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Delaware senatorial candidate Christine O'Donnell thinks "czar" is an actual royal title instead of what people call the guy in charge of a department, and she slams Obama for creating royalty, which she says is prohibited by the Constitution.  Her misunderstanding of government and English and history, subjects she should have some knowledge of for the job she seeks, also extends to her ignorance of George Bush having appointed "czars" during his term.


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Sep. 22nd, 2010 09:32 am (UTC)
Apparently the concept of metaphor is too abstract for you.

Appointed, unelected, completely unaccountable heads of power who can proclaim "regulations" (aka de facto LAWS) completely outside the function of democracy or legislative procedure?
NAAAAAAH, that doesn't sound like royalty to ME....
Sep. 22nd, 2010 10:10 am (UTC)
I thought so: Another tea party candidate. It's fair enough that these people can gain preselection, but it will be pretty embarrassing for America if any of them get elected.
Sep. 22nd, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC)
"Vote Tea Party - It's a No-Brainer!"
Sep. 23rd, 2010 04:49 am (UTC)
Czar is a title of royalty, from precommunist russia. Derived from the roman empire's habit of referring to some of their later emperors Cesear (however it is spelled, my sleepy brain is failing to spell tonight)
She has a master's degree in english lit. (her qualifications are the subject of an extended discussion on another mailing list I'm on. ) So I think she probably has a pretty good handle on the formal rules of the english language.
The washington politician's use of the title Czar to refer to a political appointee who controls a particular area of the US government is just another example of the english language mugging other languages in an alleyway and rummaging through their pockets for interesting words. Something many english language purists find horrifying.

While she does come across as a bit of a loon, I don't think that she is any stupider or more corrupt than the average congressman. Probably rather less. But I don't live in Delaware, so my opinion of her doesn't make much difference.
Oct. 3rd, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
It would be one thing if this were her one gaffe, and you could chalk it up to the fact that she was making a joke, but unfortunately, it's all to clear that she had no idea, and this is forming a pattern.
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