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NY Times Calls Christine O’Donnell Hot, Lets Her Say “Slut” in Sorta Sexist Story

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Christine O’Donnell is most famous, thus far, for her personality, not her politics. She, as we all know, hates masturbation, but used to hang out with Bill Maher and play around with witchcraft and boys who liked Satan. Warlocks? She is not a virgin! This weekend, she made the New York Times, in a Politics section feature. But which O’Donnell showed up? Was it the “Tea Party cause célèbre, liberal laughingstock” or “the embodiment of a can-you-top-this-for-bizarre” Christine? It turns out she’s just a down-home girl, she says! The Times, meanwhile, admits she’s crazy, famous and hot.

She grew up in a “Brady Bunch” family (American) with two parents (American), including a dad who played Bozo the Clown, and six kids (American!). The Times puts her problems thusly:

…apparent résumé exaggerations, past legal woes and old video clips showing her holding forth on issues such as chastity (good), masturbation (bad) and witchcraft (a teenage dalliance).

Which do not sound insurmountable! The rest of the “rare interview” (Times‘ words) is pretty On Message, with O’Donnell avoiding any high-profile liberal media embarrassment. The paper is even complimentary, in their own semi-haughty way, basically using an extended euphemism to say, She’s pretty hot, right? Since O’Donnell is a women, the crux of the piece is about her looks and relationships.

“Ms. O’Donnell looks younger than 41 and betrays no weariness from her recent stresses,” is the first wink. Her personality is “upbeat” and then comes the clincher… like, “an aerobics instructor.” Ah.

And yet…

Supporters of Ms. O’Donnell, who is single and describes herself as “currently taking applications for a husband,” …

Burn? Maybe a little bit sexist. And then, of her plan “to become an actress” and her “series of romantic relationships.”

“I by no means was a slut,” she said. “But by no means did I have the moral code I have now.”

And the gender angle grows more complex when O’Donnell is asked about her Senate role models. First she says a Republican, of course — a man.

After a few more seconds, she mentioned Hillary Rodham Clinton, the secretary of state, who left the Senate almost two years ago. “She is a woman in a man’s world, holding her own,” Ms. O’Donnell said. “As one woman who is also taking some flak and stepping into the political arena, I deeply admire that.”

O’Donnell describes her early political philosophy as “I am woman, hear me roar.” But it sounds more like she’s purring. And the Times is blushing.

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