Internet, Stop Making Me Feel Sorry for Christine O’Donnell!

Co_inside2c-1 Gawker's exposé of Christine O'Donnell's  one-night stand was over-the-line, cowardly, and sexist.

Read Scott Lemieux and Amanda

Here's the sleeze.

Read Walter Shapiro. And Jezebel.

18 thoughts on “Internet, Stop Making Me Feel Sorry for Christine O’Donnell!

  1. I do think Christine O’Donnell is pretty. Impressive, really. That whole stop laying out in the sun and wear sunscreen did wonders for women’s aging. And dental care. She has pretty perfect teeth.
    I don’t feel sorry for C O’D, ’cause I think she’s going to come out of this w/ celebrity, and that she’ll be cool with that (like Palin). I also suspect that to her supporters this’ll be like the whole daughter is a pregnant teen thing for Palin. I was horrified, but in the end it seemed to help all those people who believe that Palin/O’Donnel is “them” identify even more strongly with her. None of these people would ever think that they are me, so I’m just really not in the loop in any way on the attraction (even ignoring the whole political philosophy thing).

  2. I’m not totally sure that the guy is entitled to use the term “one night stand” if no intercourse actually occurred, although that terminology is a bit before my time. The term “hook-up,” on the other hand, covers a multitude of sins (so to speak).

  3. It’s not too late for an attack ad with menacing music, gritty black-white-photos of COD in a ladybug costume, and a tough masculine voiceover. “Christine O’Donnell doesn’t put out, not even when it’s Halloween and she’s totally wasted. Can the people of Delaware trust her to deliver?”

  4. What Amy P. said, i.e., about “one night stands.”
    This reminds me of something my mother told me, that when she was a young woman (i.e., the 1940s), “making out” meant “going all the way.” However, subsequent generations of teenagers softened the word, so it meant something less than going all the way. The same thing has happened to “hooking up,” as Amy P. notes, so that my daughter uses it to refer to what my friends would have called “making out.”
    But “one night stand” still means actually haing sex.

  5. I think arguments that this or that should be “off limits” is largely going to fail in the age of free information. The only tool will be social ostracism for those who publish things that we don’t like, and they’ll still be able to publish it for the crowd that wants to hear.
    All in all, I think this is a good thing that information is wisely available, and that it means we have to become wiser consumers of it. If we eliminate all politicians for indiscretions like these, we won’t have anyone left to serve (and, unlike MH, I think that’s a bad thing!).

  6. bj,
    When the guy’s name comes out (which it will very soon, if it hasn’t already), he too will be part of the internet, too. Future employers, dates, and prospective in-laws will be able to google him, draw their conclusions, and act accordingly. Short term, I expect it would tend to boost one’s social life. Long term, I think there would be a lot of invisible lost opportunities (the high-confidentiality job that doesn’t happen, the nice girl who doesn’t want to risk that you’d sell her, too, for “low four figures,” the prospective in-laws who seem a bit chilly and don’t want to help pay for the wedding, etc.).
    I’m thinking there’s going to be a spike in name changes over the next decade or so, perhaps starting with the two students in the Rutgers suicide case.

  7. “When the guy’s name comes out (which it will very soon, if it hasn’t already),”
    It has, in the article that Laura links to. Seems pretty convincing. I don’t think that he’s going to suffer significant consequences over the fact that he’s a jerk to women that he has brief romantic interludes with. Isn’t it news when a man isn’t like that? rather than is?
    The Rutger’s cases, though, I do think will follow them, and it would be interesting to see if they change their names to avoid it. (though that won’t work as well if they’re convicted of something). Did the Duke guys change their names? (i.e. after being cleared of criminal wrong doing, and only jerkiness?).
    I think in the day of the internet, we’re going to know more of this kind of info about other people, and we’ll just learn to deal with it (except when we want to abuse it).

  8. Knowing that he sold his story for “low four figures”, would you want him handling your personal information or handling your clients’ highly confidential information? He might be very talented, but if something went wrong down the road, you’d look really bad for having hired him while knowing about the previous event. There are lots of other fish in the sea.
    (I think there was a brief confusion as to which of the roommates at the same address the guy was. Kurisko was the roommate who worked for the Boy Scouts and owned a Boy Scout uniform. Dominiak (the perp), borrowed his roommate’s uniform as a Halloween costume, which led Kurisko to be briefly misidentified as the kiss-and-teller.)

  9. Naah, I really don’t think I’d care that he’s a publicly acknowledged jerk for anything except having a drunken tryst with him (or advising against a friend or relative having one). Now, I think there might be social value in trying to convince people that there will be consequences to selling your kiss and tell story to gawker.

  10. If we eliminate all politicians for indiscretions like these, we won’t have anyone left to serve (and, unlike MH, I think that’s a bad thing!).
    Wait, what did I say?

  11. “Naah, I really don’t think I’d care that he’s a publicly acknowledged jerk for anything except having a drunken tryst with him (or advising against a friend or relative having one).”
    He was kind of a jerk toward his roommate, too.

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