Christine O'Donnell, Delaware Republican senatorial candidate, states in the ad above that she's not a witch. I believe her, regardless of whether she dabbled in witchcraft in the past. When she says, however, "I'm you," that's going too far. Am I concerned with whether others masturbate? Am I opposed to women in the military and coed education? Do I believe that sex education spreads pornography? Or that gays can or should be "cured"? Do I want to stop the whole country from having sex? Do I believe that evolution is a myth based on observations of monkeys? Or that victims of rape or incest should be prevented from having an abortion? Do I contend that scientists have placed human brains in mice?
The answer to all of these questions is absolutely not. Christine O'Donnell therefore cannot claim to be me. She also cannot claim that I view with equanimity the prospect of someone with these beliefs serving in the United States Senate.