witchcraft and questioned evolution theory were distractions instead of a substantive campaign issue.
"You're just jealous that you weren't on 'Saturday Night Live'," O'Donnell said, referring to the comedy show's satirical skit about her.
"I'm dying to see who's going to play me," Coons responded with a smile.
O'Donnell was blown out of the water. You figure any Senate candidate should be prepared to discuss something like this, considering the Senate's job involves confirming Supreme Court justices. You figure any Tea Party Republican would fall back on Roe v. Wade abortion ruling and say to repeal it if they didn't have anything else in the deck like the recent Citizen United campaign finance case.
Nope. The woman was clueless. Had no idea. But that makes her a regular person, so we should celebrate her ignorance and elect her anyway, right?
Christine O'Donnell ha accomplished the near impossible: she's made Sarah Palin look like a qualified policy wonk in comparison. Hint to Tea Party candidates: read up on the Judicial branch once in a while. Hell, read, period.
She's done here. So, Dems, can we move on to fighting other battles? Because Christine O'Donnell is EPIC FAIL.