Anderson Cooper played some riveting video tonight on his CNN show displaying Christine O’Donnell’s monumental ignorance of the U.S. Constitution. When her opponent pointed out that creationism shouldn’t be taught in schools because of the constitutional princple of the separation of church and state, O’Donnell was incredulous:
“The First Amendment does?” O’Donnell asked during the Tuesday morning debate. “Let me just clarify: You’re telling me that the separation of church and state is found in the First Amendment?”
Coons responded by quoting the relevant text: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”
“That’s in the First Amendment?” a still skeptical O’Donnell replied smiling, as laughter could be heard from the crowd.
Earlier in the debate, O’Donnell flat out asked, “Where in the Constitution is separation of Church and State?” – a question that Coons did not appear to take seriously.
…Unfortunately for O’Donnell, the Tea Party-backed candidate also stumbled over the Fourteenth and Sixteenth Amendments when asked if she would support repealing them.
“I’m sorry, I didn’t bring my Constitution with me. Fortunately, senators don’t have to memorize the Constitution. Can you remind me of [them]?” O’Donnell said.
I watched the video of the debate and I was flabbergasted that someone so ignorant might actually be elected a U.S. senator. It’s one thing to be corrupt or engage in sexual escapades, but quite another to know next to nothing about the nation’s foundational document when you seek to join its highest legislative body.