O'Donnell: Edwards' Death, Pearl Harbor Are Equivalent Tragedies To Extending Unemployment

Perhaps you're familiar with the "rule of three--" you know, that meme about deaths and tragedies coming in threes? Well Christine O'Donnell, she of the failed senatorial campaign and the recently-announced book deal, seems to have experienced a bit of confusion over this rule during remarks made in Virginia--leaving an wide-open target for bloggers throughout the land.

"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," she said.

Disregarding the fact that Pearl Harbor was in fact an anniversaryof a tragedy, not a present-day tragedy, there's still so much wrong with this statement it's hard to know where to begin. First of all there's a blatant, rude disrespect to Elizabeth Edwards's memory, particularly given that Edwards would have said government intervention in the lives of out-of-luck Americans was a wonderful, necessary thing, not a tragedy.

But beyond the insult is the idiocy. Even at the Washington Post, these comments were subject to open mockery. Alexandra Petri at WaPo said it best: "I can't imagine Christine O'Donnell scored well on the part of the SAT's in which you have to pick which one doesn't belong. "The Titanic, the death of FDR, and the passage of the 19th Amendment." "The Hindenberg, the demise of John Lennon, and the passage of McCain-Feingold."

It's too easy to make fun of O'Donnell's dippy persona, until one remembers that she was considered a serious contender at one time. Then it's just sad. Tragic, even.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at December 9, 2010, 5:13am