I may have missed it, but I haven't seen anyone cite these facts , courtesy of Wikipedia
* This is Christine's THIRD U.S. Senate campaign. (You'd think she'd've gotten her line together by now ... and had a little time to brush up on the Constitution ...)
* She is a Roman Catholic who "converted" to evangelical and then back to RC, but "She told The New York Times in 2010 that she embraces both faiths, and has said she now attends Catholic and Protestant services."
* In college, her initial major was drama.
* She filed an EEOC complaint against the conservative Intercollegiate Studies Institute, claiming "ISI's conservative beliefs" caused them to discriminate against her.
* Her 2008 candidacy "was endorsed by Mississippi Governor [and former RNC Chairman] Haley Barbour, former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and conservative [* shrill Israel-first neocon hawk] writer and policy advocate David Horowitz. ... She was also endorsed by Susan B. Anthony List, the National Rifle Association, and the Family Research Council. With days to go before the primary, O'Donnell was further bolstered by endorsements from Sarah Palin and U.S. Senator Jim DeMint, while establishment Republicans continued to worry that she would be less electable than Castle.By early September she had also been endorsed by conservative commentators Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Mark Levin.
* She lost in the Senate general election 65-35% to Joe Biden--even though he was also running for vice president and was all but assured of victory.
I see "values conservatives" as relics of the '90s. (I used to be one: the first vote I ever cast, at age 18, was for George H.W. Bush in '92.) This was the way the Republie
cans co-opted conservative Christians, by hitting the emotional buttons of abortion, sodomy, marriage, family ... mixing in some true issues (yes, of course gov't policies are aimed at destroying the family) with distractions and false issues, to lead us down the dead end of supporting more big government, more warfare, and more welfare. (What is "faith-based initiatives," but welfare for Churchianity?)
Smart and attentive conservative Christians have woken up to the facts: these Republicans aren't going to stop abortion; are not going to save the family; wil not restore morality (in fact, they've got all sorts of skeletons in their own closets), and aren't going to bring back prayer, God, and creationism into the schools. (If they can't even balance the budget or cut the size of government, what would make you expect them to bring about the Kingdom of God on earth?)
Nor should we expect them to do these things. Beyond life-or-death issues such as abortion (also properly a State issue), issues of morality and beliefs are not something we can or should attempt to police through government. The extent to which professing Christians attempt to impose morality through government is the extent to which the church has failed to do its job in civil society.
The Bible tells Christians not to make deals with the devil in hopes of gaining worldly power. Rather, it tells us to come out of the world. It says "COME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE" ("her" being Babylon, the world system) -- not "do your best to change her from within." It tells us that pagans will be pagans; if you don't want your children imbibing pagan propaganda, why are they in the pagan schools? A more constructive movement than trying to have evangelical Christianity established in the classroom would have been to immediately seek to remove as many children as possible from the government schools. The immense sums of money spent on "Christian" politicking in Washington probably could have contributed a great deal to scholarship funds for every child of conservative Christian families to be eduated in private schools or at home. This would have had nation-changing results. Instead, you got a bunch of Ralph Reed/Gary Bauer/Christine O'Donnell types playing politics with religion, promising to put faith and family back in the state, but in reality only putting more of the state into faith and family.
A few astute conservative Chistian leaders started defecting and sounding the alarm
years ago, but it seems nobody was listening--or perhaps all the distractions of the Bush years made them forget.