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September 18, 2010

Christine O'Donnell Nails Her First Major Speech Since Her Election

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Christine O'Donnell Nails Her First Major Speech Since Her Election

The Atlantic

In the most anticipated speech at today's Values Voter Summit in Washington, Delaware's new GOP Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell ignited the Omni Shoreham ballroom with a tangible buzz. She strode onto the stage to Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," with orange spotlights sweeping the room. (None of the other afternoon speakers got a light show.) The packed crowd gave her an enthusiastic standing ovation, continuing to applaud long after she took the podium.

She wore a black suit and pearls and seemed nervous at first, ticking off the perilous resume of Obama's Washington: health care reform, the stimulus, bailouts, terrorist trials in Manhattan.

"The conservative movement was told to curl up in a fetal position and just stay there for the next eight years, thank you very much," she said, then pausing as a big grin spread across her face. "Well, how things have changed."

The audience broke into applause, and from that point forward, O'Donnell seemed to relax. Her speech featured quotable bits about American patriots throughout history and overstepping liberals, and even featured a few self-deprecating cracks.

"The small elite don't get us," O'Donnell said. "They call us wacky. They call us wingnuts. We call us 'we the people.'" Addressing the GOP infighting her nomination has come to symbolize, she admitted, "We don't always agree. ... We don't always endorse the same candidates or speak off the same talking points. We're loud, we're ratty" -- when the crowd laughed, she corrected the word to "rowdy," fumbling a bit. "We're that too," she said. "We're passionate."
Further proving her penchant for fantasy epic fanhood, she told a story from C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. When one of the children asks whether Aslan, the lion who symbolizes Christ, is safe, another answers, "'Course he's not safe! But he's good."
"That's what's happening in America today with this grassroots groundswelll," O'Donnell said, "with this love affair with liberty. It isn't tame, but boy, it sure is good."

O'Donnell settled into a bit of a folksy rhythm not too dissimilar from Sarah Palin's speaking style, acknowledging the left's criticisms and giving as good as she got:

Will they atttack us? Yes. Will they smear our backgrounds and destroy our records? Undoubtedly. They will. There's nothing safe about it. But is it worth it? ... I say yes, yes, a thousand times yes. This is no moment for the faint of heart. Some have accused us of being just an aging crowd of Reagan staffers and home-schoolers. They're trying to marginalize us and put is in a box. ... They don't get it. We're not trying to take back our country. We ARE our country.

She also took Palin's cue with an oblique reference to death panels and a string of family metaphors to describe the relationship between government and the people.

"They'll buy your teenage daughter an abortion, but they won't let her buy a sugary soda in the school's vending machine," O'Donnell quipped to a chuckling crowd. "And what kind of mom or dad sticks the bill to a kid who'll have to pay it tomorrow?"

Acknowledging criticism about her unpaid (until recently) college debts and various other financial struggles, O'Donnell admitted to her share of economic challenges. "I never had the high-paying job or the company car," she said.

"It took me 10 years to pay off my student loans. I never had to worry about where to dock my yacht to reduce my taxes." (This last John Kerry jab did not go unappreciated by the audience.)


Delaware GOP U.S. Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell’s speech yesterday at the Values Voter Summit in Washington. O’Donnell delivered an outstanding speech, that kept coming back to the theme that “there are more of us than there are of them.”

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Wild Thing's comment.......

Awesome speech!!! Wow! SHE'S GOOD!! I never heard her give a speech before other then when she won the other night. GOD BLESS HER and give her the victory and for America too.

Christine’s positions:

Pro-Constitution - Pro-National Defense - Pro-Life -
Pro-Family - Pro-Second Amendment - Pro-States Rights -
Pro-Border Security - Pro-Free Market - Pro-Freedom -
Anti-High Taxes - Anti-Big Government - Anti-ObamaCare.

Regarding the write up above in the article from The Atlantic...... the person who wrote this used to be at Slate and New Republic, and it's significant that O'Donnell impressed her.

Posted by Wild Thing at September 18, 2010 07:50 AM


Good speech. She had a little trouble in the delivery, but I can see her polishing up that ability as the campaign continues. I think Christine O'Donnell will develop into a force to be reckoned with.

Posted by: TomR,armed in Texas at September 18, 2010 09:53 AM

Personally, if she stutters I don't care. I will no longer donate to an RNC candidate or the NRNC they can take a hike.

They have shown by a very lousy track the type of candidates they support Castle who voted to move Kucinich's Impeachment into committee, and that dumb Scuzzafava who was prolife, they can kiss my ass. I will support candidates that support the United States of America. Not an obama wanna be republican.

Posted by: Mark at September 18, 2010 11:17 AM

I like her a lot!! She will need all of our prayers and encouragement. No matter the outcome in November our ranks are growing; we will be heard!...this primary season sure brought the hiding roaches out.

Posted by: jan at September 18, 2010 03:13 PM

Thank you everyone so much for your input, it means a lot to me. I agree too, she will only get better and get more used to it. She comes across as very sincere and that is really refreshing.

I agree too she needs our prayers, they are really going to attack her.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 19, 2010 12:24 AM