Emmett Tyrrell
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The race for the United States Senate in Delaware is a splendid example of what is called Kultursmog , and the smog spreads untreated. One candidate, the conservative, has been slandered repeatedly, and no one objects, not even most conservatives. The liberal opposing her has been given a metaphoric free pass, even by most conservatives. Yet he is a fruitcake. She "dabbled" in witchcraft in high school, she tells us. He may have studied it in grad school, along with other pseudo studies. Yet he is stonewalling, while the press pillories her. No one objects save talk radio.

The Democrat is Chris Coons, the county executive of New Castle County, and his record gets more bizarre as the weeks pass. As a college student, he converted from some kind of conservatism to some kind of far-left enthusiasm. He described himself as a "bearded Marxist" upon returning from Africa and reported his enlightened transformation in the student newspaper. Now the mainstream liberals are covering up for him. The Washington Post reports that he "spent time in South Africa and Kenya doing relief work" but is mum on his Marxism. Howard Kurtz on his CNN television show, in taking a swipe at Sean Hannity last weekend, called Coons' "bearded Marxist" article a joke. One can understand why the agelastic Kurtz would find it a joke. Nothing in the piece was funny, except that Coons was becoming a Marxist about the time that communism was evaporating across the world and leaving, according to "The Black Book of Communism," 100 million graves.

But now Jeffrey Lord, who unearthed the aforementioned information about Coons' Marxism, has filed a second installment in The American Spectator. He brings our story a bit more up-to-date. Lord tells us that recently, Coons assured the Yale Divinity School's Notes from the Quad that serving in the Senate would be a "great way" for him "to apply the principles and values that were honed at YDS." Coons got a Master of Arts in Religion in 1994, specializing in ethics. He learned a lot.

Now, everyone who has followed the Delaware race knows that the conservative, Christine O'Donnell, has been exposed by Bill Maher the comic genius for appearing on his show in 1999 and claiming to have "dabbled" in witchcraft. But do you know what was being taught at the Yale Divinity School when Coons was there as a graduate student? Witchcraft! Had Christine been a bit older and presumably sophisticated, she could have attended classes with Chris and been taught witchcraft by scholars. Perhaps she could have earned a Ph.D. in the mysteries of reading chicken entrails.

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Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
 
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