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The last mulligans for Christine O'Donnell and Alvin Greene?

Sarah Palin gets today's first mulligan for a critical mistake: revealing herself to be a Seinfeld fan. In an e-mail to the Daily Caller, Palin complained about a Politico article relying on - horror! - anonymous sources: "I suppose I could play their immature, unprofessional, waste-of-time game, too, by claiming these reporters and politicos are homophobe, child molesting, tax evading, anti-dentite, puppy-kicking, chain smoking porn producers."

Anti-dentite? Readers will - or should - recognize this as a reference to the 1997 Seinfeld episode in which Jerry tells Kramer about a "little dentist joke" he made that offended his dentist, Dr. Tim Whatley.

Kramer: "You think that dentists are so different from me and you? They came to this country just like everybody else -- in search of a dream."

Seinfeld: "Whatley's from Jersey."

Kramer: "And now he's a full fledged American."

Seinfeld: "Kramer, he's just a dentist."

Kramer: "Yeah and you're an anti-dentite."

Seinfeld: "I am not an anti-dentite."

Kramer: "You're a rabid anti-dentite.... Next thing you know you're saying they should have their own schools."

Seinfeld: "They do have their own schools."


The second mulligan goes to Jerry Brown, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in California, who had the wisdom to schedule a get-out-the-vote rally in Oakland to begin 27 minutes before the San Francisco Giants' World Series game against the Texas Rangers.

The planning lapse is all the more inexplicable because his opponent, Republican Meg Whitman, was ridiculed for doing exactly the same last week. The self-proclaimed Giants fan scheduled a campaign event in Walnut Creek smack dab in the middle of Game 2.


Third mulligan - and, sadly, probably her last for the season - goes to Christine O'Donnell. Not only did she produce her 30-minute campaign ad too late to get it on the networks in the Philadelphia and Delaware markets, but a late delivery of the tape reportedly caused it to get bumped, twice, from a public-access channel.


Mulligan No. 4 goes to GOP congressional candidate B.J. Lawson (N.C.), who ran a campaign ad using a voice-over by Morgan Freeman. Except that it wasn't Morgan Freeman.


Today's fifth and final mulligan is for Alvin Greene, the inimitable challenger to Republican Sen. Jim DeMint in South Carolina. Even in the face of certain defeat on Tuesday, the man who ran a penniless senatorial campaign while battling obscenity charges, announces: "we should win." If there is a just God, we will all see Greene, and O'Donnell, again.

By Dana Milbank  | November 1, 2010; 9:10 PM ET
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The latest issue of Gawker, which comes out tomorrow, reveals that Senator O'Donnell took Senator Greene for a ride on her broom this morning. They landed one day in the future, and celebrated their election victories with a one night stand. They are due back in present reality sometime late this evening.

At the risk of being banned from commenting forever.. I also heard that O'Donnell revealed the real reason she doesn't wax "down there.".. It makes it hard to grip her broom.

Posted by: divtune | November 2, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

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